19 – Route 66 – Day 5

Written By: Globespotter - Sep• 12•12

For the first time, we got up and hit the road before sunrise.

We HAD to make the US/Canada border by Friday or we would be stuck until Tuesday, since Monday was the Memorial Day holiday and US Customs would be closed.

As it turned out we had the most beautiful sunrise as we drove across Texas, passing the famous Leaning Water Tower in Groom, TX.


Texas may be a huge state, but Route 66 cuts across the small top part of the state.

Before long we were in Oklahoma where you find the best treat for Route 66 fans – the most ¬†pristine sections of ¬†original 1920’s and 1930’s portland concrete that is the real original Route 66!

What a treat to drive a vintage VW Beetle on the original “Mother Road”!

We had to make a stop at the famous Blue Whale of Catoosa, OK – a rest stop that I could vividly imagine the joyful cries of kids hot and tired from a long drive on the road splashing and cooling off in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

We missed it originally, diverting off on an older section of Route 66 and having to double back to find it. It was worth it.

From there we soldiered on through Oklahoma and into Missouri.

It had been a long day, but we were making up time. We needed a coffee really badly so we stopped at the Waffle House in Rolla, MO.

Sara really needed that coffee!!!

We rolled over 84,000 miles on the odometer as we steadily hummed across Missouri at a pretty steady 60 MPH.

Sadly our Route 66 journey was to end at St. Louis. We had originally intended to complete the run to Chicago, but time was not on our side, so as we crossed the old Mississippi, with the unique bent Route 66 Chain of Rocks bridge to our right, we headed straight east as Route 66 turned north to Chicago.

We made it to Terre Haute, IN and were ready to call it a night. We were pleased with the time we had made up and were more optimistic about getting to the border in time.

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