Route 66 - Travelling on the legendary highway
Historic U.S. Route 66 has been experiencing a renaissance over the last several years. With the lower cost of travel to the US, more and more Europeans are discovering this two lane highway and the traces it exhibits of a bygone American era. And it's not just visitors from Europe that are cruising down the iconic highway - there are large numbers of Americans who are travelling the highway in search of the feeling of an America that was far less harried and fearful. The highway has also been called the Will Rogers Highway as well as the Mother Road. One of the first interstate U.S. Highways, Route 66 was opened on November 11th, 1926 with road signage erected in the following year. Originally, the highway started in Chicago, running through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, before ending in Los Angeles, California after it covered a total of 2,448 miles or 3,940 kilometers. It gained fame from the Route 66 television show in the 1960s which chronicled the travels of two young guys travelling Route 66 in a convertible Corvette. Further attention came when the highway was immortalized in the popular song of the same name written by Bobby Troup back in 1946. The rhythm and blues song was first recorded in that same year by Nat King Cole, and later recorded by several other artists including Chuck Berry in 1961, The Rolling Stones in 1964, Depeche Mode in 1987, Pappo's Blues in 1995, John Mayer in 2006 and Glenn Frey in 2012.
"Songwriter Troup conceived the idea for the song whilst driving west from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California, and the lyrics, which include references to the U.S. Highway of the title and many of the cities it passes through, celebrate the romance and freedom of automobile travel. In an interview he once said the tune for the song, as well as the lyrics 'Get your kicks on Route 66', came to him easily, but the remainder of the lyrics eluded him. More in frustration than anything else he simply filled up the song with the names of towns and cities on the highway."
"The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through, such as St Louis; Joplin, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; Gallup, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona; Winona, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; Barstow, California; and San Bernardino, California. Winona is the only town out of sequence: it was a very small settlement east of Flagstaff, and might indeed have been forgotten if not for the lyric "Don't forget Winona," written to rhyme with "Flagstaff, Arizona." - from Wikipedia
In the United Kingdom Essex-born English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg also recorded an anglicised version of the song called A13 Trunk Road to the Sea for a John Peel session. In his song it is strummed and sung to the same melody as the original, but the city names are replaced with English ones that lie along the route of the A13 Motorway. Bragg invites those listening to the song to Go motoring, on the A-thirteen.
Route 66 served as a major road for those heading west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported much of the economies of the towns through which it passed. Businesses along the route became prosperous due to the growing use and popularity of the highway, and it was these same people who later fought to keep the highway in use in the face of the threat to it posed by the opening of the new interstate highway system. But, unfortunately it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27th, 1985 after being replaced by the new system of interstate highways.
Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power
Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique
nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of
the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...
These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...
From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...
Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women
Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and
business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.
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Original Adventure Travellers
A different traveller has emerged in the current generation that are looking for more than just merely going sight-seeing. The new travelers are using their journeys to find where they belong in the world both physically and spiritually by immersing themselves in different cultures. Some use it to change their own perspectives and yet others use it as an opportunity to effect positive changes in the cultures they visit. But you do not need to have a mission to embark on your own journey. The following stories will provide a glimpse at what some of these new travelers are doing when they travel. Travelling is no longer limited to a matter of weeks spent away from a job, but has to many replaced the job with an occupation more interesting and fulfilling. Many of the reasons why people travel today are similar to the reasons why both men and women embarked on extensive journeys at the turn of the 19th century. One of the main reasons is that they want firsthand knowledge and experience of the world in which they live.
Often the modern day adventure traveller more than likely carries a pocket-sized digital camera, a credit card, cell phone and even a laptop computer. Travels on commercial airlines, on buses, by train or in a car. Sleeps in hotels, pensions or hostels occasionally if not camping out in a high-tech tent with a wind-proof stove, goose-down sleeping bag and Perrier water from a super-lightweight titanium flask. Gets up in the morning and puts on a pair of Addidas Cuzco hiking boots after pulling on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and slipping on a Helly Hansen Helly Tech waterproof, breathable textile jacket with several high-energy bars in the pockets. Most of the travellers adventure has been in waiting for UPS to show up at the door with the latest must have travel gear, so when its time to travel, it is a wonder that this traveller has not run out of cash and been forced to just stay home by the telly and watch the Discovery Channel. But that is not to say that all modern day adventure travellers fit this description. Many take on tough challenges, although not as extreme as their counterparts near the turn of the century. Arnold Henry Savage Landor, Isabella Lucy Bird and Thomas Stevens were not modern day adventure travellers, but saw and recorded more people and their customs on more continents than most modern day travellers - and did the majority of their travels on steamships, horseback or on foot. Read their travel books that are free e-book downloads in a choice of formats at the bottom of each of their pages.