We hit the road around 10 after only Mam had breakfast as she 'knocked' for everyone but had no response. We first drove through Bristow, which was a small town with more churches than houses, which kinda summed up today's drive really, as most small towns (population between 0-150) had at least 3 churches. We drove through Tulsa where David got to sit in the front of a police car, after seeing other vehicles break to slow down for the police car as all were traveling over the limit. David was given a warning for tailgating and failure to use signals. After all having a good laugh at Mr. Jammy who we were all sure was going to be fined we went on trying to find the Hard-Rock casino. We gave up due to no numbering on the exits and turned around to go through Tulsa only to find later road junctions again, so we turned off to go to the Hard-Rock so Bethan could increase her collection by another one (tomorrow we may actually get to eat at a Hard Rock). The casino was expanding so is obviously doing well there, however in the women's bathroom there was a sharps bin attached to the wall with used syringes inside which didn't really give the nicest of impressions. David did point out with the age of the people using the casino it was more lightly to be insulin they were using than anything else.
Next we headed for Catoosa where we saw a big blue whale on a lagoon built originally as an anniversary gift it was then opened as water park only open however for around 8 years, it was quite qwerky so a good stop off point for pictures. Next we drove through Miami (Oklahoma not Florida) and Quapaw, which was where we found the state border for our short trip (12.2miles) through Kansas. We stopped just outside Baxter Springs KA to see the Rainbow Bridge where we took photos and the drove over the last bridge of its kind left on Route 66.
We then drove into Galena to try and find a café but missed it, so entered the state of Missouri, before turning back around into Kansas to find it. The café was all closed up, but what Mam had been trying to find was the truck that Mator was based on which was way more impressive than a café. We got out of the car to take some photos before crossing the border and heading towards Joplin.
The town of Joplin was much bigger than I expected and had so many churches, it is in tornado alley and was hit quite badly by tornados and houses were flattened, Extreme Makeover Home Edition did their final episode there creating 7 houses in 7 days. We did hope to see some of these houses but when we realized how big the town was we realized we were never going to find them and continued on our way.
Originally we were going to stop at Springfield, however David was challenged that he could drive to St Louis. Even though that was out of the window due to all the stops, we were driving further than Springfield, so that we had less driving to do tomorrow. This also gives us the possibility of entering all 4 time zones and visiting Indianapolis. We drove through Springfield Missouri and a town called Lebanon where we saw an amazing sunset and experienced a bit more of a dusk rather than the light switch light to dark we have seen. We finally stopped at a town called Rolla, which is mid-point between Springfield and St. Louis. We pulled in to a Day's where we met the dullest person ever, who asked where we were staying- AT A HOTEL! He wasn't the brightest of bulbs- we asked for three rooms and it took him a good 20 mins to process us, before handing over one room key even though there are 6 of us all stood in front of him, so another 20 mins later and we all had rooms.
We then went looking for food at around 9pm the town of Rolla shuts. So tea was at Mc Donald's where we ate in the company of a school baseball team who had traveled around an hour and a half to play, and only left Mc Donald's around 10pm that's some commitment to sport from the team and coaches. We arrived back at our hotel for the night and watched the American news broadcast on Hurricane Isaac where the presenters were still stood out in the streets even though the wind speed was 80mph and the rain was coming down in sheets.