Saturday, June 9, 2012
Tops on the list of unique and compelling stories is that of this gentleman from Yuma, Arizona. His shirt says it all. He's 86 years old, a year older than Route 66, and he's beginning a solo Route 66 tour, all the way from Chicago to L.A. on his motorcycle with sidecar. There's a down side to this story, however. While his bike was parked in the parking lot at the Chain of Rocks Bridge, his "file" was stolen. The file consisted of over 20 years of research leading up to this trip, including important phone numbers and addresses, maps, and long lists of places he wanted to visit. What a bummer! It wasn't going to stop him from completing his lifelong dream however. What a great guy, and so youthful for his advanced age.
(Warning: He said that two other cars were broken into that morning -- at 8:45 a.m. no less! -- and they belonged to visitors from foreign countries. What a sad way for those travelers to be greeted here in the U.S. Keep a close eye on your car when you're at the bridge.)
In other news: It was a very hot day at the Station today, but we survived all day without the air conditioning. Tomorrow, we'll turn it on right away. When Ron M. and I left for Tulsa after closing, the thermometer was reading 99. Phil, Robin, and Betty stopped in for a visit. I got word from Tattoo Man that his surgery was successful and he's resting comfortably. He hopes to be back in Afton by Wednesday. Today was Afton's official All Town Yard Sale, but it didn't affect us at all. Word has it that it was fairly successful, however.
This morning we drove by the nearly-completed Route 66 Interpretive Park at 11th St. and Mingo in Tulsa. It's looking good. The five concrete platforms in the photo will have bronze plaques affixed to them containing interpretive material. A bit of landscaping and cleanup will make the park quite beautiful, with a lovely vista. Check it out when you are in Tulsa.