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


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