Tuesday, Oct. 9, Claremore - Bristow, 64 mi.
towns along the way: Oologah, Verdigris, Catoosa, Tulsa, Red Fork, Oakhurst, Bowden, Sapulpa, Kellyville.
Got an early start this morning, as rather gusty winds from the S/SW were in the forecast, also it was our turn to prepare social hour, and we wanted to arrive in Bristow in time.
First stop down the road 10 miles was Catoosa, to look at the big Blue Whale. The whale sits at the edge of a pond with several picnic tables nearby. Back in the day, Route 66 motorists in the mood for a swim could enter the whale’s mouth, and from there make a splash into the pond either by diving from the whale’s tail fin, or by sliding down a shute on one side.
Going through Tulsa the traffic was rather heavy. We did see a few of the points of interest.
Tally’s Good Food Cafe
Oil was discovered in Red Fork in 1901, an event which led to a boom period for Tulsa and the rest of the area. At the Route 66 Transportation Village is a 154-foot oil derrick replica , a 1941 Frisco 4500 steam locomotive, a Pullman car, a caboose, and interpretive displays.
I stopped in Sapulpa for some lunch. Had a good hamburger at Fat Charlies.
Tomorrow is another long day, 68 miles, to Edmond. A tailwind is predicted instead of a headwind, though!