September continues to start off with a bang. There were 40 visitors to Afton Station today, and that's not even counting the tour group that was supposed to come but didn't. Actually, I left at 3:30 but Phil was going to stay for another hour in case they showed up, and I hope they did. The biker group is led by Friend-of-Route 66 Ken "Landrunner" Turmel, and it wouldn't be like him to blow off the entire stop, so I'm assuming that some difficulty befell the group that resulted in them getting behind.
But now, for those who did visit. . . They came from (take a deep breath, it's a long list) Sioux City IA, Kiefer OK, Springfield MO, Choctaw OK, Sand Springs OK, Goodrich MI, Woodward OK, Kansas City MO, Miami OK, Tulsa OK, Grove OK, and...... Perth Australia, Hamilton New Zealand, Bratslava Slovakia, and Tokyo Japan! Quite a varied and interesting group.
This Australian fellow is traveling solo across the U.S.A., and his enormous undertaking will take him to all 50 states. He has already visited the lower 48 and when he completes Route 66 he will fly to Alaska for a few days then fly to Hawaii on his way back to Australia, thus completing the full 50! The whole trip will have taken 4 1/2 months by the time he's done. His wife was with him for most of the trip, but had to fly back early, leaving him to complete the feat alone.