July 7, 2014: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Holbrook, Arizona

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Today’s Map

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc.

We decided to try having breakfast at a place recommended by a coworker of mine – not on 66, but very cool, The Owl Cafe has a very cool structure!

Owl Cafe - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Afterward, we drove down to Central Avenue (Route 66) to take a few photos of some of the excellent signage still remaining. I only took a fraction of what was there – I would like to spend much more time in Albuquerque, and especially in the evening! The evening before, we had arrived late and we were all pretty tired and anxious to get to our motel. Without a 3 year old with us, I would have been cruising Central Avenue for neon shots, but the little man was in need of sleep (even though he was still really hyped up!); he didn’t nap, slept minimally and was really excited on our trip – too excited, actually. He hated leaving every place we went that he enjoyed, so there were some difficult moments.

Here are a couple more photos from Route 66 in Albuquerque:
Griff's Hamburgers - Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico

DeAnza Motor Lodge sign - Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
In addition to driving on 66, today would be a “filming location” day! It’s been a while since we have done a filming locations post (our last were in 2011, we did all of “Mystic Pizza“ and also filled in more of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“). We would be focusing a bit of attention in Albuquerque to photograph movie locations from the 2007 comedy “Wild Hogs,” starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy. That blog post is linked here and lists the locations (also can be seen on our trip map above).

After finishing all of the filming locations, we continued west on Central Avenue, which is the post-1937 alignment of Route 66 in this area. We continued up Nine Mile Hill, which offers a beautiful views from the top; eastbound, you will get a great view of Albuquerque. Westbound, is a nice view of the New Mexico prairie. By coincidence, on our honeymoon in 2002, I snapped a photo of the westbound view and as I was watching the 1940 film, “The Grapes of Wrath,” realized that once scene in the film was shot at the same location from my honeymoon photo! Check it out on my “Grapes of Wrath – Filming Locations” page.

Continuing westbound on the post-1937 alignment, approximately 19 miles west of Albuquerque is this Parker through truss bridge crossing the Rio Puerco.

Rio Puerco Bridge - Route 66, New Mexico Here is the same location back in June 2002. Shortly after (September 2003), a large casino called the Route 66 Casino opened up, and is now visible to the left of the bridge in the background. Was far more desolate before! Opening the photos on Flickr, will offer a larger view.
Rio Puerco Bridge - 19 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico

At this point, it is necessary to join the Interstate, which we did until Exit 126, where the pre- and post-1937 alignments converge. However, there’s a small portion of the pre-1937 alignment that continues west through Laguna Pueblo land, so we thought we’d try it. According to McJerry’s EZ 66 Guide, this portion is fairly rough (it was), so we didn’t take it after all. We did spot this bar out there on this alignment.

Bar on pre-1937 Route 66 alignment, Correo, New Mexico
Train by pre-1937 Route 66, Correo, New Mexico

Instead, we went back up to to the post-1937 alignment which still follows I-40, at this point, until Exit 117 at Mesita, where we exited and continued on Route 66 through Laguna Pueblo.

Between San Fidel and McCarty’s, there’s an old Whiting Bros. station in ruins. Would be nice to see it restored and in use like the one in Moriarty some day.

Whiting Bros. Filling station - Route 66 between McCartys & San Fidel, New Mexico
Whiting Bros. Filling station - Route 66 between McCartys & San Fidel, New Mexico

Whiting Bros. Filling station - Route 66 between McCartys & San Fidel, New Mexico

There are also such beautiful views in New Mexico too!

Route 66 - New Mexico

Next, we arrived in Grants, which has some neat old signage – I didn’t get them all, here are just a few.

The Grants Cafe

Grants Cafe sign - Route 66, Grants, New Mexico

West Theatre

West Theatre - Route 66, Grants, New Mexico

Sands Motel
Sands Motel sign - Route 66, Grants, New Mexico

The Roaring 20′s (lounge/package liquors, etc. – now closed)
The Roarin' 20's - Route 66, Grants, New Mexico

Grants was also a playground stop for our grandson, who is very adept at spotting playgrounds! There was a nice park along Route 66 with play equipment, so we made a stop.  Along the road in front of the park is a nice metal sculpture commemorating the City of Grants and its history, including Route 66, Native American culture, uranium mining, pioneers, and more. Very detailed! You can click on the photo below to go to my Flickr site, where you can view a larger size for more detailed viewing.

Grants, New Mexico - Welcome Sculpture

 Continuing west on Route 66 from Grants, we saw this old motel sign near Bluewater.

Train by Route 66, west of Grants, New Mexico

Then there’s the Continental Divide, elevation is 7,245 ft. at this location. Rainfall divides at this point; to the east, it drains to Atlantic and to the west, the Pacific.
Continental Divide - New Mexico

Most of our time in Gallup was spent at Bubany Park, a tiny residential neighborhood park with…you guessed it…a playground. I’m starting to think of this trip as the “Playground Trail.” LOL Of course, the Playground Trail is more commonly known as the National Park to Park Highway, a loop that connected National Parks. But on this trip, it was about us visiting playgrounds!

I did snap one photo on the west side of Gallup, though, of a place called Virgie’s Restaurant and Lounge.

Virgie's Restaurant & Lounge - Route 66, Gallup, New Mexico

It was lightly raining as we approached the Arizona border. We didn’t experience too much rain on this trip, so I wasn’t bothered by it. Just past the border along Route 66 is Lupton, which has several trading posts. Here is a photo of the Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post (closed). This area provided inspiration for Cars, where the old “Wagon Wheel Motel.”

Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post - Route 66, Lupton, Arizona

wheelwell

We continued on and decided to stay in Holbrook. Though we had gained another hour, our bodies didn’t feel it and we were very tired and hungry.

We stopped at the Wigwam Motel, but they were full (sad face).

Wigwam Motel - Route 66, Holbrook, Arizona

We didn’t make a reservation simply because we typically travel without a strict plan. I like to have all of my travel information (routes, points of interest, etc.) all meticulously gathered and organized for our trips using Trimble, where I create a digital guide map that syncs to my iPhone. When we travel, I use the guide for reference, but we like to just drive and only generally concern ourselves with where we’ll end up for the night, not adhere to strict schedules. Sometimes we do struggle to find acceptable lodging, but it’s always fun and mildly adventurous!

Anyway, we ended up at a hotel right by the Wigwam called the Magnuson, and stayed in a perfectly acceptable and comfortable, albeit nondescript room.

Slideshow of All Photos

Below is a slideshow of all of the photos from this portion of the trip.
Click any photo to stop the slideshow and view the photos on my Flickr site. 
If you are on an iOS device and do not see the slideshow below, click here to view the set on Flickr.

Hope you enjoyed the ride!

-Pat & Jennifer

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July 6, 2014: Amarillo, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Today’s Map

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. 

