Monday, June 4, 2012

Another Day Closer to Amarillo

Day 5: 375 Miles
Total: 1,912 Miles

We had another relatively uneventful day today. We got a late start after Sharon and I had breakfast with Ron and Barb Hart. They gave us a tour of some of the inner workings of the Boots Motel, then Ron took me to get some pictures of the old Jefferson Highway on a long closed section of Main Street on the north side of town. It was great and I got some incredible photos. The two below show Main Street and the Main Street bridge over the creek.

It's hard to believe that one of the early great American roadways, the Jefferson Highway, ran right down this road through the middle of town as part of its route from Winnipeg to New Orleans. The Jefferson shared some common roadway with Route 66 (though not this part) but preceded 66 by over a decade.

Since we were in a hurry to get as far down the road as possible, and since we got an incredibly late start, we didn't make many stops along the way. We tried to visit 4 Women on the Route in Galena, KS but they were closed so I just snapped a few photos. We also stopped at Afton Station to visit Laurel Kane who we met on our trip through here last year. We took pictures of the car in front of her antique gas pumps and also visited the wonderful Packard museum on the premises. There is a 1958 Packard Hawk there that I would like to add to my collection!

We drove until about 10:00 tonight and landed in Weatherford, Oklahoma. We're exhausted but plan an early start in the morning. We're about 190 miles from Amarillo, which in Route 66 time is about 5 hours. So we will hopefully arrive in the early to mid afternoon and make arrangements for the radiator repairs to commence. Then Tuesday morning we will either continue our trek west or turn around and head home.

This business is located in Galena, Kansas on a section of highway that was once both Route 66 and the Jefferson Highway.

Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma is a must-stop.


1 comment:

Mona Taplin said...

Beautiful pictures Mike.