Leg 1: Route 66
We traveled for a few days at the beginning around Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. We got a sense for how much stuff we had packed, what it was going to be like living out of and sleeping inside of our ’98 Subaru Outback. We then headed out along the remnant stretches of Route 66 retracing the general path that was oh-so popular in the not-so-distant past. We took several side trips away from the Mother Road, but we definitely enjoyed the nostalgia of driving such an epic piece of highway particularly stopping at old diners and filling stations along the route. It was the perfect way to begin our road trip.
Highlight 1: The nostalgia! We stopped at two fantastic Route 66 diners, a great custard stand and numerous old filling stations. The first of our two diners (Pops) was in Oklahoma and the second (the Route 66 Diner) was in New Mexico. They both offered delicious food and were filled with Route 66 memorabilia. The custard was in St. Louis – Ted Drewes was so very yummy. And the filling stations were found in just about every state along the way.
Highlight 2: The end! While in Arizona, we learned of a Route 66 Road Rally taking place further down the Mother Road in a few days time and opted to hurry along and take part. The rally was taking place on the longest stretch of intact Route 66. There were period cars and tons of enthusiasts. It was so fun to participate in and a great way to end our Route 66 Adventure.
Indiana - Michigan - Illinois - Missouri - Arkansas – Kansas – Oklahoma – Texas – New Mexico – Arizona
Number of Days: 18 – April 15 to May 2
Number of Miles: 3,656
Nights in the car: 14
Nights in the tent: 1
Nights with friends/family: 3