Tulsa to Chandler, Okalahoma
Day 22. June 24th. Tulsa, OK. to Chandler, OK – 74 miles Total Miles 1,203
Weather: Cloudy, 88 degrees, slight head and cross wind
We were up by 5:00am to leave our Warm Showers Host’s home by 6:00am We left early for a couple of reasons, one was to beat the heat and the second was to beat the rush hour traffic out of the city. Tulsa is a nice city but their roads are not real conducive to travel by bicycle. They are busy and narrow and the traffic moves fairly fast. So we thought it would be wise to get out of the city before rush hour.
Robyn our host gave us great directions to get back on route from her house and before we knew it we were on our way west again!! Robyn and Mike were great hosts and Robyn even got up to see us off in the morning. Their home is beautiful and their gardens fabulous. Robyn is a Master Gardener and her gardens definitely stand out. They also raise chickens and we had fresh eggs for breakfast our first morning with them – yummy.
Leaving Tulsa we were once again on Route 66 and traveled thru a small town about ever 10 -15 miles. We have also been starting to see vineyards and in Stroud the Stable Ridge Vineyards is suppose to be a good one. Not being wine drinkers we continued on our way and bypassed the winery. One of these days we will have to stop to buy some wine for our daughter Melissa and send it to her at home.
We then got to the “Rock Café”, and stopped for lunch. The food was amazing and Peter absolutely loved his no bun buffalo burger served with sauerkraut. When he was paying the check he commented to the waitress how much he enjoyed the sandwich and especially liked the parmesan cheese on it. After some discussion and checking with the cook it was determined the cheese came from BelGioioso Cheese produced in Green Bay Wisconsin. The woman said it is the best cheese and it definitely makes the sandwich.
The restaurant also plays a part in the Pixar movie “Cars”. Where they based the character Sally Carrera on the “Rock Café” owner Dawn Welch. I guess we really do have to see the movie. We never did see Dawn Welch though.
We made it to our Chandler our home for the night fairly early so decided to tour the Route 66 Interpretative Center. It is a cool museum located in a refurbished 1936 armory building. After our tour we checked out some of the movies they had. It was a neat design because you sat in the seats of older cars to watch the videos and even laid on the bed of a make shift hotel room to watch some of the videos. It definitely was a unique way to present the history of Route 66.