Route 66 Road Trip Introduction And Impressions

How can a handful of photographs begin to tell the story of a ribbon of dirt, gravel, macadam and cement whose history is so colorfully rich and vital to America’s growth and development? Well, the short answer is, "it can’t", however, that didn’t keep me from giving it a shot…or 800 shots!

When visiting an attraction or tourist draw, we ultimately found ourselves in the gift shop. Invariably, in nearly every location there was a visitor registry which we signed but more importantly, we thumbed through the pages to see where other visitors called home. It was like a geography lesson of the entire globe. It was a roll-call listing at the UN. Even people in other countries know the allure of the “Mother Road”. Its magnetism is one of America’s best selling exports.

If you’ve already toured Route 66, then you know the magic it contains. If you are unaware of its reputation, maybe these images will provide some background and perhaps stir your wanderlust.

Trip Highlights:
Two-week road trip
Joined the “Mother Road” in Bloomington, IL
Westward maximum destination: Flagstaff AZ
A ten day total westward 2,255
Round trip total of 4,268 miles

A few of the sites we visited:
Painted Desert & Petrified Forest
Toured Dana-Thomas House – Frank Lloyd Wright designed house and     furnishings, Springfield, IL
Palo Duro Canyon Texas State Park
Six Route 66 Museums
Giant statuary, murals and roadside oddities
The Cadillac Ranch
Themed eateries