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Trip Start May 17, 2010
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Trip End Oct 10, 2010


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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, May 24, 2010

If you want to step back in time 60 years, I recommend that you head to Kingman, Arizona. It seems that the charming town has changed little since the days when Bel Airs and Coupe De Villes roared along the town's main street, just one small section of the famous Highway 66 that carried motorists westward across the states to their new lives in Southern California. When we turned onto the old Route 66 we pointed the compass eastward - heading in the opposite direction to the majority of the Mother Road's traffic. Even today, most of the motorists who follow the roads and highways that roughly comprise the original line of the historic Highway 66 (the original highway was long ago replaced with a series of huge interstates), do so from East to West.
We were originally going to drive the entire length of Route 66, all 2,448 miles of it, from Santa Monica to Chicago. When we told people this plan they laughed at us and informed us that we were in for a mighty boring drive comprised mainly of desert and wheat fields that would fly past us as we sped along a huge interstate. After looking at a map, we decided that they were probably right, and instead followed a small section of the original highway East from Kingman until it merged again with the Interstate-40. In the small towns that dotted the highway, we saw two types of buildings- abandoned, dilapidated service stations and motels that probably thrived in the heyday of Highway 66, and newer restaurants, bars and service stations that were popular because they looked as though they belonged in the 50s, festooned with various paraphernalia reminiscent of the days when Highway 66 was so busy it was called the main street of America.
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Aunt Jan on

My goodness! It looks like you stepped back in time. I can't believe that people actually live there.

smiley on

It's awesome. Loving your blog, keep exploring! I love huckleberry service station.

ambs55
ambs55 on

haha Smiley of course that would be your favourite! It was really cool though!

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