In exactly one month from now, we will be gathering in Val Caron to celebrate and say our goodbyes to family and friends. After all this journey from Chicago IL (truly from Val Caron ON) to Santa Monica CA will be memorable.
Our itinerary is complete. Our hotels are reserved. The cars? Almost ready to roll and stay healthy!
Note : The many comforts we take for granted as we travel today, such as paved highways, accommodations, marked highways and gas stations were established by Route 66. It was in 1938 that the road was paved completely.
Route 66 was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway system. It ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.
It is the most famous road in the world. It has been known as “The Glory Road, The Main St. of America, Will Rogers’ highway, and the Road of Dreams”.
In his novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck called her the “Mother Road”. For those during the Great Depression, it was not always the road to the promised land and guaranteed work like they hoped. Luckily, for many in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was the road to fun-filled family vacations.
Roger, are you serious about bringing Willie Nelson on Route 66?
Today, we travelled from St-Ignace to Muskegon, Michigan. No cruise control but wipers all worked when the rain came down ha! Many people stop and want more information on the cars and our destination. One lady was celebrating her 80th birthday and wanted a ride in a classic.
But for now, the beauties are all tucked in for the night. How exciting that tomorrow, we will be in Chicago where we will actually stand by the sign that says Route 66 starts here!