Route 66 is classic America. Dubbed the “Mother Road” by novelist John Steinbeck in his work The Grapes of Wrath, it has also been commemorated in popular culture through songs such as Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” and movies like Pixar’s Cars.
What is it about this passage way that linked Chicago to Los Angeles prior to our current interstate system that fuels a sense of adventure, romance, and nostalgia for so many Americans, especially car enthusiasts? Driving a vintage car the entire distance between Chicago and L. A., following as closely as possible the original path of Route 66, is on the bucket list of many people. If not traveled in a vintage car, then certainly it must be done in a “muscle” car that is a modern descendant of those that actually crossed the country on this famous highway. What makes this experience so loved and desired?
My husband, like many people, has this trip on his personal “bucket list,” and if all goes according to plan, we will take this journey beginning in just slightly over six weeks. Practical me suggested we drive my car, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, that gets about 40 mpg, but the HH was offended. “One cannot drive a hybrid on Route 66. We must drive the Mustang!” After all, this is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. What was I thinking?
Jim has spent hours and hours planning this exploit, so I know it will be an amazing journey into the past while also enjoying the present. Upon our return, I look forward to sharing with you the nostalgia, romance, and adventure of the “Mother Road,” Route 66. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to tell you why I think this experience is wanted by so many others. Who knows? You may decide to make your own pilgrimage down Route 66.