Morgan, Sydnie, Teddy and Payne are regulars and were fascinated at why we’d bother to take photos! Two movies for $7 per person... a great atmosphere and a great way to keep several hundred teenagers off the street.
With late sunset and two movies the night went into the wee small hours... we rose at 8am and set off for Sringfield. There are two on this trip and Homer is resident at neither we understand!
The diversion around the edge of lake .... brought contact with yet another tortoise... this one quite also oblivious to the dangers of the modern motor vehicle.
The landscape and climate is changing as we head north.. the temperature not quite at 100 but the humidity is rising to meet it. The fields are green, hay is being cut, corn will soon be harvested and the oak trees and others highlight the difference between this and the earlier desert shrouded states.
The entire route is off the Interstate 44. In several places the road actually dates back to the mid 1920’s and was in remarkable condition.
America’s main street continues on north toward St Louis, but for us we would take a right and head for the entertainment capital of America. No, not Broadway or Hollywood, but Branson, Missouri. We’d never heard of it but fifty miles south of 66 is a main street that rivals Las Vegas for neon and Disneyland for themes. It began back in the 60’s on the back of a dam project being built nearby. The location provided the inspiration for the Beverley Hillbillies Tv series with five episodes being shot here in later years. The advent of a theme park in 69 and musical venues in the early eighties established the city as a strong hold for family entertainment.
We grabbed a live musical performance tonight that would rival anything in the major music capitals. Six brothers who sing unaccompanied. Unaccompanied because while some sing lyrics, others sing the instruments including bass guitar, drums and any other instrument required to make up a number. Their repertoire is extraordinary ranging from blues to classic, rock ‘n roll to contemporary... even a bit of gospel a cappela.
It was a great evening but it’s back to the business of the Mother Road in the morning.