Posts Tagged ‘driving’

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

At first light we loaded the Jeep and left Palo Duro, which remained as beautiful in the early morning, as it was in the night. The vivid colors blended into a natural collage framed by the windshield as we drove up and out of the spectacular canyon. We returned to Route 66 in Amarillo, heading [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Day 8: Ghosts on the Edge of Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 8: Ghosts on the Edge of Route 66, Oklahoma

An amazing sunrise on the lake this morning in Foss State Park on the western edge of Oklahoma. But the heat and humidity made it less than comfortable to linger, despite the beauty. We broke camp and quickly loaded the jeep, heading out in search of Foss, the ghost town we had heard was nearby [...]


Day 7: The Endless Horizon on Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 7: The Endless Horizon on Route 66, Oklahoma

The landscape has changed to the flat endless horizon we tend to associate with the great big West. And the animal of the day is the cow! Lots and lots of cows. And corn. Cornfields and Cows. Cows and Cornfields — occasionally interrupted by the even taller stalks of the wind turbines generating clean energy.
Wind [...]


Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

It was getting late by the time we crossed into Oklahoma, so we decided we would keep driving even after it gets dark, then look for a hotel somewhere beyond Tulsa. This way we could continue our slow exploration of the old road. Oklahoma’s 400 miles of Route 66 contain more of the original alignments [...]


Portfolio: Kansas Route 66

Portfolio: Kansas Route 66

The drive through Kansas is short, but we enjoy the stretch architecturally authentic American Main streets. Felt like we were driving through a movie-set, as the visual style began to resemble something familiar from old western films. This portfolio contains a selection of imagery from Kansas Route 66 including the stenciled “66″ on cracked asphalt [...]


Day 6: Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Route 66, Kansas

Day 6: Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Route 66, Kansas

American Pop Artist, Andy Warhol, once said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” Well, for Kansas it is more like 15 miles… Actually, there are only 13.2 miles of Route 66 that go through this state. But it is some of the best preserved stretches of the old road, and we [...]


Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

On Missouri Route 66 we stop for a bit of rafting on the Meramec River, before getting back on the road. We follow the old road as much as possible, and make a few interesting stops along the way. The “Tribute to the Trail of Tears” in Jerome, is hauntingly beautiful even though it is [...]


Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

We awoke drenched in sweat, despite having opened all the air vents on the tent before going to bed. Everything was damp–even the maps! It was that hot and humid, and the day was just beginning. Such opressive humidity made it hard to do anything rapidly, but we got the Jeep loaded, and hit the [...]


Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

We left Meramac after the river float and had to skip a visit to the famed caverns because we were “behind schedule.” We decided to try to make some progress towards Oklahoma, today, so we wouldn’t have to drive the whole segment tomorrow. But the day was getting away from us, it was already afternoon, [...]


Freedom’s Road

Freedom's Road

Route 66 is freedom’s road. And we are truly free out here, cruising down America’s highway through a country as vast as infinity. We are unplugged and untracked and unlocated. No one can “follow us” as we stopped “updating” when we left Chicago. The only tweets now are coming from the song-birds.
For six weeks [...]


Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 takes us out of urban Chicago and into small town America. This is the flat and level terrain of the mid-west, where corn is king. We follow the road into rural towns, like Atlanta, with beautifully restored Main Streets that make us feel like we have stepped back in time. This portfolio [...]


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 [...]


Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Early wake up today, and it wasn’t even hard, because we were so excited to be FINALLY setting out on Route 66. We checked out of the hotel and were loaded into the Jeep by 7am, camera batteries fully charged, spirits high, and ready to go.
Now we just had to find the “start” point. Somehow it [...]


Day 2: Chicago, a first taste…

Day 2: Chicago, a first taste...

Not sure when we officially crossed into the “mid west,” but it was flat land and big sky, with easy open roads. We had exchanged woodland scenery for farms, and with the speed limit at 70mph, we made it to the outskirts of Chicago in good time.
Approaching the city, the cluster of buildings that [...]


Portfolio: On the Road to Chicago

Portfolio: On the Road to Chicago

It took two days to reach Chicago. This part of the drive was mostly on the interstate, but as we approached the city, the skyline seemed to rise up out of the flatlands of the mid-west, beckoning us to a comforting urban environment that we would find somehow familiar. This portfolio contains a selection of [...]


Fragments from the Road to Chicago

Fragments from the Road to Chicago

Two days on the road so far, and we’ve already crossed several states — from NY to Chicago. Pennsylvania seemed endless yesterday. Luckily we were well rewarded in the evening. Our campsite was very beautiful, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, not far from a cascading waterfall. Freshly cut, like a crop circle, [...]


Art on wheels for a road trip…

Art on wheels for a road trip...

There are a number of iconic American vehicles often associated with the “road trip” in the popular mind. Modern aerodynamically-influenced art on wheels, these “classics” were an expression of the optimism that characterized the 20th century American spirit. The freedom of the road. The freedom to become whatever you want to be. The American Dream. [...]


Day 2: Indiana, cars and freedom…

We were back on the road before noon, heading along I-80 through Ohio and Indiana. Somehow the drive seemed easier today and the miles passed to the sound of our “road mix” playlist. The road was still enough of a novelty for us to enjoy the fragmentary imagery we passed at 70 mph. There was [...]


Day 1: Ohio transitions…

Day 1: Ohio transitions...

Seeing the “Welcome to Ohio,” sign was a relief. It had taken a whole day of driving just to cross Pennsylvania, and it seemed like we were now back “on schedule,” more or less, to arrive at our campsite by 5 or 6 P.M. Just one problem. Grey skies and steady rain. It was really [...]


Day 1: Pennsylvania is a big state…

Day 1: Pennsylvania is a big state...

It wasn’t quite 9am when we crossed the Delaware Gap into Pennsylvania. So far, so good!
We could already feel like we were “someplace else”, as the landscape had changed from the built-up congestion that surrounds the New York metro area on all sides, to a more picturesque countryside.
There were mountains — the Appalachians — the [...]


Day 1: New Jersey, headed west…

Day 1: New Jersey, headed west...

On “D-Day” we were up at 4, but took a little longer than planned to get out of the driveway. Daylight had already broken, and crossing the Verrazano Bridge, we could see the city clearly. The quiet majesty of the stone-and-steel towers glimmered in the early morning light, before receding into the distance. We were [...]