It has been awhile since I last posted. In fact I noticed I never finished writing about my drive down the ALCAN last summer. I still have my notes and photos somewhere, so perhaps that will be a goal for the next few weeks. But what got me back on here today was a documentary I am watching. It is a biking documentary about people riding the Trans-American Trail. Now don’t get the idea that this is what I am planning, because I’m not. But it has me missing the road, and there is one road I really want to drive. That would be Route 66.
So as I sit here watching these guys and girls ride their bikes across America, it makes me want to get back out there and road trip. I got to see an amazing part of the USA last summer driving from Alaska to Texas, then over to Arizona, and finally to Florida. This summer I want to do something a big shorter than the one that took me 13,000 miles across the US and Canada, and I’ve always dreamed of driving Route 66.
A few years ago I got on the Route 66 kick when I read Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street by Rick Antonson. It was a great read and really made me want to make the road trip myself. I also watched a few TV shows that documented people taking road trips along the route.
So here I am thinking and planning. I hope to see if I can do it with the time I have, and to see just how much it will cost me. There are a few things I would love to do along the way as well. First of all, I want to stay in a wigwam. There are a few places along the road where you can, but I think the one I really want to stay at is in New Mexico. Secondly, I want to see some baseball in small towns. There are a few minor league teams along the way and to me that adds to the experience. Other than that I want to eat and stay at as many mom and pop places and drive as much as I can on the old road limiting my time on the interstate.
So we shall see what happens, but this may be the big summer trip I start planning.
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.