With the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour in town we didn't quite know what to expect today at Afton Station. We knew that there were approximately 4,000 hot rods parked just 15 miles down the road at a casino in Miami, OK where they had all stayed for the night, and that they'd be leaving this morning for their next destination in Stillwater, OK. We suspected (and this was verified later) that most of the cars would take the interstate to get there, although Ron M., Marly, Phil, and I arrived at the Station very early to catch as many as we could of those who chose to take old Route 66. Marly had gone to the host casino last night to hand out Afton Station brochures in hopes of arousing some interest, but the place was so jammed with hot rods that he was unable to get very close to the action.
As it turned out, we had far fewer visitors than we anticipated, but those we did have were the hearty types who were committed to taking the Mother Road and eschewing the evil Interstate. Between yesterday, when Marly and Robin were holding down the fort, and today, we greeted approximately 85 visitors, although not all of them were from the Power Tour. Most of those who came from the Power Tour were, interestingly enough, from Canada. Once again, it appears that folks from other countries have more interest in and respect for Route 66 than our own countrymen. The Canadians who visited with us today were all so excited about being on the Mother Road!
Between yesterday and today, we saw folks from Tennessee, Sioux City IA, San Luis Obispo CA, Salt Lake City UT, St. Louis MO, Corpus Christi TX, Columbus OH, Manhattan KS, Muskokee,MI, Amity AR, Ontario Canada, New Kent VA, Springfield MO, Niwat CO, Denton TX, Chatham IL, Colorado, Athens AL, Beaumont TX, Fort Scott KS, Oslo Norway, and a large number of Oklahoma towns.
Several cars were already at the Station as Ron M. and I drove up. This array of colorful custom cars are owned by the Ontario, Canada folks.
Their leader was the gentleman below, whose enthusiasm for Route 66 knew no bounds. He simply didn't understand why so many of the Power Tour members chose to rush on the interstate to their next evening meeting place. We liked him and his attitude!!