Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

Our journey along Route 66 is a mixture of old and new. Our stay at Boots Court in Carthage was new. A wonderful old 66 motel. Did you know there were carports in the 1930s?? Really cool. Our hostess was most helpful, suggesting eateries and places to stop. And we did stop, at the Gay Parita Sinclair Station in Paris Springs, Missouri. It goes back to the 1920s. We talked with the new owner, George. His wife is the daughter of a previous owner who restored the old station and saved it from destruction. George and Barb are restoring the old service garage, and may reconstruct the three motel cottages that stood behind the station. A good visit at a place we photographed in 2013 but did not visit.

We stayed again at the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, there since 1946. We got the "best" room this time. It has a wall full of old 66 pictures. Nearby Wrink's Market has been reopened by a granddaughter of Mr Wrink. We saw again the green frog painted on a rock on a hillside, the Trail of Tears campsite and private memorial, the Shaw Nature Reserve. We stopped to eat at the Lewis Cafe in St Clair, but no one was there from our visit in 2013. In St Louis we visited the free St Louis Art Museum, a first class museum. Good stuff from many periods and places.

Beyond St Louis is Illinois, and that was all new for us. We passed the Pink Elephant Antiques store with many cool things on the lawn. There is a beautifully restored Shell station in Mt Olive, and a cemetery memorial to Mother Jones who rallied for workers rights in the early 20th century. She is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery. Route 66 brought us to Springfield Missouri, where Abraham Lincoln lived in the only home that he ever bought. There he built a reputation that led him to the White House and history. As always, it is an excellent National Parks site.

At Springfield we are leaving Route 66. We have traveled in all eight states of Route 66. We have seen much, old and new. It is time for our last leg of this journey, the homeward leg.

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