September 14, 2008 — morning! We started our day in Troy, Illinois with Hurricane Ike. We left around 8:30am.
We drove through St. Louis but didn’t see much of the Mississippi nor the Gateway Arch due to rains and high winds. Thanks to the GPS, however, getting through and out of St. Louis was straight forward. Carl predicted sunny skies by noon. And, yes he was right. We managed to drive out of Hurricane Ike by around 10:30 and we were backto wearing our shades by noon.
In Missouri, we took Interstate 44 — this is the first that we see hints of Route 66. This highway brought us past Springfield Illinois and then to the Oklahoma border around 2:00pm. Highway 44 brought us through Tulsa (very new feeling city) and Oklahoma City (older city). We hit Oklahoma City around 5pm and stopped outside the city for gas. Our Prius seems to be getting about 45 miles per gallon. We need to get an oil change soon.
In Oklahoma, we saw lots of Windmills. They are so graceful. Don’t understand why people have issues with installing these guess I should research this more. But visually, they are so much better than other oil refineries and nuke plants. In Oklahoma and Texas, they graze cattle on the same land as the windmills.
We ended up spending the night in Weatherford, Oklahoma on Rte 40. We drove 587 miles.