Route 66

Day 3: Cuba MO to Carthage MO

Route 66: Day 3 Cuba MO to Carthage MO

Postcard from Carthage, Missouri

Hitting the road before 7am ended up being a great idea since another storm happened minutes after arriving at destination, 255 miles later.
The road, at first rougher and honestly more fun to drive, turned soon into a wave of smooth rolling hills: an hypnotic relaxing up and down lulling, that lasted till the Mother road matched the Highway 96 with its hordes of huge scary trucks. End of the fun.

A few more abandoned premises, big signs and the coolest motel so far, straight out of an action movie.

Edit: dying for a beer to fight the post-rain humidity and this city doesn’t seem to have any bar or store open. Not. Even. One.


Route 66: Cuba to Carthage - Motel
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage – Motel in Carthage


Driving from Cuba to Carthage Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Carthage:

  • Guest House Motel417 East Central Avenue, Carthage, MO, 64836. A very cool motel, straight out of an action movie.

Where to eat and what to see between Cuba MO and Carthage MO

  • Spencer, a very tiny community on the Route 66. Worth stopping by to take some pics
  • Carl Muffler Man Chef, 1530 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65802 cause you gotta love a 25-foot-tall chef, right?
  • Fanning 66 Outpost Llc, 5957 State Hwy ZZ, Cuba, MO 65453. the World’s Largest Rocking Chair
  • Carthage Family Restaurant125 N Garrison Ave, Carthage, MO 6383. Just a basic diner, nothing fancy but everyone was very welcoming and polite.


Route 66: Cuba to Carthage: old gas station in the community of Spencer on the Route 66
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage: old gas station in the community of Spencer on the Route 66

Driving from Cuba to Carthage FAQ

How many miles are from Cuba to Carthage?

The shortest possible route from Cuba to Carthage is 188 miles long. Since I wanted to drive the historic Route 66 and I had a couple of misunderstanding with the GPS, I drove 255 miles.

How long does it take to drive from Cuba to Carthage?

Driving no stop from Cuba to Carthage would take about 3 hours. It took me 6 hours due to some stops and some unnecessary back and forward to stay on the historic Route.

What’s the best thing about driving from Cuba to Carthage?

At least part of the road is pretty fun and relaxing to drive with lots of smooth rolling hills and a beautiful countryside.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Cuba to Carthage?

The major attractions between Cuba and Carthage are the tiny community of Spencer where you can see some iconic gas stations and premises and the Carl Muffler Man Chef, a 25-foot-tall statue of a chef.

What type of car is best to drive from Cuba to Carthage?

It depends on the season. In summer you can drive from Cuba to Carthage with any car even tho some stretches of the road are a bit rough and not super well maintained.

Can you drive an electric car from Cuba to Carthage?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Carthage, make sure your EV is enough charged. Some part of the historic rout are pretty isolated and it can take a while before you meet someone that can help. There are no public EV charging stations ports in Cuba.
The closest EV charging station are:
– Tesla Destination Charger, 110 N Outer Rd, St James, MO 65559: (573) 265-2900 (14 miles past Cuba)
– Electrify America Charging Station, 350 Park Ridge Rd, Sullivan, MO 63080. Phone: (833) 632-2778 (19 miles before Cuba)
– Tesla Supercharger, 1705 Martin Springs Dr, Rolla, MO 65401 (25 miles past Cuba)


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Cuba to Carthage

Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. Carl Muffler Man Chef, Springfield, MO
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. Carl Muffler Man Chef, Springfield, MO

Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. Route 66 sign.
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. Route 66 sign.

Route 66: Cuba MO to Carthage MO
Driving the Route 66: rolling hills between Cuba and Carthage MO

Route 66: Cuba to Carthage
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. Old bridge not in use anymore on the historic Route

Route 66: Cuba to Carthage
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. There are plenty of fascinating abandoned building on the Route 66

Route 66: Cuba to Carthage
Route 66: Cuba to Carthage. No one around

Route 66 Cuba to Carthage: the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, in Cuba, MO
Route 66 Cuba to Carthage: the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, in Cuba, MO

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