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Boy howdy. Ten hours of driving is enough to wear an old man out ...
I'm sitting at the desk in a cheap, stale-smelling Days Inn room on Interstate 55 about 200 miles south of St. Louis, in front of a large, framed mirror, and I don't mind at all admitting that I look a little rough. Did pretty good, though, after leaving the house around 9:30 this morning in a rented Volkswagen Jetta and heading for Chicago, to start my journey along historic Route 66, also known as the "Will Rogers Highway" and the "Main Street of America."
When my youngest daughter and I drove cross-country several years ago to visit my oldest daughter, we stopped for breakfast at a barbecue place in Memphis, Tenn., and ordered a couple of barbecue sandwiches. Yes, barbecue sandwiches for breakfast. I tell you what -- mouth-watering, tender, smoky barbecue meat with just the right amount of sauce on top of a bed of crispy cole slaw -- by the time we unwrapped those sandwiches and took a bite a little ways down the road, we both said we should have ordered two each. Fantastic.
Well, I had another one of those amazing sandwiches about an hour ago, back in Marion, Ark., just up the road from West Memphis. Melt-in-your-mouth pork, slightly vinegary sauce, on top of cole slaw and a home-baked bun. To top it off, a cup of sweet beans laced with barbecue meat. Good grief ...
So now, all that's left is a warm shower and some sleep, to get ready for the drive into Chicago and finding the original beginnings of Route 66, somewhere near Lake Michigan. From there, I'll head west, following one of the original cross-country highways to its finish in Santa Monica, Calif.
I'll be interviewing and photographing people and places along the way, so if you ain't got nothing better to do, follow along. I'll try and make it interesting.
Ciao, y'all ...
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