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The Grand Tour 22: Grit, Grime, and Gouging in the Golden State

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 19, 2018: Lake Havasu City to Hesperia: Route 66 in the West is beautiful. Route 66 in California is ugly, unrelentingly so. Or perhaps we are just tired of it all by this point.  This is not our best day. My tummy is upset and Anna is fed up with the heat. At this …

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Mannequins on the veranda, Seligman

The Grand Tour 20: Mannequins, Dinosaurs, and Fuzzy Stars

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

The Interstate killed Route 66, but it also gave it life. Without the Interstate it would be an overcrowded highway. Because of it, it is a delightful tourist route. We visit the town where the new Route 66 was born. And I look upward and do not see stars.  May 17, 2018: Flagstaff to Peach …

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Trees and Adobe

Grand Tour 11: Intimations of Mortality in a Town Too Pretty to be Beautiful

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Santa Fe: A day on foot in the heat and altitude of Santa Fe leaves me feeling ten years older and ruminating on my mortality. The themes for the day are towns that try too hard to be beautiful and end up looking contrived, and a reflection on mortality in general …

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Pecos Historic Site showing surrounding higher hills

Grand Tour 10: The Stunning Similarities of Ancient Sites

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Las Vegas NM to Santa Fe NM  Today our Grand Tour takes us to the Pecos National Historical Park where we notice the stunning similarities between the ruins here and the stone circles, Roman, and Medieval ruins of Britain. We also note just how much it matters what things look like …

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Grand Tour 7: The Best Museum on Route 66 is About Barbed Wire

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 5, 2018 Oklahoma City to Amarillo Themes for the day: into the West, barbed wire, weak beer, parking meters, and killer slip roads. The landscape changes quickly west of Oklahoma City. Now you feel like you are in the West. Now you can imagine a dustbowl happening. (Later we see a map of the …

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Another celebrated service station

Grand Tour 5: A Thousand Tiny Attractions

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 3, 2018. Springfield Missouri to Tulsa Oklahoma Themes of the day are ugly English tourists, underwhelming attractions, and decent ice cream. A storm system passes overnight and it continues raining for most of the morning. The day’s planned route is not terribly long so we make a leisurely morning and hope for the weather …

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Military Flags decorating the Elbow Inn

Grand Tour 4: Memorializing Corporals, not Generals

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 2, 2018. St. Louis to Springfield MO We head out of St. Louis toward Springfield, Missouri on a route that takes us through the Ozarks.  Themes for the  day: thousands of tiny attractions, bridges that memorialize corporals rather than generals, and wonky navigation units. The Garmin, which served us so well in Chicago, decides …

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