Route 66 – The Mother Road … so many icons from its’ heyday are still visible or in use today. And visiting many of them is on our bucket list. Some of our friends and family members can remember travelling Route 66 “back in the day”. The old “filling stations” and roadside cafes we have seen on calendar pages and blogs symbolize the freedom of travel and exploration to many of us. As such Terry and I have made an effort to check out some of the locations in person as we travel the heartland.
While working in Oklahoma in January, 2012, we discovered many of the Route 66 places are a short drive off the main highway, or on our way to a work project, so we stopped.
MIAMI, OK – when we first arrived in town for a 2 day job, we passed right by Waylan’s Ku Ku Burgers so made that our first Route 66 experience. Later that evening we visited the Coleman Theater beautiful, but since it was after hours, we couldn’t go inside.
TULSA, OK – There are many, many Route 66 resources easily reached by a google search. Our recommendation is to do a little preliminary research and then either go see them, or at least put it on your bucket list like we did. We drove thru the historic Fairgrounds and saw their homage to the oil industry started in the area, and enjoyed a meal at a historic Route 66 diner.
In Kansas for a few jobs, we toured quite a few fifth-wheel RVs at the Nu Wa factory. Nu Wa RVs are highly rated for full-time living and they reburbish traded-in RV’s to resell on their used lot. It’s a great source for those looking for a full-time RV and need or want to save on the dealer mark-up. Nu Wa also done sales prep for CrossRoads RV’s.
In Missouri, we walked thru brand new Open Range RVs and were really impressed. I really like the front living room RV floorplan, but am not interested in the Montana by Keystone. The Joplin RV dealer we visited also has a very nice RV park behind the dealership that we would stay in when back in the area.
When in Omaha, Nebraksa we discovered an authentic Cuban restaurant, Gusto’s Cuban Café – that was a real thrill for me, because I am of Cuban decent. It has been almost 10 years since I left Miami, Florida so I have REALLY REALLY been missing the local food. Cuban food is completely different than Mexican food. Cuban food is seasoned similar to carribbean food, and it is not spicy, like Mexican food. We visited with the owners and thumbed through a 1958 yellow pages directory.
We ended the month back in our favorite hotel stay, Candlewood Suites – Olathe, KS. Having been in and out of KCMO every other month or so, we are able to stock up on our favorite products at the new Trader Joes.
We also had RV Anywhere install our repaired propane heater in the testing trailer. We met Mike with RVAnywhere on Facebook and were pleased with his services.