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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:

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