AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The R Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the R Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

Route 66 – Here and There

Though we didn’t drive the entire route, we did hit a number of places on our trip along the famed Route 66.  Indeed, we got our kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 in Williams, Arizona
Route 66 mural in Moriarty, New Mexico
Route 66 mural in Grants, New Mexico
Route 66 carved into wood in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri
Route 66 signs at the Falcon Restaurant in Winslow, Arizona
Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico
Uranus, Missouri water tower with Route 66 sign
Big Route 66 sign in intersection in Winslow, Arizona
Route 66 Mural in Moriarty, New Mexico
Route 66 Hat from Arizona
Missouri Route 66 sign in St. Robert, Missouri
Visiting Route 66 in Barstow, California
Route 66 Shopping Center in Moriarty, New Mexico
Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Drive-thru Sign

US Routes and US Highways visited

As with Route 66, also known as US Highway 66, there are a couple hundred US Highways / Routes.  Here are signs from some of the US Routes that we drove on during our 8154 road trip.  As I have written often, I try to take back roads and US Highways whenever I can.

US Route 2 near Davenport, Washington
Routes 14 and 16 in Gillette, Wyoming
Route 16A in Hermosa, South Dakota
US 20 Terminus in Newport, Oregon – Route 20 is the longest continuous road in the United States.
US Route 30 in Astoria, Oregon
Route 34 in Philips, Nebraska
Route 59 in Marshall, Texas
Route 59 near Oregon, Missouri
Route 60 in Henderson, Kentucky
Route 60 and Route 84 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico
Route 61 near Cairo, Illinois. Also known as the Great River Road, it pretty much follows the Mississippi River
US Route 62 and Route 70 in Matador, Texas
Route 65 near Warsaw, Missouri
US Routes 70 and 84 in Farwell, Texas
Route 77 at state line between Iowa and Nebraska
Route 77 in Mead, Nebraska
Route 80 in Marshall, Texas
Routes 82 / 183 / 277 / 283 in Seymour, Texas
Route 87 in Happy, Texas
Routes 87 / 212 in Hardin, Montana
Route 93 and Route 200 in Missoula, Montana
US Route 95 in Searchlight, Nevada
US Route 95 in Moscow, Idaho
US Route 97 near Leavenworth, WA
US 101 in Coos Bay, Oregon
US Route 183 in Taylor, Nebraska
US Route 212 in Crow Agency, Montana

Raccoon – Point Defiance, Oregon

While driving through Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington, we came upon this cute raccoon.

Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington
Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington
Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington

Raymond, Washington

Raymond is along US Route 101 and has over 100 metal people.  The artwork is whimsical and fun.

Raymond, Washington
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People

Rex Museum – Gallup, New Mexico

Another great example of old Route 66 neon

Rex Museum old neon sign – Gallup, New Mexico
Roarin’ 20s Sign on Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico
Russell’s Travel Center sign in Moriarty, New Mexico

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The Q Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the Q Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

There are not many places that fit within the Q Stories category.  But, we did have a nice visit to Quitaque, Texas.

Quitaque, Texas

Quitaque is a small community of a little over 400 near the Texas Panhandle.  The town is located along Texas State Highway 86.  The townspeople pronounce the name of the town “Kitty Quay.”

The town prides itself as the “Official Bison Capital of Texas” because of the large bison ranch nearby and includes the official Texas Bison Herd.

Welcome to Quitaque
Downtown Quitaque, Texas
Large Bison mural in Quitaque
Another large mural in Quitaque
The Quitaque Water Tower…well, water tank anyway

Some Quick Shots from our Trip (none of them with a Q)

I took over 2500 photos on this road trip.  Here are a few random “QUICK” shots from the trip that wouldn’t be included otherwise.

Old Coca-Cola Machine in White Horse, Wyoming
Davey, Nebraska
Menu Sign at Big Sky Brewing Tap House in Missoula, Montana
Getting In-N-Out Burgers in Novato, California
Interstate 90 Scene near Superior, Montana
Signs near Lost Hills, California on CA Hwy 41
Hot Baths sign in Davenport, Washington
Drooling Buffalo at Custer State Park in South Dakota
Bigfoot in Langlois, Oregon
Tightwad Bank sign in Tightwad, Missouri
Old Texas Border sign near Vivian, Louisiana
Norbeck Byway Sign on US Route 16A near Custer, South Dakota
Long Highway near Searchlight, Nevada
Be Happy License Frame in Santa Cruz, California
Motel Room Beds at Rainbow Motel in Alliance, Nebraska
Route 66 Sign in Moriarty, New Mexico
Fun sign in Philipsburg, Montana
Antelope Relaxing in Custer State Park, South Dakota
Big Whale Mural in San Francisco
Festive Horse in Leavenworth, Washington
Sign at a gas station in Coeur D’Alene Idaho
Mural in Worms, Nebraska
Bald Eagle near Gillette, Wyoming
Family at the Grand Canyon
Old Truck in Waterville, Washington
Snow Geese migration near Dimmitt, Texas
Sunset over the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, California
Alien in Uranus, Missouri
Usually Open sign at Ohrmann’s near Drummond, Montana
Sheriff Art in Taylor, Nebraska
Yummy sushi at Mizu Hibachi Grill in Seattle
Montana Highway 1 near Opportunity, Montana
George Washington at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Restroom Sign in Alliance, Nebraska
Enjoying the Ride!

