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Day 13: Home Stretch California

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We’re on our final day of driving. Hard to believe that we’ve been on the road for nearly 2 weeks. 1,700 miles from our humble beginnings in NYC to Memphis, and another 2,400 miles on Route 66.

On the Road from Needles, California

As if the journey wasn’t long enough, we’re ending not at the original end of Route 66 in LA, but in San Francisco to return our 3 RV rentals. Nearly 500 miles to go.

Stretches of nothing

The rest of the group left before us this morning, so it’s Just Calvin and I left in our RV. We’re cutting across the entire state of California today, from Needles to San Francisco.

Abandoned House on Route 66

We’re just 2 hours in and we’re already drowsy. This becomes our salvation: a creepy, abandoned house on the side of the road, in the middle of Nowhere, California. We couldn’t resist getting out to stretch and explore.

Abandoned House on Route 66

What was the story behind the house? Broken glass and tape cassettes (yes, remember those?) litter the floors and what looked like a cozy fireplace and family home. The kitchen that was once painted bubble gum pink has been redecorated with graffiti and a nice sprinkle of gun shot holes.

Windmills in Bakersfield

Hour 3: Why are windmills so mesmerizing? We passed by this field of them near Bakersfield, CA.

Farmer's Market in Bakersfield, CA

Hour 4: We’re in need of a snack break. An unexpected Farmer’s Market in Bakersfield, CA saves the day.

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We pitstop for fresh California fruit, fried meat pie (so good), and mini nap in the RV. I love this mobile sleep machine.

California Sun and oranges in Bakersfield.

California sunshine in the form of juice and sugar. This was badly needed.

Sunset

The sun is setting and we still have 4 hours to go. Another mini nap, another snack stop, and we’re off!

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It’s 2 am. FINALLY. We’re at the so-called 2 mile bridge entering San Francisco, which feels like 20 miles right now. We’ve made it from one end of the state to the other. Good night.

Cadillac Ranch

Day 10: Three States, One Day

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This morning we left Oklahoma City and by the end of it, we were three states away in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Undoubtedly one of our favorite days on the road from just the visual history alone.

At the Texas State Line

Goodbye Oklahoma.

Shamrock, Texas

Hello Texas!

Texas Border

At the State line. Deciding between Oklahoma and Texas.

U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas

The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas. Built in 1936 and one of the few remaining gas stations that’s been kept intact on Route 66.

Shamrock, Texas

The old Tower Station gas pump.

Shamrock, Texas

Guys are weird?

Cadillac Ranch

Our favorite Route 66 roadside attraction by far: the Cadillac Ranch. In 1974, a bunch of artists decided to bury 10 old junk cars in the middle-of-nowhere Texas.

Cadillac Ranch

They positioned the Cadillacs at the same angle as the Great Pyramid in Giza.

Cadillac in Ranch Amarillo, Texas on Route 66

And over the years, people have come with cans of spray paint to tag these beauties.

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch

Roadtrip RV's in Chicago

Day 8: The Start of Route 66

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FINALLY. We’ve been on the road for 8 days, but today marked our official start on Route 66, the infamous 2,400 mile road that was the mother of all US highways. This is what we’ve been on a quest to see: the kitschy, quirky, only-in-America roadside icons that follow the now defunct route through 8 states and 3 time zones.

Roadtrip RV's in Chicago

Route 66 is no longer part of the US highway system; most of it has either been absorbed into other interstates and trail off into dirt roads that lead to nowhere. And if we were going to see America, we were going to do it proper: in RV’s.

The Last of Chicago

Tip: if you’re going to drive through long stretches of reception-less highway, get some long-range walkie talkies. They’ll great for coordinating between multiple cars. Plus, it’s fun it say things like, “Roger that.”

15 people, 3 RV's and 2,400 miles to go. Jorge is ready.

15 people, 3 RV’s and 2,400 miles to go. Jorge is ready.

Kel and Duncan in RV SilverFox.

Kel and Duncan in RV SilverFox.

Roughly around the age of Don Draper, there were other advertising studs like these. "The Gemini Giant" in Wilmington, IL is one of the few fiberglass statues from the 60's. Statues like these used to flank the entrances of burger and hot dog drive-in's on Route 66.

Roughly around the age of Don Draper, there were other advertising studs like these. “The Gemini Giant” in Wilmington, IL is one of the few fiberglass statues from the 60’s. Statues like these used to flank the entrances of burger and hot dog drive-in’s all along Route 66.

City Musuem

heading into St Louis to take on the LEGO pits and adult jungle gym of awesomeness at the City Museum, in downtown St. Louis.