Day One and there is great buzz as we board the plane to Chicago, where we are met at the Airport by representatives from the Emerald Society and Sherriff’s Department, Chicago.
Day Two is our first day on the road takes us through Joliet to Springfield Illinois, the “Birthplace of Route 66”
Day Three sees us winding through the roads to Chain of Rocks Bridge, downstream from where the Missouri and the Mississippi met, and on to St Louis. We head to the Meramec Caverns, reputedly the hideout of Jesse James, and then to Rolla for a civic reception hosted by Rolla Chamber of Commerce, Community and Police/Fire brigade Departments.
Day Four and we are in Mark Twain country, Joplin and onto Tulsa, visiting the infamous Route 66 Museum in Claremore.
Day Five in Oklahoma, as the song goes; the wind comes sweeping down the plains. This is always very true as we pass through the suburb of Yukon – home of Garth Brooks.
Day Six Amarillo, Texas into New Mexico is flat, dry and dusty. This is Navaho Nation territory, and that flat county continues through to Tucumcari, Santa Rosa and Clines Corner and onto Albuquerque.
Day Seven we cross the lava bed wilderness, the Bad Lands, the Continental Divide and into Gallup for the Night
Day Eight and we are now in Arizona where we visit the Petrified Forest national park and the fantastic landscapes of the Painted Desert. Then onto Winslow Arizona, to “Stand on a very Famous Corner”, as you do.
Day Nine Flagstaff Arizona, home of the Grand Canyon and Sedona, a truly special place. Perfect for the well-earned rest.
Day Ten sees us visit the spectacularly scenic Sitgreaves Pass. A spiritual place where Route 66 Travellers have for many years been leaving mementoes of lost loved ones , so we pause for a whiles and remember. Down the mountains from the Pass is the town of Oatman, an old mining town. The donkeys that once worked the mines are now living wild. From Oatman we go for a detour over the Colorado River and into Laughlin, Nevada.
Day Eleven and the bikes get a makeover, and are washed and polished in preparation for our last big day on the road.
Day Twelve and two by two we are escorted by police outriders who man the junctions for our entourage using lights and sirens all the way down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills to the coast at Santa Monica. Then on to the famous Pier for the celebration of an epic trip, with speeches, applause, champagne and congratulations all round.
It is hard to put into words how grateful we are for our Route 66er’s support. They bring so much joy and energy to our hospital and they are a vital part of our lifesaving team in Temple Street. On behalf of our little patient’s thank you so much for all you have done, and continue to do.