Practical Matters

Staying Organized on the Road

Staying Organized on the Road

A six-week road trip is an amazing experience, but it also creates plenty of opportunities for total chaos. Staying organized during the journey was a challenge. Basically we were living out of the Jeep, carrying all our gear and just re-supplying perishables on stops along the route.
We had to come up with a work-able solution [...]


Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

“TEXAS, the outdoor musical drama” is a broadway-quality production put on outdoors in the middle of the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon.
The show begins on a grand scale with the lone horseman on top of a 600 foot cliff in the distance, waving the Texas state flag, a burst of fireworks, the music starts and the [...]


In Search of Ghosts (America’s Ghost Towns)

In Search of Ghosts (America's Ghost Towns)

During our Route 66 trip we were intrigued by accounts of “ghost towns” that we’d heard about from other travelers who indicated where along the way we might find a few of these places (for a comprehensive listing of ghost towns along the Route 66 itinerary, see Ghost Towns of Route 66). Attracted by historical [...]


Museums on the Road

Museums on the Road

In many ways, a road trip seems the antithesis of a museum visit — the primal idea of the road trip is to get out there and see and do things in the first-person, while a museum is a place we go to view what others have discovered and assembled into collections. But with so [...]


Camping Across America

Camping Across America

Camping across America is a great way to really see the country up close and personal. It is also a very affordable way to travel. But camping is not for everyone. And not everyone has the same idea about what camping means.
For some, it means minimal supplies, tent and sleeping bags, in a remote area [...]


Review: Clanton’s Cafe, Vinita, OK

It may be the giant “EAT” sign outside that draws you in, but Clanton’s is the real deal, and you see it as soon as you step through the door. Lively chatter between diners and the staff create an ambiance of familiarity. People know each other here. And yet, a stranger from the road is [...]


Reservations or Not?

To make or not to make reservations… that is the question. But seriously, planning a trip of this length, we really DID have to make some decisions about advance reservations versus the spontanaeity of the road.
Like most travellers who chose to take Route 66, we wanted room for spontaneity and time to discover things as [...]


Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

The Palms Grill Cafe is a wonderful step back into the past. It first opened on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta in 1934. Providing home-cooked meals for hungry travelers and local residents, the restaurant quickly became a bustling meeting place.
For years, travelers along Route 66 mingled with townsfolk enjoying good food and good friends in [...]


Route 66, what it means…

Route 66, what it means...

For us, Route 66 symbolizes a spirit of adventure, an openness, a readiness to follow the road wherever it leads, always on the lookout for new discoveries along the way. This is one trip where that old axiom “the journey is the destination” rings true. And an important part of our journey is seeing how [...]


Review: Tommy Gun’s Garage, Chicago

Review: Tommy Gun's Garage, Chicago

Tommy Gun’s Garage is a “Roaring 20’s”-themed dinner theatre venue that recreates the “speakeasy” atmosphere centered around a musical-comedy review.
It’s a brilliantly simple concept: the whole place is the “stage” and everyone is part of the show. From the moment you arrive outside, the experience begins as “Gloves,” the “gangster” at the door, demands the [...]


Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

The Untouchable’s “Gangster Tour of Chicago” is a quirky 2-hour “live action” tour offering visitors an amusing take on the city’s Prohibition-era history and the gangsters that animated it. With costumed tour-guide-actors and a bit of cheesy comedy, the experience can be enjoyable — and you may even learn a thing or two…
This tour is [...]


Planning One Day in a City

Planning One Day in a City

One of the biggest challenges we faced on our trip was the lack of time to really “take in” any one place. Of course, we knew that would be the case when we decided to do such an intense road trip, but we still wanted to make the most of our stopovers. 
Cities were especially difficult. [...]


Which Way Do We Go?

While Route 66 was the raison d’être of our trip, we would actually have to travel a lot more. First, we would have to get from New York to Chicago, to the Route’s starting point, and then we would have to get back to New York from California, once we made it out there.
Now [...]


Let’s Take a Road Trip…

SOME FRIENDS, A JEEP AND A DREAM
It started out simple enough — the old “wouldn’t it be fun to…” kind of  idle chat between two friends on a lazy summer afternoon.
“Wouldn’t it be fun to take the Jeep and drive Route 66 to California…”
Between us, “Cactus Killer” and I had done an awful lot of [...]


how many route 66's are there?

how many route 66's are there?

So i got some more maps yesterday (individual state maps from AAA)… and started doing the route plan more precisely… and that’s when i realized that Route 66 is, in some cases, a multiple choice menu…
The historical re-alignments of the road over time have left us with choices… do we take the older version thru [...]


Bought a map

Bought a map

Today I bought a map. Actually it is a “road atlas” of the United States, and hopefully it will help me figure out the route we have to take, so that i can plug it all into a mapping program and figure out roughly how long the trip will really take.
I mean we know it [...]