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    Road Trip - Historical Route 66, The Mother Road

    In response to my article that appeared on CNN -http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-151286, I was asked to share my photographs from my trip, so here goes! :) Historical Route 66, From Los Angeles ->Arizona I am just back from my road trip on Historical Route 66. A memorable travel with a lot of excitement. WEAVING ITS WAY THROUGH THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, historic Route 66 beguiles motorists with its promise of nostalgia and adventure on the open road. It harks back to the golden years of auto travel with a time capsule of scenic wonders and roadside treasures as American as apple pie. We planned the trip from from San Bernardino to Barstow, Barstow to Ludlow, Ludlow to Amboy, Amboy to Needles, Needles to Oatman, Oatman to Kingman,Kingman to Williams and Williams to Winslow. Approximately 1400 miles in all to and fro The Route 66 logo off the pavement is a common site in Arizona and California.We passed through milesof sagebrush, rock quarries, railroad sidetracks and scattered mobile homes to reach the desert boomtown of Arizona. The weathered signs, model cars and old photos were really informative to us. The Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, the Roy's Motel an iconic symbol at Amboy, the classic desert vista beneath endless blue skies looking out across the Mojave east of Barstow, stopping for freight trains along the Mother Road between Needles and Barstow, the town at Oatman in it's typical Western culture and burros roaming the streets in abandon, the famous Sitgreaves pass with its hairpin turns- we enjoyed viewing and experiencing it all! We're not sure why, but junk cars and old signs somehow seem cool when sitting in the desert sun along Route 66. With any luck, some of the Route 66 travellers will become preservationists for the beloved old highway and other icons of the past worth saving.
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