If you have been following along, you would have picked up on my fascination for the nostalgic Route 66. It is something about that era that just draws me in and captures every breath of me.While I have always adored Route 66, it was not until we took a trip to Pontiac, Illinois in January to the Route 66 Museum for one of our state trips that I realized how bad I wanted to learn and see more.
We literally stayed hours learning about Route 66.
By the end of that trip, I had my mind made up that I would drive what was left of Route 66 with my adorable pop-up camper (that I have yet to get). I can already see it in my head. Visualize with me….
I’m driving my SUV, pulling my little pop-up camper or pull-behind trailer with our bikes attached to the back; stopping randomly along Route 66 to sight see, and pulling the bikes out to ride down certain strips – taking in the scenery and capturing photos of what remains of the historic Route 66.
Sigh. It seems so amazing. But until that dream comes true, I have been piecing together Route 66 with random visits when I can – such as the visit to the Pontiac, Illinois museum and cabin camping overnight in Eureka, Missouri at the Historic Route 66 KOA.
And, more recently with our trip to Needles, California.I know you are wondering, “How did you arrive at this idea?” So, let me explain.
While planning our Southwestern Tour, over the past few months, I took a considerable amount of time following Route 66 in my atlas and using Travel Math to plug in cities within a certain radius of Las Vegas, Nevada – where we were flying in and out of. After getting an understanding of various cities within a three hour radius, I came across Needles; the gateway to California. Isn’t the view below gorgeous? I can’t believe I captured these moments.
So, instead of getting upset (even more), I decided to appreciate what I could see and head back to Las Vegas (making use of our extra time by stopping at Hoover Dam).
The cool thing about the sign (above) is that I had just seen the twin (below) to this color tv sign at the Neon Museum on our guided tour through the Boneyard the day prior.
Check it out!
This signage alone connected the dots and made the entire adventure worth it!