Day 8: June 20, 2010
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This is my last day on Route 66 for awhile. I'll be on it for a bit this morning then tomorrow afternoon I'll reach the Lincoln Highway. In between there will be expressway. Since I'm treating the two events separately, the next button at the top of this page will, in typical fashion, circle back to the first day of the Route 66 trip. I have added a text link at the top of the page that connects with tomorrow; the first day of the Lincoln Highway trip.

Before heading to the awards banquet yesterday, I snapped some pictures of Emily Priddy's self decorated Fit. I ended up not using them because I couldn't really read the phrases painted on what I presume are the car doors of perception. Plus, I didn't know about the attached chalk for the writing of messages. Today was a do-over. I took pictures with, I believe, readable phrases and I jotted a hello on the Fit's tail. Then I pulled out of the lot and onto Sixty-Six.

This is kind of like the dark side of the moon. I've seen and taken plenty of pictures of the other side of the overpass at Galena (Took one Monday in fact.) but not of the town side. Kind of lacks pizzazz doesn't it? Guess I won't do that again.

I stayed with Historic Route 66 eastbound to US-71 then turned north. I moved to I-435 about ten miles south of Kansas City. The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum is just a few miles off of I-435 and I grabbed the chance to visit it. Dads are admitted free on Fathers Day. Classy and appreciated. Note the television at the right edge of the photo of the recreated oval office. An exhibit called "The First Four Months" reminds visitors of just how intense learning on the job can be. The place is quite impressive in both the number and range of exhibits. Two of the biggest controversies of Truman's presidency were his decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan and his firing of MacArthur. The man in the photo of the "The Debate Continues" display is reading through thoughts visitors have left on the atomic bomb decision. Some thoughts from Truman contemporaries are available regarding the MacArthur decision.

Harry and Bess are buried side by side in the courtyard. Daughter Margaret and her husband are buried here, too. A Truman quote appears on a nearby wall. There are many more. My personal favorites include:
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
The buck stops here!

You know you're in the middle of a major good luck streak when you begin and end the day at motels with art cars in the lot. That's not just a dead head sticker on the front of this Cadillac. It's a three dimensional chrome plated skull.

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