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Author Topic: We got our "Bricks" on Route 66!  (Read 5466 times)
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« on: May 28, 2007, 05:33:15 PM »

Hi all,

We just got back from our greatest driving adventure ever!  Almost 1700 miles on Route 66 from near Chicago to Tulsa, OK, and back.  Haven't uploaded pics yet, but I'll add them to this thread soon.

BrickHouse got an oil change, tires checked over, and a general checkup and cleaning before the trip.  I'm happy to report she never flinched once during the whole trip.  She could only muster 23.5MPG, but this was mostly on 2-lane Rt. 66 going thru very very hilly MO, much more hilly than I recalled.  We folded down the LR seat for cargo space, and she swallowed luggage for the three of us for 7 days without blocking the rear window at all.  

We camped 2 nights out of 6, in total ease and comfort- that is, until the wrath-of-God rainstorm the second morning.  I discovered that our little gear tent, where we stow our luggage, rear seats, etc., leaks.  Joy.  I also learned that the front doors leak where the tent straps pass thru, but I think it's because the straps wick the water in past the door seals.  It was a very unpleasant morning, and it led to our skipping our last planned camping night in favor of a Super 8 motel.  It may have been wimpy on our part, but you have no idea how wet we were by the time we drove out of the KOA campground that morning.

I'll post more details later, but if you get the chance, take this trip!  We met lots of very cool people, saw amazing old towns and cars, and some even more beautiful scenery.  BH now proudly wears a "Route 66" decal in the rear window, a veteran of the Mother Road.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007, 07:05:58 PM »

That sounds very cool Fitz!

This is gonna sound weird, but since seing the movie CARS, I wanna take a trip on Route 66!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007, 08:02:15 PM »

COOL! ... you probably passed my in-law's house, they live on the Route and have a "Historic Route 66" sign stuck in the corner of their yard (from the city and stuff - not their sign). Be sure to wave at em on the next trip! ^_^
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007, 08:51:19 PM »

This would be a fun trip to do as an AFC event,  Get as many Teks as we can to Caravan down Route 66.    Maybe in 08?
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007, 09:09:28 PM »

WOW, that must have been one heck of an adventure, TEK's of to you Fitz, I'm glad you all had such a historical drive and probably great memories (even the water leak  :rolleyes: ) Can not wait to see the pictures.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007, 09:43:15 PM »

Gus!!

Wow, I wish I had known you were in Tulsa, I could have taken a drive up there to meet up with ya!
Remember, we live a short distance away in Abilene Texas...

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2007, 12:11:49 PM »

Whoa, thats a long haul. My guess would be a good 14 hour trip. Was that about right?

Did you stop at the Odell Standard station on your way down? That one is pretty nice looking.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2007, 07:19:08 AM »

This would be a fun trip to do as an AFC event,  Get as many Teks as we can to Caravan down Route 66.    Maybe in 08?

I'd be up for it...you'd be passing right through my neck of the woods.
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2007, 06:08:46 PM »

Whoa, thats a long haul. My guess would be a good 14 hour trip. Was that about right?

Did you stop at the Odell Standard station on your way down? That one is pretty nice looking.

Hard to give you an answer on the time, since we stopped a lot along the way.  Left home Sund. morning, arrived Tulsa Tues. night.  But that's the way to do 66, nice and slow...

We actually cheated and took I-55 thru IL to get to St. Louis faster, but we've been on IL's Rt 66 many times.  And yes, that Standard station is classic.  We saw a beautiful Sinclair station, I'll post the pics soon, I promise!

We should def. make this a club event next year, just not in May- we have about 8 family birthdays in May and it's a miracle we pulled off this trip!
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2007, 03:07:17 AM »

Sounds like a great trip. We have a Route 66 map on our computer room wall and the whole room is done is Route 66 Stuff. We have been collecting Route 66 stuff since 1989.
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