Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – to Miami, Oklahoma (Buffalo Run Casino)
355 miles - longest travel distance on the Tour
Today's weather was sunny and clear, morning temperature in the mid 60's, highs in the mid 80's
Today's route through central Missouri was off the beaten path and was marked as a “scenic route” on the road map. We traveled from the east side of Missouri to past the west side of Missouri into eastern Oklahoma. Central Missouri has some great curving roads with large elevation changes. It was a great drive with only some interstate travel today.
Part of our route today was near the Missouri Route 66 road that was running parallel to the interstate. There were plenty of souvenir shops along the way but we didn't stop to investigate.
Casinos are everywhere in Oklahoma!
We didn't see any buffalo along the way when we arrived at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma around 2 pm. We briefly walked inside the casino to check out the restaurant. Nothing special. We walked the parking lot looking for interesting cars.
“1972 Chevy Super Crew Cab Pickup Truck with Quadra Steer ”
On the way to the casino we were passed by a 1972 Chevy pickup with a crew cab. Gene was confused because in 1972 there were no crew cab Chevys. When we got to the Casino stop we looked for this truck. It turned out to be an interesting vehicle. We talked to the owner, a young guy traveling with his family. He said he took a 2002 Chevy pickup frame and running gear (5.3 liter engine with 4 speed automatic and interior seats) and added a 1972 Cheyenne C-10 pickup body and grafted on a Suburban “crew cab” to make a 3 door crew cab (2 doors on the passenger side and only the driver side door on the other side). He then added a 6 foot bed. The Quadra-Steer setup turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction as the front wheels, only at speeds below 10 mph. Gene thought the pickup looked understated, clean and attractive with the 2002 alloy wheels and the clean blue and white paint 1972 style paint job.
The attached photo shows the rear truck tires turning in the opposite direction of the front tires.