Posts Tagged ‘route 66’

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 3: Chicago explorations…

Day 3: Chicago explorations...

Exploring the city, cameras in hand, we just enjoyed the urban feel.
Though part of the mid-west, Chicago is an old industrial city similar in visual style to NYC. In fact, the skyscrapers we think of as so typically “New York,” were actually pioneered in Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 had destroyed most of [...]


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. [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


The challenge of organization…

So the trip is about 9 months off. Why are we starting to plan now?
Well, actually, the challenge is going to be how to balance proper planning with such a long long wait before departure.
Of course, there are those people who would just take the keys and get in the jeep and drive… But they [...]


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 [...]