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The first time we drove down it here, to be honest it looked a bit shabby, but later in our stay we returned and found some of the magic that's been associated with this legendary highway for decades. We discovered that the 'original' route' through NM was less direct, following old Indian trade routes; it was straightened in 1937, cutting the length from 506 to 399 miles.
The main route was crammed with traffic - making photo taking frustrating - and disappointingly not many bikes either.
Lined with motels, motor traders, petrol stations and bars it's easy to see how it developed. Today new bars take on the old mantle, replicating the style of the signs; they stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have many tales to tell. Past fortunes and heydays became faded as the route was replaced with interstates that attracted shopping malls, food outlets and hotels. But it seems the route refuses to disappear, forever in the public's memory it thrives as a nostalgic tourist magnet,