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

We got started from our hotel in Amarillo and headed over to Route 66. First, we  spotted this now-closed shop called Spudnuts Coffee and Donuts. My grandson got a huge laugh out of “Spudnuts,” so for quite a while he amused himself by repeating “Spudnuts”…over and over and over…we felt alot like Charlie Babbitt in Rain Man, as Raymond repeated 97X, BAM – the future of rock and roll, 97X, BAM – the future of rock and roll…you get the idea.

Spudnuts Donuts & Coffee - Route 66, Amarillo, Texas

 Followed by a cool Sinclair Dinosaur at King Auto Sales

Sinclair Dinosaur - Route 66, Amarillo, Texas

Arrow Motel sign

Arrow Motel - Route 66, Amarillo, Texas

Next up was a newer addition to Route 66, but not Amarillo. This cowboy statue used to call his home a barbecue joint in Amarillo, but he was sold at auction earlier this year and now resides at the Cadillac Ranch RV Park on Route 66 in Amarillo…of course, not far from Cadillac Ranch.

2nd Amendment Cowboy - Cadillac Ranch RV Park, Amarillo, Texas

Then we motored on through Vega and Adrian. Just for my grandson, more water tower excitement, complete with a Route 66 shield, which he’s also fond of spotting. So, this was 2 for 1! Route 66 Midpoint Water Tower - Route 66, Adrian, Texas We stopped by the Sunflower Station gift shop, owned by Fran Houser, former owner of the adjacent Midpoint Cafe, and the inspiration for Flo, from the Route 66 themed Pixar film, Cars. Fran had an abundance of die cast Cars, and we picked up a Doc Hudson (in full Fabulous Hudson Hornet paint scheme and crew chief headset). We chatted with Fran for a bit and promised not to wait 12 years to come back, however, she currently has the Sunflower Station up for sale so she can retire (again) and spend more time visiting with family. More info on the sale can be found on Ron Warnick’s Route 66 News site, here.

At the Texas-New Mexico border, is the “ghost town” of Glenrio. The town sits on the border, so there is a Glenrio, Texas and a Glenrio, New Mexico.

Another inspiration for the Pixar team here in the former Little Juarez Diner…

Route 66 - Glenrio, Texas/New Mexico

…which Pixar made into “The Glenrio Motel.” Again, for more locations that inspired Cars, see this link. 

GlenrioMotel

After crossing into New Mexico, we took the pre-1950′s alignment from Glenrio to San Jon. It was paved, but is now dirt. It is very reasonably passable when dry.

Route 66 - New Mexico

We then arrived in Tucumcari, another town which provided alot of inspiration to Pixar for Radiator Springs. Tucumcari is a neon paradise, though it was very early, so we were not staying here (I had stayed here in in 2000 and 2002, though, and would love to again!).

Here’s a collage of some of the signs in Tucumcari (many are from the return trip too). For more from Tucumcari, see the slideshow at the bottom.

Route 66 - Tucumcari, New Mexico

Of course, another prominent – and natural – feature is Tucumcari Mountain, which inspired the mountain in Cars, shaped like a radiator cap.

Tucumcari Mountain - Tucumcari, New Mexico

We shopped at Tee Pee Curios and picked up some souvenirs, then left Tucumcari, continuing on 66 through Newkirk, and as we passed Cuervo, we took the pre-1950′s alignment of Route 66 known as the Cuervo Cutoff. If you look on my trip map above, you can follow along our path. We took the “dog leg” route, but didn’t take the diagonal section (we had taken part of that during our honeymoon in 2002). Cuervo Cutoff - Route 66, Cuervo, New Mexico

 Cuervo Cutoff - Route 66, Cuervo, New Mexico

Here’s a brief video from the Cuervo Cutoff:

The next major city along Route 66 in New Mexico is Santa Rosa. Many towns along Route 66 in various states are preserving – and restoring – their neon signs and buildings. Sometimes the building is long gone, but the signs remain, and they are being restored. But it sure appears New Mexico Route 66 is really working hard at restoring signs, because there are some beauties in this state! I wish I could have been in every town and city with neon during the golden hour. Ahhh, the dream of early retirement…back to reality! Here are few shots from Santa Rosa. Like most of this trip – I didn’t take all my photos westbound…we were also taking 66 eastbound, so I saved some photos for the return trip!

Sun n' Sand Motel - Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

La Mesa Motel - Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Tower Motel - Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Past Santa Rosa, we continued on I-40. There’s a fragment of post-1937 Route 66 at the westbound rest area at exit 252, just past the on ramp back onto I-40, which you can see on my map. We saw this in our friend Jerry McClanahan’s excellent book, EZ66 Guide for Travelers, which you can pick up at Amazon. We continued on I-40 until Clines Corners, a large travel center, which dates back to 1934 when it was started by Roy E. Cline as a filling station and cafe to the south of its current location. In 1937, it was relocated to its present location. It’s a very cool stop, with tons of souvenirs, curios, and other sundries. Quite a lot for a 3 year old to get (over)excited about, so we couldn’t spend as much time as we would have liked, and it was getting late. The sun was setting!

Clines Corners - Route 66, New Mexico

From Clines Corners, 66 continues to follow I-40 until Moriarty. By this time, however, it was dark and we were all pretty tired (did we say yet that traveling with an over excitable 3 year old is tiring? LOL). We wanted to stay in Albuquerque, so we continued on I-40. We were also taking 66 back, so if we needed to skip any parts of 66 on the way out, we would take them on the way back.

We decided to stay at a mom & pop motel in Albuquerque called the Monterey Motel. It’s a non-smoker’s motel and they mean it. From their neon sign to their website, they make it perfectly clear that’s how they want the air there – so NO smokers. Asthmatics like me do appreciate that.

Monterey Motel - Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico

It was a very nice place – clean, well decorated and comfortable. I would definitely stay there again and I’d like to. We rolled into Albuquerque far too late, and with a tired toddler in tow, we couldn’t take any nighttime neon shots (though of course, I’d prefer the golden hour anyway). Maybe next year. But until then, we hit the sheets, ready to seize the next day – taking some photos of Wild Hogs filming locations around Albuquerque…fun!!

Slideshow of All Photos (from July 3-5, 2014)

Below is a slideshow of all of the photos from this portion of the trip. Click any photo to stop the slideshow and view the photos on my Flickr site. If you are on an iOS device and do not see the slideshow below, click here to view the set on Flickr.

Hope you enjoyed the ride! Pat & Jennifer

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Easy Rider Filming Locations

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Easy Rider - Movie Poster

Opening Credits

The opening credits actually contain all of the filming locations that we currently have (we don’t have them all at this point). This will be a work in progress as we travel.

Here is a video of the opening credits to set the proper mood, as well as the context of the scene, which we love, with Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” Classic.

