Wednesday, Oct. 3, St. Robert-Conway, 55 mi.
towns along the way: Waynesville, Laquey, Hazelgreen, Lebanon, Phillipsburg
Cool and cloudy again this morning, warming up to about 75 in the afternoon. The first point of interest we saw today was Frog Rock, a rocky outcropping on the side of a hill that resembles a frog in shape. Frog Rock is periodically repainted in appropriate colors to enhance the illusion.
Laquey and Hazelgreen were very small communities. In Lebanon we stopped at Mr. C’s Routepost. Mr. C was playing oldies, and had lots of neat reasonably priced souvenirs. Becky bought a pin, gold wings, with Route 66 in the middle of it. I bought a brown Route 66 bracelet. I’m sure they were both made in a foreign country, but ya gotta have some momento, right? Ha!
As we were approaching Lebanon, we stopped to take a picture of Wrink’s Market, a small neighborhood store that was operated continuously on Route 66 for over 50 years by Glenn Wrinkle. It does not appear to be in operation today.
We also saw the Munger Moss Motel, a Route 66 motel that is still going strong.
Munger Moss Motel
Mr. C recommended Faye’s Diner in Lebanon for lunch. We met up with Hewes & Susan, and Jim & Vicki, and they joined us there. I had a delicious bowl of beans with ham and onions, and cornbread. Very good!
In Phillipsburg we noticed the Route 66 Antique Mall on the other side of I-44 and decided to check it out. Becky found some dishes she collects, but settled for a small bowl that she will use to put eggs in. I bought some placemats and napkins (new) that I liked, they were a pale turquoise and lime green plaid. As we were coming into Conway we rode right past the Post Office, so I stopped in and put them in a tyvek envelope and mailed them home!
Our home for the nighis the Budget Motel, clean but “bare bones.” Several of us went right next door to a restaurant for dinner. I was still full from the filling lunch, so I had a cup of vegetable beef soup and it was just right.