2015 USA Road Trip Day 5: St Louis MO to Joplin MO
Had a good start to the day by visiting Cuba, Missouri which is well known for its murals, and I took a few photos. I also visited Hayes Shoe Store, which is listed as being a tourist attraction on many Route 66 websites but ... it's just a shoe shop. They have a couple of shoes in a glass case (not a matching pair!) which once belonged to Robert Pershing Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived. I went in and chatted to the owner for about half an hour, mainly about guns and how safe they are and it's only the people shooting other people that cause all the trouble. Hard for me to really get my teeth into that since I don't think I've ever seen a gun ... and it did cross my head not to tell him that in case I got a guided tour of the 20 that he owned!
I love the fact that the town of Cuba has a bank called the People's Bank - someone clearly has a sense of humour (or doesn't understand the significance ...)
As I was driving out of Cuba I promised myself not to take a photo of EVERY single sign that made me laugh. Oh, OK, just the one then ...
Another stop on my list was to visit the world's largest rocking chair, just a few miles outside Cuba in the town of Fanning. It was just a great big chair in the middle of nowhere with a big barn-type souvenir shop. The owner was very friendly and again I stayed longer chatting to her than I expected. Bought a couple of bits and pieces, then ran out into the empty snow-covered yard, got the tripod out of my suitcase for the first time and took a photo of myself next to the big chair!
My next stop was to visit Stonehenge. This is a half-size model of the probable layout of the original before it fell over. It's on the side of a busy road, a project of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in the town of Rolla and I had to park in their small car park next to it. I drove past it once and had to do a U turn and find it, so it doesn't quite stick out on the landscape like the original Stonehenge does.
Today was a bit opposite to my other days in that I usually cover a lot of miles first thing and then meander around slowly. I did the opposite today, so after my stop in Rolla I spent about 3 hours driving, stopping for petrol and buying some chicken tenders for lunch (note to self - do NOT buy chicken from a petrol station again, as it is as good as it sounds). I made it through to Joplin and like many small towns there seems to be a cluster of about 7 or 8 hotel chains plus petrol stations and drive-to restaurants on the edge of town, so I booked into another Comfort Inn at about 3.30pm and settled in for the night. Just realised I've driven 1200 miles and I haven't seen anyone use their indicator yet.
I walked over to Pitchers Sports Bar for dinner and had an excellent and highly unhealthy burger with fries and tea (yes, tea). The food and the service were both great but the tea was terrible - they couldn't find any milk so I had to drink it with French vanilla creamer, which was not a good idea. On the 5 minute walk back from the restaurant I passed a petrol station and went in to buy some fresh milk - and it was only after I started drinking it that it was two days out of date. It doesn't smell bad though and it didn't keep me up all night, I imagine it's been extra refrigerated over here ...
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Last updated 20 February 2015 14:06
I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.