Former Route 66 motel site in Albuquerque will be apartments

An apartment complex is proposed for former site of the Silver Moon Lodge near downtown Albuquerque, reported the Albuquerque Journal. However, the developer will pay tribute to the motel and its Route 66 roots by reusing its sign. DBG Properties, a division of GSL Properties in Portland, Ore., has applied for $8 million in revenue … Continue reading Former Route 66 motel site in Albuquerque will be apartments

Route 66 in a hand bike

Longtime readers may remember Norberto de Angelis. The Italy native was a football player who became paralyzed in a car accident. After his recovery, he decided to pedal the length of Route 66 in 2009 using a specially equipped hand bicycle. This 26-minute video documents his journey. The narration is in Italian, but it should be … Continue reading Route 66 in a hand bike

A peek at Disney’s Cars Land float

If you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day, keep an eye out for Disney's "Destination: Cars Land" float. The Disney Parks Blog provided a sneak peek of the float at its warehouse in Asuza, Calif., before the flowers are affixed. The Cars Land theme park is inspired by … Continue reading A peek at Disney’s Cars Land float

Cruising with Earl Grant

This performance by Earl Grant has become one of my favorite performances of Bobby Troup's most famous song. I like the easy groove of this tune. This recording came out in 1966 on a tribute album to Nat King Cole, who'd died of cancer the previous year. Cole popularized Troup's "Route 66" in 1946 … Continue reading Cruising with Earl Grant

Fun with mounted cameras

As the quality and portability of high-definition video have gotten better, we're seeing more of such clips show up on the Internet from the Mother Road. This video, which included mounted angles, comes from Poland: Route 66 clip from on Vimeo. The song is "Route 66 Revisited," by Jimmy LaFave. The song can be … Continue reading Fun with mounted cameras

Cars Land can be found in Florida, too

Everyone who reads this site knows that Cars Land, based on the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs in the movie "Cars," became an instant big attraction when it opened this year at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. It's not quite as elaborate, but Cars Land also has arrived at Disney World's … Continue reading Cars Land can be found in Florida, too

Update on the “Mother Road Revisited” project

Natalie Slater posted this video update about her then-and-now "Mother Road Revisited" photography project, including an exhibition coming to Tulsa in April 2013. Route 66 The Mother Road Revisited - Then and Now from utulsa on Vimeo.

Seligman Sundries’ Year in Review

The good folks at Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Ariz., put together this "Year in Review" video of some of the tourists who visited. Disclosure: I make an appearance in the film. Think tie-dye. Music is The Road Crew, doing their version of Bobby Troup's "Route 66." You can download the song here for … Continue reading Seligman Sundries’ Year in Review

Three hours of Christmas music

If you still need to wrap presents or have time to kill, relax with more than three hours of Christmas music:

“18 Wheels to Bethlehem”

Somehow, this video and song by The Mighty Lumberhorn winds up being reverent as to "the reason for the season" and is wacky at the same time.