After he left Afton Station on Sunday, he headed for Trudy and Frank's awesome motel in Chelsea (Chelsea Motor Inn). I went home, assured that they'd have a great evening there, and as it turned out, they did. But I didn't find that out until the next day. On Monday, Ron M. and I reserved a room for Manu and Patrice at a motel on Route 66 in Tulsa. Then, as planned, we drove to the Blue Whale in Catoosa to meet up with them and "lead" them into Tulsa, since we were pretty sure he wouldn't want to stilt-walk in the rain in our fair city, where all the roads are torn up while being repaired. We waited quite a long time and they never arrived, so we left a note with Blaine Davis at the Blue Whale telling them what motel to go to, how to get there, and asking them to call me when they got the note. (BTW, we translated the note into French, for their ease in understanding.)
We heard nothing after that whatsoever until yesterday (Tues.) However, we did hear via the TV news that there was a shooting Mon. night at the very motel where we had put the Frenchmen up for the night! Uh oh, I said to myself -- actually I probably said something more salty! I knew that Manu wasn't involved, because the news reports (which, incidentally were all over the TV) said that police had shot a man accused of robbery and possibly murder who was holed up there, and whom they'd had surveillance on for many days. My worry then, however, was that Manu would be upset and think we put them up in a really crappy motel, whereas it was only a semi-crappy motel. LOL! (They needed to be as close to the eastern edge of Tulsa as possible, and this was the first choice.)
When I got to Afton Station yesterday morning, there was a phone message from Manu. They loved the fact that they got to witness the shooting and the police activity and all the news coverage! In fact, Manu used the words "incredible" and "a memorable adventure" in describing the incident. The way I see it, they got a little taste of the Wild West right here in Oklahoma. I breathed a sigh of relief!
I last heard from Manu and Patrice yesterday, but I presume they went on to Stroud, where they planned to spend last night. I'll keep you informed, or you can go to Manu's website at:
Now, about yesterday at Afton Station, another extremely busy and fulfilling day. Altogether we had 56 visitors, which is pretty amazing for a Tuesday. The focal point of the day was a visit from the Czeck Route 66 Association, but more on in a moment.
Other guests came from Sterling IL, Millstadt IL, Fairland OK, Pawhuska OK, Gresham OR, Salina KS, Fayetteville AR, Oklahoma City OK, Rimrock AZ, Monett MO, Albuquerque NM, and Houston TX.
The folks from Millstadt, IL arrived in this very cool custom rig with trailer.
The three couples from Gresham, OR came all the way across the country in a caravan of three custom vehicles, this eggplant truck being one of them.
The folks from Salina, KS had two very cute kids. Here, the little boy was mesmerized by my animated diorama from the "Cars" movie.
Here, the kids learned how to press pennies.