2 Sisters, 1 Tank of Gas and Endless Route 66 Memories

My sister and I getting our kicks on Route 66 - this spot was near the Rainbow Bridge in Kansas.

My sister and I getting our kicks on Route 66 – this spot was near the Rainbow Bridge in Kansas.

On Friday, June 7, my sister and I jetted off to sunny St. Louis, Missouri for a three-day Route 66 road trip courtesy of Ford. Ford challenged participants to travel from St. Louis, MO to Tulsa, OK on historic Route 66 using a single tank of gas. The vehicle of choice for the trip was the all-new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

I am one of several writers that cover green automotive topics for the Mother Nature Network and my full write-up will be on the site soon but in the interim, allow me to share some of my pictures from the trip.

Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid on the historic Devil's Elbow Bridge, which spans the Big Piney River on Route 66 in Devil's Elbow, Missouri.

Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid on the historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge, which spans the Big Piney River on Route 66 in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri.

The beautiful tree-covered road that leads to Meramec Caverns on Route 66 in Missouri. Not many tree-lined streets here in Arizona.

The beautiful tree-covered road that leads to Meramec Caverns on Route 66 in Missouri. Not many tree-lined streets here in Arizona.

Sign welcoming Route 66 drivers to Miami, Oklahoma. I'm originally from Miami, Arizona so I had to take a picture of this sign.

Sign welcoming Route 66 drivers to Miami, Oklahoma. I’m originally from Miami, Arizona so I had to take a picture of this sign.

Mickey Mantle's boyhood home in Commerce, Oklahoma on Route 66.

Mickey Mantle’s boyhood home in Commerce, Oklahoma on Route 66.

Get an 'alinement' at R&M Motors on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma.

Get an ‘alinement’ at R&M Motors on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma.

My hotel room at The Campbell Hotel in Tulsa. The Campbell is a boutique hotel located in an historic building and room 224 is called the 'Campbell Couture' room - I loved it!

My hotel room at The Campbell Hotel in Tulsa. The Campbell is a boutique hotel located in an historic building and room 224 is called the ‘Campbell Couture’ room – I loved it!

It was a long three days but my sister and I had a blast. This was the first time we’d done anything like this and I have to admit, I’m surprised we waited this long to plan a little sisters’ getaway.

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Comments

  1. Two years ago we did a tiny stretch (though it seemed long!) of Route 66 from the start in Illinois to Springfield. We actually rented a Ford Flex (bah ha ha – and used a single tank of gas.) Loved the car because it held the three kids, my mother (who has trouble getting in and out of most larger vehicles) and us.
    Route 66 was magical though and I spent a good bit of time daydreaming about a longer trip down Route 66. The plug in hybrid seems to be a good way to go. I loved the flex but had gas guilt in a major way. (and wondered about all the people in our area I see driving them with no passengers)

    • What a fun family trip! I agree, Route 66 was magical. Just thinking about the history of the road and the people and automobiles that traveled it before us was, in itself, exciting. My sister has never driven a hybrid and she did great – better than I did, even!

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