To our humble restored gas station they came from:
Switzerland, Canada, England, New Zealand, Spain, S. Africa, Australia, and France
And from the U.S., they came from:
Oregon, Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, California, and Oklahoma
There were 88 (or more!) visitors, which created an atmosphere of gleeful exhaustion as Ron M. and I scurried to give each and every traveler a hearty welcome, an invitation to check out the vintage car showrooms, a bottle of cold water if they appeared to be suffering from impending heat stroke (it was over 100 degrees today), and any directions they might need as they proceeded down Route 66 to their next destinations. It was clearly a day that shouted "This is what Route 66 is all about!"
So, how about some photos. . .
blacktopcandys.com , which hires classic cars. We had not heard of it before, but their website is full of useful information. We've been saying for years that there would be a market for vintage car rentals. Glad to know someone is doing it!
This guy from France wins our prize for "Most Beer Bottle Caps Sewn on a Leather Vest". This was most impressive! All are from beers from the France/Belgium/Switzerland region, he explained. It must be an incredibly heavy thing to wear!
A group of 20 Swiss motorcycle riders were the first visitors of the morning. This young man from the group was fascinated by the '65 Chevy, so we let him take a "ride".
Two gentlemen from Madrid, Spain. Spanish guys are always handsome, and these were no exception. (One of the perks of this job... ha ha)
This trailer being pulled behind a hefty motorcycle becomes a pop-up tent for this couple from Birmingham, Alabama. Very clever and according to the owners, relatively easy to pull down Route 66. Cool!
This gentleman from Dayton, Oregon had been here before and is very appreciative of what we do here. We enjoyed a long conversation with him before the rest of the world came knocking at our door.
There's so much more I could talk about today, but I'm still recovering from yesterday. On Tuesday we will be at the Station to greet Rodger Fox's "Ride for the Relay" that stops by every year. We hear that he has 130 people in his entourage this year. They ride for various cancer related charities and have been doing so for 10 years. We always appreciate their visit!