We are bumbling across route 66 in search of mysteries, ghost stories or local legends. Today in Galena KS, we struck lead. Well, thats usually bad, but here its good. You see, in the early years of the town, Galena was a lead mining town, with lots of lead miners. When you have lots of guys working hard, they usually like to gamble and drink hard too. Since there was no inter-web back in them days, they used to go to good old fashioned bordello's. Galena there is a recently restored house that used to be a bordello, then a nursing home. Rumor is that the son of the madam used to murder lead miners for their sundries, cash and other valuables. Scary stuff. More on that later in a future documentary. Todays blog, I wanted to show you some of what we have been seeing from the road. BTW, that town in Kansas, Galena....many points in that town inspired what was seen in the movie Cars and Cars 2, including a neat lady by the name of Melba the Mouth.
Well, any way....here is the view from the hood:
Above is a section of 2 lane Route 66, just before of Afton. We've been seeing lots of bikers traveling the route.
Here is a surviving single lane section of the road. This is actually designated as a route 66 land mark. This is between Miami OK and Afton OK. Back in the day, you would drive the center of the road and when you met a car, you would drive half on the pavement and half on the gravel shoulder. Scary stuff at night! We only saw one other car out there, so not too much traffic.
Baxter Springs, KS, restored Phillips 66 station - This is where we had muffler issues.
The final shot of the day...rolling into Chandler OK, a quick picture at the Lincoln Motel.