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Spelunking through Missouri

Saint Louis to Springfield, MO

sunny 84 °F
View Route 66 on klemmes's travel map.

We got a late start this morning as we awaited our package with Ginine's replacement cellphone (that she lost yesterday). The salesperson at Verizon said it was being overnighted and should be expected at our hotel in the morning. Noon rolled around sooner than expected, and no sign of the phone. So we had to check out and had them deny the shipment, so we can have Verizon resend the phone after we return from our trip.
After finally heading out of town, we made one more stop in St Louis. To the "Ted Drewes Frozen Custard," home of the famous Concrete treat. This famous predecessor, similar to treats as the Blizzard and the McFlurry, is a cool retreat from Route 66. Their name "concrete" derives from the thickness of the treat, which is demonstrated with every purchase by tipping the cup upside down without losing its contents.
Leaving St Louis we passed through the small towns of Eureka, Allentown, and St Clair. Admiring the scenery of the rolling hills, while passing through our first glimpses of rock formations on this trip. Our next major stop of the day was in the town of Stanton, Missouri. Here we found the Meramec Caverns; which we have been drawing 66 goers off the road for decades with the help of painted barnsides being used as billboards. As our main stop of the day, we spent the most time here. Walking an hour long tour through the grand caverns, we took in the natural history of the land. Meramec Caverns are most famously known for the hideout of Jesse James. Down the road from the caverns was another related attraction. This being the Jesse James Wax Museum, which claims to hold the truth of his death. In the 1950s, a man with the alias John Dalton came out from shadows to claim he was the real Jesse James. At 102 years old, he stunned a nation with his tales and matching characteristics of this "American Robin Hood."
Further down the mother road we came upon the small town of Cuba, MO. Here we stumbled upon the newly refurbished Wagon Wheel Motel, murals among the buildings, and giant rocking chair just outside of town in Fanning. The rocking chair had to be over 60 feet tall, just sitting in the middle of Missouri's vineyard country. We had a late lunch on the road after stopping by the Circle N malt shop. We finally made it through the second half of the state, over the hills and through the rocks, only to arrive at a beautiful overlook at Devil's Elbow. As the sun set over the valley, we took some photos of a distant train trussel down below. We finally arrived pulled into our hotel in Springfield, MO just before the day changed. We grabbed a pizza and off to bed.

As a side note of the day,

We found it rather amusing over the number of adult bookstores and gentlemens clubs we came across while driving acoss the "Show Me" State. It puts a new perspective on how they chose the State nickname.

Song of the day:
"My Girl" by The Temptations

Posted by klemmes 16:41 Archived in USA Tagged tourist_sites

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You guys are SO cute! Love the blog. Can't wait to see you guys!

by Bethany

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