The kids and I set out on a 1,900 mile road trip across 6 states. We left at 5 on a Sunday morning and I pretty much just hoped for the best.
We stopped at Ft. Leonard Wood first. We have a house there and I wanted to do a drive by. A quick stop for gas at a new gas station I had never seen before, along with a fancy new sign! I’m sad about that though. There used to be a Ramada Inn there. It was older, but the bar, Shenanigans, was awesome! It was the only bar I chose to frequent there.
Next stop, Oklahoma. Little Man had two requests for food, Sonic and IHOP, so we stopped at Sonic for lunch. Once we got off 44 and on 40, we stopped at a random town that I don’t remember the name of. We found a Route 66 museum. It was closing soon, so we just took pictures outside.
Next stop, Texas. The plan was to stay the night in Amarillo. While I was trying to figure out how to get to the hotel, Little Man found an IHOP. After dinner, we drove down to the Cadillac Ranch. I didn’t take spray paint along, but there was enough cans on the ground that the kids figured it our pretty quick. They had a blast! Until someone stepped in cow poop.
The next morning, I let them sleep in. We were on the road before 7. We crossed into New Mexico and mountain time pretty early, so we stopped for breakfast. It had been raining off and on, but never super bad. We did see a gorgeous rainbow. It started on one side of us and went all the way up and over. I took that as a sign for a good day.
Next stop, Arizona. By this point, the kids were tired of me going on and on about how pretty the scenery was. To prove my point, we stopped for lunch at The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park. They finally agreed that it was pretty. That took a good hour and I’m positive we ran into the same European biker group that we saw at the Cadillac Ranch the night before, but it was a good distraction.
Winslow, Arizona was only another 25 miles once we were back on 40. I had to stop to stand on a corner. After that, it was a pretty boring trip. The kids were surprisingly good. They got bored at times, but we played the license plate game, the alphabet game, they read, and at one point they were playing yard sale and buying things from each other.