Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road. The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of. We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.
Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.
I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below. In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:
Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A
There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon. Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!
WigWam Motel Grade A
Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. Grade A
Painted Desert the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A
Albuquerque, New Mexico
66 Diner Grade A
Sandia Peak Tramway Grade A
Musical Highway Grade A
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gabriel’s Restaurant Grade A
Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!
Santo Domingo Trading Post – Very poor area economically. Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!
Madrid, New Mexico
Santa Rosa, New Mexico
The Blue Hole Grade A
Route 66 Auto Museum Grade A
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Cadillac Ranch Grade A
VW Slug Bug Ranch Grade A
Elk City, Oklahoma
We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it was the end of our travels on Route 66.
We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite. Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!
That’s all the Route 66 things we saw. There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains. In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!
Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/
We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction. Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!
We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.
Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!