What is arguably the most famous road in America? Yup, Route 66. This was the classic road to the West before the big interstate push back in the '50s. The two-lane wonder way started in Chicago, IL, and ran all the way through the Southwest until it dead ends on the Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific Ocean in California. Along the way, you can see anything from a novelty motel shaped like some outlandishly oversized item to the Grand Canyon.
|The Mother Road|
Here's a harder question: what is my favorite car-based movie series (emphasis on series here)? Fast and Furious? Older. Cannonball Run? Not quite. Smokey and the Bandit? Getting closer, but keep going back. Gone in 60 Seconds? Nope, go a little older. Mad Max. I liked Mad Max pretty well, but the Road Warrior really cemented its awesomeness deep in my head.
|Yes, it wants to eat you, and yes, he'll let it.|
I like cop movies, I like distopia movies, and I like car movies; but the Road Warrior takes all three of those and makes a gasoline and testosterone fueled cocktail out of those as we watch a man slowly lose everything he ever had and then battle he way through the wasteland and fight for survival. If that wasn't enough, they built some of the most insane-looking custom rides to battle the elements and enhance the characters' personalities. I mean seriously, it's worth watching just for the cool old cars and what they did to them! My favorite is the old Ford wrecker that they cut the roof off of and replaced it with a speedboat windshield!
|How cool is that thing?! And look at how much utility it provides!|
|I strongly recommend checking out WastelandWeekend.com. It's super cool, and I also recommend watching the highlight videos from past years' events. Also, I want a limo like that.|
I know, but do you know where Torrance is? Just a few 'burbs south of Santa Monica. And do you know where I live? About 3 hours North of Chicago. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Because in Charlie's mind, 3 hours + route 66 = one bitchin' road trip to Cali in a Mad Max car! While it's not what I would necessarily want to drive down Route 66, I would still be getting to drive down Route 66. I'm still counting that as a win!
|Courtesy of Keri Kilgo|
I was hoping to do a big Route 66 trip after I got back from Alaska, but I think plans are gonna have to change on that one too. If I can find a way to swing going to this Wasteland Weekend, I'm gonna have to do it. So many fantasies coming true all at once if this happens. This would be way too cool!
|Courtesy of Cormac Kehoe|
|Courtesy of Cormac Kehoe|
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