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The O Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the O Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

Oil City, Louisiana

After visiting Caddo Lake and taking a nice swamp cruise with Aaron Applebaum of Mystique Tours, we drove around the lake over to Oil City, Louisiana.

Welcome to Oil City, Louisiana
Oil City Historic Oil Rigging and Equipment
Oil City, Louisiana

Old Farm Vintage Antiques – Tulia, Texas

My daughter Marissa likes to visit unique antique stores.  We stopped at the Old Farm Vintage Antiques.  She found some nice stuff there.  Tulia, Texas is at the junction of U.S. Route 87 and Texas Highway 86.

Old Farm Vintage Antiques – Tulia, Texas

Old Shawneetown, Illinois

Old Shawneetown was actually on our stop list because of hits history.  The Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site is quite unique.

Old Shawneetown, Illinois

Oyster Capital of the World – South Bend, Washington

A drive down U.S. Highway 101 in Washington will take you through South Bend, Washington on Willapa Bay.  They claim to be the Oyster Capital of the World.  According to willapaharbor.org, one out of every six oysters consumed in the United States is harvested in Willapa Bay.  No, we did not try any oysters.

Oyster Capital of the World – South Bend, Washington
Welcome to the Oyster Capital of the World

Giant Octopus – Nipton, California

I have written about Nipton on a couple of posts.  Today, I bring you the giant octopus in Nipton.  It will grab ya!

Big Octopus as seen in Nipton, California

Ord, Nebraska

Ord, Nebraska is in the eastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills.  The town of about 2000 is in the North Loup Valley and is a scenic area. My drive through the town has a lovely old theatre marquis.

Welcome to Ord, Nebraska
Ord Theatre – Ord, Nebraska

Ortega’s Indian Market – Gallup, New Mexico

Driving on Interstate 40 east or west, you will see dozens of signs advertising Ortega’s Indian Market in Gallup, New Mexico.  You can’t miss the shop on the drive down Route 66 through Gallup.

Ortega’s Indian Market – Gallup, New Mexico

Opportunity, Montana

Back in 2019 I had seen a post on Facebook with a sign to Opportunity.  I looked it up and decided that it was to be on my bucket list so it can go along with my visits to Success, Prosperity, Romance and others.  On my trip in late January, we had the chance so I took it…  well, we had the opportunity to visit Opportunity.

The small 500 person community of Opportunity is right off of Montana Highway 1, also known as the Pintler Scenic Route.  It is just down the road from the old smelting town of Anaconda and its infamously pollution-belching Washoe Stack.

Opportunity, Montana
Opportunity Fire Department, Opportunity, Montana

Oregon

We took this sign while on US 101 entering Astoria, Oregon after crossing the amazing Astoria-Megler Bridge that spans the Columbia River.  It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.  The bridge is 4.067 miles long and was the final segment of U.S. Route 101 to be completed between Olympia, Washington and Los Angeles, California.

Welcome to Oregon
The Astoria-Megler Bridge as seen from Astoria, Oregon
Driving over the Columbia River from Washington and approach to the Astoria-Megler Bridge

Old Truck and Gas Station – Lemon Cove, California

An old deco-style Richfield Gas Station in Lemon Cove, California.  This was likely built around 1942.

Old Truck and gas station in Lemon Cove, California

Owensboro, Kentucky

Owensboro, Kentucky Water Tower

Oglala National Grassland – Nebraska

Driving north from Alliance, Nebraska to South Dakota, we drive through the Oglala National Grassland, near Crawford, Nebraska.  The Oglala Grassland is the best place in Nebraska to view pronghorns and a popular place to view prairie dog colonies along the site’s northern border.

Oglala National Grassland – Nebraska

Ohrmann Museum and Gallery – Drummond, Montana

The Ohrmann Museum near Drummond, Montana
Ohrmann Museum and Gallery – Drummond, Montana
Fun sign at Ohrmann Museum
Go ahead and sit on the turtle
Lovely scrap metal eagle and not so lovely selfie

Ohio River Scenic Byway – Old Shawneetown, Illinois

The Ohio River Scenic Byway is probably one of my most favorite drives in the United States.  It covers nearly 950 miles as it meanders along the banks of the Ohio River through Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  The drive begins at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers near Cairo, Illinois and then up the river to Indiana. It then weaves its way near Cincinnati and then across the state to East Liverpool, Ohio.  We grabbed this photo near Old Shawneetown, Illinois, not far from Cairo.

Ohio River Scenic Byway – Old Shawneetown, Illinois

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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