ROUTE 66 CONTEST – ENDS 11/03/2014


Considered the “Mother Road” of America, US Route 66 opened in Chicago, Illinois in 1926 to wander 2,448 miles through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, CA.

Although it changed routes numerous times before it was removed from the US Highway System maps in 1985, my husband and I bicycled an abandoned portion of it in the San Bernardino mountains not far from our home. Encouraged by an orthopedic surgeon who was an avid bicyclist, we made the tough uphill mountain climb, often over broken sheets of cement road and fallen trees, but we’re glad we shared this bit of history.

Now designated a National Scenic Byway, sections of Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona have been designated Historic Route 66. In California, you will also see its markers.

The mug shows the California towns on the annual memorial ride over portions of it. Newsletter members know what to do to be entered for a chance to win.

Thank you, Karin, for sharing these photos from your trip to the Museum in Barstow, CA.Route66Rt66Indian_DSC01850Rt66horslesscarriage_DSC01852


10 thoughts on “ROUTE 66 CONTEST – ENDS 11/03/2014

    1. Having spent most of my life in southern California, I’ve seen the route sign in several places. Not long ago, I watched a TV special on the route. It was so interesting! In one town they only had about 1/8 mile of cement left of it.


  1. I would LOVE to win that MUG for my husband. He and his brother, mother, and grandmother drove from St. Louis to Burbank in the 50s on Route 66. Needless to say, we have incorporated this road into many of our vacations. I have some interesting photos of the Barstow Route 66 Visitor’s Center if you are interested.


    1. Yes, I remember the show and the theme song! The only places I’ve seen the route is in California, where there are periodic markers on the roadside. Thanks for the comment. It must be difficult to be homebound, but, thankfully, TV can open the world for us. Books, too. I enjoy watching travel shows and imagining I’m there with them.


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