The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 April 2007

Eat here and get gas

Well, not anymore: the gas stations along the Turner Turnpike will shut down on the 23rd, leaving the two "service plazas" with a place to eat, but no actual motor fuel.

A spokesman for the turnpike said that the station operator declined to renew the lease on the two stations.

It is possible to exit at Bristow — I've done this — and gas up, then return to the turnpike; presumably it's possible at Wellston. There is no apparent rush to sign up a new operator for the stations.

Posted at 12:29 PM to Soonerland

They were both pretty much rat-holes if I remember correctly. It's getting so that I NEVER want to stop at someplace right on the turnpike. I would much rather get off the bob-sled track and mosey into town for a nicer bathroom, cheaper gas, & nicer folks.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 12:57 PM on 10 April 2007

I agree with Dwayne. Why choke down a Quarter Pounder at the W. E. "Bill" Hoback Service Area when you can enjoy a patty melt on marble rye at the Rock Cafe in Stroud.

There's a big gas station on 66 at Wellston just west of I-44. It has a Subway, so it will still be possible, with a little effort, to eat and get gas there.

Wellston is a full exit now. It was not an exit at all for many years, then for a long time it was a half-exit with the difficult-to-parse sign "NO EASTBOUND ON RAMP." (What part of speech is ON in that phrase?)

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:27 PM on 10 April 2007

And heading Westbound at Wellston, you can pull into the McDonald's and walk 50 yards over to the Subway.

Oh, and the Will Rogers Museum in the McD's? a joke & an insult to the man.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 8:05 AM on 11 April 2007