Friday, May 17, 2013

Yesterday's Blog Today

I just wish I had more time to devote to this blog post because yesterday was so wonderful at Afton Station. I'm running late again, but I have a lot of photos from  yesterday, so I'll show them with little fanfare.  Although the bus tour from the Green Bay area of Wisconsin came near the end of the day, I want to tell you about it first.   This very plain "kneeling" bus pulled up exactly on time at 4:20, and 58 lovely senior citizens piled out and entered the Station with big smiles on their faces.  They're on a 13-day tour that will take them the full length of Route 66.
They shopped and looked at the cars and asked lots of good questions.  Thank goodness Ron M. was there to help out.  
Tattoo also stopped by and found it a great time to show off his new ride!
Our 26 other visitors (oh yeah, it was a BUSY day!) came from the Austrian Tyrol, Gold Coast Australia, New Zealand, Manchester England, Belfast Ireland, Mulhouse France, Springfield MO, Kansas City MO, Olathe KS, Wichita KS, Greenfield IN, and Afton and Miami, OK.  
This son from Wichita, KS brought his parents who are visiting from Belfast, Northern Ireland.   They are here to see their grandson graduate but are also lucky enough to be able to take a short Route 66 jaunt as well.
From our favorite other hemisphere came these two guys, one from New Zealand and one from Australia.  They are self-proclaimed "car guys"!
And this couple, our first visitors of the day, hail from the Tyrol, Austria.
How about these handsome guys from Manchester, England?
Three ladies from Springfield, MO.   The two on the ends have visited before and came back to show their friend (middle) the wonders of Route 66.   The two repeat visitors are also postcard collectors, and I have such an affinity for those who share this obsession with me.
Our last visitors of the day, two gentlemen from Kansas City, MO were intrigued by the cars and the whole mystique of Route 66.  They stayed for a long time and one of them even interviewed me on video.   Felt like such a star!   They came with these two cute pups, Tima and Stella.

One of the most interesting events of the day was when traffic was stopped in the middle of Afton to allow room for absolutely the longest "Oversize Load" we've ever seen.  Check it out.  The load stretches to as far as you can see in the photo, even beyond the light pole on the left.  Impressive!  I just wonder how they made that corner in Vinita!  
I arrived home very late last night (about 3 hours later than usual) so I'm a bit weary today, but life goes on and I'll be back in Afton in the morning.   Hope to see some of you then!

5 comments:

Susan Yates said...

What a great day! The enthusiasm radiates from your visitors' smiles. May there be many more days such as this one at Afton Station this travel season.

Beth said...

Wow, sounds like a wonderfully crazy, busy day! Yahooo!

What is that truck hauling?

Laurel said...

Thanks, Susan and Beth --

Beth, there were lots of us there when the truck went by, and nobody had a clue what that stuff was. If my ex, an engineer, had been there, he would have known. Maybe Ken knows.

Laurel

Tima Svoboda said...

The video and Tima's blog post is at http://svobodakc.blogspot.com/2013/05/us-66-afton-station.html

Thanks for staying late for us and letting us have such a great visit...

Stevo, Ken, Tima and Stella

Amie said...

This is cool!