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?