FROM CHICAGO TO L.A

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Although officially US Highway 66 no longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on route 66. Approx. 85% of the route remains paved and drivable with a good, reliable saloon car, and nearly all of it with an off-road car. Many Americans wonder about foreign visitors fascination with driving a gas-guzzling car through some remote, boring landscapes and kitschy little U.S. towns. But I guess the glimpse of old kitsch USA is appealing to me. It was always my and a few of my friends’ dream to be able to cross 8 different states and see all these mom-and-pop diners, kitschy roadside museums, shops, and majestic, untamed landscapes that we used to watch in movies.


History

U.S. Route 66 is also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road. Its history started in 1926, the year when it was established as the main U.S. highway, and originally ran from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Los Angeles, California. It crosses 8 states, 3 time zones, and covers a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).You might also hear people calling Route 66 “Will Rogers Highway”. Will Rogers was an American cowboy, an adored humorist, film maker, and world famous  traveller who first left his home in Claremore, Oklahoma via Route 66. In 1985 the road was removed from the United States Highway System and was entirely replaced by the Interstate Highway System.


Preparation

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After landing in O’Hare, Chicago airport and having some rest, we will need to rent a good reliable car, preferably awd. We are a little bit more adventures than typical tourists, so I am sure we will need it. Repair services and gas stations may be up to 100 miles apart, so it is important to watch this fuel gage, and make sure that a car is in very good condition and have a spare tire. Big parts of the road are not on ordinary maps, and there can be a very few road signs too, I wouldn’t count on GPS, detailed map and guide before hitting the road is a must. We should also realize that we will travel through 8 states where some parts of the road and places that we will want to see, are in remote areas in which there might not be any food, water or light. Although we are not planning to travel in the winter, weather might differ too. The altitudes and the desert mean that conditions can change rapidly from super hot to quite chilly. We need to consider all these factors, and make sure we have everything we might need. From food and water to cloths, blankets, flash-lights, sun creams and many other things that might even save our life. Let’s remember that America is a big place with many states itself, being 3 times bigger than the whole of the UK. It’s not unheard of some people  getting off the interstate highways, wandering on local roads, and wounding up getting stuck for weeks in a remote, and isolated areas, nearly losing their lives in the process.


Let’s Get Our Kicks On Route 66

Driving the complete route, non-stop, takes about 37 hours. Each journey time will depend where you want to go and stop, how long you want to stay there, and how much money you’ve got to spend. Although there’s plenty to see and do on Route 66, there are also many beautiful, scenic places and attractions that will require to take long side trips. We can imagine that visiting all eight states and seeing all they offer is quite unrealistic goal, visiting just one of them could take weeks. But we decided to make this journey with a lot of time on our hands, and see as much as our pockets will let us. Let’s get our kicks on the map 66 and see what we might see on the real road.


USE YOUR MOUSE TO TO VISIT THE STATES


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