When you’re in Arizona …. “Don’t forget Winona”

Let’s face it, but for the song, Route 66 wouldn’t be the draw of international travelers that it is… I mean you don’t see vast numbers of people coming to the US to travel on the Cumberland Road, or the Lincoln Highway for that matter … that said, if you’re doing 66 you HAVE to make sure you pull of I-40 at Winona

“If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that is best
Get your kicks on Route sixty six
It winds from Chicago to LA
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route sixty six
Now you go through Saint Looey
Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty
You see Amarillo
Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona
—-Don’t forget Winona —-
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
[Keep in mind I started in California and am headed East]


SO… I’ve done it… I’m sitting on a road in the middle of downtown Winona Arizona, and suddenly understanding why the line of the song is, “don’t forget Winona”. There is almost NOTHING here. IMG_0016In fact for the most part it’s a Gas Station directly adjacent to I-40/Route 66…  and then if you stay on the road all you see is a few houses. That said…IMG_0015When I went back to the gas station I told the guy that I was sure I wasn’t the first person to say this, but they really needed to put a sign outside that said “don’t forget Winona” at which he laughed, and said, “you said the magic words” and he gave me this bumper sticker


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