Telescopic View

May 24th 2017:  Quite a few chores to catch up with today including a supermarket shop so a relatively short trip along Route 66 fantasy land today but still some good factoids available for the taking.

Chores done, first on the list was a stop at Marshfield town centre.  A neat array of various shops around a grassy town square and taking pride of place was a one quarter size replica of The Hubble Telescope weighing a whopping 1200lb.  For it was in tiny Marshfield (population <7,000) that Dr Edwin Hubble entered this world in 1889 – who knew?  Not me, that’s for sure.

Located on the West side of the square – excellent good value menu at Smokey’s directly opposite

Next stop, Springfield Missouri – our second Springfield and no, still not the one of Simpsons fame (we WILL get to that one eventually I hope).  We went to the 1984 Arcade – entry fee $7.50 and all the arcade games are free, you only pay for pinball.  There were at least 80 or so classic video games – 1942, Galaxians, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, you name it, they had it, even the classic ping pong.  Arranged on two floors with party rooms this was quite a place with an enthusiastic owner.  Only opens Wednesday through Saturday 4pm to 11pm but play as much as you like for your entry fee.  Great system.

Downstairs playing area

Of course, no day on Route 66 would be complete without at least one GIANT and we had a doozy to end the day on.  The world’s largest fork!  Manufactured from stainless steel, standing 35 feet tall and weighing 11 tons this was a major piece of cutlery!

Our resting place for the night was Timbercrest Campground, also in Springfield.  Basic but perfectly adequate for one night.  Big day tomorrow, lots on the list 😊😊

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