Monday, September 21, 2009

GET YOUR KICKS ON "_____"


I'll bet there's still a fair number of people can fill in the missing lyrics, with "Route 66." It's been quite a while since I've been on a road trip, and every once in a while, I start to miss it. There's something about tossing a few necessities in your vehicle (maybe including a map or two) and the most important thing...picking out the music. Whether you have a specific destination in mind, or are heading out to seek whatever may find you, the road trip has been embedded in the North American zeitgeist for generations. One fantasy road trip I have not yet taken is to travel the old U.S. Route 66, celebrated in song, book, television, movies, and the personal stories of millions of people we'll never hear about. For now, I'll have to settle for riding shotgun vicariously with a local Windsor woman, photographer Sandi Wheaton, who is making the trip, and documenting it in a road blog. For those of you for whom this stirs something inside, here's the link to Sandi's BLOG. You can join her trip, already in progress (she started on Sat.19th) And for the rest of us who are, for now at least, staying put, at least we have the Eagles...



Maybe you have a memory you can share, too.


Video from YT member
Map from www.forallevents/Route66
Road sign from Wikimedia Commons

15 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

Another really fun and inspiring post for those of us with a little wanderlust in our hearts. I can think of the perfect route for you to follow on your next road trip! *wink*

PS: I always thought of them as the "hairy eagles" when they were in their heyday.

Annie said...

I love Route 66. It is my favorite piece of American nostalgia. We always try to fit in bits and pieces of it when we are traveling.

bobbie said...

I enjoyed this one! Thanks!

Playing for Change can be found on YouTube too.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, great post, Deborah! Brought back lots of memories! I have traveled a good portion of 66 and I love the Eagles, guess I'm going to have to dig out some their albums for background music today! I'll be thinking of you!

Have a great day! Glad you enjoyed the look at My World today, thanks as always for your comments!

Sylvia

YourFireAnt said...

I've traveled that road. LONNNNNG time ago.

My fantasy road trip is to take Rte. 20 all the way across.

T.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Deb, I love to just get my toothbrush and a change of clothes and jump in the car and take a road-trip to anywhere. So much fun!!!! And since we have a Garmin GPS--we don't even need a map!!!!

I haven't been to Route 66---but I'd love to... There are so many places we want to see --especially out west. People keep sending us pictures of gorgeous waterfalls out there. One day--we just need to GO!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

fourwindsphotojournal said...

We used to travel Rt 66 to California in the 50's and 60's, to see my mother's family. Four little kids, and no air conditioning. I remember the water bags hanging on the front of cars, and sidewinder tracks in the desert.

There are quite a few songs from 69-70 put me back in Oregon, instantly. Unlike trips with my parents, music was a part of our rambling when we were first married.

Lin Floyd said...

how fun, I wrote an article on Route 66 a few months back. We took part of it on our trip to Texas through New Mexico last Thanksgiving. Nostalgic!

Rose said...

Oh, my, Take It Easy sure takes me back!

SandyCarlson said...

I'd love to take that trip. I love to jump in the car and go, too!

Thanks for the fun.

Wren said...

Oh, yes, road music is an important part of any trip. I love that with an ipod I can take ALL my music with me and change it up as I drive.

Quackster said...

Road trips open the mind and give it a chance to grow. My last trip last year was going through southern Utah to places like Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches! Majestic and fantastic!

Shelley said...

That would be a fun road trip! I loved that you posted the Eagles - they have always been one of my favorite groups!

Sandi said...

Thanks for the shout-out! It's going to be a looong ride... but an awesome one!

Sandi Wheaton

Kevin said...

Thanks for pointing out Sandi's blog. She's doing a great job.