"Maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there - the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be, because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process, we come after all, from hunter gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And, the next place to wander to, is Mars. But whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad you’re there. And I wish I was with you.”
— Carl Sagan
A road through the Painted Desert in Arizona. The National Park is a popular Route 66 destination.
Route 66 - Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Route 66 in California: The End of the Road
(Image from Wikipedia, text from Greetings from Route 66; The Ultimate Road Trip Back Through Time Along America’s Main Street)
Route 66 from the Colorado River to the coast at Santa Monica is largely intact, with only a few short sections truncated or obliterated under the modern highway system.
At the western terminus, preservation is largely the result of the
explosive metropolitan growth that swallowed the highway with surface streets and boulevards.
The remainder survives for the same reason the ruts of the old
Mohave Road, the scars from World War II maneuvers, and Native American trade routes survive: this is the harshest climate in the United States and increments of centuries, not decades, mark change.
The hottest temperatures in the nation, often for days at a time, are recorded in Needles, California.
This, and the fact that the country to the west is a vast desert
wilderness with very limited services, gave rise to a lucrative service industry that met the needs of motorists, first on the National Old Trails Highway and then on Route 66.
An amazing number of these business locations survive, though in different
guises from original intent.
There are even vestiges from the years before the automobile and the airplane nudged the railroad from prominence, such as El Garces [hotel], a former Harvey House on the square.
Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.
~Marcus Terentius Varro,De Re Rustica
Selected by Hans-Jürgen Sommerfeld
1963 Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe