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Route 66

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Commissioned in 1926, Route 66 was unique among other highways with a catchy tune that was ideal for promotion efforts, and with an arcing path across the country. Renowned as the shortest all-weather route connecting the industrial Midwest to the rural Southwest, it helped facilitate the unprecedented transfer of ideas, goods, and people across the country. Traveling through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, it also served as a major corridor for Dust Bowl migrants in the '30s; for important WWII military functions in the '40s; and for thousands of families in the '50s during the emergence of the "vacation culture." Roadside architecture and businesses flourished, changing forever the history and character, and lives of the towns through which the route passed. The arts played a critical role in immortalizing the road through literature, song, and film, which served to elevate the road to a phenomenal, pop-culture status which persists to this day.
Ironically, it was the popularity of automobile travel that ultimately led to the highway’s demise through the construction of limited-access interstates in the 1970s. With the slow, incremental opening of the interstates, travel gradually shifted away from the towns and main streets of Route 66, until the highway was officially decommissioned in 1985. Beloved by many, however, public demanded that the road and its history be kept alive and preservation and tourism movements have since flourished. Almost 80 years since its birth, and nearly 20 years since its decommissioning, Route 66 remains one of the most revered, beloved, and sought out historic roads in the world.

Roadkill Café
Roadkill on the menu! “You kill it, we grill it”. After public works scrapes dead animals off the side of the road, what happens to the remains? Just joking! But with menu items such as Deer Delectables, Bad-Brake Steak, Fender Tenders, Caddie Grilled Patty it certainly makes you wonder. Although we didn’t stop in for a bite to eat, we took the time to take a snap shot of this iconic little on historic Route 66 located in Seligman. 20150218_Route_66__24_.jpg

Wigwam Motel, Holbrook
From the seven original Wigwam Villages, three survive today. So on our journey between Flagstaff and Albuquerque we decided to spend a night in Holbrook in one of the infamous Wigwams. I wouldn’t say the Wigwams contain all of the amenities of a regular hotel room. We stayed in Number 10 Wigwam and on checking in the lady behind the desk quickly added that there was a heater on the right hand side of the room. Naïve as we are, we simply took this information in and proceeded to our teepee for the night. It was already mid afternoon because we’d spent a few hours at the Petrified Forest National Park, so we figured we’d drop our bags off and head out for dinner. When we got to the room, we soon realized why the heater was mentioned. It was probably 5 degrees cooler inside the wigwam. We found the heater and turned it on to heat the room slightly before heading out, but for some reason as soon as it hit a particular temperature, the heater kept cutting out. Perhaps we would be sleeping in the clothes we had on and we definitely weren’t having a shower that night….cue the teeth chatter here. We went out for dinner and by the time we got home the gauge on the dashboard said it was 35 fahrenheit(or around 2 degrees Celsius). You can probably imagine how cold it was inside the wigwam. We entered quickly, put the heater on and again it kept cutting out. Yep! Definitely slipping under the covers with what we had on (including socks). At around 4am, Nick couldn’t bear the cold anymore, so he got up and pressed some more buttons on the heater and it managed to stay on till we got up in the morning. We now think the heater was temperature controlled and heats the room to the appropriate temperature on the dial before it cuts out (kind of an economy setting thing). When we got up in the morning there was frost on the car and we had to scrape ice from the windscreen. The guage on the dashboard was now indicating 28 fahrenheit. At least we have bragging rights of saying we slept in a teepee on our 12 month adventure! 20150218_Route_66__36_.jpg

Jack Rabbit, Joseph City, Arizona is little else than a convenience store and home to the infamous fiberglass jackrabbit. It is a famous stop on Route 66 none-the-less. So we stop, albeit for 5 minutes to take a quick photo. Renowned as being the most famous Stop-n-Go convenience store in the world, for many miles before you get close to Joseph City, the highway is dotted by iconic billboards with nothing more than the silhouette of a jackrabbit. In front of the store is another billboard with “HERE IT IS” written on it as well as a large fiberglass jackrabbit. But guess what folks? That’s is all she wrote because aside from the billboard and the fiberglass jackrabbit, there is only the small unassuming convenience store and little of anything else. 20150218_Route_66__41_.jpg90_20150218_Route_66__29_.jpg

Any Eagles fan will know about the corner of Winslow, Arizona. Made infamous in their song “Take it Easy”. So here we are: slowing down to take a look…..just finding our place to make our stand and take it easy. Here we are standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. As you stand on the corner, Eagles music is piped into the street, just to give it that authentic feel. All we can say is, “Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, what a fine sight to see.” 20150218_Route_66__32_.jpg

Posted by V3USA 07:16

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Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels
Drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
And take it easy

Great song! Great place to be by the sounds of it xxoo

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