Gettin' Our Kicks On Route 66 travel blog

Gettin' Our Kicks On Route 66

Gary & Shelby travel blog
For those of us who grew up in the 40s and 50s, travelling in a car was, in itself, an adventure. Back when riding in a car was fun – especially when you had an uncle who drove fast and had lights on his mud flaps and an Ooga horn. And optional equipment on a Chevy meant carpeting or an armrest for the passenger door. So who of us of that era hasn’t thought about driving Historic Route 66?

Stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica, US 66 was first signed into law in 1927 and all 2500 miles finally paved in 1938. But it’s huge success and nearly perfect route was its downfall. The interstate system followed the same route causing it to be officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant.

But now large portions of the old road that passes through the eight states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California have been designated a National Scenic Byway with the official name "Historic Route 66". And many of the original restaurants, roadhouses, drive-ins, diners, cafés, motels, hotels, and tourist traps still exist, some restored. We plan to see most of them.

As the famous Bobby Troup song says:
If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, the highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!

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We invite you to come along with us and travel Historic Route 66...

Gary & Shelby

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Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

May 25/10
Mapping - Winona, AZ
May 25/10
Mapping - Kingman, AZ
Needles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
May 29/10
Mapping - Barstow, CA
San Bernardino, CA
The end of Historic Route...
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