My story? I accidentally discovered old Route 66 while motoring one
sunny day along super-slab I-40 near Flagstaff, Arizona. I'd heard
of it, but it really existed? Wow! From then on, a
special interest was born, not just of Route 66, but of the glitz,
kitsch and excitement of all of America's roadside past. From
childhood trips, I vaguely remembered buzzing neon signs, albino
rattlesnakes, mysterious teepees; greasy spoon diners and rubber
tomahawks. Where had they all gone? Replaced by a
dull monotony courtesy of the mega-corporations and a spreading
numbness across the land.
Well I still remember them! How long has it been since you
saw something unique along the road? How long
has it been since you considered a road trip an adventure into and
of itself? Probably far too long. So come with me as we
reminisce about some of the fun and flair that used to make every
trip a special occasion. Click on one of the images below for
some pictures of my experiences along the American road and please
send me some of yours...I'm looking forward to seeing what's out
I wonder how I can get a copy of some of those cool
"The highway, oh, the highway. No place, in theory, is boring of
itself. Boredom lies only with the traveler's limited perception and his
failure to explore deeply enough." William Least Heat-Moon in Blue Highways.
Click on the image below to see a
sample of the text, the tours, and most importantly, my turn by turn maps!
NEW BOOKS ARE HERE AND THEY LOOK GREAT!
one who has spent two decades exploring, charting, and documenting Route
66, I can say without hesitation that Jeff Jensen has elevated
himself into the upper echelon of road scholars with Broadway of America.
His exceptional accounting of the old US 80 and Bankhead Highway corridor
leaves no stone unturned, revealing a marvelous grab bag of ruins, old
roadbed, and other roadside attractions. The maps are dead-on and the
images mouth-watering. I've made the trip twice and can't wait to do
Co-author and Publisher, Roadside
|The Lincoln Highway Across Iowa. Come explore
the first official transcontinental route across the American Heartland
- Iowa. Though mostly meandering along county roads and
quickly traversing small towns, I found Iowa's segment of the Lincoln
Highway surprisingly beautiful and tranquil with more history and stories
to be uncovered than I expected. Well worth the time and
effort. Come on in and I'll show you some of what I
1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide. An incredible find!
The second transcontinental convoy to blaze an early auto trail across the
United States would become known as the Bankhead Highway and would also
leave a myriad of U.S. Highways in its wake later on. From
Washington D.C. to San Diego, California, the Bankhead Highway was touted
as an important military and 'all-weather' auto route across the United
States. Often called the Broadway of America, here in detail is a
copy of the path the Bankhead Highway took across the united States in
1921 (published in 1922). How much of this early highway can you
uncover and share with us?
Route 66. Since 1926, this road,
perhaps more than any other, has come to define America's unique roadside
culture. From Chicago to Santa Monica, a whole new way of life
consisting of the roadside cafe, motor court and unique roadside
attractions sprung up and made their way into our pocketbooks,
and our hearts.
Highway 80, the Broadway of America, the Bankhead Highway, the Dixie
Overland and the Ocean to Ocean Highways...well, it used to be. Decommissioned
first in California, then subsequently in Arizona and New Mexico, and now even
all the way back to Dallas, Texas, old
Highway 80 seems to be shirking away from the west coast like a turtle
retreating into its shell. However, due to the arid conditions of
much of the Southwest, relics and evidence of the old highway abound.
Highway 99, the Pacific Highway.
Born at the same time as its
cousin 66, old 99 quickly became the main thoroughfare for North-South
travel in the West Coast states. Unfortunately, 99 has undergone the same onslaught of 'progress' as has 66. Those quaint cafes and motels of yesterday, once thriving on the main route, continue to disappear.
Highway 101, the Redwood and Pacific
Coast Highway, is a
fantastic drive over virtually its
entire length. 101 carries one from San Diego
surf to Redwoods; Oregon coast to Washington's Olympic peninsula. I've had the privilege to drive it from San Francisco to Washington, and it
was a wonderful trip.
The flair of yesteryear lives
on! Enjoy some memories of the road. I'll start with goodies
from my own personal
experiences, but I'm looking forward to getting guest photos.
Help me 'flesh-out' the country by sending me
some of your favorite stuff! Location, state and credit are given when known.
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