10/10/2007: Day 1: St. Louis to Oklahoma City
We finally got on the road at noon. Basically, the driving was easy. But we spent 9 hours doing it after starting in cranky moods. So it wasn't an easy day.
We didn't stop for any interesting roadside things, but just tried to make miles. We did buy gas a few miles off of the Interstate, where old Route 66 (now Missouri 96) crosses Missouri 39. We headed off that way because Karen saw a billboard promising Art Glass at the exit. We never did find the glass.
We stopped for supper at the World's Largest McDonald's, that straddles the interstate in Oklahoma (see the pictures).
We drove into a painfully bright sunset with a nicely patterned sky, paying tolls as we went.
Then, as I drove into the night, Karen spent an hour with 2 maps and 3 coupon books to find us a nice, cheap room. As it turned out, we are staying right in Oklahoma City, just off of I-40 (West of Forest Park, well inside I-270). For $40 we have 2 beds, Fridge, Microwave, WiFi, and a "Deluxe Continental breakfast". They have a bagel toaster in the lobby, which is a good sign.
Our opinion is that our vacation starts tomorrow, Thursday.