On the trail of another fat man walking

The Desert Dispatch of Barstow, Calif., caught up with Gary Long, who's another obese man who's walking Route 66 to lose weight. On his first walking leg, he went from St. Louis to New York City. He lost about 80 pounds, and is down to 300. He's now walking from Los Angeles to St. Louis. … Continue reading On the trail of another fat man walking


Tour of the Ozarks’ final curtain?

The eighth annual Tour of the Ozarks, a Sept. 16 bicycle ride through scenic Missouri (including Route 66) to benefit the Diabetes Education Fund, may be the last one, reports the Rolla Daily News. That's because the organizers are set to begin new jobs at the National Geospacial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis. “When we … Continue reading Tour of the Ozarks’ final curtain?

Oklahoma governor to visit Route 66 restaurant

If you're planning to stop for a bite to eat at Al's Route 66 Cafe in Sapulpa, Okla., on Thursday afternoon, don't be surprised if you shake the governor's hand. Gov. Brad Henry is scheduled to visit Al's about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sapulpa Daily Herald. Henry, a Democrat, is running for re-election … Continue reading Oklahoma governor to visit Route 66 restaurant

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge gets colorful decor

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, a section of Route 66 that spans the Mississippi River in St. Louis, was spruced up last week with the addition of red, orange and yellow banners designed by Kansas City artist James Woodfill, reports the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat. The creation is called "Ultragate." Woodfill said the placement of … Continue reading Old Chain of Rocks Bridge gets colorful decor

Nut House goes on the auction block

The Nut House, a pecan and roadside business on Route 66 between Claremore and Catoosa, Okla., will be sold at a liquidation auction starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Here's the home page for the auction, which will be conducted by Williams & Williams. It's not only going to be attractive for people wanting … Continue reading Nut House goes on the auction block

“Cars” passes $400 million mark

The Disney-Pixar film "Cars," part of which takes place on old Route 66, has passed the $400 million mark for total box-office receipts, reports Box Office Mojo. "Cars" has grossed $240 million domestically, which is No. 2 for all of the year 2006, and at least $160 million internationally. I say "at least" because there … Continue reading “Cars” passes $400 million mark

From west to east

Seamus Malone of the From Hollywood to Harlem blog is embarking on a Route 66 journey from west to east, instead of the more traditional Chicago-to-L.A. direction. You can read about the first day of his adventures here.

Seeing spots on 66

I recently switched search engines, from Google to Technorati, while surfing for Route 66-related blogs. So I'm finding all sorts of new stuff I haven't seen before. This includes the Route 66 Spots blog, written by Syskia. Today's post shows a photo of a very old alignment of 66 in McLean, Texas. I'm pretty sure … Continue reading Seeing spots on 66

Is the Tri-County Truck Stop haunted?

The historic Tri-County Truck Stop on old Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Mo., is known by roadies for its good grub, especially its country ham, not paranormal activity. But Missouri Paranormal Research this month conducted what appears to be two extensive investigations of the truck stop for ghostlike activity. If nothing else, you can read … Continue reading Is the Tri-County Truck Stop haunted?

Fire destroys Oatman home

Ordinarily, a home fire without injuries is nothing I would get too concerned about on Route 66 News. But this home fire was on the main drag of the isolated Route 66 desert town of Oatman, Ariz. Fires are a huge concern in Oatman because the businesses are packed together, and firefighting help is about … Continue reading Fire destroys Oatman home