Lots of Tin on the Mother Road…

Lots of Tin on the Mother Road…

My family and I just returned from a two week long, 4800 mile Airstream-tugging road trip that took us across 13 states, and returning to the West Coast primarily on Route 66. The loose goal was to stop at every town or spot along the way that help inspire the movie ‘Cars’ in a significant way. We jumped on the ‘Mother Road’ around Lebanon, Mo. after visiting with some family there, and then tried to stick to the original road as much as possible, diverting onto Interstate 44 or 40 West only when required. Sure, I’ve criss-crossed the US on major highways many times, but pulling a 27 foot travel trailer along two lumpy lane roads with frequent stops for photos and souvenirs was a new one for me.  But do you know what we found? Really kind, fascinating people who love their communities, and fight daily to keep Route 66 vibrant and alive, even in the midst of a pandemic. I also found TONS of old cars scattered everywhere, without even going out of my way to find them. The dry heat of the Southwest is known to be kind to sheetmetal that might otherwise rust, and apparently plenty of travelers between the 1930s and 1960s overheated or broke down on a desert crossing and left their vehicle for dead. Arizona and New Mexico alone seemed to have endless plies of seemingly abandoned vintage cars littered along the little towns we drove through; Model A’s, Early Ford v8s, 50s station wagons, Edsels, Impalas, Hudsons, trucks, you name it…

I would urge you all to take a long and slow road trip with your family someday, for the bonding experience and the memories you’ll create getting your kicks on Route 66. And make sure to leave a few extra days to explore all the old cars you’ll find too!

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