In Close Proximity to Route 66

The USA’s most famous highway, Route 66, ran almost 2,000 miles from Chicago to LA (just like in the Nat King Cole song). Nearly obliterated by the construction of the US interstate highway system in the 1950s, it remains in bits and pieces alongside major highways and veering off to pass through the nearly abandoned towns bypassed by the highway system.

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

On our way down to Arizona earlier this month, we met up with the remains of Route 66 outside of Albuquerque where it parallels Highway 40. From there we followed it through New Mexico and into Arizona. We are traveling on the interstate highway, not the old Route 66 (our priority is reaching Arizona ahead of a storm that is following close on our heels). However, we can see Route 66 for much of the way, as in many places it runs right alongside the new highway.

New Mexico from the road - ExplorationVacation.net

We drive through a few cities, but mostly the route is line by mesas, ranches, billboards, and abandoned buildings.

New Mexico from the road - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico from the road - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico from the road - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

New Mexico - ExplorationVacation.net

Someday I want to come back and travel along the old road, stopping to really see what remains.

“Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)” by Bobby Troup, 1946, Londontown Music
If you ever plan to motor west:
Travel my way, the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!
It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than 2,000 miles all the way,
Get your kicks on Route 66 !
Now you go thru St. Looey…Joplin, Missouri!
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty.
You’ll see Amarillo…Gallup, New Mexico.
Flagstaff, Arizona: don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.
Won’t you..get hip to this timely tip:
when you..make that California trip.
Get your kicks on Route 66!

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