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Fat Man meets the Pain Walker

Yeah, the title sounds like one of those superhero battles from Marvel Comics in the 1960s and ’70s. Actually, Dennis Kinch, who is walking west on Route 66 for the National Pain Foundation, met in Vinita, Okla., with Steve Vaught,…

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Open-source travel guide

Some folks are beta-testing an online travel guide called World 66. If nothing else, the name proves that Route 66 has some cachet. It’s an open-sourced site in which users are the contributors of the content, like Wilkipedia. It’s a…

Illinois town receives grant for Route 66 bike trail

The Pontiac (Ill.) Daily Leader reports that the town of Chenoa is receiving $300,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Chenoa Route 66 Prairie Trail. This is part of a bicycle trail that eventually will be set up…

Glimpses back in time

Darned if I can find many Route 66 references. But nostalgia is a significant part of the Route 66 experience, and the Ephemera Now Web site contains it in spades. In fact, it’s the best nostalgia Web site I’ve seen.…

Fat Man blows into town

Steve Vaught of thefatmanwalking.com strolled into Vinita, Okla., Sunday night after dealing with severe winds all day. At least he didn’t have to deal with the tornadoes or wildfires, although a 40-foot-tall sign at the hotel where he was staying…

BBC correspondent looks for old motels

Joe Queenan drove from Albuquerque to Las Vegas, most of it on Route 66, seeking vintage motels. He tells about it on this 30-minute audio link from the BBC. He paid particular attention to wigwam-type motels, which no doubt include…

Oklahoma winery on Route 66 wins awards

A blog, Oklahoma Wine News, reports that Summerside Vineyards and Winery on old Route 66 in Vinita, Okla., won a silver medal for its Pensacola Dam Red wine and a bronze medal for its Route 66 Red wine at the…

A look at Albuquerque’s Route 66

The St. Petersburg Times has a long article about Albuquerque’s Route 66 district. Earning prominent mention are such 66 stalwarts as the Aztec Motel, 66 Diner and Nob Hill. No mention of the endangered El Vado Motel, though.

Freeway to nowhere

Aroll Gellner in the San Francisco Chronicle explains why Route 66 aficionados eschew the interstates when possible and sticks to the old two-lane roads. Charles Kuralt, the longtime “On the Road” correspondent for CBS News, once observed that “thanks to…

New teaser trailer for “Cars” movie

Apple’s QuickTime site has released a new teaser trailer for the Route 66-themed movie, “Cars,” from Pixar Animation Studios. The movie will be released June 2006. There also are some big honkin’ high-definition files of the trailer if you really…

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