Desert Strangeness And Charm

The desert southwest is full of strangeness, and other things that are just plain odd. Highway signs are no exception. On Interstate 15, approximately 10 miles south of Baker, California, you will see a sign with what will probably be the strangest looking (and sounding) name for a road. Zzyzx Road. Don’t ask me how […]

Strange things in the middle of nowhere

               We’ve all seen them. Driving across a two-lane highway, out in the middle of nowhere. What are they? Most of the time we don’t know. An abandoned building? Maybe a missle silo? Odd-looking structures are everywhere. If we aren’t looking for them, they mysteriously show up in our view. […]

Eat Here, Get Gas!

Backroads66 (Photo: Tucson Truck Terminal in Tucson, Arizona) Of all the roadside diners, truck stop cafe’s, and questionable gas station delis one encounters out on the road, there is one thing most of them have in common: Less-than-edible food. That’s right. I’m not just talking about those tasty-looking pieces of fried chicken that have been […]

Exploring the desert southwest

Backroads66 Exploring the harsh beauty in the desert southwest US is not only fun and exciting, but it can also bring its share of challenges, as well as hazards which aren’t always in plain sight. Monsoonal rains and flash floods are a given, during the latter part of the year, however, it’s what lies on […]

Why preserving the history of Route 66 is important.

Backroads66 (Photo: Desert Hills Motel in Tulsa, Oklahoma) There are many things in American history that have been preserved over the years, whether in museums, monuments, roadside historical markers, or by other means. However, Route 66, and the stories that go along with it, seems to be a little different. There are abandoned motels, old […]

Road trip Season is almost here.

It seems Mother Nature has had quite a field day with those of us in the U.S., this winter. I, like many other people, have had enough of the cold, wet, snowy, nasty weather, and am quite ready to hit the open road in search of new places and adventures. Those sunny days filled with […]

Route 66 and the open road

Backroads66 After many years on the open road without much purpose (other than working as a commercial driver), I decided it was time to do something different. Not only will I be sharing photos and experiences of some of my favorite places along Route 66, but I’ll also be covering anything from cheap motels to […]