Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Gettin' My Kicks on Route 66

Route 66 is the historic and iconic road leading across the USA from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles and more recently, Santa Monica California. Passing through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona along the way, it is probably the most famous road in the USA.

Originally covering a distance of 2,448 miles, it has been immortalised in songs like “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. It was known as the “mother road of America,” and has a cult following that I haven’t seen or heard of for any other road in the world.

Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985 when it was replaced by newer, faster interstates. Although some parts have been preserved, it is now impossible to travel the original Route 66 for its full distance. Some sections have been abandoned. Other parts of the road which travel through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona are now a tourist attraction renamed “Historic Route 66”. In Winslow Arizona, for instance, you can find people “standing on a corner”, a tribute to the Eagles song “Take it Easy.”

Having been to parts of Historic Route 66 in Arizona, I can say that it has a buzz, its own vibe. Like it is a living being just bursting with the kind of freedom you can only get from an open road. Something which you just don’t get from the new modern-day interstates.

Bye for Now