Somewhere, under the rainbow…

…it’s probably raining.

We knew we had a long drive ahead of us, from Tulsa, through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri to St Louis (400+ miles), so not a lot of time for stopping along the way.  Although we did manage to fit in a couple of photo ops…

We found an original piece of Route 66 between Afton and Miami, Oklahoma.

We found an original piece of Route 66 between Afton and Miami, Oklahoma.

When they first built Route 66 in Oklahoma they only made this section one lane to save money.  It's known as the "Sidewalk Highway".

When they first built Route 66 in Oklahoma they only made this section one lane to save money. It's known as the "Sidewalk Highway".

We found a friend also using the sidewalk highway.  There were other cars coming, so Lance carefully moved him to the grass verge.

We found a friend also using the sidewalk highway. There were other cars coming, so Lance carefully moved him to the grass verge.

The Rainbow Arch Bridge, Kansas.  The only one of its kind remaining on Route 66.

The Rainbow Arch Bridge, Kansas. The only one of its kind remaining on Route 66.

Kan-O-Tex historic gas station in Galena, Kansas.  The name stands for Kansas-Oklahoma-Texas.

Kan-O-Tex historic gas station in Galena, Kansas. The name stands for Kansas-Oklahoma-Texas.

This old tow truck was the real inspiration for the character "Tow Mater" in the movie "Cars".

This old tow truck was the real inspiration for the character "Tow Mater" in the movie "Cars".

And then the rain began!!  As we drove through Kansas we could see storm clouds and lightning, and then just as we pulled up at the Kan-O-Tex in Galena the rain started.  We took shelter for a while and waited for it to ease, but we seemed to be driving the same way the storm was going, so we kept catching up with it!  This made the driving pretty slow going, and unfortunately we didn’t see much of Missouri…

Awesome storm clouds in Missouri.  There was lightning too.

Awesome storm clouds in Missouri. There was lightning too.

Joplin being rained on.  Just doesn't seem fair, does it?  We stayed away from the damaged areas but saw lots of broken windows and a couple of refuge centers.

Joplin being rained on. Just doesn't seem fair, does it? We stayed away from the damaged areas but saw lots of broken windows and a couple of refuge centers.

But we did manage to get to the famous Meramec caverns just in time for their last tour of the day!

The famous Meramec Caverns, Missouri.  Hideout of Jesse James.

The famous Meramec Caverns, Missouri. Hideout of Jesse James.

Meramec Caverns, MO

Meramec Caverns, MO

The curtain Stalactite, Meramec Caverns, MO

The curtain Stalactite, Meramec Caverns, MO

Oh, P.S.  If you’re ever in Missouri, don’t even think about speeding.  We saw more police pulling people over in one day then we’ve seen in the whole road trip to date!

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3 Responses to Somewhere, under the rainbow…

  1. Lyn says:

    Oh you guys are awesome….thanks Nathan for taking this photo
    Lyn xxx

  2. Andrew says:

    “Oh, P.S. If you’re ever in Missouri, don’t even think about speeding. We saw more police pulling people over in one day then we’ve seen in the whole road trip to date!”

    Be thankful you’ll be nowhere near Georgia this trip.

  3. Graeme Hetet says:

    Awesome pictures – keep them rolling!! Pity about Indy 500 with Scott Dixon but congrats to Dan Weldon.

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