18 Miles of Kicks

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Aug 20, 2005

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

It went from Chicago to Los Angeles. And lots---believe me, lots---of singers got their kicks on it. I know, because my dad picked up two whole C.D.s of Route 66 themed music for our trip in preparation for playing them when we drove on that fabled road.

Sadly, most of the original Route 66 has been replaced by larger, four-lane highways or freeways, and renumbered accordingly. It's hard to find driveable remnants of the original, and those that you can find are slow and windy and uncomfortable driving, which neither Mom nor I enjoy. So the compromise: 18 miles of the original Route winding through the hills of Arizona on the way to Grand Canyon. The two CDs would have to press themselves into a compressed time frame.

Fortunately the music isn't all just different versions of that one song. But they all do seem to want to tell you that it went from Chicago to L.A. We are visiting neither of those cities on this trip.

Before this side jog off the main highway we'd come through Hoover Dam, which is a marvel of modern engineering, or something like that, but in reality up close is fairly dull unless you happen to have a fetish for dams. There were a lot of people milling about and practising exactly how to say "oooh" and "aaah," as if they were really impressed, or maybe they were just stretching their jaws in preparation for dropping them at the Grand Canyon. As we crossed the dam, we crossed into our fifth state: Arizona. Nevada had been a gravel-and-neon blip on the map.
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