10/11/2007: Day 2: OKC to Amarillo, Route 66, and the fastest man ever
We rose at the Rodeway Inn right at the foot of the onramp of I-40 in Oklahoma City.
By 10:06 we rode up the ramp and headed west. We didn't get very far before I saw a sign for the Thomas P. Stafford Airport and Space Museum. I had to take a look.
Stafford flew in Gemini IV, and commanded Gemini IX, Apollo X, and Apollo-Soyuz. He was the first U.S. General in orbit. The return leg of Apollo X had the highest relative ground velocity of any manned flight, so he has moved faster than any man ever has, or will until someone travels farther than the moon.
He's also a gifted mathematician and strategic thinker who is still consulting for the Navy and NASA. He walked in just before we left, so I got to shake his hand and chat briefly with a man who'd seen the far side of the moon firsthand.
Karen is a meticulous museum go-er. We spent only 3 hours in Weatherford at the museum because I pulled her along after the first few rooms. This collection gives the Smithsonian Air & Space collection a serious run for the money.
So, onward to Clinton, OK for one of the better Route 66 museums. Musea?
This museum has themed rooms for each decade of the "Mother Road", with artifacts and music typifying each era. Worth a stop.
Well, it was getting late, so we hit the road. And soon stopped at a little town named AlanReed.
That was a relatively short stop, but the sun was low minutes later as we pulled into one of Texas' new Safety Stop rest areas. Energy efficient and designed for trucker and traveler needs.
I took pictures more inspired by visuals than by thematic interest. And we headed on toward the sunset.
So, it was dark and we'd only gone about 1/3 as far as yesterday. Here's a map of the 2 days drive: