You hear that a lot on Route 66. "It's all about the people". I'll bet some folks don't believe it as they start out on their Route 66 adventure expecting to see interesting, deteriorating buildings, an occasional diner or old motel, a bit of old brick roadbed. It doesn't take long, however, for them to realize the truth of the Mother Road. . . it really IS all about the people! What people? The folks who live along the road. The folks who work along the road. The travelers themselves.
That hasn't changed since Michael Wallis emphasized the importance of people several decades ago in his book "Route 66:The Mother Road", the volume which arguable started the resurgence of interest in Route 66 travel. He described, in his usual colorful way, some of the people who could be met and befriended along the road. Some of those people are still around. Many aren't. There is a new generation of people holding down the friendly reputation of the Road now, all of whom crave the fun of meeting new travelers and helping to educate them on what an incredibly wondrous piece of pavement they have chosen to explore.
I like to think I'm one of the newer generation of Route 66 people. I was a Route 66 traveler until about 14 years ago when I became one of those business owners along the route who loves what she does because she just plain loves people! Today the activity at my little museum in Afton, Oklahoma, was a perfect example of what turns me on about my business owner status.
I won't use many words tonight to describe any of the 25 visitors to Afton Station today, except to say they were a very interesting and energizing bunch. Some new friends, some old friends. The perfect mix. For example:
We also had visitors from N. Mankato MN, Jenks OK (bikers), Kosciusko MS, West Chester OH, Roland OK, and Fayetteville AR. Tattoo Man stopped for a while too, but left around noon to attend a tattoo convention in Tulsa. Just goes to show what a sunny, balmy day will do