The whole 12-mile event was done in tribute to Rogers Co. citizen Clem McSpadden (great-nephew of Will Rogers) who died recently, and who had been the mover and shaker behind the rodeo scene in this part of the world. Bet you didn't know that today was officially Clem McSpadden Day, did you? :-)
But that was just the tip of the iceberg of my less-than-boring day. We had a whopping SEVENTY-THREE visitors at Afton Station! It was on wild day, with scarcely a minute for breathing or having lunch or just kicking back. The biggest surprise was the annual visit from the Tulsa Harley Club, which roared into the Station forty strong. They come every year, but never let me know ahead of time. It really doesn't matter, though. I love having them and they're great guests. They stayed for about 20 or 30 minutes, bought a lot of water and pop (it was a hot day) and checked out the cars and the Route 66 stuff.
The rest of the guests came from Idabell, Broken Bow, Grove, Salina, and Vinita OK, Fayetteville AR, Chanute KS, Plano TX, Laguna Beach CA, Belton MO, Milwaukee WI, Shreveport LA, Poplar Grove IL, and Germany. I believe that greeting visitors from 9 states and one foreign country breaks the one-day record at Afton Station. Everyone is on the road for the Memorial Day weekend, and it certainly isn't hurting us. I love days like this. And tomorrow, the Wichita (KS) Model A Club is arriving. If anyone wants to see about 20 Model As, come to Afton at about noon tomorrow. It should be fun!
Note the new paint job on our roof in one of the above photos. Yes, it's finally done, and back to it's terra cotta look.
Well, Laurel, I'm glad it was just US in the car, especially when we both belted out Frankie Laine's theme from "Rawhide".....
Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'
Keep movin', movin', movin',
Though they're disapprovin',
Keep them doggies movin' Rawhide!
Don't try to understand 'em,
Just rope and throw and grab 'em,
Soon we'll be living high and wide.
Boy my heart's calculatin'
My true love will be waitin', be waiting at the end of my ride.
Move 'em on, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em out,
Move 'em on, head 'em out Rawhide!
Set 'em out, ride 'em in
Ride 'em in, let 'em out,
Cut 'em out, ride 'em in Rawhide.
I see we got the lyrics almost right. Well, not really almost. We got them somewhat right. But we got the tune perfectly! Good thing we weren't too close. Could have started a stampede.
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