The perpetual vacation from hell

While it may seem like a lot of fun to those that are stuck living a boring life, working a totally dead-end job, being on the road and traveling around all the time has its disadvantages. Some people say they take “mini-vacations” on weekends. To me, a “mini vacation” is usually a trip from the […]

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 […]