Interstate 40 East, Crossing the Colorado River at the California/Arizona Border

This scene was filmed along I-40 eastbound, crossing from California into Arizona. Two bridges, which are former alignments of Route 66 are also visible. The first bridge to the right, is the Red Rock Bridge, which carried Route 66 traffic from 1947 until 1966, when I-40 became the primary crossing. The Red Rock Bridge was later demolished. Also visible is the Old Trails Arch Bridge, which was built in 1916 and was an alignment of Route 66 from its inception through 1947, when it was replaced by the Red Rock Bridge.

Easy Rider Filming Location - I-40 crossing the Colorado River from California to Arizona

Below, you can “drive” the same location on Google Street View.

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Here is another view from this scene filmed from I-40, with the Red Rock Bridge first, and the Old Trails Arch Bridge more clearly visible behind it.

Easy Rider Filming Location - I-40 crossing the Colorado River from California to Arizona

Since the scene was along the Interstate, our best replication was taken through the windshield. Not great quality, we know (dirty windshield!).

Trails Arch Bridge crossing the Colorado River

Here is a better view of the Old Trails Arch Bridge, taken from the California side (Park Moabi exit).

Old Trails Arch Bridge - crossing Colorado River between Arizona and California

Golden Shores/Oatman Exit 1 off I-40, near Topock, Arizona

This scene was filmed on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, the first exit after the I-40 crossing above. The road that Billy and Wyatt are seen riding is on the south side of the Interstate, and is an old alignment of Route 66, leading to the Old Trails Arch Bridge (privately owned by Pacific Gas & Electric).

Easy Rider Filming Location - old Route 66 near Topock, Arizona

A view of this scene taken from across the road.

Easy Rider Filming Location - Old Route 66, Arizona

Park Moabi Road Exit 153 off I-40, Needles, California

Here, through the magic of film, Wyatt and Billy are back west, in Calfornia again. This scene was taken off the first exit on the California side of the Colorado River, Exit 153, Park Moabi Road.

The view below is looking north on Park Moabi Road, toward what is now an RV resort called Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, near Needles, California.

From assessing this scene and the photo below, we believe that some changes were made to the road since the film was made. The curves seen in the screenshot above do not exist in the road today, and judging from satellite views of the location, it appears there are remnants of curved road here. But without research (or the opinion of some of our Route expert friends, we won’t state this as fact, just casual observation. However, it definitely safe to say that this is a very close approximation of the location of this scene. As the co/owner of a small retro trailer (Serro Scotty HiLander), we actually like the scene in 1969 with the cool canned ham trailer!

Additionally, Park Moabi Road north, leads to an old alignment of Route 66, which eastbound leads to where the Red Rock Bridge (from the screenshots above).

Easy Rider Filming Location - Park Moabi Road

And in July 2014…

Park Moabi Road looking north toward National Trails / Route 66, California

Oddly enough (and ignore this now if you aren’t into geeky details…just enjoy the photos), in reality, this scene was filmed from the same spot as the shot above. If you watch the YouTube video, you will see that as Wyatt and Billy are riding up the hill, the camera smoothly pans across, following them as they proceed south on Park Moabi Road.

Interestingly (and this could be the result of the technical differences between movie and still cameras), while the film was shot from the same location (by the railroad on Park Moabi, where an old alignment of Route 66 goes back east), our photos were taken some distance apart on Park Moabi. This will be evident to anyone who drives Park Moabi in real life (or check it out on Google Street view).

Here is the view as they rode south on Park Moabi Road.

Easy Rider Filming Location - Park Moabi Road

And in 2014…

Park Moabi Road looking south - California

Route 66 – Flagstaff, Arizona

This scene was filmed on Route 66 (S. Milton Street, near Tuscon Avenue) in Flagstaff, Arizona. Billy and Wyatt are passing what was the Lumberjack Cafe. This lumberjack statue is still in Flagstaff; not at this location, but instead at Northern Arizona University, at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, along with a similar twin. Their team is the Lumberjacks, and he serves as their mascot.

Easy Rider Filming Location - Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

This is the scene today, at what is now called Granny’s Closet. The lumberjack that was visible in Easy Rider is now located at Northern Arizona University. Below is Little Louie, who was not visible in Easy Rider, but has been at the Lumberjack Cafe since the 1960′s, along with the two other Bunyan-type statues.

For more detailed information on the Bunyan lumberjacks and Little Louie at the Lumberjack Cafe, please see this page on RoadsideArchitecture.com

Easy Rider Filming Location - Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

In this scene, they are a bit farther east on Route 66 (near N. Leroux Street) in Flagstaff. This building was the Canyon Hotel at the time, with a camera shop also.

Easy Rider Filming Location - Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

The building in 2014. Several businesses are listed at this location, such as an Architectural Design Studio, Flagstaff Piano, Clock and Fine Art Gallery, and a realty company.

Easy Rider Filming Location - 2 Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

The scene below is just a block east from the location above, also on Route 66, looking south onto S. San Francisco Street).

Easy Rider Filming Location - Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona

And the same scene in 2014.

Easy Rider Filming Location - Route 66 at San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, Arizona

That’s all for now! We had a screen capture of a couple others that we missed. One is a quick cut of them at another angle in the view above (we were right there and totally spaced taking a photo…next time!). Another location is a bit farther west in Bellemont, Arizona. Again, a work in progress that we’ll add to over time. There are many other locations in the movie in New Mexico and Louisiana (of note), so as we travel to those areas, we’ll add to this page!

Hope you enjoyed the ride!

Pat & Jennifer

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Wild Hogs Filming Locations

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Wild Hogs - Movie Poster

Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy as middle-aged friends living in Cincinnati, Ohio who own  Harleys and like to go for urban / suburban rides and hang out at the “biker” bar in the city, called “Byker’s Island”.

Woody, played by John Travolta, is a (formerly) rich lawyer whose swimsuit model wife recently left him, causing him to have a breakdown, losing his job and his house too. One afternoon after a ride, he questions his friends about what they are doing with their lives and suggests a real ride – a road trip to the Pacific. The other Wild Hogs are Doug, a dentist played by Tim Allen, has a loving wife but can’t connect with his young son and needs to watch his stress and cholesterol levels; Bobby, played by Martin Lawrence, is a henpecked plumber with an overbearing wife and out of control daughters; and Dudley, played by William H. Macy, is a shy, nerdy computer programmer who is afraid to speak to women. All agree to take the road trip and to find some real fun and adventure and reclaim the wild guys they used to be in college.

Opening Scene - Laguna Blvd SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Here is a video of the opening scene where the characters get together for a suburban ride.

Here is a video that Pat took from the back window of our SUV as I drove up and down Laguna Boulevard SW.

