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    Route 66 return from St Louis

    The Karel Staple Chapter is putting together a return trip from the St Louis meet and would like to invite our Southern California friends to join in the caravan. Anyone else that would like to join up as a partial participant are also welcome.

    Our plans are just coming together so we would be interested in ideas. My only request is that we pass through every town in the song from St Louis to San Bernardino.

    I would like to write a story for Turning Wheels about the trip.

    Who's in?
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    Way to promote Jon! We are actually starting out from the Sacramento area heading for St Louis. Tentative plan is to leave early Friday before the meet and arrive Monday afternoon in time to get settled and attend the Welcome event. Travelling I-80 with stops in Wendover and Cheyenne and then heading south with a stop Sunday night in Nebraska City. The way there will be long drives each day, but on the way back West on Rt 66 we will take our time and enjoy the Mother Road! Please join us for any part of the journey we would love to have a nice caravan of Studebakers! Come along and check Drive Route 66 in a Studebaker off you Bucket List!
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    On the way to the Glendale meet we got several pamphlets and a book and mapped out our route (I never realized that there were so many changes in the Route 66 "alignment") We thought we had it nailed... until we started trying to follow it on the road. Then we ended up at a little gas station in Missouri and met Gary Turner at the Gay Parita service station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri. Gary set us straight with a book that was easy to follow all the way from there to Flagstaff where we turned south. (right now I cannot find the thing... This was the first issue and it went from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean... a bit later the second edition came out going the other direction.) If I can find it, I will post the info on this link. DO NOT MISS THE STOP at the Gay Parita station!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdude View Post
    The Karel Staple Chapter is putting together a return trip from the St Louis meet and would like to invite our Southern California friends to join in the caravan. Anyone else that would like to join up as a partial participant are also welcome.

    Our plans are just coming together so we would be interested in ideas. My only request is that we pass through every town in the song from St Louis to San Bernardino.

    I would like to write a story for Turning Wheels about the trip.

    Who's in?
    Be sure to stop in Winslow, Arizona and drive one block over from westbound 66 to "Standin' On The Corner" Park on eastbound 66. While you're there drive a couple more blocks east and stop at the LaPosada Hotel, have lunch or dinner in the Turquoise Room, a little pricey, but fantastic menu and food.
    Be sure to read http://www.studebaker-info.org/Route66/tripticket.html, the story of our Potomac Chapter 6.000-mile trip in 2003. Then, Oklahoma and Arizona had the best attractions, but Route 66 has become popular enough that other states on the route have done more to recognize it. For example, just west of St Louis there is a nice Route 66 Museum right off I-44.

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    Guys thanks for the info and the link to previous adventures. Deaf Mute I hope you can find the book information We would love to have that.

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    Pat,
    I am still looking! Perhaps Mama is right, I just may have too much stuff!

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    Just FYI, there is a very active Route 66 Association of Missouri. Their website is missouri66.org which contains links to other state associations and a lot of additional information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaf Mute View Post
    On the way to the Glendale meet we got several pamphlets and a book and mapped out our route (I never realized that there were so many changes in the Route 66 "alignment") We thought we had it nailed... until we started trying to follow it on the road. Then we ended up at a little gas station in Missouri and met Gary Turner at the Gay Parita service station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri. Gary set us straight with a book that was easy to follow all the way from there to Flagstaff where we turned south. (right now I cannot find the thing... This was the first issue and it went from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean... a bit later the second edition came out going the other direction.) If I can find it, I will post the info on this link. DO NOT MISS THE STOP at the Gay Parita station!!!
    Hi all, We went to a memorial at Gay Parita several weeks ago for the gentleman that used to run the Gay Parita station and at that time his heirs were not sure they were going to keep the tradition going. I hope they do because it was a small but cool stop on route 66.

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    I have yet to find the Route 66 info I was looking for at home... But in the interest of the SDC and the folks at the Karel Staple Chapter, I drove to Victorville California (actually I am here visiting relatives) and I found the information you need.

    Volume 1 Images of 66 by David Wicklineis the book you need. I am sure it is available on line. Another book (but in my opinion... not as good for following while on the road) is EZ66 Guide For Travels by Jerry McClanahan.
    I just finished visiting with Sharon Foster of the VICTORVILLE OLD TOWN ROUTE 66 HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
    When you figure out what day you will be in Victorville, contact her at sharonfosterav@gmail.com and she will put the welcome mat out for you. You could also call her at 760+553-3068. I told her to expect several interesting people with Studebakers!

