Katie's Route 66 Adventure
|“A journey is a person in itself; no two are
alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless.
We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip : a trip
takes us.” ( and it did. . .it was wonderful
- John Steinbeck
How did I like the Route 66 experience???
Our new licence Plate
the plate to see our
"new" road trip-vehicle
We saw so many "original" Route 66 icons (places & people) that it boggles the mind. We met many great people and ate at many of Route 66 Cafe's & restaurants . . . the Red Cedar Inn, Monroe Cafe, Joe & Aggie's, Big Texan, Rod's Steakhouse, the Oatman Hotel (Buffalo Burger), Bagdad Cafe and the "original" McDonald's in San Bernadino (replete with arches).
We slept in a Wigwam . . . at the the Blue Swallows, the El Rancho in Williams, AZ.
Katie saw the Meramac Caverns. We rode the Grand Canyon Railroad (steam-driven train) from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon. . . drove sections of Route 66 that are simply indescribable. it's sometimes hard to believe that we were in the same country as Ohio. . other times (in parts of Arizona & New Mexico we wondered if we were on the same planet). We met some GREAT people along the way. . . like General Bob (spinner of tall-tales "extrodinaire") at the Bagdad Cafe.
We visited the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, a Harvey House, the Meteor Crater, the Two Guns Ruins. . . shopped at the Jackrabbit, fed burros, ate at the Bagdad (met General Bob), played on Santa Monica Pier and at Disneyland, walked on the beach. . . and spent four days with some GREAT friends in California. Ate dinner in Newport with Terry S., Van & Jan. great Italian cuisine!!!
Van Pinkerton and Terry Sprague met us in Victorville, CA and lead the way through Hollywood to the Pacific.
How did the Coupe do ??? Everywhere we stopped it was an "instant" car show. The most asked question. . . did you drive it here??? On Sunset Blvd., Elvis, Batman, Crocodile Dundee and "Black" Wonder Woman ran into the street to get their pictures taken with it. In Oklahoma, the starter solenoid "bit the dust" (fixed it in California). In California had to change a fuel line and remove the fuel pressure regulator. In Las Vegas a tank of bad gas "screwed up" one of the main carburetor's idle passages (fixing it now). In Colorado had to change two sparkplugs and a sparkplug wire. In Nebraska, we hit a hail storm (size of golf balls) with horizontal rain. How's the paint, you ask? Don't know, I haven't washed the car since and am afraid to look. In other words . . . the coupe did great !!!!
How did Katie & me do ??? GREAT !!!! lots of bonding !!!!
Our "Return Home Trip" was through Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa.
As time permits, I will share more pictures and some stories. The best way to experience Route 66, though. . is to "EXPERIENCE" Route 66 !!!
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Would I do it again ???? In a heartbeat !!!!!
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John (Beulah) Stephens (ELHS 65)