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Swedes to drive 1965 Volvo on Route 66 July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Road trips, Vehicles, Web sites.
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I got an e-mail from a couple of Swedes who are driving Route 66 this month and September in a sweet-looking 1965 Volvo PV convertible.

Their blog is here. It is in Swedish, but I found an OK online translator here. Just paste the URL into the Web page translation box, ask it to translate from Swedish to English, and away you go.

I’m uncertain what their itinerary is. So keep your eyes peeled for a red Volvo hot rod if you’re driving on the Mother Road in the next few weeks.

Archive of Oklahoma road maps is online July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Maps.
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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has scanned and put online its archive of state highway maps, dating from 1873 to the present day.

These Acrobat files also contain detailed layouts of bigger cities and scenes from the road. Roadologists will find a lot of useful material here.

For instance, the 1926 map‘s roads are mostly unmarked. But the 1927 map, which was printed shortly after the numbered system for U.S. highways was established, shows Route 66, which also was known as Highway 7 from the Kansas line to Oklahoma City.

(Hat tip to Batesline.com.)

Wi-fi being installed at Texas rest stops July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions.
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The Texas Department of Transportation announced it is installing wireless Internet access to all rest stops in the state, including the one in the Texas Panhandle that pays homage to Route 66, reports KXAN-TV in Austin.
RoadConnect.net is the firm installing the wi-fi.

“We’ve installed wireless internet service at 102 rest areas in Texas,” said Jamison Stewart, co-founder of RoadConnect.net, “and we’ve built a website that people can log onto and get information about local community and tourism.”

Wigwam Motel named one of 10 quirkiest July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Web sites.
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TripAdviser.com named its top 10 quirkiest motels from around the world. A Route 66 establishment made the final cut:

7. Chief Light-Wallet: Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, Arizona

Operating along the historic U.S. Route 66, the Wigwams are actually teepee-style, cement tents. The bargain motel features the authentic feel of a 50s desert town — from the furniture, to the vintage cars in the parking lot, to the sounds of the old locomotive passing through town. The rates are also a blast from the past — the average room costs about $45 a night. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “By the way, the rate is for real … the youngest son of the builder commented to me that they don’t make money operating the motel, they do it ‘as a sort of public service.'” Cash and credit only, wampum not accepted.

There also are Wigwams in Rialto, Calif., and Cave City, Ky. But I guess Holbrook’s got the nod for its combination of antique cars and the reasonable room rates.

“Cars” moves to No. 2 in box-office grosses July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies.
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During the weekend, “Cars” moved into the No. 2 slot this year in domestic box office receipts with a total of $234 million, according to Box Office Mojo. It edged out “X-Men: The Last Stand” for the runner-up spot.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” is the runaway winner in the domestic box office this year, with $358 million and still going strong.

“Cars” is rapidly approaching the $100 million mark in foreign grosses. That will go much higher, as many European markets received the film just days ago, and “Cars” still hasn’t opened in several other countries yet.

UPDATE: URL on “Cars” movie site is fixed.

Arizona kicks July 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Road trips.
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Ed Bradley of the Flint (Mich.) Journal, inspired by the movie “Cars,” decided to take Route 66 on the way to the Grand Canyon. Here’s his report.

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