Soundtrack of Route 66!

Here it is in all its glory! Let me know what we missed!

  1.  Route 66 by Chuck Berry***
  2. Nothing’s gonna stop us now by Starship***
  3. Road to nowhere by Talking Heads
  4. Gettin’ jiggy wi’ it by The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  5. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
  6. Kids in America by Kim Wilde***
  7. 24 hours in Tulsa by Dusty Springfield
  8. American Girl by Tom Petty***
  9. Interstate love song by Stone Temple Pilots
  10. Born to be wild by Steppenwolf
  11. Amarillo by Tony Christie***
  12. American idiot by Green Day***
  13. On the road again by Bad Company
  14. Everybody’s talkin’ by Nilsson (midnight cowboy)***
  15. American Pie by Don MacLean***
  16. Breakfast in America by Supertramp
  17. The king of rock ‘n roll by Prefab Sprout
  18. Life is a highway by Tom Cochrane
  19. French kissin’ in the USA by Debbie Harry
  20. Drive my car by The Beatles
  21. Copperhead Road by Steve Earle
  22. Sympathy for the devil – Rolling Stones
  23. A horse with no name by America
  24. California by U2
  25. Happy by Pharrell Williams***
  26. Born to run by Bruce Springsteen***
  27. Together in electric dreams by Georgio Moroder and Phil Oakley***
  28. Where the streets have no name by U2***
  29. Hotel California by The Eagles
  30. Viva Las Vegas by Elvis***

Curated by Mark
My favourites are asterixed***

Chicago to Pontiac

Day 2, Thursday

Miles Driven : 130

Temperature: -5

My Top 5 Chicago highlights!

  1. The silver bean in Millennium Park. Simple really, but easy to spend a lot of time thereIMG_9521 IMG_9505 IMG_9482 IMG_9515 IMG_9524IMG_9494
  2. Chicago Tribune building – with its 149 fragments of famous buildings and structures around the world embedded in its walls. Also love the entrance quotation:

“Give me liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all other liberties” – Milton

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  1. The route 66 end (start) sign. The last stretch of route 66 is actually a one-way street, meaning it can only be driven down if you drive Route 66 West to East, hence it being labelled the end. IMG_9539IMG_9548IMG_9537
  2. Save Bueller (anyone, anyone?) T shirts. Had almost forgotten, Chicago is home to one of my all-time fav films and quotes.“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” IMG_9550
  3. Trump Tower – only completed in 2008 – the 4th tallest building in the US, 16th in the world

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My top 5 keep warm tactics:

  1. 2 coats. Uniqulo’s ultra-light down knee length coat squeezes under any coat, and rolls up to the size of a pac a mac. A middle layer duvet. Genius invention!
  2. Gloves that fit, preferably left and right. Mark brought 2 left hands.
  3. Leg warmers. Black to blend in – work over tights or jeans and no-one will be any the wiser
  4. Hat and a hood, but make sure your hood is snug so you don’t need mirrors
  5. Thermal base layer. Again Uniqulo claim to have the best technology, but layers generally seem to work just as well!

Cozy!

Getting out of Chicago was a wild goose chase. We headed out north by mistake and had to re-route south, covering 60 miles in 3 hours, so it was dusk before we reached Cicero, south west of Chicago. From there, we drove through Joliet into Wilmington, where we met the fabulous Gemini Giant Spaceman outside The Launching Pad Drive-In. A little dark outside, but you couldn’t miss him!

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Fortunately we had anticipated jet-lag, taking in a little of Chicago, and city traffic and had planned to stay overnight in Pontiac, only a hundred or so miles out of Chicago, which we arrived at early evening.  Shattered, tired and full of Mexican, Tomorrow we visit the home of Lincoln and meander through the remainder of Illinois to St Louis, our first night in Missouri….

Time for bed now. Night night

Touchdown Chicago!

Day 1, Wednesday

Seven and a half hours in the air, and we have arrived! Fantastic views as we approached Chicago, on a cold but clear late afternoon.

Car collected (RAV 4), and an easy drive along Route 90 right to the door of Hotel #1 – The Best Western River North. Great location, walking distance from all the main sights and free car parking which is a definite plus.

After a day of plane food, off to find something as healthy as possible, sushi maybe, before the daily diner diet gets a grip!

More tomorrow peeps.

Flying over Alaska. Minus 55 degrees

Flying over Alaska. Minus 55 degrees

Brrrr

Brrrr

Our partner in crime for the next 3 weeks. Tiny or Tony?

Our partner in crime for the next 3 weeks. Tiny or Tony?

The approach into Chicago

The approach into Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Beautiful sun shining across the skyline

Beautiful sun shining across the skyline

My new blog

Route66Road©-Dmitry-RogozhinSo, it is Sunday afternoon, and I am trying to get to grips with WordPress. So I figured I would just start writing so that I have something to work with. This will be short and sweet!

We leave on Wednesday to start our Route 66 road trip, flying to Chicago and then driving West for around 3 weeks until we finally reach Los Angeles. We only booked it last week, so we have a lot of planning to do! I am travelling with my husband Mark, who is current working on the most important preparation – our playlist of Route 66 Ace Tunes.

Hope you enjoy our trip too!