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Let's Explore Life on Route 66!

Updated on September 1, 2011

Let's Get Going...

I know what it's like living near Route 66. I lived near it all the time I was growing up and on into my adulthood. Because I lived so close to this piece of history, I often took it for granted. The 66 diners, the roadside signs, and of course the road itself, were all just a way of life for me. Route 66 just took me where I needed to go. It was my route to the bank, the dentist, even to Wal-Mart. I usually never even gave it a second thought. I would muse at tourists who would park along the side of the road taking pictures to document things that I saw all the time. I even heard rumors of folks having their car shipped in from another country so that it could drive upon this Great Road.

It wasn't until I moved farther away that I began to miss the nostalgia, the simplicity of the little towns, and the friendly people that lived along this Mother Road. I remember going on rides with my husband in the country and being bumped along because the road was in need of repair. They were obviously trying to preserve the originality of the road in these remote areas. Then I could look out the window and painted directly on the road was the world famous Route 66 icon. To think now that I was a part of something so significant is a really cool feeling. It just goes to show that you often taken things for granted until you lose them.

Fill 'er up!

Make sure you gas up ahead of time so you can roll and see the sights without interruption! (I wouldn't count on the gas being this cheap, though).

You are here!

If you see a sign like this you'll know you've made it! Get out and take pictures and capture a moment. One day the present will be history. Make the most of it!

Don't forget your souveniers!

Shop 'til you drop in Route 66 nostalgic shops! You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you browse the unique gift and souvenier items. Go ahead and spend that money, if you don't you'll just spend it somewhere else! Why not take home a piece of the past?

Grab some grub!

Stop and get a bite to eat at a road side diner! It's the best cookin' ya'll ever did eat! Your stomach will thank you, and the waitress may even call you sweetie!

Really, these little hole-in-the-wall diners are just some of the best eating that you can get. My family would visit them now and then and the fast food chains just can't even get close in comparison. Not only is the food terrific, but the atmosphere is so pleasant. If you go in more than a few times, you get to be on a first name basis with the staff.

Preserving the past...

A lot of folks living on Route 66 just seem to have car restoration in their blood. You often see beauties such as this rolling past and car shows are very common.

When my husband and I were first married, we had a '74 Nova hatchback. It was a beauty. Why he ever sold it is beyond me. He regrets it now. My father-in-law has owned a '41 Chevy pickup and a '69 Chevy shortbed. My husband painted the Chevy shortbed a lovely maroon color for his dad. (My husband used to work in a body shop for a living).

My husband now owns a '56 Chevy car, which him and his dad are restoring together.

My husband's parents still live a stone throw away from Route 66. You travel it to get to their house.

A place to rest at the end of the day.

Ya'll pull your shoes off and stay awhile! Relax yourself at one of this attraction's comfortable motels. You're sure to be refreshed and revived. You might just want to take up residence!


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      Davide 10 years ago

      Very beautiful HUB! i hava a blog on usa in general and i'll write some articles on route 66! if you want we can collaborate! I'm italian and usa land is my passion! My link is . I hope you'll find it interesting!

      Hi from Italy!

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      Jennifer 10 years ago

      Very interesting hub. thanks for sharing this piece of history.

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      gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

      Enjoyed reading it great hub

      Thank you

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      Peter Messerschmidt 10 years ago from Port Townsend

      Very enjoyable read! I've heard much about Route 66 (as a "non-native," especially), but have never had an opportunity to explore.

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      Wehzo 10 years ago

      I like it! I've always heard about Route 66, but I've never been there. One day I hope to visit before one of us is gone.

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      Kiz 10 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Great hub!! You may want to add in reference to Disney's Pixar movie "Cars" as it has a lot of really touching reference to Route 66.