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how we ended up on

Route 66

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Like anything, it started with a dialog. Me: Hey Sparky, want to do a Route 66 trip this summer? Sparky: Sure. When? Me: Maybe around the 4th of July weekend? Sparky: Okay. Are we renting a car? Me: Sure...think they’ll charge us that bullsh*t fee again because we’re not married? And the rest they say, is history. While some people take 2-4 weeks to do the Route, we took 9 short days. We might have missed more than we should have, but we still have plenty to share. Hope you’ll agree. Diana Nguyen, Editor & Founder Photo: Alix Klingenberg

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As it always does, our journey started in

chicago

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Photo: Alix Klingenberg

Photo: Alix Klingenberg

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From Chicago, we hopped over to

Pontiac

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One Cool Bus

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In Towanda, we came across

a garage

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belonging to one woman

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This is commitment

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Atlanta had a Bunyon of things

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Atlanta, Illinois

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Good afternoon,

MR. Lincoln

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Lincoln,, Illinois.

And we’re hare!

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch 20 To From

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Staunton, Illinois

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We paid our respects to a few good

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Truth

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Good-bye, Illinois.

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Hello, Missouri

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A great place for train (and plane) enthusiasts!

Museum of Transportation (Kirkwood, Missouri)

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It took us a long time to find

Black Madonna Shrine&Grotto

[But we felt blessed when we did]

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Eureka, Missouri

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This was easier for us to find.

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Stanton, Missouri

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Unfortunately, it was no longer in business

Sigh

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Any takers?

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But the Jesse James Wax Museum was open

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Have heard this before.

They let our dog into the store. (Not sure if that is normal SOP, but we were grateful.)

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Afterwards,we went to check out an alleged

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Jesse James Hideout

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Cuba, Missouri

Things that caught our attention

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Rolla, Missouri

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Saw but didn’t

drink at the Elbow Inn

Devil’s Elbow, Missouri

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A Route 66 classic

Lebanon, Missouri

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Nighty night.... To From

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The next day, we stopped at Gary Turner’s

Gay ParitA Station

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Paris Springs, Missouri 52 To From

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Worth the Stop! 54 To From

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Hay you!

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It took an artist to create this Village

Red Oak II

Recommended stop by Gary Turner. It turned out to be one of the best places we saw. 58 To From

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Spot your state!

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Want to go to the

Movies?

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Carthage, Missouri

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Then grab something

to eat

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Loved the name Unfortunately, it’s no longer in operation.

...before hitting the road again?

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And just like that, we were in

Kansas

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Galena, Kansas

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We stopped whenever we saw

A sign

Riverton,, Kansas

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...and a vintage

Gas Pump

Baxter Springs, Kansas

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...and cute

Downtown areas

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But we tried to avoid

clowns [for the most part] 84 To From

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OK, here we come!

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We found ourselves in a town called

Commerce

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We really liked it here

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Welcome to

Miami

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At one

gas stop , we were happy to find this

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Ha.

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Signs with

Character

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Vinita, Oklahoma

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TiP : Route 66 is quiet on a Sunday (at least it was in this part of Oklahoma). 104 To From

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Foyil, Oklahoma

Totem Pole Park

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One Happy Whale

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Catoosa, Oklahoma To From

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Sapulpa, Oklahoma

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Definitely love the

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Suddenly

thirsty

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And

Hungry

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This was a lovely place.

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Feeling Lucky? Stroud, Oklahoma To From

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A place for the

Book Lovers

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Chandler, Oklahoma

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Rock of Ages Farm in Arcadia, Oklahoma

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An Old Station near Arcadia, Oklahoma To From

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The Arcadia ROUND BARN Built in 1898

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Arcadia, Oklahoma

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This place was

Soda Pop Galore

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These were Interesting

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Ah, so this is where our

FLOUR comes from!

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Yukon, Oklahoma

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Cherokee Trading

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Post and Restaurant

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Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

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Sayre, Oklahoma

We pondered upon a few

quiet places on the Mother Road

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Texola Oklahoma This town was VERY quiet! Later, we learned Texola is famous for its pies. 144 To From

Shortly after this photo was taken, a dog chased us out of town

True story

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Howdy.

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Amarillo, Texas

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If you think you could eat a

72-ounce steaK,

this might be the place for you

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Cadillac Ranch: Bring some spray paint with you!

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Arriving at the

Halfway point

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Adrian, Texas

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Glenrio, Texas

We were the only ones here. We’ll call this a

Ghost Town

Moving forward!

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Welcome to

Moo new Mexico

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Bathroom break

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Motels along the way

Tucumcari, New Mexico

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We heard this was the

Best Sign on Route 66.

There’s truth to this rumor.

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A few cool

Vehicles

Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Santa Rosa, New Mexico

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Just about

every road

in New Mexico was scenic

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Downtown Santa Fe

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Next time, we’re

Traveling in one of these

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Downtown Albuquerque

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Gallup, New Mexico

Clark Gable slept here. I wish I had too.

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We were so ecstatic to see you,

Arizona Even if you were

feeling temperamental on this particular day.

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This was a good first stop.

Joseph City, Arizona 184 To From

I think we were supposed to see Geronimo in this stump.

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I loved this stop.

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Williams,Arizona This was one of our favorite cities

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Mannequins are always effective

[The coffee here is also excellent]

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Not a Route 66 stop, but the

Grand Canyon is something you should work into your plans

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Seligman, Arizona

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Kingman, Arizona

I’ll admit this sign

made me giggle for no good reason

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Just Driving Through

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A town where

Burros run free? We’re in!

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Oatman, Arizona

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Whoa, where did you come from?

A shot through the car window. (Can you tell?) 204 To From

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Needles, California

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I really love

Signs

with character

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Amboy, California

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I’m also a fan of vintage

Motel signs

Barstow

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Yucca Valley

I like the funny and quirky ones too.

Azusa

San Bernardino

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“Mediterranean� used to be

American-Chinese

(I was bummed to see the change)

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Wigwam Village Motel [We’re definitely staying here next time]

Rialto, California

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A motel room.

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A store front for former orange vendors. [It’s a shame they’re no longer around.]

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Fontana, California

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We definitely made a

wine Stop

Rancho Cucamonga, California

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There’s something entrancing about a place called the

Magic Lamp Inn

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Dinner and a movie

Glendora, California

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Azusa, California

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Welcome to

Los Angeles While these are not Route 66 landmarks, we couldn’t resist these places

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See the Hollywood sign?

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sooo close to the end

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The beautiful

Santa monica Pier

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We made it!

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There was a lot here! So we, humbly,

thank you

for following our journey.

Thank you thank you thank you!

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