Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 7 - Oklahoma City to Shamrock, Texas

We are approaching the halfway point of this journey. I have been shooting a lot of photos but for every one I take, I feel that I should be shooting 30 more. There is so much to see out here on the road. Much of it is nonspecific, just scenery and a rolling ribbon of old concrete. But there are also many reminders of the heyday of this road. It would add at leat a week to our trip if I stopped to photograph every abandoned old gas station. Their architecture is so unique and dated, they are like timecapsules. A highlight of today's drive was that we got to drive on many, many miles of the original Portland concrete roadway, most of which was in very good condition. The other highlight was seeing and photographing the U Drop Inn. There is something interesting to see around every bend of Route 66.

- Seth!

We made a brief, six-mile loop in Oklahoma City, with stops including a museum photo op and the OKC Federal Building memorial; a humbling experience. Soon we were on our way to, well, we didn't know at that point. Outside of El Reno was the entrance to a pristine section of Route 66. It has near-perfect 1930s concrete, complete with curbs, winding through the countryside. On that road, we crossed a 1933 truss bridge over a long gully. In Clinton, we stopped at the wonderful Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Further on, in Elk City, we visited the National Route 66 Association Museum. After a few more towns, we crossed into Texas. Next thing we knew, we were in Shamrock, Texas, our stop for the night. Our motel of choice was the Blarney Inn, a nice Irish-themed motel. A beautiful Art Deco tower called the U Drop Inn - Conoco Tower is in Shamrock and we visited it to take photos. That concludes Day Seven.

- Adrian

Below: Adrian at Hamons' Court (a.k.a. Lucille's) near Hydro, Oklahoma
Bottom: Our beloved Mustang at the U Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas

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