ARIZONA – AT LAST!

It’s no secret that I love just about every inch of our adopted state, so when I see the voluptuous cowgirl waving to us from a billboard encouraging us to “Breathe Easy Pardner, you finally made it to Arizona!” I couldn’t agree more. Nothing against California, but I’m glad to be back. It’s still the…

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Bagdad Café to Needles

All these abandoned and decrepit buildings in the middle of Nowhere (which, by the way, is an actual town in AZ) inspire me to wax philosophical. I look at their skeletal remains, and several quotes come to mind, such as the one we usually hear at graveside, “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes…to dust thou…

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Daggett to Bagdad

We’re nearly out of California, but we’ve been crossing the unforgiving Mojave Desert since before Victorville. At least we’re passing through a few towns, however small. The wisest travelers from the Dust Bowl days limited their car trips to nighttime. They’d check the water and gas gauges, hang water bags on the fenders, fill their…

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GLENDORA AND EAST TO DAGGETT

  At different times, Route 66 took a few loops other than the one we’re traveling, but today, we follow our map through Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Rialto. It’s lush, green agricultural country, and worthy of exploring at another time, for sure. San Bernardino is the site of the very first McDonalds and, given the…

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Santa Monica and East

Los Angeles is one of the most visited cities in the country, and they reap plenty in tourist dollars from other points of interest. But we’re focused on following “The Road.” We finally tear ourselves away from the beautiful beach and head back west. As we go through West LA we keep our eyes peeled…

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Santa Monica

Some sources claim that Route 66 has had 3 different terminus points. But, today, most travelers look to a specific plaque in the ground and call it the end. Two warnings when you look for the “ceremonial” end of Route 66: You’ve gotta really want to find it. DON’T drive any kind of RV in to see it. Between the crawling traffic…

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America’s Main Street

Whether you say, US Highway 66, America’s Main Street, Will Rogers Highway or The Mother Road, “Route 66“, is a section of road that’s been called many things (some of them not printable). For students of history, it conjures images of dustbowls, desperate times,  and the Jodes, puttering along in their overstuffed truck, headed for the California promised land. For…

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