Route 66: Cuba, MO to Springfield, IL

Day 7 – 2234 Miles from Home CUBA, MO to SPRINGFIELD, IL – 251 Miles Nothing like putting on damp jeans, boots, and gloves and climbing on the bike on a cool morning! Brrrr!!! But I’m telling you, it was … What adjective haven’t I used? Amazing? Fantastic? Spectacular? The Illinois countryside defies description. And…

Route 66: Carthage, MO to Cuba, MO

Day 6 – 1983 Miles from Home CARTHAGE, MO to CUBA, MO – 239 Miles What a bizarre day. I mean, no individual event stood out as bizarre… Simply the culmination of the day’s events–a day of countless U-turns and backtracking to find the elusive Mother Road. Yes, we could have hopped on the Interstate…

Route 66: Edmond, OK to Carthage, MO

Day 5 – 1744 Miles from Home EDMOND, OK to CARTHAGE, MO – 283 Miles Nope. We’re not in Kansas anymore! In fact, I don’t think we spent more than five minutes in Kansas. We hit three states on day 5, so let’s mosey on back to Oklahoma and fill you in! Man! What a…

Route 66: Tucumcari, NM to Edmond, OK

Day 4 – 1461 Miles from Home TUCUMCARI, NM to EDMOND, OK – 427 Miles Talk about hellacious headwinds!! But first… Back to the beginning of the day and the Blue Swallow… I’ve gotta tell ya… Kevin (owner of the Blue Swallow Motel) didn’t lie. When showing us the room he’d extolled the virtues of…

Route 66: Gallup, NM to Tucumcari NM

Day 3 – 1034 Miles from Home GALLUP, NM to TUCUMCARI, NM – 335 Miles After a lovely night’s stay in the Jane Wyman room at the El Rancho, we hopped on the 40 and got off a short bit later on Continental Divide to get to Route 66. For the most part, the Mother…

Route 66: Kingman, AZ to Gallup, NM

Day 2 – 699.6 Miles from Home KINGMAN, AZ to GALLUP, NM – 368 Miles Over the last couple of years since buying the Motor Palace, we’ve made the trek between Orange and Winslow about a bazillion times and have explored every fragment of the Mother Road–and I mean literal FRAGMENTS! So this time, since…

Route 66: Orange, CA to Kingman, AZ

Day 1 – 331 Miles from Home ORANGE, CA. to KINGMAN, AZ – 331 Miles At long last our Route-66-to-Chicago-to-Milwaukee trip has begun! I promised my mommy I’d write a daily update, plus, it gives my brain something to think about on the road and makes a nice journal to look back on. Can’t promise…