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Travel Route 66 Book Review

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Travel Route 66

  • Author: Jim Hinckley
  • Genre: Adult non-fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pp.
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978076344309
  • Price: $21.99

About the time I learned to drive, George Maharis and Martin Milner rode Route 66 in their Corvette. How I longed to accompany them!

Fast forward a half century (see my August 4, 2009 blog), I took my own trip along the Main Street of America. I have traveled this way more than once. Its history, sights, and destinations are great. Too bad that Jim Hinckley didn’t published his Travel Route 66 then. There is so much more about the historic route I never discovered.

Travel Route 66 allows me to traveled it again and again and learn. Detractors: Words and pictures may not be the same as actual experience. Still they open doors to us. Aligning the route from Chicago to Santa Monica. High speed traffic destroyed local economies and doomed tourism. This guidebook give us a glimpse of an era before interstates and freeways changed living history bypassing town after town.

My real life memories along Route 66’s 2,500 miles are sweet. After all these years, I remain inspired by the cross at Groom (see my August 8, 2006 blog). I treasure the cross bought at an Indian trading post. I busy myself making jewelry with beads bought in Gallup. Each time I hear the Eagles, I laugh because, alas, I never found the “Girl my Lord in a flatbed Ford.” Yes, I did look.

Travel Route 66 is a ticket to cruise vicariously Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Enjoy its landscape mountains and deserts. Savor its attractions–boom towns, ghost towns, covered bridges and more. Places like the Painted Dessert, the Petrified Forest, and no longer agricultural LA are slices of history. Places like Essex, Amboy, Apple Valley, Murray’s Dude Ranch, Victorville, and Cajon Pass are visages of times gone by.

Have you ever traveled on Route 66, or taken a different roadtrip?

10 thoughts on “Travel Route 66 Book Review

    1. I hated geography until I traveled through places. I liked Route 66 because it reminds me of times gone by.

  1. I have never done the Route 66 road trip…not sure I will. I have heard many many great stories from people who have. This would definitely be a great road trip with the family….and now there’s a book about it!! How cool.

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