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Tri-State Route 66 Festival — The Prelude


Here it is Wednesday morning and we’re getting ready to head off for five (hopefully) peaceful days on the road. Our day will start off with a drive out to Springfield, Illinois where we’ll have lunch at the Cozy Dog Drive In, well known as the restaurant where the corn dog was invented 50-some years ago. From there, we pick up that grand old two-lane highway, Route 66 and take it south into St. Louis, where chances are we’ll be diving into a concrete from Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, another Route 66 icon dating back to 1941. After that, we meander our way through the Ozarks of Missouri before picking a spot for the night.

Thursday we’ll finish our drive along 66 in Missouri and head into Joplin where we’ll bunk up Thursday & Friday nights. The Tri State Route 66 Festival is our destination, just over the Missouri/Oklahoma border, at the Downstream Casino. Friday we’ll be cruising throughout central Oklahoma. As some of you know, we’re big into photographing old movie scene locations and there are a couple of towns where “Rain Man” was filmed that we’re going to hit. We also plan on hunting down an old plant that used to build Serro Scotty trailers back in the 1960’s, since we’re (almost) new owners of a 21st century model.

Looking forward to hooking up with some of our old Route 66 friends we’ve met throughout the years this weekend. Feel free to follow along with us here on the blog, as I hope to have daily updates and photos of our trip as internet connectivity allows.

Off we go!

October 2003: Missouri Route 66 & Illinois U.S. 40


Amber and I decided to take a weekend trip and head to St. Louis, Missouri to visit Six Flags. When we lived back east, we always enjoyed going to Six Flags’ Great Adventure, particularly during Fright Fest. So we thought we’d try it here.

Unfortunately, we got rained out, so we opted to do other things instead. We did a little 66’ing and visited the Riverside Reptile Ranch. Leo the Lion grew much bigger and we got to hold snakes and alligators!  yech

Riverside Reptile Ranch - Stanton, Missouri

We also went to the Museum of Transport in St. Louis, which was really cool. They have an outdoor exhibit on trains (which we passed on due to the rain), but plenty inside. Boats, cars, buses, trailers…even a portion of the Coral Court Motel partially rebuilt, with many items from the motel as well.

We cruised back to Indianapolis on US 40.

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