L to R: Bobby (Martin Lawrence) joins Doug (Tim Allen), and Woody (John Travolta)

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Laguna Blvd SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Martin Lawrence as Bobby

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Laguna Blvd SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rail Yards – Albuquerque, New Mexico

This scene during their ride takes them through the old Rail Yards in Albuquerque.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

They are not accessible, so we took a photo from the street.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Rail Yards, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Central Avenue (Route 66) & 2nd Avenue NW,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

During their ride, the Wild Hogs take a quick break so Dudley can check on his bike after an earlier fall.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

This scene was filmed at a parking lot at the corner of Central Avenue & 2nd Avenue NW.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Central Avenue (Route 66) & 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Unfortunately, Dudley loses control of his bike in the parking lot.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Central Avenue (Route 66) & 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

After falling off, the bike hits the curb and flips into the air, striking a light pole.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Central Avenue (Route 66) & 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

But Dudley’s OK!

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Central Avenue (Route 66) & 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Library Bar & Grille, Central Avenue (Route 66),
Albuquerque, New Mexico

This location served as the Wild Hogs’ hangout “Byker’s Island” where they go to relax and have a beer after their ride. Woody, having lost everything in his life (but doesn’t reveal that to this friends at this time), questions their upscale middle-aged, suburban biker personas – stating that instead of Wild Hogs, they’re more like wild lambs. They lament that they have lost their wild side that they had in college, and wanting to reclaim their sense of adventure, decide to take a road trip to the Pacific with their Harleys.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Byker's Island

The Library Bar & Grill - Central Avenue (Route 66), Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Wild Hogs are getting ready to start their journey to the Pacific from US 50 in Cincinnati.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

The scene was shot at Tijeras Avenue NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The landscaping in the background of the movie was added for the movie. The actual area features xeriscaping.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Wild Hogs are getting ready to start their journey to the Pacific from Cincinnati. Dudley shows off his “tat” he got at the Meadow Hills Galleria for the trip – now he’s a biker! The others laugh at his Apple logo tattoo.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

The location along Tijeras actually does not have alot of grass or plants. The fountain (minus water) is visible in the back, as well as the building to the left.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Doug is excited that Dudley got him set up with a GPS in his phone for the trip, to which Woody replies they don’t need a GPS to discover America and throws Doug’s cell phone into a nearby sewer.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

And the sewer was nearby too!

Wild Hogs filming location - Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Another view of their meeting spot, which has the added effect of being in Cincinnati by the addition of highway signs showing US 50 West.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

In reality, US 50 is in Colorado, much farther to the north of this location in Albuquerque!

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

After Doug, Woody, and Bobby dispose of their cell phones, Dudley throws his into the windshield of an oncoming truck, causing them to quickly jump on their bikes and take off.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

This is the same location as above on Tijeras Avenue NE, only the opposite side of the underpass.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Tijeras Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Madrid, New Mexico

As the Wild Hogs travel west, the road scenes, whether they were supposed to be in Illinois or Missouri the first night, were all filmed in New Mexico (and it shows!!).

The Wild Hogs are excited to stop at a “real” biker bar in New Mexico, which is home to the biker gang, the Del Fuegos, led by Jack Blade, played by Ray Liotta. The Del Fuegos are infuriated by the intrusion of suburban biker “posers” at their bar, telling them they aren’t real bikers.

They steal Dudley’s Sportster, leaving him with a sidecar attached to Woody’s motorcycle. Woody, ashamed at the incident goes back to the bar to get Dudley’s bike. He cuts the fuel lines to the Del Fuegos’ motorcycles, causing the bar to explode when Jack’s cigarette falls into the gas on the ground. With the Del Fuegos’ bikes damaged, the Wild Hogs are able to get away…for now. However, Woody doesn’t tell the other Wild Hogs what actually happened, instead telling his friends he threatened to sue the Del Fuegos if they didn’t return Dudley’s motorcycle.

In the scene below, the Wild Hogs have run out of gas due to Woody’s panic about having blown up the Del Fuegos’ bar, and insist they get gas at the next stop. To bad, they don’t see the gas station sign that the next station is 200 miles away.

Tired, hot and thirsty, they arrive in Madrid, New Mexico.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Here is the same location in a later scene, when two of the Del Fuegos arrive in Madrid.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

The majority of the remaining scenes were filmed in Madrid, New Mexico, which is located along NM 14 (The Turquoise Trail), a scenic ride from Santa Fe south to I-40/US 66. A small portion of NM 14 in Santa Fe (north of Madrid) is also a part of the Santa Fe loop, a pre-1937 alignment of Route 66.

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Maggie’s Diner – Madrid, New Mexico

The Wild Hogs arrive at the fictional Maggie’s Diner in Madrid, New Mexico. They’re extremely thirsty and their uncharacteristically raucous behavior in begging for water or something else to drink, causes the townspeople to mistake them for the Del Fuegos, who periodically arrive in Madrid and demand food and drinks at no charge and frighten the locals.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Maggie's Diner

Maggie’s Diner was a set built on location in Madrid, and was left to the town by the film company. It was brought up to building codes, and now is used as a gift/souvenir shop selling – what else – biker and Wild Hogs merchandise! I picked up a couple of shirts – Del Fuegos and Wild Hogs.

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Old Boarding House Mercantile – Madrid, New Mexico

The next photos show what is depicted as the hotel the Wild Hogs stay in Madrid, as the gas station is closed until the next day. Upon hearing that the Del Fuegos periodically come to Madrid, Woody is extremely panicky to leave town, fearing that the Del Fuegos will soon arrive, find them, and take revenge for blowing up their bar.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Hotel/B&B

The Old Boarding House Mercantile is a very nice general store in an old house – it’s pretty unique as it uses the original house rooms for different categories of merchandise. They have a variety of items for sale, general merchandise, groceries, snacks, drinks, coffee, etc.

Old Boarding House Mercantile, Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Shy and afraid of women, Dudley finds romance with Maggie, played by Marisa Tomei. Maggie owns the local Diner which bears her name. After an enjoyable night together at the town’s Chile Fest, the next morning Dudley and Maggie would like to have breakfast with the others, but Woody is anxious to leave before the Del Fuegos arrive.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Madrid, New Mexico

But it’s too late – here come the Del Fuegos!

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Maggie’s Diner – Madrid, New Mexico

The Del Fuegos have arrived in Madrid and are ready for retaliation – or compensation – for the loss of their bar. The other Wild Hogs are confused about this, since Woody told him they gave him back the bike after the threatened to sue them.  With no other choice, Woody confesses to his friends about cutting the fuel lines to the motorcycles, resulting in their bar being blown up. The Wild Hogs now realize the Del Fuegos want to kill them, so they hide out at Maggie’s house, hoping they’ll give up and leave…but instead the Del Fuegos invade the diner, threatening to burn it down.

Here, Dudley confronts the Del Fuegos which they remark is brave but stupid – they string him up over the main road and will beat him up if the Wild Hogs don’t pay them for their bar.

Wild Hogs Filming Location

Here is the exterior of Maggie’s Diner building in Madrid.

