104 degrees and rising

We had no specific attractions planned for today, just make time towards our final planned stop for the trip: Mt. Rushmore. We left the hotel on US Highway 20 heading west out of Dubuque, IA. U.S. US Highway 20 is an east–west highway spanning 3,365 miles. It is the longest road in the United States …

Pizza, it’s what’s for lunch

Today we started our trip home. The first destination on the list was Chicago, IL. We needed pizza; really good pizza. Indianapolis gave us a bon voyage with clear skies and cool temperatures. It was 47 degrees when we left. After an hour of riding, I had to stop and put on another layer. Just …

Back home in Indiana

Today was the event we had ridden across the country for. Today we laid my twin brother’s and father’s ashes to rest at the family cemetery. I discovered that my father’s ash container had sprung a leak somewhere along the ride. Looks like we may have scattered a few of his ashes along Route 66. …

Can I get a side of defibrillator with that?

The sister-in-law and nephew-in-law flew in last night. From what I understand it was a rather bumpy flight given the storms in the area. Upon landing in Indianapolis, they were held on the tarmac for over an hour because, for safety reasons, the ground crew was prevented from being dispatched due to the localized lightening. …

Rain, rain go away

The Bro and I usually meet for breakfast at 7:30 and are on the road by 8:30 am. This morning, the Bro called me at 6:00 am and suggested that we get an early start in order to beat a storm system that was headed our way. A quick shower, a remarkably unsatisfying breakfast of …

The heart and soul of America

Since leaving our hotel Monday morning, we have traveled through the high desert of Arizona, the panhandle of Texas, grasslands of Oklahoma, touched the state of Kansas and are now in the wooded hills of Missouri. It’s been a lot of terrain in two short days. Route 66 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK is …

I’m Hungry

Not much of the original Route 66 still exists between Seligman, CA to Oklahoma City, OK, just snippets of the roadway alongside the new interstate. For the purists, I’m sure they would want to ride all portions of the remaining original road. I’m not a purist. If I can see the original road from the …

In Loving Memory

Yesterday, the Bro asked the hotel desk clerk what the anticipated temperature would be in the morning. “Cold” he asked? “No!” she responded. “It’s been warm lately. It should be in the 40s,” she cheerfully continued. The Bro chuckled: Warm is a relative term. For someone in Williams, AZ, a May morning in the 40s …

Getting our kicks on Route 66

Yesterday was a free day. The Bro, sister-in-law, nephew-in-law and his girlfriend all met for brunch and then a day of house shopping for the nephew-in-law. I chose to stay behind at the hotel and rest up for the start of the grand adventure. Today we left the hotel under overcast skies and a 20% …

First Friday

Today we drove from our hotel in Burbank to Santa Monica and to the end, or in our case the start, of Historic US Route 66. Located just a block or so north of the Santa Monica pier, it’s easy to see why people flocked to the end of the Route. Santa Monica is the …