My husband responded by saying ‘lets do it!’ I asked him when and he shrugged and replied “why not now?” It was true. We would never have the gift of time with nothing else to do again! He went to get my oil changed and cleaned up my car while I packed for everyone. It was almost an adrenaline rush deciding such a thing on a whim! I am going to share my favorite parts of the trip below, but I swear the best part was that we didn’t plan our trip! We took off and followed the road. Each night we made a list of things we might want to check out while we go, but the best part was being in the moment. If we saw a roadside attraction we went. This trip was unscripted and unplanned! We decided we’d see how far out we could get in five days and then head back home. We knew this wouldn’t get us to California, but we had a budget here! And no matter what we accomplished it would be better than sitting at home!
We got started by cutting over to Norther Illinois from our home in Indianapolis. Our first Route 66 stop was Fanning Outpost General Store in Cuba, Missouri where we took a picture at the World’s Largest Rocking Chair and got our bottled soda for the road. They recommended that we stay at the Munger Moss Motel, so that was our plan! After the Munger Moss, we just stayed in chain hotels (we tended to prefer the Hampton Inn—it was mid-priced and very clean).
The Munger Moss was built in 1946 and was not fancy—but it was clean and fit the vibe of a true Route 66 trip! From there we planned our other stops along the way! Here is our list of attractions and stops from East to West! They’re simple, cheap and sometimes gimmicky, but still so fun! Our boys don’t use tech in the car, so they just took in the sights and played on their mini magnadoodles most of the drive. They were 4 and 1.5 at the time and loved it!
New Mexico was the last leg of our trip! We could have ventured on to Arizona and California, but we set a goal for the number of days we’d drive out before turning around!
On the trip home we decided to take a different route. We stopped in Waco at Magnolia (okay, we drove by and went to The Little Shop on Bosque to avoid the crowds) and the Mt. Carmel Center (to learn more about the Waco Massacre and pay our respects). Then we stopped by Southfork Ranch because my husband has always been a huge Dallas fan.
Overall it was an amazing trip and I have zero regrets about just hitting the road without planning! It was a true roadtrip and our son talks about it often! I’ll post travel tips, soon!
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