Posts Tagged ‘jeep’

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 [...]


Portfolio: Route 66 Oklahoma

Portfolio: Route 66 Oklahoma

Oklahoma Route 66 contains more of the Mother Road’s original alignments than any other state, and includes a very narrow section of the original paved route — the 9-foot-wide “sidewalk highway.” We were driving through a landscape of flat wide-open grassy plains with endless horizons and lots of cows. Small towns proud of their heritage, [...]


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 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 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 [...]


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: 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 [...]


Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

A few days before departure I finally started to get a bit “excited” about the trip. I know that sounds strange, as we had been planning for months! But maybe because we HAD been planning for months, “working on the trip plans” became almost “routine,” and I didn’t allow myself the luxury of getting really [...]


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 [...]


Under the Hood

Under the Hood

With freedom comes responsibility… And I have the great responsibility of getting us all there and back again safely. Which is exactly what brought me to the Jeep dealership the other day.
We need to make sure our vehicle can withstand the grueling workout it is going to get. Our greatest concern is the extreme conditions [...]


Hitting the road July 9th…

Hitting the road July 9th...

Rediscovering America (and so much more)… Six weeks. One Jeep. And three ordinary people—on the lookout for extraordinary adventure. From coast-to-coast across the whole big country. Route 66. The heartland. America the beautiful and all that. Seeing the land with new eyes. Hearing the stories first-hand. Finding the true meaning of the word Freedom. Discovering an idea. Modern nomads exploring the American Dream.


Some friends, a Jeep, and a dream…

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, Niki and I had done an awful lot of traveling over the years. And even after [...]