A and S Go West : Route 66

Bucket List #4 : drive route 66.

Georgia to California and back. 9 days.

 

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Adams Street near Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL

 

For at least ten years now I have been wanting to drive cross country. Obviously Route 66 was the best choice, and when I stumbled across the BEGIN ROUTE 66 sign while in Chicago last year, it was done, there was no going back. The planning started shortly after my return.

Route 66 is the ‘mother road’. The first interstate highway, starting in Chicago, IL and travelling through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and ending at the Santa Monica Pier in California.

If you haven’t seen it, do it, do it now. You will not regret it, I would do it ten times over. The kitschy sights, the freedom, breathtaking views, the open road.

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Prior to this trip I had never been west of the Mississippi. I had travelled to other countries, but only a small percentage of the states. Insanity, I know.

Day One : Straight drive – Georgia to Oklahoma City. 12-13 hours – we made it in just under 12. We also left at 4 am… yikes. But I didn’t care – we were so pumped.

Honestly, I don’t remember a lot about OKC, I was pretty exhausted by the time we got there, but it wasn’t really what I expected. I thought it would be a busier bustling city, similar to Atlanta. It is not. It also started raining and all I could think was ‘tornadoes’. You think I’m kidding, I am not. I have a somewhat irrational, but mostly rational, fear of tornadoes.

Day Two : OKC to Amarillo, TX to Moriarty, NM – 7.5 driving hours

The drive out of OK was pretty uneventful, except for the constant fear of tornadoes. But then something beautiful happened.

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Let me just start by saying, I LOVE TEXAS. There is just something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. I am already planning to go back and see more that just the Amarillo area.

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To be continued…

If anyone is thinking about driving route 66, let me know, I can definitely give you some tips. There is also a good chance I’ll be hiding in your luggage when you roll out of town.

-A

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