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Route 66: Day Eleven

TODAY IS/WAS THE DAY!!!! We finally reached the beginning — or our end — of ROUTE 66! Thanks for coming on this journey with me! Especially Krystal and Steph who were physically next to me and endured all the long driving, car singing, and overall craziness of each day.

Without further ado...

Day eleven {projected*} itinerary: 

*Because we backtracked a bit this day to go to Shaw's Nature Reserve and spend some time there, and because I always seem to schedule too many things into one day and forget that places close around 5pm, we did not get to see Abe's tomb, the Dana-Thomas House, the Drive-in Theater (is only open select dates of the year and wasn't showing any more movies), Funks Grove, or the Route 66 Museum.

Approximate mileage: 382

Approximate driving time: 6 hours

Approximate expenses: $49.39

  • Gas: $29.39 @ $2.199/gallon, 13.367 g
  • Food: $15 
  • Experience: $5 Shaw Nature Reserve

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Route 66: Day Ten

Every day just gets better. Especially when that day starts with a sunrise in a field of sunflowers. But I'm getting ahead.

Day ten {projected*} itinerary:

*the sunflower farm and Corner Restaurant were not in our original plans, but worth the sacrifice of not going to Mini Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China Restaurant, Purina Farms and saving Shaw Nature Preserve for the next day. We initially intended to stay the night in St. Louis but canceled our reservation because we found out our place was in a bad area and we wouldn't get there until after dark. So we stayed on the Illinois side instead for that night.

Approximate mileage: 389

Approximate driving time: 6.2 hours

Approximate expenses: $172.98

  • Gas: $25.58 @ $2.039/gallon, 12.544 g
  • Food: $25 
  • Experiences: $21 Meramec Caverns 
  • Stay: $101.40 Comfort Inn & Suites

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Route 66: Day Nine

Yay for one whole day where we stayed in one city! We slept in, and then we got going. We didn't really have an itinerary, except to spend time with Whitney. But this is what we collectively decided/did:

Approximate expenses: $40

  • Food: $10 
  • Experiences: $30 Ratatat Concert 

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Route 66: Day Eight

Passing the seven day point felt amazing. Being on a road trip sometimes feels like being in a marathon. At the beginning it's super exciting and you have a bunch of energy and so many miles and the journey to look forward to and then you have a final destination that you know will also be an exciting moment. But the journey can be tiring. The landscape can blur together. And it seems like you might have been running or driving your whole life.

Just for complete clarification, I have never ran a marathon. But I can pretend I know what it might feel like ;) 

Day eight {projected*} itinerary:

*we did not go to Coleman Theater because it was closed by the time we got to that point.

Approximate mileage: 375

Approximate driving time: 6.3 hours

Approximate expenses: $63.54

  • Gas: $29.54 @ $2.149/gallon, 10.022g
  • Food: $30 
  • Misc: $4 Turner Turnpike 

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Route 66: Day Seven

DAY SEVEN!!! The trip has officially been one week! And it was so so SO good to have a complete non-driving day in Albuquerque. I felt way better and more excited about all the upcoming stops on this long driving day. We were going to be in three states in one day: New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma! 

Day seven {projected*} itinerary:

*Did not stop at the VW Slug Bug Ranch on this trip, but on the way back with Matt I did, so I included that as a bonus at the end, but is not included in the mileage or map. I did not go to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 100th Meridian Museum, or Jigs Smokehouse Diner.

Approximate mileage: 559

Approximate driving time: 8.5 hours

Approximate expenses: $139.26

  • Gas: $29.89 @ $2.479/gallon, 12.058g | $29.22 @ $2.299/gallon, 12.709g
  • Food: $16.86 
  • Experience: $6 Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Stay: $57.29 Tower Hotel OKC** 

**booked through Hotwire on one of those mystery deals — they gave me enough information that I was able to deduce the hotel though so it wasn’t really a surprise, just a good deal

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Route 66: Day Six

Day Six was the first day I got to stay in one place and really explore it. I had heard good things about Albuquerque and just thought it was a solid rest point almost a week into the trip.

Krystal and I barely saw even the most touristy things Albuquerque has to offer in this one day, but the things we did see were fun and interesting, including:

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Route 66: Day Five

That first night being by myself was kind of weird. It was nice to have the time to be alone and gather my thoughts and to let my choice to make this trip and move to Nashville sink in more. Cell phone service was dismal, but wi-fi was good enough that I could watch the "Cars" movie — fitting since there were so many references in that movie to Route 66. 

Day five was a more designated relaxing day. And I needed it. Apart from the lack of sleep that I had gotten before going on the trip in trying to spend as much time with friends and family and getting all the projects I wanted to finished, as I think you've caught on — the driving was tiring. I was so thankful for this particular Sunday, the Sabbath Day, to have the time to rest. I was able to find a church near Holbrook and then started driving on to Albuquerque.

It was fun to see that — what felt like — in the middle of nowhere Holbrook, that looked like it had one grocery store and a lot of run down buildings, that amidst that there was a beautiful LDS church building with a massive organ that looked out on top of a hill over the land below. 

I had more plans to stop at various places along the way to Albuquerque but the time jump ahead one hour threw me off and my detours onto the actual Route 66 where possible became a not-so-good choice when the road turned into a speed-bumpy road that I couldn't go more than 5-7 MPH on. It extended the time a lot.

Day five {projected*} itinerary:

*Did not originally make it to El Morro National Monument, Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano, or El Mapais National Monument so it's not included in the mileage, or drive time but I was able to go to the Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano with Matt, so that's included as a "bonus" at the end.

Approximate mileage: 239

Approximate driving time: 3.5 hours

Approximate expenses: $0 (seriously, nothing)

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Route 66: Day Four

The next morning was a 6:45am wake up call. Yep. It was a struggle. I was so grateful for Charity who made me a nice breakfast and helped me repack my car before saying goodbye. She is the definition of her name, and I wished I could have stayed longer. But it was time to head north again. 

Day four {projected*} itinerary:

*Did not go to Twin Arrows Trading Post, Meteor Crater, or the Navajo County Museum so it is not included in mileage or drive time.

Approximate mileage: 218

Approximate driving time: 4 hours

Approximate expenses: $119.28

  • Gas: $31.28 @ $2.699/gallon, 11.589g
  • Experience: $10 Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • Food: $15
  • Stay: $63 at Wigwam Motel

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