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Road tripping; historic Route 66 through Arizona, California

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town. An abandoned truck stop in Ash Fork, AZ, is within viewing distance of I-40, which bypassed it in the 80s. The Canyon Club in Williams serves Mexican food and drinks a’plenty. Author’s spouse Susan “standing on the corner […]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 through New Mexico and Arizona

The old El Vada Motel, west Albuquerque, has been repurposed into shops and eateries. Historic KiMo Theatre, circa 1927, at dawn, Albuquerque’s Central Avenue. Route 66 memorabilia lines an old building next to the 66 Diner in Albuquerque. Old 1932 Studebaker marks roadbed of old Route 66 through Petrified Forest National Park. Author and spouse […]

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Albuquerque is the place (despite record snow, cold) for beauty, history and nostalgia!

San Felipe de Neri Church, dating back to 1706, anchors the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. Petroglyph National Monument lies on Albuquerque’s west side; though closed for the government shutdown, you could walk into the hallowed grounds. The El Don Motel is one of several score old motels that date to Route 66’s heydey in […]

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Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park bring Arizona desert to life

Arizona desert comes to life at Saguaro National Park and Petrified Forest National Park! We had the opportunity to do a 10-day housesitting gig in North Tucson (through the Affordable Travel Club) and used the trip to visit several old and new national parks and Native American sites. On the way to Tucson, we spent two […]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces…old highway celebrates 90th birthday!

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces… The fabled ‘Mother Road’ turns 90 this year! I was first exposed to Route 66 in the summer of 1962, when my mother packed me and my two brothers in the back of a Ford station wagon, towing a Nimrod tent trailer, and set off from […]

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Santa Monica and Muscle Beach; old Route 66 brings us to the sunny Pacific

After more than two-dozen trips to the LA area in several decades, one of our “must stops” is always Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean, due west of central Los Angeles. I originally discovered the town, at age 14, on a trip with my parents from Ohio – following Route 66 from Chicago all the […]

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Arizona dreamin’…Burma Shave makes comeback on historic Route 66!

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’ as it meanders through quaint, forgotten towns In 1962, my mother piled my two younger brothers and 14 year-old me into the back of a ‘61 Ford station wagon, towing a tiny Nimrod tent trailer, bound from Ohio to California and back. My plumbing-contractor father planned to fly into […]

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Route 66, the “Mother Road”, miles of Americana from Oklahoma to New Mexico (Part 1 of 2)

  Old Gulf gas station in Sapulpa, OK, preserves an age when gas went for 19.9 cents per gallon! Vintage Red Barn, Arcadia, OK, was built in 1898; our teardrop travel trailer in the foreground! The famed Rock Restaurant in Stroud, OK, was made of rock excavated when Route 66 was built. An abandoned gas […]

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