I finally caught up the Route 66,the road i have been dreaming of riding, since I have to hit to Las Vegas eventually, so it’s best for me to go up to the north from Albuquerque. However, the new challenge always comes with new choices, I got several problems for the first day riding.
First of all, the killer headwinds really got me, the wind always comes from the west coast, it was even much stronger than I thought, i had to pedal really hard even at the downhills , not mention to the uphills, I could barely reach 5mph.
Third of all, I didn’t even successfully ride on Route 66, cause when I was trying to follow the trail I found out that it was only sandy road ahead, it was even hard to walk with my bike on the loose sand, then I had to turn back to catch the interstate 40, which took me 10 more miles. I got the same problem when I was entering into New Mexico, so I ended up riding on 25 all the way to Albuquerque, it was nice to ride on shoulder, but I can’t stay on interstate if I don’t want to miss Route 66, so I gotta try it again, everyday will be like a challenge cause you never know what kind of road you are facing. P
New Mexico isn’t like as massive desert as I thought, a lot of greens still, but I could feel the desert climate by nosebleed,it happens every morning after I got into NM, I thought I got a cancer,but I got assured by someone who has the same problem as me.
It passed 8 after i hit 80 miles with headwinds,and it was getting colder at night so I just camped on a vacant land , I finally got a decent tent at a Regear outdoors in Albuquerque, it is pretty light, I feel so excited to move into my new house!
Life is hard but it will get harder if you don’t fight for it! I’m going to fight with the headwinds now!
U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of Americaor the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System.
US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km)It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
US 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and the road supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.
US 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, after it had been replaced in its entirety by segments of the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name “Historic Route 66”, which is returning to some maps,Several states have adopted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into the state road network as State Route 66.
今天正式开始了66号公路之旅，这条曾被称作美国”母亲之路”或”寻梦之路”的州际公路，东起芝加哥，西至加州洛杉矶的圣莫尼卡，共穿越8个州，跨越3个时区，全长3943公里，它的传奇色彩不仅源于曾是美国东西交通的大动脉，还因为它在美国人开拓西部的历史上起到了重要作用。19世纪末，66号公路还是一条只能走马车的土路。1926年，政府投资将断断续续的道路连接起来，这一修建工程为大萧条时期的美国提供了上万个就业岗位，成为当时众多工人维持生计的救命稻草。 历史上，中西部还经历过一场大干旱，上千平方公里的土地变成了寸草不生的荒地。66号公路再一次成为穷困潦倒的农民的救命线。当时许多人收拾起仅有的家当，沿着这条惟一通往加利福尼亚的公路逃亡至西部去开拓新的生活。66号公路被美国人看作是当年追寻美梦的康庄大道。随着66号公路的发达，往来旅客增多，沿途乡镇相继地发展起来，小型商店，驿站应运而生，提供旅客加油、餐饮、购物的服务。逐渐地这条公路的声誉大涨，它见证了20世纪初美国市井小民的生活，其历史价值，不只是段公路史，也成为了美国现代化的缩影。 因此它是美国人的寻梦之路，也是美国人的母亲之路。它是乡村歌手一直咏唱的”Country Road”，在这条路上孕育出了很多音乐文化，电影文化，汽车文化。
之后由于方便快捷的州际公路的出现，这个老家伙也被迫退役，于1985年从“美国公路系统”中被抹去，历经了繁华兴盛到没落衰败，它的今昔，至今仍常驻许多美国人的脑海，念念不忘。于是在1990年，分别在亚利桑那州和密苏里州成立了“66号公路联盟”，同年，密苏里州更宣布此路为“州历史公路”（State Historic Route），并且设立了“历史66号公路”（Historic Route 66）路牌，重新回到美国地图。