10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

 

10.03.17 National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – I wrote this really long, very informative full of pictures blog post about our time last Friday at the National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma.  It was our last Route 66 place to visit.

I went after writing all that  outside to find some candy corn shaped rocks to paint and when I came back in there was not much left on the screen and I hadn’t saved.  Oh my!  Well I’ve reconstructed it as best I could.

This was all only one block from our RV Park.  This is where the tour begins:

After we paid our $4 (Senior) entry fee and looked around a gift shop, I see Roy climbing into a pink 1955 Cadillac!  For the last month we’ve seen lots of old cars and they all said “Do not touch or climb in.”  I thought Roy had lost his mind and tried to get him to get out!  Then I realize there is a sign that says “Step on the gas and watch a video of going down Route 66 in this Cadillac.”  Something like that.

There were a couple of French lady tourist in the back seat of a classic red Chevy Impala at a mock drive-in theater.

There was a room of Popeye and his gang memorabilia that just captured my heart.  This bench was really a cute addition!

Several other old vehicles were on exhibit and we saw those before going on to the actual museum in a second building.

In this not really large but very well done ride along Route 66 a lot was packed into it

When we walked around one corner and there sat the same year and color Corvette that we owned before we had kids, my eyes got so big!  Very cool experience for us! Our trip along Route 66 started in Williams, Arizona and all the major stops we made going east to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Route 66 continues on to Chicago, Illinois but we’ve visited that area before so we headed to eastern Oklahoma.

I know, I know I said I wasn’t going to reconstruct it but here’s some of them!

The Old Town Museum is another museum in the complex. Early Oklahoma pioneer life is depicted as visitors wander through this grand two story Victorian house.

 Then there is the Farm and Ranch museum and the Blacksmith Shop

We owned a house in Hammond with a very tall windmill so they have a special place in our heart.  We saw several (none as tall as ours) in and outside of the Farm and Ranch Museum.

I caught Roy calling one of his girlfriends on this old time rotary dial public phone booth!

Blacksmith Shop

The last museum part was an old town with replicas of a schoolhouse, opera house, doctor’s office and chapel, a bank, physicians office, railroad office, and more.  Look at the straight jacket in this old physicians office!

Look at the bank’s safe, it looks like a big truck tire!

    

There were way more photos taken but I lost a lot of them the day after we went.  There was A LOT to see this day and most days recently.  We’ve mostly been very selective about what we go to on this trip.  My stamina and balance aren’t really great so doing things like the Grand Canyon I just settled for getting to see a little of it this time.  God’s world is so amazing that it does get overwhelming seeing so much out west.  I am thankful that we have been blessed to see so much of this country and recommend RVing state to state to all of you!

In between all of this fun and amazingly cool things to see and do I’ve begun having more odd brain issues way too often.  We are wrapping up this journey and should be home latter part of October.  This week we are in Checotah, Oklahoma where we stayed two years ago when the adjoining lake was flooding into the park.  This is a link to that blog post about all the flooding.  I’m going to take some pictures of how really nice it is here when it’s not flooding!

https://rosalynandroy.com/2015/05/24/05-24-15-rising-waters-again-really/

Next week we will be back in good old Shirley, Arkansas.  That’s where Roy met the great remote flying guys, I found all the rocks my little heart could ever handle and we got to eat the most amazing BBQ three times.   We will do all three of those things again this visit!  John and Barbara Tate, if you would like to come us or meet us halfway for another visit we’d love it!

From there we’ll make our way back to Amite, Louisiana and give Dora and Boots a rest for a good long time!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

09.29.17 The Big Texan 72 oz Steak

September 29, 2017 – After having lots of fun at the VW Bug Ranch and the Cadillac Ranch in Texas we went to THE BIG TEXAN, home of the famous Free 72 oz Steak if you can eat it all.

This is  basically a very touristy Big Texan place, but lots of fun and the food was really good.

We went early evening so the place wasn’t filled up with people until we were almost through.  All the steaks are cooked in the open.  We were sitting right next to it so we got to smell and see all the steaks being cooked.  They are served on the BIG TEXAN plates shown below.

We got the 30 oz steak for two with fried okra and the best tasting loaded baked potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.  We both got those sides and also enjoyed sweet peach tea.  Oh my!  

After dinner we walked around to see the rest of the place.  A hallway near the back had several photos on the wall.  When you stood in front of one it looked like a normal person.  When you moved a few inches to the side the person turned into a skeleton!

 

There was a very large gift shop which was mostly all Texan gifts.

There are rules for taking “The 72oz Steak Challenge.”  Here they are:

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

This is the table you sit at for the challenge.  It is on a raised platform so everyone can see you.  There are time clocks along the wall next to it so the person taking the challenge knows how much time they have left.

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
So that’s that for the Chauvin’s visit to the Big Texan.
I forgot to write a blog post about our visit to Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, TX last week.  I’ll work on that next.
Today we visited the Historic Route 66 Museum here in Elk City, Oklahoma and several other museums on the same property.  I believe that will be the last Route 66 type thing we will do.  We go to Checotah, Oklahoma Saturday (tomorrow) for a week of doing nothing!!!  Sometimes that is really needed!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
I love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  Yes this one is a scripture!