Home Chicago – journeys end after 2,500 miles

May 25, 2007

Twelve days and more than 2,500 miles ago we left Santa Monica, California, bound for Chicago along old Route 66. That journey ended today as weve arrived at our destination.

One piece of advice for the Dixie Truckers Home

May 25, 2007

Dixie3.jpgThe Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, Illinois, off Interstate 55 and alongside what used to be Route 66, may not be the first American truckstop. But it’s definitely one of the oldest — and one of the most revered among aficionados of the old cross-country highway.

Breezy stroll on Route 66s most famous bridge

May 25, 2007

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This bridge was once the point at which Route 66 crossed the Mississippi River at St. Louis. Now there is a picnic table near the middle and the closest you can get to being run over is by a short-sighted cyclist.

Dark side of Route 66 and the open road

May 25, 2007

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As the Route 66 Team traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago, celebrating Route 66 and the allure of the open road, we drove past a lot of reminders of the carnage that automobile travel entails.

Signs of life returning to Times Beach

May 25, 2007

You won’t find Times Beach on any up-to-date map of Missouri. Atimesbeach5.jpgnd all referenTimesBeach1.jpgces to it have been taken off signs on Interstate 44, the major east-west highway that replaced old Route 66 in this part of the country.

Snapshot from St. Louis: Oh yeah, thats what traffic looks like

May 25, 2007

congestion2.jpgIf like us you travel Route 66 the wrong way round the vast majority of people take the trip west for the true highway experience then once you leave Los Angeles there are no major cities until you reach St. Louis in Missouri.

Hazelgreen, Missouri detour for glimpse of old Route 66

May 25, 2007

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Less than 20 miles east of Lebanon, Missouri on old Route 66, there is a section of no more than a couple of miles that gives travellers a glimpse of the iconic highway as it once was.

Another Route 66 museum but this ones free!

May 25, 2007

Museum6.jpgIf youre driving west along Route 66 and still do not feel satiated by the two museums dedicated to the highway in Oklahoma, you could do worse than stop in at the museum in Lebanon, Missouri.
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It is smaller than the other two, so there is less to see. But there is a mock old-fashioned gas station, an old diner and a rather shabby looking fake motel room, plus two Route 66 armchairs that any true aficionado of Americas Main Street might eye with envy.

Everything that fits is at Steve’s Sundry in Tulsa

May 24, 2007

steve5.JPGOn the outside, Steve’s Sundry, Books & Magazines on South Harvard Avenue in Tulsa’s midtown neighborhood, doesn’t look like much. But just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t write off Steve’s because of its modest curb appeal and its location in an aging strip mall.

Different state, different town, same problems for Route 66 motels

May 24, 2007

HOTEL.jpgLike a number of towns along what was Route 66, the motels here in Lebanon, Missouri thrived on the through traffic. And like many of those same towns, when Route 66 went away the motels were among the first to suffer.