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Get Your Kicks on Route 66, #1 2014 Trip

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bon voyage brunch at Patio Cafe last Saturday with yoga sisters, Brooke on the left, teacher extraordinaire Meg on the right

The countdown has begun in earnest now for The Last Hurrah, my final solo road trip in the wonderful 1984 Toyota Dolphin, aka Kurma (Turtle) Avatara. I will take blue highways from Conway to Yukon, OK, where I will jump on Route 66 for the rest of the trip to California. Besides visiting friends along the way, principally Connie in Albuquerque and Sam in Topock, AZ, I plan to visit Sedona and the Grand Canyon.

It's gettin' more and more real now with four days left until "lift off" on Saturday. With my usual strategy I will avoid freeways whenever possible, in favor of the slower, scenic routes. I will rendezvous in San Diego on June 16 with soul sister Diana, who is flying Maui to San Diego, and we will truck up the California Coast Highway 1 together to the exquisite San Francisco Bay Area, with a visit to yoga sister Dawn Summers first on the agenda.

And this is just the BEGINNING! I will fly to Ecuador in latter July or early August for yet another adventure exploring known and unknown territories of the land, the people, and the heart.

Here's a *picture* of life-as-I-see-it these days --

~ 6 new tires purchased CHECK
~ new battery CHECK
~ trip-ready maintenance CHECK
~ friend Juan-the-wonder-man assisting with myriad interior and exterior camper issues CHECK
~ wholesale order for herbs, vitamins, bodycare CHECK
~ books, supplements, clothing purchased for Ecuador family CHECK
~ tablet purchased for Amrita, Ecuadorian goddaughter CHECK
~ bicycle to The Ride for maintenance CHECK
~ EZ66 Guide For Travelers from CHECK
~ maps and tour books from AAA CHECK
~ decluttering and organizing home space prior to departure CHECK
~ etc.
~ organizing everything to be packed for trip, sojourn in California, and departure to Ecuador
~ haircut calendared for Thurs.
~ Robin is off Tues., Wed., and Thurs. this week, a gift from the goddess, since she is not only my soul sister, but also such a great and loving assistant
~ Robin and I will wash camper Wed. early morning
~ Robin and I will begin loading the camper in earnest Wed. afternoon
~ etc.
~ Sat. morning, May 24, depart Conway for initial four hours of driving and camping in OK on the first night
~ etc.

The incomparable Nat King Cole:


If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

Now you go through Saint Looey
Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo,
Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
Don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.

Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
-- music and lyrics by Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole and Diana Krall:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
_VALEO_ 6/2/2014 11:13AM

    It is such a pleasure to read that Turtle is back on the road! What an interesting trip on the mythic route 66 and a grand final in Ecuador!

¡Buen viaje! Bon voyage !

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GENKI_WARRIOR 5/30/2014 1:47PM

    Love you, dear soul sister!
Btw--this tablet is nice! Glad we each made the investment (well,you and sweet daddy-o)!

Looking forward to more entries about your adventures in to the heart and then some!


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FLORIDASUN 5/27/2014 10:07PM

    Maha...I am so thrilled for your exciting adventure. I'll be right there with you in spirit...what a wonderful exploring soul you have and what an adventure you will be able to share with us! I've resigned up for your blogs and I'll be holding onto my seat and waiting excitedly for your reports!

Safe travels and may love follow you every step of the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/26/2014 12:26AM

    I hope you're trip is well underway and FUN!

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INARI_FOX 5/23/2014 11:49AM

    Bon voyage!


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DAISY443 5/21/2014 1:21PM

    As a child, my grandparents lived in a small house on Route 66 and the mystic of that road has never left me. I remember taking a trip with them to California and having, at age 10 to change my first tire! Enjoy your trip and see the highway as it was in the 40s and 50s, before the advent of our superhighways that get us there quickly but don't let us see the small towns, hometown restaurants and tourist courts (motels once upon a time) and meet all the characters that traversed that way! Stay safe and have a wonderful trip!

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KALIGIRL 5/21/2014 8:18AM

    Sounds like a fabulous adventure and you are well on your way to start. I'll be with you in spirit!

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BILL60 5/21/2014 8:13AM

    Super blog and super upcoming adventure. Preparations appear right on. The very best to you.

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GOANNA2 5/21/2014 4:29AM

    What an adventure you will have. How I envy your drive
along Route 66. Have fun and enjoy every moment. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 5/20/2014 11:52PM

    Have fun, Stay safe & Enjoy!!

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KATRINAKAT23 5/20/2014 10:38PM

  Take me with you!! Stay safe and have fun.

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PAMSPARKS 5/20/2014 10:36PM

    Great blog! Best of luck for smooth travels and fun, fun, fun!

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SNOWYOGA 5/20/2014 8:27PM

    Sounds great Have a great time! I would say me to emoticon , but Monett MO. emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/20/2014 7:00PM

    Sounds cool sister! Wave hello to a house we own in Edmond, OK on your way through OKC!

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2014 5:49PM

    What a marvellous life you live -- wishing you all best on this year's adventures!!

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MRSBENNETT2 5/20/2014 4:34PM

    The title of this blog caught my eye and I'm so glad I clicked and read! What a fabulous adventure! Have a grand time and a safe journey. emoticon

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    What a wonderful journey.

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SUBMOM2 5/20/2014 3:21PM

    Wow, Maha! This is so exciting. Please keep us posted on the way if you get a chance, and have a wonderful trip!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/20/2014 2:48PM

    I look forward to hearing about your adventures as they unfold. Latcho drom!
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UMBILICAL 5/20/2014 12:28PM

  luv 66

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