by Peter Paton
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Well if you ever plan to motor west
Just take my way that's the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66
Well it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66
I drove across America on Route 66
from LA to Chicago and I loved every bit
with the wind at my back, and Fogerty on top form
I followed that straight line, on the journey of a lifetime
hot dogs and pastarami, swirled down with diet coke
sweltering in the Grand Canyon, where the Colarado river flows swift
sojourned in Sedona, where I aligned my spirit and soul
taking it easy with the Eagles, while outside the coyotes howled
traversed the glorious Utah plains, mesmerized by magic Canyonlands
took a detour down fabolous New Mexico, to view the magnificent hieroglyphics
cut through the Lone Star state with a Texan swagger
Houston was a calling, and Galveston's sea waves were crashing
dined on New Orleans's crawfish, while the Cajun played
Alabama blues were a wailing, as the sun sank on the Indian sacred sites
followed the Missippi with Georgia on my mind
breakfasted in Savannah, while Ray Charles crooned
tracked the Florida glades, Tallahassee was way cool
started climbing the Carolinians, with my foot on the gas
kept my eyes on the rear mirror, making sure no sheriff was on my tail
hightailed into Illinois, Chicago is my favorite place
Indiana was calling, and Ohio was on the horizon
crossed them Virginians, and roared into Washington DC
the end of my pilgrimage, in our great nation's capital
standing outside the White House, where Dubya rules
I smiled within myself, looking back on two and a half thousand miles
Boy that was fun, I'll need to do this again
Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
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|Reviewed by Joyce Hale
|I enjoyed every mile with you, Peter, and every song, and every bite to eat, and every magnificent view! It brought back my youth! LOL
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Thanks for the jolly ride Peter!!
|Reviewed by Paul Williams
|Thanks for the trip Peter enjoyed, got to do it on a Harley though.
|Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger
|for some odd reason, the Ricky Nelson song came to mind: I'm a travelin'man, made a lot of stops , all over the world...
well, this poem of yours was a fast-paced travel tour for sure, thanks , Peter. Mary
|Reviewed by A. Santo
|You're a trip.. ;). Good day to you dear heart.|
|Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
|Yes! My husband and I drove that route twice! I was young, wide eyed, excited and in love! He took me from California to Michigan and back again, showing me many..... Sorry, I digress. lol! Great descriptive poem, Peter. As you can see, I really got into the spirit of your poem.|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Can I come along?? *grins*
Wonderful write, Peter; very well done! BRAVO!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :)
Thanks for your book! I will enjoy it, I know! :)
|Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
|This verse and Route 66 have come into my life a few times in the past few days. I heard the song a few days back...went too see "Cars" and it is about a small town that lost it's businesses when the interstate came through...and racing (go see it) and James Taylor's song about small towns. So much of America is thrown to the side because of interstates being faster but duller. What's more important...getting there quicker or enjoying getting there with memories?
Love and peace and rote 66!
|Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
|If it's alright with you, next time you go, can I come too, I've seen practically all of OZ, so I'd like to go where Gumpy woz....
|Reviewed by Linda Dousay
|...Houston was a calling, and Galveston's sea waves were crashing
dined on New Orleans's crawfish, while the Cajun played...
Gives me chills, Peter! You know Texas is painting the numbers on the roads again...interstate! I think we're coming full circle here...and what a world for writers! Linda
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Gettin One's Kicks on Route 66 is something I've been enjoying most of my life - I actually live fairly close to the beginning of old Route 66, and I've often put the petal to the metal on it - taking in all these fabulous sights. Used to like the old TV series, Route 66, too!|
|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|nothing like the open road.
love this piece, peter!
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Next time do the return journey. Love to do something like that in a motorcaravan...|
|Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
|It's for certain you've covered more of this country's territory than I have...even still, we have crossed a few of the same paths...mine the lower route west and then a swing up for a taste of Utah, on to Colorado and Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. You have to see Big Sky country. I have done the east from Maine to Florida and the coastal South...to New Orleans. There are just so many places I want to see..and take my sweet time doing the side roads...create a few stories in good company along the way. I don't want to miss a thing!
Thanks gor sharing your journey!
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|I live just a couple of blocks off of Route 66, Peter. Here in Albuquerque, they have kept most of the old buildings in tact and fixed them up so that they are now businesses and galleries, theatres, etc. I love to walk along Central Avenue and feel the ghosts from the past making their way down that once long and dusty road. Nice feelings in this, Peter, I hope you make it out this way again. There is so much to see all the way along Rte: 66.
|Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
|What a super adventure you've taken, Peter - Geez, even Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock had nothing over on you in their '60's Corvette convertible!
Love the way you weaved this all together, Peter - very artsy, I should say!
I've been through most of those states myself, and I loved The Route 66 TV show, obviously. The best part though, was that theme song!
Thanks for the memories - yours, and mine!
Hope you get to pass through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania sometime during your life...especially in the Autumn. We are known for its Blazing Beauty!
God bless you, Peter! love&prayers, Rhonda
|Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
|Sounds like a fun trip.|
|Reviewed by A PAX
|lol I need .........want........
a vacation now
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Peter you did what I did in reverse;-) My niece and I took turns driving, when I moved to California from Illinois. I first went to check it out so we took our time and stopped in most of the states you mentioned. This was our most extended trip. She stayed in California , I flew back to Chicago. Then a month later drove out with her husband but we took a different route, a shorter one. You sure stirred my memories in this journey, thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed your word painting!|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Whadda trip! I have covered many miles on that famous road myself. It is Flagstaff, Arozona that bummed me out . . . Another story, a long one there. Good poem, man, especially giving old Fogerty some play. Keep on Chooglin' . . .|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|Very interesting, Peter!
Sandie May Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|Never made it all the way, but loved it for a state or two...love the collage as well...Ed|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons
|Thank you, Peter, for bringing back some delightful memories of places I haven't seen for awhile. A truly lovely poem. :) Elizabeth|
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|I Drove It Twice Towed 2 Cars--My Corvette & My Olds,i.e. I Drove My 73 Olds Cutlass At Speeds Over 100 mph-I Made California Less 3 Days-All By My Lonesome(Tow Olds)I Wish I Still Had 73 Olds Cutlass-Gave It My X G F!
2nd Time I Didn't Have Listen To My Screaming Kid...
Brings Back Crazy Memories(1st Time X Almost Drove Us & Vette Off Okie Turnpike-Cross Winds Were No Excuse-Stupid Broad...
|Reviewed by jude forese
|i really enjoyed this poetic sojourn across route 66 ... you inspired me to try it out one day and get a taste of southern american culture ...|
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|After flying and driving across Canada I can only imagine what Route 66 is like but might be a trip on my motercycle some day. Thanks for stirring my wonder lust.
|Reviewed by L. Figgins
|I collect Route 66 memoribilia. So much of our American folklore swept along that neon, gas station and motel path. Hey we've been driving ever since, looking for shangri-la. Was a lot more fun when the speed limit was 85 tho, lol. Cool write. Did I say that?|