Route 66

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.


Second of all, the long climbings, even there are some up and down hill but uphill most of the time, and the wind didn’t make it any difference for the downhill.

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. 

See this is the picture right after I got nosebleed.

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,[2] 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.

66号公路

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。
我原本的路线其实是一直走南方路线,因为最后要去拉斯维加斯,不管怎样都得要北上所以就干脆就新墨西哥开始沿66号一路骑。

然后每做一个新决定总是伴随着新挑战,第一天便不是很顺利。

首先是超强逆风,从沿海来的风据说这一周的风向都是从西往东,也就是说这一周都必须顶着逆风而行了,而且关键是这次的逆风比以往任何的逆风都要来的猛烈,下坡就是拼命踩也只能达到10左右的时速,就更不用提上坡了,有好几次甚至都被风吹的透不过气,我想这就是大多数骑行者都从西往东从加州出发的原因,而我的逆向而行确实给骑行增加了很大的困难。

第二是爬坡,虽有起伏坡,但是其实大部分是上坡,海拔上升了2000多英尺,而且因为逆风即使是下坡也完全感觉不到。

第三虽然这条路线风景优美,但是有些路段因为曾经废弃所以并不好走,就像今天骑到一段后发现前面的路只有沙地,车轮碾上去随时便会松软到摔倒,所以我不得已最后多骑了10几公里返回到了州际公路上,但也因此错过了今天66号公路大多数的美景。
这三个问题也将是接下来沿着这条我坚持选择的道路每天要面对的问题,逆风+爬山+未知的废弃路段。然而骑行就是一场未知的探险,有高山也有低谷,有河流也有沙漠,有好路也有沙地,有多样化的经历才会有难忘的回忆。

虽然新墨西哥没有我想象中的大片沙漠,但是它毕竟属于沙漠地区因为不可避免的沙漠气候,最大的一个感觉不仅是早晚温差大,还有就是流鼻血!这张照片还是刚刚流完鼻血后拍的,哈哈
连续流了三天后我一开始还以为自己得了癌症,后来听到别人也都有这样的问题我就放心多了,一定是以前脑残剧看多了!

一天逆风爬了120公里终于在晚上8点多到达,天已经渐黑而且气温骤降,没有多的时间选好地方便随便找了块空地支起帐篷,顺便说一下,在帐篷丢失之后我终于买到了心仪的帐篷,不仅轻而且能防风防雨还能打开防雨布仰望星空,哈哈我兴奋的就像拥有了一个新家一样,旅行中还能有什么比一个安稳的住所更奢侈呢?

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2 comments

  1. Dear CICI,

    I happened onto your posts while following the group my son, Doug Wertz, is riding with. You are riding west and they are riding east. What a brave young woman you are. Keep on riding and I wish you the very best of luck.

    Carolyn Wertz from California.

    Sent from my iPad

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