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Finally, the Wild Hogs confront the Del Fuegos. Led by Woody (who has lost everything in his life and has nothing to lose), their attempt to rescue Dudley fails and they fight the Del Fuegos.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Maggie's Diner

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

Despite repeatedly being beaten to the ground, the Wild Hogs stand up each time to the Del Fuegos. Finally, the townspeople of Madrid realize that if four guys can stand up to 50 bikers, 500 of them can too.

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Maggie's Diner

Madrid, New Mexico - Wild Hogs Filming Location

As the townpeople and Wild Hogs surround the Del Fuegos, who still won’t back down, their former leader and owner of the bar, Damien Blade, played by Peter Fonda, arrives in town and tells Jack and the other Del Fuegos to stop and let it go. He tells them they have lost touch with what being a biker is all about – riding and the highway…and that they – not the Wild Hogs – are the posers. He thanks the Wild Hogs for burning down the bar, explaining that he insured it for twice its value and he did them a favor.

The Del Fuegos leave and Jack says goodbye to Damien, calling him Pop; Damien shakes his head, saying Jack’s just like his mother.

Damien tells the Wild Hogs to ride hard or go home, and gives them one last piece of advice….lose the watches!

Wild Hogs Filming Location - Madrid, New Mexico

Hope you enjoyed the ride!

Pat & Jennifer

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July 3-5, 2014: Route 66 – Riverton, Kansas to Amarillo, Texas

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Day 1: July 3, 2014 – to St. Louis, Missouri

Today’s Map

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. 

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

The first day of our trip was largely uneventful – we took the Interstate to St. Louis after work so we could make some progress on getting to the California border. We stopped at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and met with our camping friends Dane & Elaine, and then headed to our hotel, the Holiday Inn – Route 66….which was on Route 66!

Day 2: July 4, 2014 – St. Louis, Missouri to Tulsa, Oklahoma

Today’s Map

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. 

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

Day 2 was a partial day on the Interstate. Usually referred to as the Evil I, it did serve its purpose today – to quickly get us where we wanted to go. We love Missouri 66, but took the Route several times in recent years, so our goal was to get to western Missouri quickly, then slow down in Oklahoma. Plus, we’re strongly thinking about joining the 25th Missouri Route 66 Motor Tour this year!

We did make a stop in Phillipsburg at Redmon’s Candy Factory – also a travel center/gas station, etc. By Joplin, we exited the Interstate for Route 66, but were bummed when we found the Candy House Gourmet Chocolates store was closed. We’d been there last year during the Route 66 Festival and gone on a tour and were hoping for some chocolate!

Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, we had an ill-fated quick visit to the Route 66 Carousel Park. I made the dire mistake, after my 3-year old grandson asked to go on a merry-go-round, of saying maybe we’d find one (it sounded innocuous at the time and I thought it would go well, and the place was listed on their site as being open). So true, the park was opened when we arrived, but as we approached the gate, they informed us they were closing for 1 hour. 1…hour…not great to hear for a 3 year old who has no concept of time and was very excited to go on rides! Not great for us, who wanted to make the stop count by going on rides with him…not waiting for an hour, then go on rides! So that went over like a lead balloon! Not good…

So we meandered on 66 and stopped at the Marsh Arch bridge.

Marsh Arch Bridge - Route 66, Riverton, Kansas

My grandson is fascinated with water towers, and this trip didn’t disappoint. He saw plenty and really seemed to enjoy this one in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

Water Tower - Quapaw, Oklahoma

We stopped for lunch at Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burgers in Miami, Oklahoma
Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger - Route 66, Miami, Oklahoma

And of course, the big Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma!
Blue Whale - Route 66, Catoosa, Oklahome

By this time, it was getting later in the day and we decided to stop at a really nice playground/park in Sapulpa, Oklahoma called Heritage Park (considering the missed chance to go on the amusement rides earlier). It’s a very nice park that was built by volunteer residents. It’s huge!!

Heritage Park - Sapulpa, Oklhom

It was getting late and we didn’t want to miss anything driving in the dark, so we decided to go back to Tulsa to stay, as it wasn’t far. We did a Priceline and got the Crowne Plaza in southern Tulsa, but being the night of the 4th of July, several routes across the river were closed. We didn’t stop anywhere to watch fireworks, but we were treated to displays in all directions – that’s the good thing about the flat land. Ultimately, we made our way to the hotel after a number of detours, which you can see on the interactive map above…but finally we made it!

Day 3: July 5, 2014 – Tulsa, Oklahoma to Amarillo, Texas

 Today’s Map

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc.

Coincidentally, our hotel was located across from Oral Roberts University, which was the site of a photo op from my Roadside America app, which helps me find neat roadside attractions and oddities from their site, in a pretty cool iOS or Android app. It’s also available as a Garmin GPS add-on too.

We easily spotted the giant Praying Hands – wish we could have gotten inside to avoid the ugly power lines, but the gates were closed:

Large Praying Hands - Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, Oklahoma
And some neat architecture as well:

Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Heading back into Sapulpa, I spotted this art display which pays homage to the town’s manufacturing history, of glass and brick factories as well as Frankoma Pottery.

Sculpture - Route 66, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

In Bristow, this Ford dealership’s new building was built in the style of the 1920′s architecture throughout town. Their original building burned down, and they wanted to retain the original style when they rebuilt.

Bolin Ford - Route 66, Bristow, Oklahoma

The Rock Cafe is in Stroud

Rock Cafe - Route 66, Stroud, Oklahoma

As well as the Skyliner Motel
Skyliner Motel, Route 66, Stroud, Oklahoma

The Round Barn in Arcadia

Arcadia Round Barn - Route 66, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Restored Phillips 66 Filling Station in Chandler
Phillips 66 Filling Station - Route 66, Chandler, Oklahoma

The Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City
Tower Theatre - Route 66, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Braum’s Milk Bottle
Braum's Milk Bottle Building - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Giant Route 66 Shield at the Route 66 National Museum in Elk City
Route 66 Museum Sign - Route 66, Elk City, Oklahoma

The Conoco Phillips station in Shamrock, Texas (U Drop Inn) – featured in the Pixar film Cars

ConocoPhillips Station / U Drop Inn - Route 66, Shamrock, Texas

ConocoPhillips Station / U Drop Inn - Route 66, Shamrock, Texas

And the Big Texan, whose adjoining motel was booked up, unfortunately. We had an acceptable generic stay at a nearby Sleep Inn.

Big Texan Steak Ranch - Amarillo, Texas

Slideshow of All Photos (from July 3-5, 2014)

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. 

Feel free to browse and refer to the map for details about where we traveled, the photos were taken, etc. You can zoom in, or click the link below for a bigger, fullscreen map.

Hope you enjoyed the ride!

Pat & Jennifer

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2014 Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour – 25th Anniversary

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The Route..

Below is an interactive map of our trip, tracked using my Trimble Outdoors Navigator iPhone app. You can zoom in, or click the link above for a bigger, fullscreen map.

