S: Route 66 2011
BC: Dear Alan, We have shared, so very many special times and have memories that will be with us forever. This trip alone was more than I could have imagined, but we did it. We crossed the country and saw amazing sights every single day. I'm looking forward to all the other wonderful adventures our life together will hold. I love you with all my heart. Christie
1: Route 66' Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California A Vacation of A Lifetime
3: Chicago, Illinois April 2nd - 4th The beginning of the Mother Road. The beginning of our journey.
4: April 3rd
5: Architecture Cruise The day was gloomy and cold but the scenery was amazing
6: Heading out of Chicago
10: April 5th St. Louis, Missouri A beautiful city. We enjoyed the sculpture garden and the iconic Arch
12: We spotted these mammoth holes in the side of this hill and put on the brakes. Just one of the treasures we found today. | April 6th
13: The Pacific Bluff in Pacific Missouri are silica mine caves from the Pioneer Silica Mining Plant dating back to the 1870's
15: Cuba, Missouri is known as mural city USA, they have the largest rocking chair in the world, And... I got a yummy cupcake.
18: For years Alan has been fascinated with Route 66. Recently, as we traveled across eight states, I realized why. It's a time warp. In a world where everything else is at a frenetic pace, Route 66 is slow. You are off the main highway, moving at a lower speed limit and willing to stop to take a photo, grab a bite to eat, even chat with a stranger. Because Route 66 is also friendly. Oh, not the Mother Road itself, although it does seem to beckon you to take quick side trips and linger over decades-old relics. But it*s the people along Route 66 that make it what it is. These are the people who live within a constant reminder of that earlier, slower time, when hospitality was extended to all. When you travel Route 66, "you're gonna meet some of the nicest people you've ever known, says Gary Turner, proprietor of what used to be called the Gay Purita Store at Paris Springs Junction. You'll find some old man maybe sweeping the front porch, but if you take the time to talk, he'll tell you something you didn't know before. You'll see some neat things, and make a lot of friends." Turner is quick to play tour guide, too, walking visitors through his favorite stops along the road via a book by David Wickline, Images of 66. "The Cafe on the Route is a B and B upstairs, and they have really good food,* he says. He also advises a stop at Sid's Diner in Yukon, Oklahoma.* When you get into Texas, he says check out the Red River Steakhouse in McLean, adding, *I promise you will not be sorry you ate there!* But, if you prefer, take the challenge at the Big Texan, where a 72 oz. Steak is free if you can eat it along with the salad, sides and bread*in one hour. Turner recommends the Ugly Crust Pies at the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, where you can celebrate being halfway along Route 66 with a special dessert. But his recommendation for a leisurely lunch sounds best of all. He says, *Pull into an old time grocery store and get some bread, some lunch meat, some onion, maybe a tomato about this thick. Let it drip on you a little when you take a bite. Maybe add a bag of chips and an ice cold Coca Cola. It may be the best meal of your life.* One other piece of advice from Turner: The best way to travel Route 66 is to not make reservations and not make plans. Take it as it comes. It*ll be the best vacation of your life. When it comes right down to it, that's what the old route is about. People who drive through, maybe stop to take a picture but never slow down to chat well, they can say they've been on Route 66, but they never really found it, Turner says. It's really about the people. This isn't the same culture as New York or Chicago. It's the way it was in the 20s, the 30s, the 40s. You can't go back there, but you can't ever get closer than when you slow down on Route 66. This is an article I found on line about our friend pictured to the right. He and his sweet wife gave us a Route Beer and played tracks of the new CD of songs that he wrote. After telling us all the things we need to see and do we waved goodbye knowing we would never forget them.
20: Today we met another Route 66 friend. Melba is one of the 4 women on the route. She treated us like we were old friends. The star of the movie Cars lives in this little town of Galena, Kansas. Kansas can only claim 13 miles of route 66 but it is doing a great job revitalizing their stretch of highway. The 4 women are planning on opening a B and B and a farmers market.
22: Rainbow Bridge North of Baxter Springs, Kansas, built in 1923
25: Coleman Theater, Miami, Oklahoma, built in 1929. We stayed at the Desert Hills Motel, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had dinner at Talley's Cafe. It was a true Route 66 diner.
26: Arcadia, Oklahoma has a round barn and a 66 foot tall soda bottle. We also saw these windmills several places along route 66.
28: Blue dome gulf station and garage built in 1924 is in Tulsa Oklahoma.
32: A few of the many quirky landmarks that we saw along the way.
39: Long open roads and abandoned places, is part of history and charm of the mother road.
40: 19 story cross at Groom, Texas is the 2nd Largest Cross in the Western Hemisphere
41: Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, where the cars are planted nose down just waiting for the next person to come along and add their own touch to the graffiti covered cars.
42: Albuquerque, New Mexico | Sculpture was everywhere in Albuquerque. This group was in a parking lot of a shopping center.
44: Albuquerque is one of the places if I were to move that I would like to move to. Beautiful scenery, nice people and quirky art.
47: Santa Fe, New Mexico, not exactly on Route 66 but well worth the lidrive to get there. An artist community with people as interesting as their art.
50: Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona It's such a fine sight to see
54: Oatman, Arizona
61: The end of Route 66, but not the end of our road. San Diego here we come.
62: LA farmers market. Beautiful place to send a morning.
64: Carlsbad beach and the beautiful flower gardens. | Toes touching the Pacific ocean
67: MCRD San Diego
71: Coranado Island
85: The Grand Canyon
86: Sedona, Arizona