January 2, 2006
I spent a good part of the day playing leapfrog with a thunder storm but still got to see some of the current and former US-50 for the first time.
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December 28, 2005
As Christmas approached, I still had Memphis popping up as one answer to the "Where now?" question I sometimes ask myself. And that leftover destination wasn't the only thing from the earlier holiday that figured into current plans. Watching a few news clips from airports over Thanksgiving really convinced me that I didn't want to fly anywhere. Then, as I'm keeping an eye on weather forecasts and mulling over a drive to Memphis, I get a message from the Bremers in Indianapolis. Having spent more than one New Year's Eve on Sixty-Six they were among those who encouraged me back in October. Unlike previous years, they wouldn't be getting to the Texas panhandle this time but would be on the Mother Road in Rolla, MO.
A glance at the map told me that St. Louis, where the Bremers would pick up Route 66, was almost directly north of Memphis. Even better was the fact that those two cities could be connected by US-61. The cherry on top of this convoluted route planning was a recent email from roadie Kip Welborn. That email contained a few recommendations and in general talked up the Missouri boot heel. US-61 is, of course, a prime boot heel pathway. So here's the tentative plan: expressway to Bowling Green, US-79 to Memphis, US-61 to St. Louis, and Historic 66 to Rolla.