Day 8: Route 66
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
22Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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I don't know if I really believed it was as big a deal as mom was making out of it, but we actually could have spent a lot longer in Baxter Springs
We continue following Route 66 out of Kansas. We made a few circles around the old road to go back west and then east again, driving across the Rainbow Curve Bridge constructed in 1923. Mom insisted that this wasn’t that weird, to make it less weird she stalked the other people driving by and taking their pictures. :) ****Laurel/Mom inserts: NO, not stalking! I slow down so we can read the sign next to the bridge; Sarah protests saying we are in the middle of the road; I point out the only reason for people to be on this particular stretch is if they are also following the route: sure enough, the car behind us slows to a stop by the sign just as we are pulling away; and that car is still at the bridge even after we drive another mile, turn and come back. Plus by then there is another stopped car with a man outside it taking a video!
Our next slightly unintended stop was “4 women on the route,” in Galena, Kansas. The claim to fame for little gift shop and dining room is that it is the home of the inspiration for “Tow Mater” in the movie Cars. The proprietor, Melba, is a fireball of a women who told us all about how this came to be. She tells us right away that she is known as "the mouth," then takes out a scrapbook showing us how she and her family renovated this building and of their plans for several other buildings in the area. It’s a long story so I won’t relay the whole thing here; we did learn that all of the vehicles in the movie were based on real vehicles and that that characters were all real as well, including two characters who were based on local Galenda legends. If you are Cars fans and want the details, you can ask Mom. We spent a bit of time browsing and chatting with Melba before we got back on the road to drive the last couple miles of the 13.2 miles of Route 66 in Kansas.
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