Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Travel: Route 66. Route 66 in TX. Cargo Trailer.

The old Route 66 is famous around the world.

When my wonderful brother, Nigel, and my dear sister-in-law came from England last year, they had a few things on their bucket list.  One of them was to drive the length of Route 66, which they did.  But they did it in a roundabout way.  They started on Route 66 at OKC and went west to CA. Then drove to Arctic Circle in AK, then visited Niagara, and came back on Route 66 from Chicago to OKC, and came back south here to TX.  17,000 miles and the trip of a lifetime.

For Travel Tuesday, would you like to revisit this famous old highway?  I hope so, because here it is:

Los Angeles to Chicago


And from another person's view:


Now if you want to see the whole route in time-lapse photography, here it is:

Uploaded by TheIanJohnson on Oct 14, 2010
"Day 1 of 11 of a complete time lapse video of route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles taken in 2009. Includes some side trips, detours, and getting occasionally lost.
The original source was based on a picture every 2 seconds and produced a video stream at 10 fames per second. However, so I could fit within YouTube video time limits I increased this to 20 frames per second.
1 minute of video is 40 mins on the road."
If you are like me, you would be giddy after watching the first couple of minutes of the video!!  It is like being on a roller coaster!

Westbound on Route 66 in TX
Shamrock Texas 1950s Postcard

Route 66 Through Texas
Shamrock - Texas Main Street City
McLean - Where Time Stands Still
Alanreed to Britten - Gone Are The Glory Days
Groom & Conway - Life after the Jericho Gap
Amarillo Air Force Base and Airport
Amarillo - Panhandle Cowtown
Cadillac Ranch
Ghostly Amarillo Natatorium
Quirky Amarillo  Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, Route 66
Bushland and Wildorado - Skeletons Along the Staked Plains
Vega - Prairie Town in the Panhandle
Adrian - Midpoint USA
Glenrio - A Route 66 Casualty


Devil's Rope Museum on Route 66.  McLean, TX.

"A museum all about barbed wire – apparently nicknamed devil's rope. And, apparently this museum in McLean, Texas is the largest barbed wire museum in the world. Founded in 1991, it tells "all about the history of barbed wire, its artifacts, the significance of the invention, and the impact on the development of the Old West."
This includes exhibits about barbed wire's military use, the development of cowboy tools, rare barbed wire artifacts and how to make barbed wire demonstrations. The western fun continues at the connected The Texas Old Route 66 Museum."
More at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20056539-1.html


Here are the pictures of Jay's Betta, and unusual bowl, it isn't round:


Here are the pictures of the rear of the cargo trailer:

The right tail light lens is not on right now, as I have to buy a door stop that will prevent the door from hitting it.   BTDT!

Jay called, wanting to work, and as Ray and I had saved some of the high–up jobs for him, Misty and I went down there to get him.  I have had a shoulder injury, so I can't do high up, as well as being vertically challenged, and Ray's bad back is in a stiff brace, so we do need Jay here sometimes.

He installed the last shelf in the cargo trailer:

Over the window on the left, and next to the medicine cabinet. The reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror is the open front door and closet.   Now the light that goes under it, can be installed.

New-lightJay installed the light that was in the 390 items that I bought in the two baskets full of stuff for $20 at Lowes.   This light was originally $70.  It matches all the shells and shell colored stuff in my bathroom.

It looks a lot better than the cheap light that the contractors installed, even though it doesn't look 'bathroom-y'.

The stepstool by the tub, and the pink board across the tub are so that old Bobcat can get up to her window perch.

The pink board also has her food tray, so that Misty can't eat her food!

Then we rolled up the tools and went to the RV store north of here.

John, the service guy there at Convenience RV, fixed one of the inside lights that goes in the trailer, for free.  I bought a new front door lock for the trailer, cheaper than getting the old one re-keyed.  And the door stop for the rear door.
The first upholstery lady who wanted to quadruple her price for covering the cushions, lived close by there, so I picked up my other cushion.  I met her husband, he was from Amsterdam, (Holland) and went to England a lot, so we had a lot to gab about.  He admitted that she was really too busy to do the work.   They are adopting their grandchildren, I didn't ask why, but I am sure there is a tale of child neglect in there somewhere.  What is it with these young folks, that the grandparents have to raise the grandkids!?

I am happy with the quote from the other upholstery lady in this subdivision, and she agreed to start on it today.


Dizzy-Dick said...

Sounds to me like you are almost finished with the trailer. It sure looks good. You will not know what to do with yourself after it is completed. Going to go look at some class-A MHs today. I still like my class-C but it is a little crowded for long trips. Last summer we went through 13 different states.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, Dick.

We still some jobs to do on the trailer. I can't wait for the dinette cushions to be in there.

I have had several Class A's, they just weren't as easy for me to drive as the same length Class C. The width between the mirrors is much greater, and you don't have that, 'I am driving a van' feel, but more like 'Oh, boy, this thing is big'! The Class A's would sit in the yard, whereas we would jump in the C's or B+'s and off we'd go.

When we took guests along, we found it easier to tow a small aerodynamic travel trailer behind the Class C or B+. That way we had 2 bedrooms, and 2 toilets.
Also the trailer would hold our spot while we went sightseeing.

Finding the right rig is very time consuming. But you have to feel completely comfortable driving it to the store if need be.

Happy Tails, and Trails, Penny.