Stop Thirty One

Our remaining driving days and short overnight stays continued at our next stop, The Bobcat Creek RV Park in Sayer, Oklahoma for two nights. If you are still keeping track, Oklahoma is one of the few remaining new states for our map of the USA where we have stayed. The Bobcat RV Park is a quiet, serene, campground, privately owed by a couple who have owned it for just three years. Their check-in office is located in a convenience store behind their gas station. The RV park has no amenities, not a shower nor a rest room facility, just sites on the side of the hill, but it is well kept and maintained. You can tell they are working hard to keep improving their investment. What this campground does well is friendly customer service. Review after review tell about how they stayed late or helped their customers who were facing travel issues. But THE BEST thing about staying here is the catfish dinner. Cindy cooks it fresh to order and Loren delivers it right to your door, all for a reasonable fee. Not only was it delicious but way too much food. It was a two day meal for me! Ratings: Kathryn 4, Paul 4, out of 10.

Sayer is our last stop on Route 66. Of course The Mother Road continues on to Oklahoma City and then on to Chicago, but we are turning South heading to Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and eventually back to Florida. As a two day stop, we had the time for the short drive to Elk City to tour The National Route 66 Museum. We aren’t much for museums, and don’t like reading displays, but fortunately this was not that. As their brochure says “Inside the museum a road motif takes visitors to all eight states along the Mother Road form Illinois to California using photographs, vintage autos, and recorded personal accounts to vividly re-create the hey-day of this historic route.” They also created a town feel by bringing together historical buildings like the school house, chapel, doctors office, drug store, and railroad station. There is even a caboose on the property. You really do get the feel of what people found as they drove West.

It was my dream for a long time to drive across Route 66. On this trip, that included the towns of Seligman, Flagstaff, Winslow, Gallup, Albuquerque, The Musical Highway, Tucumcari, Sayre, and Elk City. In some places you don’t even know the road is there because it is not well marked or well travelled. In other places it has been replaced with I-40. In some places it is just sad, badly deteriorated and dilapidated. But in others places it has been preserved even celebrated! I guess that is true of more than just this route.

Next stop Ardmore, Oklahoma.

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