Today we are going to meet Marcia Wilson of the Route 66 Fudge Shop in Cuba MO. and pickup our order of fudge, but before we meet her, we want to seek out the Murals of Cuba Missouri.
When we were in Cuba 2 summers ago we took a photo of one mural. After we left and started doing more research, we discovered that there are actually 12 murals in Cuba. So here they are, all 12 of them.
Hmmm….. seems the collection has grown beyond 12 because there are a few more that we found.
Then it was on to meet Marcia and pick up our order of fudge. We visited for an hour and caught up on all things 66.
Just before leaving town we stopped at the Wagon Wheel Motel to meet Connie and check out all her new renovations. A vast improvement to what we saw 2 summers ago.
Something else that we missed 2 summers ago was the Museum of Transportation in St Louis MO so we made a stop here today. There is a Route 66 display which includes one of the original Coral Court Motel
There are many cars in the museum, here are just a few.
There are many many more photos from inside the museum so if you want to see everything, just click on this link to my FLICKR site.
We left St Louis MO and crossed over the Mississippi River. Out our passenger side window we could see the old Chain of Rocks Bridge which was the bridge that took Route 66 over the Mississippi. This bridge is now a walking path.
As we cross the Mississippi, we also enter into Illinois.
We are staying at another Microtel this evening… In Springfield IL. We are more and more impressed with this hotel chain.
As we were unpacking the car, some very ominous clouds started filling the sky. Then the Tornado Warning Sirens started blaring all through town. There weren’t any tornado warnings on the TV Weather Channel or on my Blackberry Severe Weather alerts, but we weren't taking any chances.
We hunkered down in our room and watched as rain and hail fell and the winds started whipping things around. When I saw a large object of some sort go past our window, that was enough and I told Karen to get away from the window. I am so thankful that we were not out on the Interstate during this, and I can only imagine how miserable the driving must have been for those who were. These photos out our window show the storm starting and then getting worse.
After the initial storm passed, there were several smaller storms that popped up for the next several hours. Karen also took some videos of the lightning in the area and those videos are also on our FLICKR site.
All is well, the storms died off around 10pm and the hail was not hard enough or large enough to do any damage to the car. One piece of vinyl siding was ripped off the hotel, perhaps that is what I saw flying past our window.
Tomorrow we are heading for Kalamazoo Michigan.
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