The Bob Waldmire U-Haul has arrived! According to Marly and Phil, the return trip was somewhat taxing due to the unexpected heaviness of the truck, abominable MPG numbers on the rig, and several wrong turns. But it's here, and we were thrilled to find that the mural is still in good condition despite the years it spent in the city maintenance yard at Elk City. We now need to research ways to preserve the painting and we also must do some work on the engine to get it purring again. Soon, it will be on display at Afton Station! Again, thanks so much to Marian and Ken Clark for the amazing donation!
In other news, Ron M. is still in pain but is sitting up a bit and we're all hoping his recovery will speed up from this point. I had plenty of help at the Station today, from Marly, Phil, Robin, and Tattoo Man. We weren't overwhelmed by numbers of visitors, but it was a pleasant day with some interesting groups.
Our first visitors were this family of 6 from Copenhagen, Denmark. Unfortunately, the air conditioner in their rented motor home went out yesterday and they spent a night in this ridiculous heat. Furthermore, the company can't send someone to fix it until tomorrow, so they're anticipating one more night of discomfort. I hope they decide to head for a motel tonight! Despite all of this, they were amazingly upbeat and still enjoying their Route 66 trip.
The fellow on the right of this picture is Dusty from Broken Arrow, OK, one of my blog readers. (Hi, Dusty!). He brought is family to check out Route 66 on their way home from a Branson, MO vacation. Nice to meet them all.
Visitors on Friday and Saturday (when Robin and Marly were at the helm) came from far and wide -- Thailand, Spain, England, Phoenix, Nevada, Nebraska, and Louisiana, among other places. There was also a visit from folks from AFTON, Michigan who used to live in AFTON, Oklahoma! Wish I'd been there!
I caught this cute picture of Robin and Phil as they were ready to leave for the day. Thanks again to all my volunteers. I have a feeling that without Ron M. at my side I might need their help even more over the next couple of weeks.