So there it is – a total of 2,696 miles in five and a half days. It cost me around $160 in accommodation and a further $100 for fuel, but was definitely a lot of fun. All that remained now was to get back to Chicago. I decided to head north to San Francisco along […]Read more "The rest of the story – getting home!"
Day 6 was the final leg of the Route 66 trip west. Just a last 329 miles of mostly dead straight road, found me descending out of the hills into the suburbs of Los Angeles. A fraught few miles of fighting my way through the traffic on the freeway and I was into Beverley Hills […]Read more "Day 6: Needles to Santa Monica"
Day 5 was an early start for me as I had plenty of things planned. I timed my arrival at theMeteor Crater outside Winslow (of Eagles song lyric fame) for 8am when the gates opened. For $8 I was able to view this huge hole in the desert, created by a massive meteor some 10,000 years […]Read more "Day 5: Holbrook to Needles"
Something else to go and visit in New Mexico for the more energetic are the Banderra Volcano and Ice Cave in the Cibola National Forest near Grants – you will see billboards advertising this attraction along the Interstate. For $6.50, you can take a self guided walking tour to the crater of a (hopefully) extinct volcano and to the […]Read more "Day 4: Santa Rosa to Holbrook"
Day three found me crossing the state line into Texas where I had to stop for a quick oil change in Amarillo. Just beyond the city is Stanley Marsh’s Cadillac Ranch which is definitely worth a look. Route 66 follows the Interstate at this point, but you can get off and park on the adjacent service road. […]Read more "Day 3: Oklahoma City to Santa Rosa"
Day two of the road trip was difficult. Even with my new map, tracing the course of the route through Missouri is not easy – you might want to take a friend or partner along as a navigator! This second day, I crossed the state line into Kansas, briefly, then into Oklahoma. The Kansas section […]Read more "Day 2: Rolla to Oklahoma City"
I left Chicago early to avoid the particularly badly named ‘rush’ hour and headed south-west. The route has generally been replaced by sections of Interstates 55, 44 and 40 and in Illinois is remarkably well sign-posted with ‘Historic Route 66′ markers. I had no difficulty in finding my way without, initially, a map of the […]Read more "Day 1: Chicago to Rolla"