National Route 66 Museum, Elk City OK
The Creature of the Black Lagoon and Route 66?
Finally an Oklahoma Sign
Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK
Both these museums were terrific. I wish I had more time to look at all the exhibits. The one I did spend some time on was the how the route evolved. It started as several traces which became trails, which became roads which eventually were linked and straighten to become Route 66. I always wonder why roads are where they are.
It is very, very clear that the interstate system killed a lot of businesses and towns. I don't know whether there are more derelict motels, ice cream/hamburger places, or gas stations but there are lots and lots. Most of the towns that don't also lay along I-40 are almost gone.
At lunch today we celebrated reaching the halfway point and the 40th birthday of one of the riders (Bobby from Dallas). This crew is amazing setting up a birthday party with cake and ballons along side the road in the country. Lunch was grilled cheese sandwiches and cake. Yum.
Tomorrow we have our last section of Route 66 before heading SE into Oklahoma.
Summary: 1467 miles (corrected) and 50,769 feet climbs.