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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Took a ride up north today only three miles off the Mother Road 66. This industrial area would be considered an eyesore to most but to a car guy like me it's worth looking at, it's the place where cars go to die. I got to looking and noticed I was driving a car much older than these things that are already being scrapped, that's too bad we live in a throwaway society. I logged about 50 miles and didn't get much over 55 mph, the front end shake is back.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Small ride today maybe 60 miles, 37 degrees perfect for air cooled car with a working heater, flaps and thermo working Very Happy cruised by what was a defense plant one of six built during WW2 to manufacture bombers. It was Air Force plant number 3 which housed Douglas, later to become Mc Donnell Douglas which eventually was absorbed into Boeing. itís massive over a mile long. Itís a black out structure with no windows, some of it bomb proof and a least two levels below ground hidden to all. So itís built like a brick shithouse and continues to stand, it belongs to the city and is mostly vacant except for part which is used to manufacture school buses. Thousands and thousands and from here they go all over the world. A few quick pics. Assembly line manufacturing jobs still exist here. You canít see the rows behind whatís in the pic but it goes way back. Thatís a 7000 volt electric fence you wouldnít want to take a leak on that. Very Happy Very Happy if you google ďAir Force plant number 3 it will give you a complete history of this magnificent building complete with aerial photo. Ck that out.
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Most of what I've shown you so far has been very close to Route 66, this old factory is no exception, it's roughly 2 miles off mother road. The road itself has many hidden gems but the really obscure often overlooked is just around the corner or in this case 2 miles off the road. So much history no wonder people come from all over the world to see this. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Wow what a difference six months makes, no the car and myself have not been dormant just nothing of any consequence worth mentioning. Today was different and this time the wife came with me, she usually prefers a newer car with creature comforts. This drive was again right up Route 66 to a little town called Claremore and to RSU aka Rogers State University to see the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall. This is a smaller version of the big wall in Washington DC.

I Wasnít ready for it, even in miniature form it seems huge and then thereís all those names and you begin to realize just how many folks this touched beyond the names on the wall. The living veterans were there, some disabled. A volunteer explained how the names are arranged beginning in 1959 all the way up to 1975. 1968 was the year with most casualties, 68 was just a shitty year in so many ways. I snapped a few pics along the way including a schedule of where it will be during 2018. If it comes to a town near you take a look.
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Getting cold drinks ready for the ride up
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Beginning mileage
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Tracing a name off the wall, I think they supply the paper and pencil
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Straight up the middle by the wreath is where it starts, 1959 going up in years towards the right then it circles around back coming up the left to 1975 so it begins and ends in same place.


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Static displays gives background info
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Zoom in on that map this is the moving wall schedule for 2018
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Thatís me parked a respectable distance away

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I wouldnít be me unless I ran the car balls out every once in awhile. It was about noon 90 degrees humidity high didnít miss a beat. Whatís that they say? Drive it like you stole it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Along Route 66 right downtown youíll find the Blue Dome. The dome was built in 1924 as a White Star gas station with 9 pumps and the proprietor lived on the upper level. In 1954 the Highway was rerouted and the gas station went out of business and sat vacant before being repurposed into a bar. Now this place is the anchor for entire neighborhood know as the blue dome district with restaurants and shops and even a yearly festival. Just another odd thing along the big mother road.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

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Along Route 66 right downtown youíll find the Blue Dome. The dome was built in 1924 as a White Star gas station with 9 pumps and the proprietor lived on the upper level. In 1954 the Highway was rerouted and the gas station went out of business and sat vacant before being repurposed into a bar. Now this place is the anchor for entire neighborhood know as the blue dome district with restaurants and shops and even a yearly festival. Just another odd thing along the big mother road.
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Like everything now thereís bunch of info on this place just google Tulsa blue dome, itís also got a wiki page. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

These are awesome pictures! I hope to do some more long-distance cruises after I retire in March.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

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These are awesome pictures! I hope to do some more long-distance cruises after I retire in March.

