Leaving Missouri, we headed through the SE corner of Kansas, stopping in one of the bypassed towns, Galena, for some photos.
Then into Oklahoma with its “heat advisories” given it was 115Â°F/46Â°C. This was to be a common occurrence for the rest of the trip, with temperatures aboveÂ 100Â°F every day, hittingÂ 115Â°F throughout Oklahoma, Arizona and the Mojave Desert in California.
Along the way, we met a biker from Toronto called Giles, who was semi-permanently on the road these days.
Sadly, our hotel for the night had a problem in the kitchen that even with its chef(s) who’d walked out and cover from other staff failed miserably: after a late 2 hour wait for food, it was awful so we didn’t pay and went to our rooms hungry and tired.
Leaving Springfield, we headed off towards Missouri and the Mississippi stopping for photos at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.
On from there, we headed through St. Louis which was hot. Very hot. So hot that after a number of stops and starts, the Electra Glide got a bit tired and emotional and the engine management system decided to take a lie down and refuse to let the bike work. After a while, it decided to come back up, though the idle speed was too high, but at least I could continue my journey.
We stopped for lunch at the Meramec Caves, rumoured to have been the James Gang’s hideout. I’m not surprised they were caught, given they weren’t exactly camouflaged (see photo).
We also stopped at the Elbow Inn, Devil’s Elbow, which is a fabulous biker bar with hundreds of bras hanging from the ceiling!
Finally we reached Springfield, Missouri after a long 360 mile day in the saddle.
Our first stop, after the obligatory journey’s start photo, was breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s.
Then we headed off down Route 66 to Springfield, IL via a nuclear power station(!), Wilmington with its Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad, Dwight and Pontiac for lunch.
Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad