Welcome back to our Route 66 journey last time we left you here in Oklahoma, so let’s hit the road!
Husbag eyeing up a new car on the forecourt of Conoco, Oklahoma!
Believe it or not, the one above is still open, although they don’t sell gas but they do make a mean vanilla milkshake to go!
Real old style diner, The Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma (date with Husbag, optional)
You simply have to make time for a stop in Stroud and the Rock Cafe, it was actually built with the stones that were dug up while making Route 66. It’s also where a lot of the Disney Pixar animated movie, Cars was set, so they have a full size Mater! Their menu is very unique & you can have anything from Alligator(I did) to Ostrich burgers (he did).
Lunch was only $20/€15 for 4 of us. It’s a fabulous place with really friendly locals. We stayed in the Best Western in Stroud. They have an incredible steak house but they don’t sell alcohol. We paid $77/€57 room only.
The Rock Cafe had burnt down since our first visit but has since been rebuilt. (Ahoo, orbs!)
On the open road again & we make a break for Oklahoma City the state capital. You can thank these kind folks for having the world’s first parking meter installed in 1935 sseesshh! I glowered at every one of them on your behalf. You're welcome.
Further west we stopped again in El Reno & again further on in Fort Reno where German & Italian WWII POW’s were held and many remain, buried. We simply had to stop at Elk City as there is a National Route 66 Museum that includes a full size replica town and railway complete with a caboose.
Colin, Orla & Aoife Elk City, Oklahoma
The Eggs & myself in a teepee, more about those later as we stay in one overnight!
It’s a beautiful town to have a ramble around and to see the old gas station restored is amazing. It’s now the U-Drop Inn a replica old style diner. I’d recommend eating here rather than Moriarty’s as that’s filthy & cheap for a reason!
U-Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas
Route 66 Neon on the U-Drop Inn, that’s me & the girls there on the left (promise!)
Most of 66 is really old or gone so we had to jump onto the interstate a few times.
Phillips gas station McLean, Texas (small... far away)
Groom in Texas have a claim to fame as they have the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere, it’s a whopping 190 foot & lit at night. They also have a leaning water tower in the hopes of luring tourists into town.
Groom is a real cowboy town, they really wear chaps & spurs! But it’s also a very religious town we tuned into local radio stations as we drove to get a real taste of the states & here we were greeted by screaming, ranting & raving preacher, we quickly switched to CD!
Myself & the girls looking for the way to Amarillo -
Tune in next week to see do we find it!