How about a real road original, the Cozy Dog? The Cozy Drive-In in Springfield is another classic place that serves up a memorable (in a good way) meal to the Route 66 road wanderer. The one-of-a-kind family owned establishment actually predates Route 66 by about a hundred years, Funk’s Grove? Funk’s Grove is home of the world renowned Funk’s Grove Maple Sirup. Yes, that’s how it’s spelled. That’s the real old fashioned way to spell Syrup, and Funk Grove Maple Sirup is definitely the real thing! In Missouri there are the old barns with painted tops that read "See Meramac Caverns." There is also the Chain of Rocks bridge, Ted Drew's frozen custard, mom and pop motels....and no you don't get any skymiles for staying there....what you do get is a wonderful piece of americana that the interstates of our country took away from us. Kansas is the next state you pass through if you plan to drive the entire length and there you will see 12.8 miles of the Mother Road. In its day service stations were scattered among the way....remember those? That was back when some man would come out and actually "service" your car. The road was designed for Oklahoma. Woodie Guthrie sang of this road, Will Rogers name was given to it, Catoosa had a blue whale and even from the beginning....and the great migration during the American Dust Bowl period, Oklahoma and Route 66 played a major road in the formation of our country. Texas holds the Cowboy Motel, Britten Tower in Groome, the Bug Ranch ( and no it is not creepy crawly things...it is VW beetles half buried in the ground.) In New Mexico mom and pop business sprang up everywhere. Motel Row with its neon signs were splattered across the scenery. You will cross the continental divide here. The road through New Mexico is not as good as the one through Texas...but the government is studying it (and we know how that is). Arizona was Indian country and everywhere there were touristy opportunities to see Native American life at its best, the Grand Canyon, and Canyon Diablo. The end draws near and Route 66 actually ends right in front of the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles. That is actually one of the few sections of the road I have seen. Yep, I am seriously going to plan this bucket trip....Europe will just have to wait. I am going to set out to finish finding America....a little at a time. Let me see.....I lack Alaska, Vermont.....and Route 66. How much of America have you seen? Last night on an episode of Undercover Boss one of the people told a story about her dad wanting to see the Grand Canyon. Part of the reward she got for good service...was a trip to the Grand Canyon for her family....in honor of the dad....because he never made it. I have stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon....and let me tell you....it took my breath away. Happy Monday.
To Joey, With Love....WINNER!
7 months ago