A wild ride through America’s heartlands.“You’ll never understand America until you’ve driven Route 66—that’s old Route 66—all the way,” a truck driver in California once said to author Rick Antonson. “It’s the most famous highway in the world.” With some determination, grit, and a good sense of direction, one can still find and drive on 90 percent of the original Route 66 today.
This travelogue follows Rick and his travel companion Peter along 2,400 miles through eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles as they discover the old Route 66. With surprising and obscure stories about Route 66 personalities like Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Al Capone, Salvador Dali, Dorothea Lange, Cyrus Avery (the Father of Route 66), the Harvey Girls, Mickey Mantle, and Bobby Troup (songwriter of “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”), Antonson’s fresh perspective reads like an easy drive down a forgotten road: winding, stopping now and then to mingle with the locals and reminisce about times gone by, and then getting stuck in the mud, sucked into its charms. Rick mixes hilarious anecdotes of happenstance travel with the route’s difficult history, its rise and fall in popularity, and above all, its place in legend. The author has committed part of his book’s proceeds to the preservation work of the National Route 66 Federation.
Rick and Peter are just two of the innumerable travelers to venture across long stretch of asphalt famously known as Route 66. The travelogue of these two friends' journey as they drive through the multifaceted landscape of America, is like a love letter to the forgotten corners of the country - found on lonely disintegrating sections of road. Route 66 Still Kicks is stupendous fun and endlessly amusing. Brian Troxell's outstanding performance brilliantly retells stories of yesteryear and yesterday. This audiobook is a perfect companion for those long drives down long highways.
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Good listen with a bit of history