Standin' on a corner on Route 66
Trip Start Nov 05, 2002
69Trip End Aug 13, 2003
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Leaving our motel in Flagstaff and heading east 50 miles on Interstate 40 we quickly got to Winslow, a sleepy (almost unconscious when we arrived) town made famous in the Eagles song 'Take It Easy'. So with the song playing out of a speaker somewhere we stood on the corner, like thousands of people do every year, and had our picture taken at the Standin' on the Corner Park. Dedicated in 1999, the park features a mural by John Pugh and a life-size bronze statue by Ron Adamson and you can even buy one of the parks bricks and have your name inscribed. Ummm.
Another cool thing about Winslow was that historic Old Route 66 between Los Angeles and Chicago runs through the centre of the town. Former U.S. Highway 66 is also known as "The Mother Road", "The Main Street of America" and "The Will Rogers Highway". As Route 66 doesn't appear on modern maps anymore, one needs a good description before heading out on the old 2 lane highway. We noticed a lot of references to the route on our drive through this area of the Arizona desert so it's alive and well, albeit as a tourist attraction, in this part of the country.
After a bite to eat in a nice cafe in Winslow, a phone call home and a run in with a bandy legged cowboy (!) on the streets of Winslow it was back onto Interstate 40 towards New Mexico. Albuquerque anyone?
Dave, B & Rainy