I am running a tight schedule today so have decided to make today’s post, and possibly the next few days, a series of quick notes. If all goes well we should be back to normal (chaos in the real world) before the end of the week.
  1. The popularity of Route 66 shows absolutely no sign of waning in spite of the current economic climate. A daily stream of international emails received from the Yahoo Route 66 egroup pertaining to trip planning on this legendary highway provides clear indication that next years tourism season may be even larger than this years.
  2. The Dutch Route 66 website is full of notes and photos about Kingman including upcoming car shows.
  3. If you have more than a passing fancy about Route 66 and are curious about changes taking place along its storied route look no further than Route 66 News.
  4. This may be one of the best bargains available in regards to books about Route 66. In Route 66 Lives on the Road, written more than a dozen years ago, Jon Robinson interviews many of the people that intimately knew this highway in the preinterstate era. From stories told by everyone from cafe owners to retired highway patrolmen this book adds real depth to the legend of Route 66 and at less than $5.00 for a new copy on Amazon.com, it is hard to beat.
  5. Then there is this favorite that presents Route 66 as a portal to a wide array of attractions and sites found with small detours from iconic 66. Route 66 Backroads is an excellent companion guide for the traveler who wants a little something extra from their adventure along the “Main Street of America.”
  6. If Route 66 Backroads is the companion this is the definitive guide book. Route 66 EZ Guide by Jerry McClanahan is, as the title implies, easy to use and provides historic information as well as step by step directions for finding secret places along the way as well as earlier alignments.
  7. To see Route 66 from another perspective, and to add a treasure hunt feel to your trip, you can not beat the 1940s classic written by Jack Rittenhouse. “A Guide Book To Highway 66″ is an ideal way to interpret the sites and landmarks found along the way. As an example, this guide notes that Fig Springs Station was abandoned at the time of publication. This photo is of that site today.
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