A and W Happy Family on a Missouri Road Trip

Sparkle boot! Sparkle. boot.

Missouri Road Trip: Day 3

Sunday (as in LAST SUNDAY), our third and final day of road tripping around Missouri started in Springfield to find more Missouri roadside attractions. The World’s Largest Fork was definitely the world’s largest fork. And the giant paper cup, while merely an entrance to a Solo cup plant, was quite impressive…even if we had to kind of illegally park it in a not really driveway out front to capture it on digital film…

The World's Largest Fork on a Missouri Road Trip

Giant solo cup at the Solo Cup Plant on a Missouri Road Trip

We drove from there to Marshfield to see a beautiful scale rendering of the Hubble telescope…where I totally went down a one-way street the wrong way where a local saw me and stopped his car to watch me as I turned my car around to park to opposite way…But anyways, it was well worth the stop!

Scale rendering of the Hubble telescope on a Missouri Road Trip

At a gas station in Doolittle we saw the Cookin’ from Scratch Chicken Car…literally a car with a giant chicken coming out of it! Awe-some. We almost stopped for lunch there too, but alas it was a bit too early to think about lunch.

Cookin' from Scratch Chicken Car on a Missouri Road Trip

In Rolla we stopped at a replica of Stonehenge and managed to take the stupidest route ever to get there.

Replica of Stonehenge on a Missouri Road Trip

From there it was off to find the cute A&W happy family, also in Rolla…and then the EPIC CREATION that was the World’s Largest Rocking Chair! This thing was massive and perhaps the world’s largest world’s largest thing I have ever seen!

A&W happy family on a Missouri Road Trip

World's Largest Rocking Chair on a Missouri Road Trip

We stopped for lunch in Cuba and checked out the Route 66 murals that are all over the town and then stopped at yet another Sinclair Station that was closed. So we headed off to another gas station where we saw a giant pink elephant! The guys there told us we could climb it but a) there was no feasible way to do so (and believe me we tried) and b) it didn’t seem quite sturdy enough to make that as brilliant of an idea as it seemed.

Route 66 murals on a Missouri Road Trip

Giant pink elephant on a Missouri Road Trip

Giant pink elephant on a Missouri Road Trip

The final stop on our Missouri road trip was another Sinclair station…and it was not only open for business but also had the famous Sinclair Dinosaur still intact! Sweet! Brian bought me a Sinclair Dinosaur of my very own! Him and Flopsy are BFFs now!

Flopsy ad a Sinclair Station dinosaur on a Missouri Road Trip

Sinclair Station dinosaur on a Missouri Road Trip

We hit the road back to Urbana and I met up with Andrew and Sarah for dinner. We got frozen yogurt and Noodles and Co. (because we forgot that Sunday Night + campus town + summer break = nothing on green street being open). Andrew got a rice Krispy treat and tomato soup and decided to combine them…

Chambana Noodles and Co

I then headed home and almost fell asleep on the road way too many times. But I made it back home alive. And that’s what counts.

Read more from my Missouri road trip:

Road Trip Day 1

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri

Road Trip Day 2


Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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