Picking up Route 66 where we had left it the day before we left Tulsa behind and continued on our quest. A great deal of the remaining fragments of the original road are private property along this stretch, but some are still public (or kept open to the public) so we were able to take some scenic (and bumpy) detours. Unsurprisingly, these sections are not particularly well signed (if they are signed at all) so we were unable to find all of them, but we did pretty well. One notable example includes a piece of folk art called the Shoe Tree, which, as the name suggests is a tree completely festooned with shoes.

Shoe Tree

Since it is a public collaboration work, there was also a more accessible log near the road also covered in shoes. I must make a small admission at this point, the first time we drove the loop, we couldn’t find it, only to double back along the main road to see that it was right there on the junction – Fail! Reaching Stroud, we headed straight for the famous Rock Café. Originally built in 1939 from old slabs of Route 66, it is still going strong. It was gutted by fire in 2008, but was restored and is now open again, and features original graffiti by John Lasseter (creator of Toy Story) as well as lots of Cars posters and memorabilia. Since we had another café on our list for the afternoon, we decided to go for a dessert here and a meal at Pops in Arcadia later on. An ice cream float each later, we got back on the road.

Original graffiti by John Lasseter

As we approached the town of Chandler I spotted a note in our EZ66 guide, that the author had his own art gallery there and that we should pop in and visit to get our book signed. Only a few hundred yards off the route we thought it was worth a try, unfortunately it looked very closed, with yellow tape blocking off the front steps so no autographs for me, which in truth doesn’t bother me too much, I was more interested in the Route 66 art gallery. Another closed private museum and a round red barn later, we arrived at Pops, a modern Route 66 landmark, complete with a 66 foot tall LED soda bottle. Inside we took a seat in the 50’s style diner and selected our drinks from the 400+ varieties of soda that they had available. Unfortunately, there was nothing vegetarian on the menu, and my chicken wrap was not great. The soda however was fantastic, I had a red apple flavoured one, which turned my tongue a charming shade of neon red, and Liz had a bizarre chocolate flavour one, which was chocolatey, but also fizzy.

The effect of red apple soda.

We then checked availability at the motels on our list for Oklahoma City and drove the final 30 or so miles to the Baymont Inn. Although it is a chain we were warmly welcomed with fresh baked cookies and our room prepared for us. The lady at the desk said to Liz “We hoped you would come so the room is all ready for you.” And they had very thoughtfully turned on the airconditioning so we had a cool room to welcome us. As has become a bit of a theme, most of the evening was spent blogging and chilling out, after a busy day on the road.

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