Photographs

This blog contains a sampling of the photos from our trip. To view all of the photos from our trip, view the slideshow at the bottom of the post or visit our Road Trip Memories page on Flickr at the link below.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Long story VERY short, a change in plans allowed us to be able to attend the 25th Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour. We had been on the tour several times before, but don’t always have a chance to attend. But when we do, it’s always a great time!

After a rocky start Friday evening, we finally hit the road to head west – we were going to stay in Collinsville and then head over to the Chain of Rocks Bridge in the morning to register for the Motor Tour.

We decided to cross over into St. Louis along the new I-70 bridge:

New I-70 Bridge Over Mississippi

We followed along what was known as one of the alignments called “City 66″ ad described in Jerry McClanahan’s EZ 66 Guide, up to the Chain of Rocks Bridge, where the Motor Tour was to begin.

Chain of Rocks Bridge, Route 66, Missouri

What a sight this truck was! Really unique modification of a Ford truck, lots of folks did a double-take on this one!!

Flipover Truck

And here we go, crossing the Chain of Rocks Bridge!

Crossing Old US 66 a Chain of Rocks Bridge   After we crossed the bridge, in Mitchell is the Luna Cafe, with its beautifully restored neon sign.

Luna Cafe, Route 66, Mitchell, IL

 

Next, we stopped at Route 66 Ridez in Hamel.

Route 66 Ridez, Hamel, Illinois

 

Then on to our friend Rich Henry’s must-stop – Henry’s Ra66it Ranch in Staunton. Do stop by and say hello to Rich and the bunnies! Rich has old neon signs, semis, both “real” rabbits, and the Volkswagen variety too! He also sells a nice variety of Route 66 souvenirs, books, videos, etc. I have more photos from the Ra66it Ranch in the slideshow, below.

Henry's Ra66it Ranch - Route 66, Staunton, Illinois

Henry's Ra66it Ranch - Route 66, Staunton, Illinois

 We also picked up a bunny named Spot, a few traveling friend for our grandson!

Henry's Ra66it Ranch - Route 66, Staunton, Illinois

Here’s a video of the flipover truck I took here:

Next stop, Soulsby’s Station in Mt. Olive. Great restoration of the old filling station, and inside is a nice collection of Shell petroliana as well as two very nice old signs for a TV repair business that was also run out of the station, after Route 66 bypassed Mt. Olive.

Soulsby Service Station - Route 66, Mt. Olive, Illinois

Soulsby Service Station - Route 66, Mt. Olive, Illinois

On to Litchfield, where this old cafe sits empty.

Cafe - Route 66, Litchfield, Illinois

We were able to see the newly restored “Vic” Suhling Gas for Less sign, also in Litchfield. It is now in front of the new Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, and is an excellent stop! See slideshow below for more photos from the museum.

Restored "Vic" Suhling Neon Sign - Route 66, Litchfield, Illinois

Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, Litchfield, Illinois

Next, we spotted a few buffalo roaming! Their timing of dipping their heads down into the grass was perfect to avoid my shutter, but I managed to catch one as he came up for air.

Buffalo on Route 66 in Illinois

Then onto the town of Carlinville. Great “town square” with lots of great shops here. We got out, stretched a bit and took a walk around the square.

Town Square, Carlinville, Illinois

 

This very cool PT Cruiser was also on the tour, decorated by artist Brian Gregory, who also designed art for the Illinois Route 66 Museum in Pontiac.

Route 66 PT Cruiser - Designed by Artist Brian Gregory

 

We cruised up on the IL 4 alignement of 66, and finally made it to Springfield. Though the tour would continue to Lincoln for the overnight, we were late in joining, so we skipped the banquet and decided it would be easier to get a place to stay in Springfield. Of course, we would dine on Cozy Dogs – but unfortunately, not until after we had a flat tire fixed! As soon as we arrived in Springfield, we felt the car drastically pulling to the right. Suspecting we threw off the alignment along the VERY bumpy old alignment near the turkey tracks, we found a Firestone who could take a look. As soon as we got out of the car, Pat spotted the trouble…a flat tire! A broken valve stem, probably caused by the aforementioned bumpy road. After going back and forth with our limited options, after a couple hours we were on our way and headed to the Cozy Dog! Just in time before they closed, too…

Cozy Dog Drive-in, Route 66, Springfield, Illinois

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The next day, after obtaining my necessary coffee fix at Mel-O-Cream Doughnuts, we started north. We stopped for a few photos in Williamsville.

Die Cast Auto Sales - Route 66, Williamsville, Illinois

 

And of course, the fun smiley face water tower in Atlanta:

Smiley Face Water Tower - Route 66, Atlanta, Illinois

And of course some maple sirup and maple candy at Funks Grove!

Maple Sirup - Funks Grove, Illinois

Our stops in Towanda were interesting. The first was the garage (yes, at her house), of Dawn Patterson. Check this out…it’s pristine. She says she uses it as a garage, but it was decked out in Route 66 memorabilia, and I sure didn’t see any tools or cans of oil! We just built a garage and it has unfinished walls and no electricity. Pat was suffering from severe garage envy!

Dawn Patterson's D.K.'s Garage - Route 66, Towanda, Illinois

Dawn Patterson's D.K.'s Garage - Route 66, Towanda, Illinois

Our next stop was Joe’s Garage, which was in a more commercial building, and houses a very nice collection of motor sports and racing memorabilia. They also have a “diner” recreation built in the building next door.

Joe's Diner - Route 66, Towanda, Illinois

After cruising the old alignment in Lexington now coined “Memory Lane”, were were on to the next stop in Pontiac. We visited the Route 66 Museum, always a great stop. They have lots of Route 66 memorabilia, especially for Illinois – and displays on all of the Hall of Fame inductees. Two newer additions to the museum are a treat – two vehicles owned by Bob Waldmire, legendary Route 66 artist and son of Cozy Dog creator Ed Waldmire. Bob also was the inspiration for the character “Fillmore” in Pixar’s Cars.

Pontiac also had an art display of fiberglass cars. There’s a very cool Route 66 one outside of the museum:

P.R.O.U.D. Art Project - "Cruisin' the Square" - Pontiac, Illinois

Across from the museum is also a very nice mural, which is a tribute to Bob Waldmire. In recent years, Pontiac has commissioned many wall murals around town. Bob Waldmire was asked to design and paint a mural for Pontiac, but unfortunately, Bob was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to do so. But prior to his death, he did design a mural, which would be painted in Pontiac for his friends and family. The very cleverly designed mural features Bob painting the mural. Bob was a very neat individual, and though we could not have been any different from each other, his words of wisdom told to me during the 2006 Illinois Motor Tour have stuck with me – “live simply, and you won’t need a lot of money.” While I will most assuredly not live in an old school bus or VW bus, I can see living in a smaller travel trailer with minimal “stuff.” It’s our dream to travel extensively some day, and I want to live simply so as to be able to realize that goal, and will happily sacrifice a house and material possessions for more Road Trip Memories!