    When in Missouri, DO NOT MISS the Munger Moss Sandwich Shop at Devil's Elbow (just east of Ft. Leonard Wood), it is a bit of a bikers bar now, but great burgers & the ceiling full of bras is worth checking out (or adding to). Another neat stop to make in California is the Historic Summit Inn (5970 Mariposa Rd., Oak Hills, CA)... I had a great burger there a few years back & it is packed with historic photos, etc. For more California Rt66 info, check out www.route66CA.org
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    This picture was taken at Spencer, MO a few miles from the Gay Parita station. Be sure to stop here. The pavement in front of the station was poured in 1926 and still has the hand troll marks visible.
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    This picture was taken at the Gay Parita station. I don't think the gas price has gone up yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary1953 View Post
    This picture was taken at the Gay Parita station. I don't think the gas price has gone up yet.

    We'll have to make it point to stop here and top off our tanks.

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    I saw a note indicating that perhaps the proprietor, Gary Tuner, has passed away & that the place may be up for sale... I DO NOT KNOW THIS TO BE A FACT Gary was one of the best spokesmen for old route 66!
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    Gary Turner did indeed pass away last year.
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    Duane and Gary, thanks so much for your information and going the extra miles on Route 66 to help us out. We are still looking for people to join in with us for all or any part of our journey. Going or coming back.

    Pat

    OK, I just found a used version of this book in good condition on Amazon, along with this one, Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers, 2nd Edition. With these I think we will be able to sit down and plan a route with great stopping points.
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    Wednesday, we ate at "Emma Jeans Hollandburger Café" on old route 66 in Victorville, CA. GREAT MEAL... but not room for many people. [17143 Route 66 ("D" St.) Victorville, CA].
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    It is not a bad drive up 66 north to Pontiac, IL, where the Rte. 66 Museum is located. I visited it again on way home from SB recently. One of the volunteers, Jim Jones, there is an SDC member. The Pontiac museum is also there.
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    Route 66 will get a lot of press this summer. My wife and I are doing the Great American Tour June 18 - 28th in conjunction with the Great American Race, starting in Kirkwood MO and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, the end of Rte 66. Of the 25 cars on the tour, two are Avantis. Hugh Edfors will be driving the other Avanti. The tour, taking 10 days to get to CA has the lodging, tours of many Rte 66 attractions, festivals,evening car shows and all meals included. Gas and beer are the only items not included on the tour. The Great American Race is open to vintage (up to 1972) cars competing for some nice prize money for winning. This is the inaugural Great American Tour, limited to 25 vintage (up to 1980) cars, following roughly the same route but taking in all the attractions along the way, meeting and interacting with the race participants in the evenings.

    We're planning on taking many pics and writing about the trip. We'll get the information about the trip and stops together in time for anyone from CA wanting to follow the route back to CA after the IM in August. We are planning a return through CO to see family and have a small family reunion just before July 4th. As its now 10 days from starting the tour, I'm anxious to get going on the tour.
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    Wow that sounds like fun. Look forward to seeing your report.

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    Paul,
    I hope you get your Avanti back together in time to make the trip.
    Are you coming back from Colorado on I-80? If so check out the neat museum in Kearney, (NE part of town 3600 East HWY 30, next to Cabella's). 308+234-1964

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    Any further info on when leaving St. Louis, thanks.

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    We will probably leave sometime on Saturday Morning 8/22. We are still working on a plan for stops and times and will certainly look for input from the folks who join in.

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    It was a very eventful trip home. I will be writing a story for Turning Wheels. I wrote one for the trip out to St Louis and stopped there because it was getting too long. I plan to make the Route 66 venture Part Two. Here's a teaser picture.

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    Wow, that is a fancy Conoco station. It almost dwarfs your beautiful car. Glad I got to see it in St. Louis and talk to you briefly.


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    Sdude, The Conoco station and U Drop Inn right behind it, located in Shamrock TX, was my favorite sight on the Great American Tour we did from St. Louis to Santa Monica in June. I don't know if there are any other stations as striking as that beautiful station is. Kudos to the local citizens and everyone else that helped restore the station, I think in 2006.
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    It was stunning and we just "happened" upon it. I thought the color of my car looks great against the color of the building. I took a lot of pictures there.

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    Sdude, any color or make of car looks good with the station in the background! I consider the station one of the best sights along Rte 66.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plwindish View Post
    Sdude, any color or make of car looks good with the station in the background! I consider the station one of the best sights along Rte 66.
    Just read your Route 66 story in The Strato-Vue. It was fun to see how many places we also saw. I was thinking as we were exploring how much better it would have been to take an organized tour led by those that knew all the cool places to stop. We totally winged it and still had a great time. Like they said in the books we read, you can do the mother road more than once and see new things each time.

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    Sdude. Do you have a lot of pictures or a video of Route 66? If you do please make a post of them here I think most would like to see it. Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swvalcon View Post
    Sdude. Do you have a lot of pictures or a video of Route 66? If you do please make a post of them here I think most would like to see it. Steve.
    Look for the story in a future Turning Wheels. No videos as I am technologically challenged. I sent Ann a bunch of pictures but which ones and how many she publishes is entirely up to her. I may consider posting more after the story comes out but I want her to get the first choice. I do have a lot of pictures.

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