Day 17 – Shamrock to Weatherford

Our 17th day on PAC tour sees us taking a historical trip along large sections of the old Route 66. We joined this on and off throughout the day and had two museum visits along the way. Total distance for the day was scheduled to be 106 miles with around 2500ft of ascent.

We left Shamrock at a leisurely 7am and took a steady ride out of town. After 15 miles we passed through the small town of Texola, a meer shadow of its former glory back in the hey day of Route 66. Here we saw the “No Place Saloon” :-

"There's no place like this place"

"There's no place like this place"

At least Texans have a sense of humour!

A couple of miles further on we crossed the state border into our eighth state – Oklahoma. This was our first state border without a state sign – so no pic of this one! We were very much now in the bible belt of the mid west as we passed a church of one kind or another every few miles.

The National Route 66 Museum

The National Route 66 Museum

Our next stop was the National Route 66 museum. It made a pleasant change to have a stop for a “tourist” reason. The museum itself was quite interesting and featured a wealth of Americana.

An early Ford at the museum

An early Ford at the museum

A Corvette from the 70's

A Corvette from the 70's

A Historical Route 66 marker as seen along the highway

A Historical Route 66 marker as seen along the highway

After the museum we carried on down some fairly flat roads to lunch and then at the first SAG after lunch we stopped at our second museum of the day – The Oklahoma Route 66 museum. This was a smaller affair than the first one but well worth the visit.

Flat road on Route 66

Flat road on Route 66

Welcome to Oklahoma - outside the Route 66 museum

A belated welcome to Oklahoma - outside the Route 66 museum

A blade from a wind turbine - near Weatherford.

A blade from a wind turbine - near Weatherford.

Throughout the last few days, we have at times passed by some big wind farms and as long ago as Oregon we have been passed by large trucks carrying parts for new installations. On entering Weatherford we came across a blade on display in a local park. The shear size of the thing was really impressive.

Our hotel for the night was the Holiday Inn Express and our evening meal was taken next door at the famous route 66 diner “Lucille’s Roadhouse” The steak served there and the service were amongst the best on the trip.

Stars for the day:-

Distance: 106 miles

Climbing: 2500ft

Temps: topped out in the low 90’s

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