Most of us in Luther who head to town pass Arcadia’s Round Barn most every day. Driving on The Mother Road is just part of our commute, and yes, we know the posted speed limits very well.
Sometimes we actually go to the Round Barn for a special event, a concert or to enjoy some Oklahoma History. When we do, we are greeted by one of the volunteers there, and if it’s Joe Baxter, you can bet there will be some laughs and some great stories. Joe posted this today after showing some hospitality to a couple from Washington passing through. It’s a touching story of a sentimental quest and is just an example of the stories and the people who travel Route 66.
“Met a beautiful sweet couple from Washington state today. Paul and Vickie Comeau passed through on their way East in this gorgeous 1966 13 Window VW bus. Raised in a family of VW enthusiasts, the Comeau’s son Kyle purchased this van in 2005 and set about restoring it. Kyle’s dream was to travel the Pacific Coast Highway and Route #66 in his restored van. Sadly, Kyle passed away in 2013 at the age of 25 years. Paul and Vickie finished the outstanding restoration on their own and determined that they would drive the route that their son had planned, in the bus he loved.
I’ve been around lots of VW’s and I’ve owned more than several, but this is a perfect restoration, and the Comeaus have made the trip from NW Washington to Santa Monica to Arcadia, Oklahoma, with no mechanical problems and NO AIR CONDITIONING.
The hand-carved shifter knob has a small compartment that contains Kyle’s ashes. Paul and Vickie are taking their son on his dream journey.
This is why I love volunteering at the Arcadia Round Barn on Route #66 The Mother Road,” said Joe Baxter.