04 May

RVFTA #140 Kate Gets Her Kicks on Route 66: RVing the Mother Road from Ventura, California to Amarillo, Texas

On this podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, Kate Dunbar of KatesCuriousKitchen.com gives us a fabulous trip planner for one of the most popular stretches of Route 66. Kate traveled 1,862 miles over the course of 7 days with her 1962 Shasta SC and stayed in 6 campgrounds as a solo woman traveler. We get to hear all the great details on the show.

Kate started her adventure in Ventura, California and journeyed on the Mother Road all the way to Amarillo, Texas. Listen to hear reviews of the campgrounds she stayed in, stops she enjoyed along the way, and restaurants that met her very high standards!

All of the places she reviews are linked below…

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09 Apr

Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street

I have always dreamed about driving Route 66 from Illinois to California–and chances are, if you’ve heard Nat “King” Cole croon the famous tune, you probably have too. This heavily mythologized American road trip is somewhere near the top of my bucket list.  It has been hard for me to explain why my imagination was so drawn to Route 66 because I really didn’t know much about it beyond the lyrics to that song–until now.

I picked up Rick Antonson’s Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street a few nights ago and blew through the first half of it very quickly.  Antonson does a masterful job of weaving his journey (shared with his travel buddy Peter) with a compelling history of the road itself.  The narrative has a rhythm and energy that really gets under your skin and makes you want to roll down the windows, crank up the radio, and head out on your own great American road trip.

Route 66 Still Kicks will spark your still winterized wanderlust and keep you well-occupied until the rubber meets the road.  Whether your drive a Class A, a classic Corvette, or a mini-van, “get hip to this timely tip;” reading Antonson’s book may be the next best thing to packing your bags and motoring west–and it may just inspire you to do the real thing.  We all need to cross a few things off of those bucket lists, don’t we?