In all the post-crash excitement, I forgot about one important thing I wanted to share. I was driving from Albuquerque to Silver City, passing through some (forgotten the name…) town that promoted their Historic Route 66 district. Right there on the side of a building was painted The Mother Road…
Here’s some of what Wikipedia has to say about Route 66:
“Over the years, U.S. Route 66 received many nicknames. Right after Route 66 was commissioned, it was known as ‘The Great Diagonal Way’ because the Chicago-to-Oklahoma City stretch ran northeast to southwest. Later, Route 66 was advertised by the U.S. Highway 66 Association as ‘The Main Street of America.’ The title had also been claimed by supporters of U.S. Route 40, but the Route 66 group was more successful.
“In the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, the highway is called ‘The Mother Road,’ its prevailing title today. Lastly, Route 66 was unofficially named ‘The Will Rogers Highway’ by the U.S. Highway 66 Association in 1952, although a sign along the road with that name appeared in the John Ford film, The Grapes of Wrath, which was released in 1940, twelve years before the association gave the road that name. A plaque dedicating the highway to Will Rogers is still located in Santa Monica, California. There are more plaques like this; one can be found in Galena, Kansas. It was originally located on the Kansas-Missouri state line, but moved to the Howard Litch Memorial Park in 2001.”
And as the song by Bobby Troup goes:
“If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!”
I’ve certainly gotten some kicks on Route 66!