Posts Tagged ‘route 66’

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 [...]


Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66…

Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66...

A simple sign marked the Texas border. A cowboy in a little convertible drove past, giving us a slightly surreal welcome to another world. We followed him into the town of Shamrock.
Even without the cowboy’s help, following the old road is easier in Texas, because it rarely strays far from the interstate. 150 of the [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Foss State park is located in western Oklahoma, just north of Route 66, where the slow-moving Washita River winds through prairie and farmlands to merge with Foss Reservoir. The man-made reservoir, over 8,800 acres, is actually the largest lake in western Oklahoma. With 63 miles of shoreline Foss has a reputation for excellent sand bass, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

Driving along Route 66 we often seem to come upon places that boast of association with one or another infamous American outlaw. Stories about Jesse James or Bonnie and Clyde get told and re-told, and it makes one wonder why so many of the folk heroes out here were outlaws.
Americans love the “ordinary guy” who [...]


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 [...]


A “Grapes of Wrath” Moment…

A "Grapes of Wrath" Moment...

For some bizarre reason, camping at Bennett Spring State Park in Missouri reminded me of something from “Grapes of Wrath.” There isn’t really any logical connection. Bennett Spring is a nice modern comfortable state park, with camping, fishing, and lots of conveniences, certainly nothing like what dustbowl migrants experienced, even with the greatest stretch of [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Exploring Missouri Caves

Exploring Missouri Caves

With more than 6,000 surveyed caves, Missouri is known as the “cave state,” (only the state of Tennessee has more), and not far from Route 66 there are some interesting options if underground exploration is your thing. Over the years, these hidden chambers have been used for shelter, entertainment and even as storage for the [...]


Day 5: Missouri, Meramec River Adventure

Day 5: Missouri, Meramec River Adventure

Last night, just as we were starting to make our fire, we heard thunder and saw flashes of lightening in the distance. Our peaceful refuge among the deer risked becoming something of a swamp if it came down heavy! It was a race against time to get the hot dogs cooked (and eaten) before the [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]