Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Day 31 Summer Vacation 2008

Today is Day 31 Wednesday August 6 2008

Time to head back north and get back onto Route 66. After breakfast we loaded up the car with our luggage and that is when we noticed some damage to our car. I checked for a note on our car windshield, but of course there was not one. We now have a 4 inch scratch on the rear fender. So sad, but I suppose it could have been a lot worse.


First stop was the Conoco gas station in Branson to fuel up the car for the day. Can’t go too far without any gas. Then we headed back to Lebanon Missouri so that we could pick up Route 66 where we had left off. From Lebanon we drove on the Devil’s Elbow part and found some really neat old steel truss bridges.

5 Rte 66 Bridge just East of Devil's Elbow MO

Then it was into Cuba Missouri to check out The Route 66 Fudge Shop. We met the owner Marcia Wilson and bought some of her delicious fudge and chocolates. mm mm good. So good that since visiting her store, we have placed online orders so that we can continue enjoying the great taste at home.

10 Rte 66 Cuba MO

We then went to check out the Worlds Largest Rocking Chair just on the outskirts of Cuba.

13 Rte 66 Cuba MO

Can you see Karen sitting on the bench under the chair? Shortly after our visit, I learnt that Guinness Book of Records has confirmed that this is indeed the worlds largest rocking chair

We checked out some of the murals in Cuba, in particular I liked this one on the restored Phillips 66 Station, and I also liked their choice of shingles on the roof of the building.

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We left Cuba Missouri and headed eastward towards Bourbon Missouri. I especially enjoyed the thought of this water tower being filled with Bourbon.

25 Rte 66 Bourbon MO

I am going to start a little side project and try to find the towns of Rum, Vodka, Gin etc and take photos of their water towers.

Then it was into Stanton MO to check out the Toy and Truck Museum. We learnt that it was For Sale but that the owner could not find a buyer and he was going to have to close. Too bad, this was a trip back in time to my childhood to see all of the toys that I had played with all those years ago.

Then we came to Meramac Caverns, another iconic Route 66 roadside attraction. We participated in the guided tour into the cave and learnt about its history. Meramac Caverns is the largest commercial cave in the State of Missouri and it is just a stones throw off of Route 66.. A must see.

35 Rte 66 Mermac Caverns Stanton MO 41 Rte 66 Mermac Caverns Stanton MO 47 Rte 66 Mermac Caverns Stanton MO 59 Rte 66 Mermac Caverns Stanton MO

To see all of our photos from today, you can click on the link to my FLICKR site

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