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Iíve really only ventured out about 75 miles in either direction of Route 66, but a lot of this stuff is just a mile or two off the road. Iíve thought about driving up to Chicago along whatís left of the road. Although some of the places are preserved many more are being destroyed to make room for convenience stores and subway sandwich places.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Max Welton wrote:
These are awesome pictures! I hope to do some more long-distance cruises after I retire in March.

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If you do, a) take lots of pics, b)if you choose to follow as much of route 66 as possible, take an old VW or a 4WD vehicle, there was another thread where the poster decided to travel a lot of the original abandoned sections & they were almost impassible due to neglect.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

I've done four Berg Cruises, countless San Jose to Phoenix trips and a number of Colorado Springs to Phoenix solo rides. In 2007 my wife and I drove the remaining Rt 66 alignments from Santa Fe to the west coast with another family in our 68 type-3 Squareback and their 66 type-2. I only stopped daily-driving in 2016 when my work schedule reached a point where I could no longer keep up with the maintenance. All my stuff is waiting for me in the barn.

My bucket list includes a trip to the big experimental fly-in in Oshkosh WI. At one point they used aircooled cars for on-site transpo. But that probably isn't the case any more. I just like airplanes.

Oh, and I want to drive the length of the Alaska Highway in one my 67s. That will probably be a solo ride. I doubt my wife will be down for that one. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

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Max Welton wrote:
These are awesome pictures! I hope to do some more long-distance cruises after I retire in March.

Max

If you do, a) take lots of pics, b)if you choose to follow as much of route 66 as possible, take an old VW or a 4WD vehicle, there was another thread where the poster decided to travel a lot of the original abandoned sections & they were almost impassible due to neglect.


There are several books available which explain in detail the entire road as well as certain points of interest. To add to the confusion itís been re routed over the years and some of it lacks signage when you get into urban areas. Entire sections between have been paved over and incorporated into the Interstate highway system but thereís still a bunch of it left to enjoy. Some preservation efforts have been made and believe it or not tourists from all over the world are drawn to this road seeking a look back at classic Americana.
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Another venue just a few blocks off 66 this is The Brady aka The old lady on Brady. Itís on the National register of historic places built in 1914 itís seen a lot of action through the years. The bricks on the front donít match as an add on in 1953 but it stays busy. Weíve been going here over 30 years, have seen Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper, Moody Blues, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and many many others. July 7th Bill Maher will do an HBO special here and Iíll be there again. Funny thing about this place the seats seem too small but thatís only because people have much bigger asses than they did when this place was built. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Here we are again one or two blocks off 66 Mother Road parked next to the Woodie Guthrie museum, in 2020 all of Bob Dylanís stuff will be here too within walking distance.
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All those porto potties are there because a major bicycle race was going on which attracts thousands of folks.
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This last photo shows me at Greenwood and Archer aka known as Black Wall Street. In 1921 this whole area was burned to ashes in a terrible race riot. We cannot escape our past but we can learn from it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Now we are at Cainís Ballroom and itís been around since 1924, itís on the national register of historic places. It started out as a parking garage built by one Tate Brady to store his car collection. Tate sold it to Madison Cain around 1930 maybe he didnít need a garage after the 29 crash Iím guessing. It went for years as a dance studio and was home to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, they did live radio for years out of this place. Towards the end of the 50s they locked it down and it was vacant till 70s and it changed hands again. They booked Elvin Bishop to open it followed by The Sex Pistols in 1977. From then on it went Avant-garde and was host to all the unusual acts. In the last 10 years itís been refurbished and stays very busy now in fact this whole downtown section has been redone and is busy as hell every weekend. It has a Wikipedia page and itís own website ck it at. www.cainsballroom.com


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruising Route 66 Reply with quote

Always good to read about your adventures out Rt66 driving the bug. Wife calls it "skittles" right?

Just something great about taking a Sunday drive, visiting historic places in a classic car. A guaranteed way to have a good Sunday, I think.

Haven't heard you talk about winding up 'ol Skittles lately though. Recall reading some time ago about a shimmy/shake. Get that fixed and/or wind the VW up to "Zundfolge speed" lately?

Happy Bug'n, Zundfolge
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