USA Route 66 Road Trip – Day 4: Springfield, Missouri to Oklahoma

We were told that a must-see in Springfield is the Bass Outdoor Pro Shop so after breakfast we did exactly that. Indoor waterfalls, aquariums, shows, full size bears and everything you could imagine for the outdoors. They even have sofas and a fireplace if the shopping gets too much, as well as cafés and restaurants. It was really strange for us to see so many guns and rifles for sale.

Springfield Arts FestivalWe then headed back to the inn to pop in on the Arts Fair before setting off for Oklahoma City. It's getting hotter now, so we've packed the coats away and changed to flat shoes; still in jeans and t-shirts.

As we drove west the temperature hit 90F and stayed that way – sunny and lovely. Today's scenery was fields and cows, a landscape closer to an English one with fields bounded by trees and cattle but on a vast scale.

Heading west towards Oklahoma on Route 66

It was a beautiful drive on the original Route 66 rather than the interstate, which in many places is slabbed over the top of the 66 but not here. We had the road virtually to ourselves apart from people doing the trip on Harley's. It was a beautiful drive, passing trains carrying freight that were more than a mile long.

In Oklahoma we are staying in the Paseo arts district in another B&B, where we had a lovely home for our exclusive use and a very gracious host who had left us all we could think of.

It's still hot when we go to dinner but locals were still wearing jeans and boots! So when in Rome… out we went in jeans, boots, t-shirt and lightweight cardigan. We knew all the restaurants would have air con and it can be fierce – the cardigan was a good choice as it was really cool inside.

So far we've found that jeans will take you everywhere – and they don't even need to be smart, just casual will do at most places. Although, dressing smart casual makes you stand out a little – in a good way.


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