Springfield Missouri to Tulsa, Oklahoma

Day 5 – Sunday

Three states in a day – Missouri – Kansas – Oklahoma

Lazy start from our best western rail haven. To be honest, it wasn’t the best pick. On the plus side it had free wifi, free breakfast, lots of cute retro touches and the history of stays from both Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. And it was only £42. But that didn’t distract from the fact that the rooms were cold, the bathroom tiny and I didn’t get a great nights sleep. You get what you pay for I guess, so we’re paying a bit more from now in.

Route 66 Best Western

Route 66 Best Western

Where Elvis stayed

Where Elvis stayed

Hotel at night

Hotel at night

Route 66 Best Western

Route 66 Best Western Rail Heaven

First stop was Andy’s, for frozen custard. Not to be beaten by Ted Drewes being closed yesterday, we happened upon Andy’s when entering Springfield last night. Ok, so here’s the deal. Frozen custard is made like custard from cream and eggs, and the guy in our hotel said that this makes it healthier than ice cream. Well, I have to say, I couldn’t taste the difference and it certainly didn’t taste healthy. But whatever. So you can buy it as a cone (chocolate and vanilla only, no toppings allowed, as a sundae (any flavour, any topping) or as a concrete. The concrete sounded intriguing and exotic, so that’s what we had. Basically, it’s the frozen custard with the toppings mixed all the way through rather than on the top, in a cup with a spoon. It’s all in the marketing!

Andy's concrete with peanut butter cups please!

Andy’s concrete with peanut butter cups please!

Frozen Custard Heaven!

Frozen Custard Heaven!

Eatandys.com

It’s fair to say that Springfield is in the heart of the Bible Belt. Apt for our Sunday visit, and we saw plenty of churches. Particularly liked the one bang next door to the sinners and saints salon!

Church on outskirts of St Louis

Church on outskirts of St Louis

Fab next door signe

Fab next door sign

Otherwise, Springfield is a little run down. Some lovely retro buildings down town, but equally as many boarded up. We also had probably our best value meal so far here at Houlihans. Two courses including a 4oz fillet steak and two sides for $15.95 each. And happy hour started at 9pm (fabulous) with house wine and draft beer for only $3. Half decent place too!

Pride of place in Springfield is the new 'London Calling' pit stop in a double decker bus, offering British comfort food, aka gourmet pasties. Come to think of it, Gregg's would do very well here!

Pride of place in Springfield is the new ‘London Calling’ pit stop in a double decker bus, offering British comfort food, aka gourmet pasties. Come to think of it, Gregg’s would do very well here!

Driving West, our last stop in Missouri was Carthage which again is a town that has past its heyday. Of note was the county courthouse, and some stunning homes listed on the national register of historic places, built late nineteenth century, which seem almost incongruous in an otherwise down at heel town.

Carthage

Carthage

Carthage

Carthage

Carthage

Carthage

The rest of Missouri is punctuated with more churches and religious calls to action on mail boxes, billboards and just random stakes by the side of the road, such as

Random street sermom

Random street sermom

  • God is angry with the wicked
  • Lord Jesus keep us clean and pure

Kansas
This post will be short and sweet as Route 66 only crosses Kansas for 13 miles, so what can I say?

It’s similar to Missouri in many ways, another poorer area, and more religion. But other than that the only point of interest we saw was the pretty Rainbow Curve Bridge. Constructed in1929 over Brush Creek, and is the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66.

Kansas road sign

Kansas road sign

Destination, Kansas

Destination, Kansas

Historic bridge

Historic bridge

Rainbow Curve Bridge

Rainbow Curve Bridge

From Kansas into Oklahoma, we put our foot down to Tulsa, for our first overnight in OK!

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