Rob and I have been talking about two things for as long as we've known each other. One: owning his dream car, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle, and two: cruising and taking photos on old route 66.
This spring we were finally able to make both dreams become a reality.
After years of searching we finally found "the one" and on April 25th 2010, after months of planning and negotiating, we flew down to the small town of Seminary, Mississippi to pick up our new "baby".
Drinking some cokes in a bottle with our new ride, outside Cranford's Drugstore in Seminary, MS (Population: 340)
We decided the best way to see how solid she was, was to drive her over 2000 miles back across the country and to our garage. We figure, if she can make it home, she can make it anywhere. And since we're out here, why not take advantage of the history and culture route 66 has to offer by making dream number two come true as well.
It's the start of day four of our adventure and so far so good. Car's running great and we've seen some amazing things.
We've driven through the lush countryside of Mississippi, stopped off and had some amazing Louisiana BBQ with a side of Southern hospitality, and brushed up on our history with a quick stop in Dallas to see the infamous site of JFK's assassination.
The book depository where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot JFK from.
Our new ride sittin' pretty in the Texas countryside
Yesterday we finally made it to the northwest part of Texas where our Route 66 journey began. So far we've been through Shamrock, where we saw the U Drop Inn, Conway to see Slug Bug Ranch and we crashed for the night in Amarillo where we will be enjoying our breakfast at the famous "Big Texan" restaurant, home of the free* 72 oz steak. (*yeah, free if you can eat it all in an hour).
It's been an exciting adventure so far and we've learned that everyone's your friend when you drive a classic. We get lots of thumbs up, big smiles and lots of waves. Did I mention that not only did we get a free upgrade to a suite at our hotel (and at a discounted rate) but the hotel manager was more than willing to let us park our new ride in the drop off area right in front of the hotel entrance over night.
With a little over 800 miles down and roughly 1200 to go, the adventure has only just begun. We'll keep updating everyone on our long journey back home.