Rockin’ and Rollin’ Down Route 66

It is the Mother of all Roads. The escape route from the dust bowl. It is the 1950s American Dream come true. Inspiration for songs and shows. It is legend. It is Route 66. She served as America’s Main Street from 1926 until 1985, then was sadly… CONTINUE READING >>

It
is the Mother of all Roads.

The escape route from the dust
bowl.

It is the 1950s American Dream come true.

Inspiration
for songs and shows. It is legend. It is Route 66.

She served
as America’s Main Street from 1926 until 1985, then was
sadly decommissioned.

Making way for the faster pace of the
big four-lanes and
our newer, hectic world left only scraps and remnants of the way
out West.

The Mother
Road is now spotty at best, but a true haven for nostalgia buffs,
foreign tourists and GypsyNesters alike.

Route 66 ends at the Santa Monica Pier
Route 66 ends at the Santa Monica Pier

Starting in Chicago and
crossing eight states into Los Angeles, the old Will Rogers highway
is still a terrific way to see the “real America.”

IF the traveler is diligent and willing to piece it all back together
and hit the road, old school.

Many
places of interest are as deep-rooted as the Great Mother
herself, like the Golden Driller of Tulsa.

He is straight
out of 1953, standing 76 feet tall and resting his 43,500
pound bad self against a real oil derrick.

Dedicated to “the
men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring
have created from God’s abundance a better life for mankind.”

Quite an honor.

While gazing up at The Driller, our awe was
momentarily interrupted by a security guard. She observed,
“He’s
a big feller, ain’t ‘e?”

There’s really only
one reply to that, “aeyup.”

Our quest
on this trip was not so much
one of nostalgia, but of discovery.

We had heard of a town in Missouri that was recapturing its place
on the map by weaving retro 66 promotional techniques together
with a modern twist.

The Fanning 66 Outpost and General Store
in Cuba, Missouri was our target. Our goal? To discover what it
took to bring the masses to a tiny town on a virtually vanishing
road far out in the boonies.

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Through the
Outpost’s phenomenal marketing approach, we found that in
order to build a proper destination on Route 66 just stick to
these simple rules:

Step One:
Build the World’s Largest of Something

In the Outpost’s
case, it’s a ginormous rocking chair. And yes, Guinness has
visited and it’s in the Book of World Records. This massive
rocker is 42 feet high, 20 feet wide and weighs in at an incredible
27,500 pounds.

Even the Golden Driller could cop a squat in that,
it’s one serious rocker. Rock on!

Why a rocking chair? The
proprietor, Mr. Dan Sanazaro, had seen an oversized rocker on
a family trip as a youngster and the memory apparently stuck with
him. When he launched his business in Cuba, he built a huge homage
to that recollection and the chair of his childhood.

Step
Two: Provide Professional Growth Opportunies for your Employees

Mr.
Sanazaro had the foresight to make the Outpost a destination
unto itself.

He sent his nephew to taxidermy school so now
you can “Explore Native Species Inside the Taxidermy
Studio,” (in somewhat disturbing poses) and commission
to have one’s own dead animal stuffed and mounted.

An archery shop and outdoor range round out the festivities
at the Outpost and there
are licensed experts on hand, thanks to Mr. Sanazoro’s foresight
and pro-grow strategy.

A gallery of outdoor art is also
on display.

We’re nott sure if anyone was sent to art school, but hey,
art is subjective, right?

Step
Three: Catch ‘Em Off Guard

Entering
the Outpost, we were completely taken aback by hostess/cashier
Jackie Sonsone asking, “Would you like to sample some
wine while you have a look around?”

Huh? We were instantly
intrigued and answered in the affirmative.

Jackie, an aspiring
GypsyNester, served us a healthy pour of Route 66 Red, while
laughing at our reaction. We instantly loved Jackie — she
loves her job and realizes the humor of it, as well. She
is quite the witty little treasure trove of information.

While showing
us around, Jackie informed us that the movie “Cars”
had brought renewed attention to Route 66, especially among the
younger set.

Tourists from all over the world pass through on
their journeys back to the heyday of
American automotive travel.
Adding our names to the guestbook, we noticed vacationers from
as far away as Argentina, Japan, Norway and Finland had visited
in just the past few days.

Countless Americans also make the pilgrimage
to the ribbon of blacktop that first tied the Heartland to Hollywood.

Route 66 covers
so much territory there’s a pretty good chance you’re
not far from a chunk of it.

Slow down, take the next exit and
explore the wild, weird wonderfulness of life on the Main Street
of America.

Put the top down, dial in the radio, tip your hat
to Bobby Troop and Get Your Kicks on Route 66.

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com

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2 thoughts on “Rockin’ and Rollin’ Down Route 66”

  1. >I'm a huge Route 66 fan, with its charming small towns, kitsch, and Americana slice o' life.

    I just drove from San Diego to Taos on I40, and think I may take the Scamp and do that stretch (New Mexico/Arizona) again in January. Take it slow and explore. I've seen much of it already (El Morro, Acoma), but I'd like to give it another pass. A great way to kick off the new year!

  2. >You may add this Australian's enthusiasm for Route 66 to your list. I spent a delightful half day between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, getting as much time on the remaining sections of Portland cement as I could. Hokey fun and some great photographs!

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