This is history big time and I’m following the route because my father rode it back in the 60’es.
Now a lot of the towns between Oklahoma and Texas are ghost towns. Some I’ve stopped in and got some amazing photos others I’ve just driven through. In the towns which are still active they often have motels, restaurants, route 66 museums and other amazing attractions.
Riding this route I can see the glory days there have been even though a lot of the motels, houses and shops are deserted. It has been thriving on the traffic before the interstate came and some of the towns has been very beautiful. Some of them still are very beautiful and in some states/areas they have made it a pride to make their town look beautiful to drive though with flags, flowers etc. because they are proud of their place.
Even though it’s somehow sad I’m really fascinated by the ghost towns because like the road kills they tell a story about life. There where people used a lot of time in diners, motels, car shops etc. from a time where things didn’t have to happened so fast where thing took the time things took.
Outside the towns/cities there is a lot of nature to see on the road and there is hardly any traffic so it’s possible to stop and take pictures or just enjoy the route or just stretch the legs. Beside that there are a lot of attractions on the way and you’ll find them on the internet. There are pages just for that so do what you find awesome. I’ll be going to have many stops on the way when I get a little longer west but it’s tornado season so I just want to get out of the hot-spot right now since I’m not used to living in places frequented by those guys.
Be aware that not all GPS systems has the route any more so I had to buy a map on a museum and still it can be hard to follow it all the way but with a little help from google maps on my mobile, my GPS and the 66 map I bought I get it most of the time.
The only reason why I started in New York was because I wanted to eat a dessert at Serendipity 3 (on my 101-list) and yes being so close I felt like I had to stay a couple of days. I must admit that I had a pretty bad impression of New York because of the media, and it turned out that nothing was true. I absolutely love New York and I’ve to come back to spend more time. Why?
- Hardly any crime according to locals
- People are so friendly and helpful
- Food is amazing
- The city is organised so it’s very simple to find the way
- There is so much to do and see beside ground zero and the lady of liberty
I stayed at the YMCA and that’s the best place to be for a girl like me. First I got at good discount over the internet and then the hostel is in direkt connection with a 6 storage fitness center with 2 swimming pools, sauna and amazing bath facilities. In the locker room I met so many women who was outgoing and just lovely people and I had a blast.
The staff was outstanding, kind and helpful. One of the security had the most amazing Brooklyn dialect just like hearing Robert De Niro playing an Italian mafia boss. I just had to talk to him to hear that dialect – same effect as talking to scottish or irish men.
Since I only had 3 days and it mostly was pouring rain I only went to Empire State Building, Central park and else I took a ride with a hop-on hop-off buss and saw both up-town and down-town.
Next time I’ll have to see:
– high line park
– Astoria hotel (movie location)
– take the ferry around the Manhattan
– China town and little Italy
– Brooklyn and Bronz
– Roosevelt Island
– If possible see a football game at the stadion
In the subway there is always happening something like musicians, artists etc.
New York is a multi cultural city and that makes it very exciting to be there. Most people are speaking in a way so they lift each other. The yellow caps are just amazing to watch and the traffic in general. Today when I waves for a yellow cap (raining and I had to walk 30 minutes with 30 kg of luggage to the train station) the one from 3 lanes away broke out at just drove right towards me in high speed in a straight line and no accidents happened. It’s funny to see what a wave can do 😃
Again I’ll be back
People say holidays are relaxing!!! – 😀 Nooootttt – but fun YES.
I’ve several blog texts lying waiting for release but I’ve had some technical challenges to work out and time issues, but I’ll come 🙂
I was heading for New Zealand after my trip to Cairns but that is all changed now. I’ve to take a PTE and a senior first aid test before leaving, so I’ll return to Sydney after the Cains trip and stay an extra month and I’m ready to leave the 27th of April. Since it’ll be winter in New Zealand I’ll head for USA instead.
Therefore I checked it out and I got a good offer where I get the chance to visit my stepfather in Copenhagen, DK first and then in May I leave for New York where I’ll travel across to San Fransisco.
Then I’ll fly to Hawaii and have a good time there 🙂 then I’ll hopefully know if I need to take 3-6 months of intensive English in Sydney to improve and have a change to get a sponsorship.
Got to love having the freedom to change the plans like I have now 🙂
My load of stuff that I want to keep is now on the way to Denmark for storage. I love this feeling every time something is disappearing from my sight. It’s a feeling of relief and freedom. Now I only need to sell some stuff (not much left), give the stuff away that I can’t sell but is of good quality. The rest will be used until I leave and then it’ll say hello to the garbage can 😀
The process of getting all the clutter out and just have a suitcase and a back-pack left is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’m so ready for life now 🙂
Got my holiday visa to Australia so now the flights and train rides are booked all the way to Sydney. So excited 🙂
- I’m leaving Norway on the 29th of January to visit my step father and a good friend in Denmark.
- February 9th I’m going to London and hopefully make some speeches and visit the 101 gang
- February 16th I’m heading for Darwin where I’ll stay 2 weeks before I take The Ghan to go on amazing adventures.
- I’ll get a couple of days in Adelaide where I’m going to see the Kangaroo Island as priority #1 before I’ll take the train with an amazing ride through the Blue Mountains to Sydney.
- So the 9th of March I’ll be back in Sydney and I’m so looking forward to it. I hope to have 1-2 weeks of boot camp and paperwork in Sydney before leaving for New Zealand and if possible ride across USA in June on a ATV to honour my parents who both died of cancer. It’s my hope to make this a charity trip to raise money for cancer research. How I do it I don’t know but today I took a major step towards making my dream a reality.
The last week I’ve sold a lot of stuff because I’ll only pack the most important things to get stored in Denmark and on my trip I only need necessities 🙂