Exploring the Mother Road


Candy and Cherrie at Mr. D’z Diner in Kingman, Arizona

On our last leg of our cross country journey we got the opportunity to explore a bit of the Mother Road — also known as Historic Route 66. This Chicago to Los Angeles road bustled with activity in the 1920s to the 1970s, but it was eventually replaced by I-40 in 1978.

Today you can find remnants of the old road, and the roadside businesses along the way; but thanks to local preservationists there’s a very cool 41-mile stretch that you can actually drive along in Arizona. It makes for a fun diversion, and Cherrie loved the trip. It was like going back in time.

The road runs from Seligman to Kingman and along the way we stopped at old diners and shops and restored roadside businesses.


Candy at the Hackberry General Store on Route 66 in Arizona

The highlight of the trip was our stop at the Hackberry General Store. Suffice it to say that the owner is an avid collector, as he has a little bit of everything from the Route 66 generation — from gas pumps and old soda coolers to posters, license plates and even a 1957 corvette.

And of course, you just can’t visit Route 66 without stopping for a milkshake at an old soda fountain; so we pulled in to Mr. D’z Diner in Kingman to fill our order.

Then it’s was off to Las Vegas, and then home.

Home sweet home — where we were all overjoyed to sleep in our own beds. It was a great trip, but like they say…there’s no place like home!