Route 66 Museum - Pontiac, Illinois

Route 66 Museum - Pontiac, Illinois

Bob Waldmire Mural - Pontiac, Illinois

We stopped at the Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, which had a volunteer dressed a Texaco Filling Station attendant, offering neat photo ops.

Ambler-Becker Texaco Station - Route 66, Dwight, Illinois

Pat at the Ambler-Becker Texaco Station - Route 66, Dwight, Illinois

The tour ended in Wilmongton, but we proceeded north through Joliet, Romeoville, and into Bolingbrook where we visited our good friend & fellow Route 66 roadie, Lulu. After dinner, we headed back for home.

Until next time!

Pat & Jennifer

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Photographs

Below is a slideshow of all of the photos from this trip. Click any photo to stop the slideshow and view the photos on our Flickr site. If you are on an iOS device and do not see the slideshow, please click here to view our photos on Flickr.

 

Plans change; relax and go with the flow…

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Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans…OK, we didn’t really have an actual trip plan yet; just a general declaration that we were going to go west instead of east this year, and our destination would be South Dakota, and we’d travel in September.

We’re still heading west, only now we’ve bumped up the trip to July! After talking it over, Pat and I decided that since I was planning on taking two weeks off work to watch our grandson, we might as well just take him on a road trip, rather than me just using two weeks off to stay home. Pat only has a week available, so I’ll spend my first 4 days locally with my grandson, then we’ll hit the road for the rest of the time.

So then, the next question came up…where should we go? Take him to South Dakota? I immediately thought “no” on that…he’s only 3, so we need to go somewhere he can connect to and get excited (which I am sure we could do if we went to South Dakota). But now with the date bumped up, I’m not sure how intensely I want to plan on a new unknown destination with him. I’m feeling called VERY strongly back to the familiar and comfortable – the Mother Road. We can travel Route 66 without detailed plans or schedules (though I do want to make a few plans to visit kid-oriented attractions that Pat and I would not typically visit on our own). I already had a copy of our Route 66 friend Emily Priddy’s book, “Route 66 for Kids,” a first edition copy we bought when she first published it in 2003. I found that she has since created a Kindle version, so I bought it (see previous link). She also has a companion website, Kidson66.com, with additional information and even some fun coloring pages that can be printed out and brought along. Getting some great ideas!

Another bonus to taking Route 66, is that our grandson is familiar with Route 66 – not only due to our direct influence indoctrinating him into the Route 66 fold, but the Disney/Pixar film Cars is largely set on Route 66, in the fictional town of Radiator Springs, which is a composite of many places along the Mother Road. Route 66 lends itself heavily to the film, and is a driving theme of slowing down, taking the scenic route, enjoying life and the scenery along the way. That theme is the essence of Route 66 and the towns along the route, and there’s history about the rise and fall of the two-lane, with the coming of the interstate, and its effect on the towns that were bypassed.

Pat and I (along with other Route 66 roadie friends) learned about Cars many years before its release (5 long years!!!), from Route 66 author and historian Michael Wallis and his wife, photographer Suzanne Wallis. Michael served as the Route 66 consultant for Pixar, leading them along several Route 66 journeys, fully absorbing them into the road. If you own or rent the DVD of Cars, there is a good “making of” bonus feature, with footage of the Pixar team traveling Route 66 with Michael Wallis. Not only did Michael Wallis serve as the Route 66 consultant, but he also was given a role in the movie – the Sheriff – and Pixar did a great job animating the Sheriff to resemble Michael, with the car’s front grille resembling Michael’s mustache.

Michael Wallis Booksigning at Hit the Road Travel Store, Chicago

Disney-Cars-Sheriff

Pixar did an excellent job of incorporating the people and places of Route 66 into the movie – whether they outright animated a building (Ramone’s is dead on to the Conoco-Phillips station in Shamrock, Texas – or paid homage to them, like the mountain range that resembles Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo – or somewhere in between, like the Cozy Cone, which is based upon the Wigwam Village motels (route 66 has two – one in Holbrook, Arizona and the other in Rialto, California). For an in-depth comparison of Route 66 locations to Cars, check out our friend Ron Warnick’s page on his Route 66 News site: A Route 66 Guide to the “Cars” Movie

We know we’ll have fun showing our grandson the Route 66 sights he’s already familiar with, but can be excited to see and experience for himself. While we were looking forward to a new destination, I’m actually feeling really good about visiting an old familiar friend. We may just veer off on our way back and take a different route…we’re not sure yet, but we’ll have fun and enjoy no matter where the two lane roads take us.

Stay tuned!

A drive like we took back in the day….

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I’ve really been been itching for a road trip! For the past couple of months, we hadn’t been able to go on many road trips because we’re providing some necessary care and maintenance to our house, which has been neglected for just a little bit too long…due to so many spontaneous road trips and camping trips! So now, we have to be responsible homeowners! But regardless, I’m still itching for a road trip. LOL But, as I posted recently, our vacation has been moved up from September to July, so now I can really anticipate an upcoming road trip!

But about two weeks ago, before this latest change in plans, I was traveling home from a doctor appointment in a part of the city I don’t normally visit, and I decided to return home via local roads I don’t usually travel. As soon as I reached the Michigan Road, I needed to turn south to head toward home…but I was wishing I was turning north to head to Michigan instead! One of my favorite drives is along the coast of Lake Michigan. We have done the entire loop twice. The first time, in September of 2005, we made the trip clockwise, starting in Chicago and looping through the UP, across the Mackinac Bridge, and along the Michigan coast. In September of 2012, we made the trip counterclockwise, starting in New Buffalo, Michigan and effectively ending in Chicago. Coming home from a doctor appointment and waiting at a intersection of a road that has taken me on some fun adventures instantly made me long for a road trip.

There’s so much fun, freedom, and adventure to be had on a road trip. You get to see and experience real America – something you don’t do when you fly over it. Sometimes, you can on the Interstate (there are some that have some nice scenery) – but for the most part, the Interstate is just an endless slab of monotony with the same generic rest stops, indistinguishable from one another.

By contrast, America’s two lane highways have so much more to offer. We have found these quirky little museums in small towns and cities that have this claim to fame that they cling to and are so proud to share with visitors. And you’ll rarely find anyone as passionate as the local volunteers who work at these museums and share their stories. Blink and you might miss them; but stay and you’ll learn all about things you probably would never have!

I have mentioned this previously in our US 12 Heritage Trail post, but I am entranced by the “Pure Michigan” ad campaign, in particular, the radio ads featuring Michigan native, actor Tim Allen. They are mesmerizing and perfectly capture the spirit of travel and specifically to the featured Michigan locations. This ad below remarkably epitomizes road trips.

