The first day back to Afton Station after a month of winter closures was one several surprises, but none so astounding as watching Ron "Tattoo Man" Jones eat fruit! Formerly, we were all pretty sure that he existed on a diet of nothing but Cheetos and Dr. Pepper, but today he walked in with a bowl of fruit! It may take me a while to recover from this shock. Naturally, he took a lot of flak for this, and he's still getting it. By the way, he also has a new tattoo of the burned Admiral Twin Drive-In on his leg.
Tattoo eating fruit. Betty and Ron M. looking on in amazement
For most of the morning, we weren't sure how the day would go. All the "regulars" were there today -- Ron M., Marly, Betty W., Robin, Phil, David, Mike Pendleton, Patrick, and Tattoo -- so we were having a great time catching up, but actual travelers were few and far between during the morning hours.
But around noon, another big surprise! People started pouring in the door! And by the end of the day we greeted 18 visitors! They came from near and far, but mostly near, as to be expected in the off-season -- mostly people out for little day trips in the lovely, sunny springlike weather. But several folks were actually on longer Route 66 trips. They came from Cherokee KS, Manitoba Canada, Tulsa OK, Vinita OK, Stanton MI, Shawnee KS, and Humboldt, KS.
One of the couples from Vinita arrived in this beautifully restored hot rod.
Marly spent most of the day back in the new showroom building. He's putting some finishing touches on the electrical work before the insulation people come in next week. David seems to think we can start moving cars in within a month. I'm still lobbying for some nice flat walls so I can hang the many posters and photos I've accumulated. I'll also need an area of shelves for accumulated memorabilia. There's still a lot to be done, but I can hope.It was such a great day today. I'm psyched and ready to start a new season at the Station. I know it will be a great one. I'll be in Afton again tomorrow, so come on down!