The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 July 2005

A fabulous Fourth

Independence, Missouri — 409.2 miles

I never quite get tired of Route 66. Oklahoma has more of the old Mother Road in drivable condition than any other state, and the stretch just east of Oklahoma City is still great fun, even if they've relocated the actual roadway a few times. And I have a certain amount of resistance to paying the OTA four bucks to shave a couple miles and a few minutes off the drive to Tulsa.

Except that it gets dreadfully dull around Sapulpa, and I dropped off 66 at Bristow to pick up the turnpike, which perked me up somewhat, but not quite as much as listening to Kimberlea Daggy on KWTU, who goes on my list of Voices to Fall in Love With.

I attribute the dullness to creeping suburbia, and it may even be true; just inside Creek County, barely east of Stroud, I spotted a sign for S. 545th W. Ave. Tulsa is spreading.

Sign at a Tulsa church: ETERNITY IS TOO LONG TO BE WRONG.

Unexpected fun stretch of pavement: Lee's Summit Road from the northern edge of Lee's Summit to the southern edge of Independence.

I am encamped at my daughter's place, where we will char the flesh of dead animals and use up a frightening quantity of incendiary devices. As those great Americans, George and Ira Gershwin, once said, "Who could ask for anything more?"

Toll report: Turner Turnpike, Bristow to Tulsa, $1.00.

Posted at 6:08 PM to World Tour '05

Hope you continue to have a great, safe time!

Posted by: Dan at 8:56 PM on 4 July 2005

Well, there was one minor injury, which if nothing else proves that one should not stint on chairs unless they're purely decorative.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:42 AM on 5 July 2005

545th?!? Doesn't OKC end somewhere around the 200's?

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 4:39 AM on 6 July 2005

Yes and no. The last numbered street inside OKC limits is NW 199th; the southeastern quadrant pushes to Pottawatomie Road (22000 block East), with one little segment going beyond.

Areas far from Oklahoma City, though, have shown a disinclination to follow the capital grid. (At 16 blocks per mile, 545th Avenue West would presumably be about 30 miles west of Main Street in Tulsa; the Kansas City, Missouri grid extends even farther into Kansas, where there's a 377th Street — at 8 blocks per mile.)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:18 PM on 6 July 2005