The family road trip. It was the high point of summer. The car packed to the gills, a folded-up road map at the ready, surrounded by enough snacks and drinks to last into next month. Well, let’s go there again. Take a drive away from our schedules and routines…to a sandy beach, a cozy bed and breakfast, or a secluded trailhead. Someplace that right now is calling our name at the top of its rustic little voice. It’s time to go fishing, to go exploring, to experience firsthand some of Michigan’s small town treasures. Miles of shoreline, forests, and endless lakes and trails. Let’s follow our noses and see where we end up. Because adventure is out there…waiting for us at the end of a drive. A drive like we took back in the day. The kind of summer to remember…that’s Pure Michigan.

Time to come out of hibernation!

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Road Trip Memories isn’t dead, we’ve just been hibernating! It’s been such a harsh winter, we haven’t really had an opportunity to take any road trips or camping trips (we do like to camp and hike in the winter too)!

We hope to get out and about this year. We’ve selected got our annual vacation destination – we’re heading west to South Dakota, which I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. After Dances with Wolves came out, I really wanted to visit the Badlands, and had a trip planned and booked. Unfortunately, the Great Flood of 1993 put the kibosh on that trip. So this year, it’s time to finally head west! We’re planning on including some Lincoln Highway into the trip as well.

I’d also like to add a few movie filming locations to the site. I’ve been researching locations for a good number of my favorite movies over the past few years. This year, I’d like to add “My Cousin Vinny”, so stay tuned for that. Since a lot of that movie was filmed in Georgia, we’ll be close to Juliette, which served as the Whistle Stop Cafe in Fried Green Tomatoes, which I’ve done a blog post on, here. But it’s always great to stop by there because they have excellent fried green tomatoes, naturally!

As time and finances permit, hopefully we’ll mix in more road and camping trips!

I’ve Been Everywhere…well, not yet, but working on it!

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Of course, I haven’t been everywhere, and it would be impossible to literally go everywhere in your lifetime. But let’s narrow “everywhere” down to those places listed in the Johnny Cash song, “I’ve Been Everywhere.” I love that song, and it’s fun to play on road trips!

“I’ve Been Everywhere” was originally written by Geoff Mack about Australian towns, and was later adapted by him for release in North America, by changing the locations to those in the United States and Canada, with some exceptions in Central and South America (Tocopilla, Chile; Costa Rica; Argentina; Barranquilla and Padilla, Colombia; Salvador and Diamantina, Brazil).

As I listened to the song this morning on my way to work, I wondered to how many places in the song I have been? Then I thought it would be cool to try to visit every place referenced in the song. So, as a travel goal, we are going to work toward visiting (or at least passing through) each United States town or state in this song. While its very unlikely that I will ever go to Central or South America, Canada is always a possibility.

The lyrics to the North American version of the song are below, with the states included in parentheses and italicized (not in the song lyrics). Multiple states are listed when more than one state has a city/town with the same name. If I have been to a place listed in the song, it is bold. I used the criteria that I have been in anyplace bearing a name in the song, regardless of the state. If I have been in multiple cities with the same name, the city name and each state are bold.

So check back for our progress!!

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I’ve Been Everywhere

I was totin’ my pack along the long dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If you’re goin’ to Winnemucca (Nevada), Mack, with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, “Listen! I’ve traveled every road in this here land!”

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to:

  • Reno (Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota)
  • Chicago (Illinois)
  • Fargo (Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Dakota, Oklahoma)
  • Minnesota (State)
  • Buffalo (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming)
  • Toronto (Canada; also U.S. cities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota)
  • Winslow (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, Washington)
  • Sarasota (Florida)
  • Wichita (Kansas)
  • Tulsa (Oklahoma)
  • Ottawa(Canada; also cities in Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin)
  • Oklahoma
  • Tampa (Florida, Kansas)
  • Panama (California, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska; also Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida)
  • Mattawa (Canada; also a city in Washington)
  • LaPaloma (Texas)
  • Bangor (Alabama, California, Maine, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin)
  • Baltimore (Maryland, Ohio, Vermont)
  • Salvador (Brazil)
  • Amarillo (Texas)
  • Tocapillo (Chile)
  • Barranquilla (Colombia) and
  • Padilla (Colombia)

I’m a killer
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to:

  • Boston (Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Texas)
  • Charleston (South Carolina, West Virginia)
  • Dayton (Alabama, California, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming)
  • Louisiana (State; also, Louisiana, Missouri)
  • Washington (State; also, Washington, D.C., and cities in Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin)
  • Houston (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas)
  • Kingston (California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington)
  • Texarkana (Arkansas, Texas)
  • Monterey (California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia)
  • Ferriday (Louisiana)
  • Santa Fe (Florida, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas)
  • Tallapoosa (Georgia, Missouri)
  • Glen Rock (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia)
  • Black Rock (Arkansas, Arizona, California)
  • Little Rock (Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota)
  • Oskaloosa (Iowa, Kansas)
  • Tennessee (State)
  • Hennessee (Oklahoma)
  • Chicopee (Kansas, Massachusetts)
  • Spirit Lake (Idaho, Iowa)
  • Grand Lake (Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma)
  • Devil’s Lake (Michigan, North Dakota)
  • Crater Lake (Oregon)

For Pete’s Sake
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to:

  • Louisville (Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee)
  • Nashville (Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin)
  • Knoxville (Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee)
  • Ombabika (Canada)
  • Schefferville (Canada)
  • Jacksonville (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia)
  • Waterville (Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin)
  • Costa Rica
  • Pittsfield (Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin)
  • Springfield (California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
  • Bakersfield (California, Missouri, Texas, Vermont)
  • Shreveport (Louisiana)
  • Hackensack(Minnesota, New Jersey)
  • Cadillac (Michigan)
  • Fond du Lac (Wisconsin)
  • Davenport (California, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Washington)
  • Idaho (State)
  • Jellico (California, Tennessee)
  • Argentina
  • Diamantina (Brazil)
  • Pasadena (California, Maryland, Texas)
  • Catalina (Arizona)

See what I mean
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to:

  • Pittsburgh / Pittsburg (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah)
  • Parkersburg (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia)
  • Gravelbourg (Canada)
  • Colorado
  • Ellensburg (Washington)
  • Rexburg (Idaho)
  • Vicksburg (Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania)
  • Eldorado / El Dorado (Arkansas, California, Kansas, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin)
  • Larimore (North Dakota)
  • Atmore (Alabama)
  • Haverstraw (New York)
  • Chatanika (Alaska)
  • Chaska (Minnesota)
  • Nebraska (State; also, incorporated place in Indiana)
  • Alaska (State; also, cities in Michigan and Wisconsin)
  • Opelika (Alabama)
  • Baraboo (Wisconsin)
  • Waterloo (Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin)
  • Kalamazoo (Michigan, West Virginia)
  • Kansas City (Kansas, Missouri)
  • Sioux City (Iowa)
  • Cedar City (Utah)
  • Dodge City (Kansas)

What a pity
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to 24 of the 91 locations mentioned in this song: UPDATED: 12/06/2013

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