|Trace The Mitten|
Happenings, Reflections, Ideas, Analysis
I am moving along but I took some days off over the last two weeks. The days of fall have been great but I know that the good days may disappear at anytime. When the temperatures turned too cold last winter I went inside. I will miss the outside rides, but I can't handle the cold air.
I remember the Devil's Tower from the movie Close Encounters and I still want to get there some day. This is in the Black Hills and it is the first National Monument. It is 867' from the base to the top.
Just as I was finishing the Route 66 Virtual Tour I received information by a virtual tour they were sponsoring. During my first virtual tour I could see how I was motivated to cycle longer and more frequently. The weather is nice and I will explore another area that I have not ridden, so here I go again.
The final day, just like the first day of the trip , had too much traffic. I was happy to stay safe. You always have to really stay alert because drivers just do not see bikes. Lights and bright clothes do not make you safe, your caution makes you safe.
On the way I have a few stops and I had to see the Rose Bowl. I am a Big Ten football fan and I have always wanted to make it there.
This guide book published in 2001 was very helpful as I virtually traveled along Route 66. Of course, some of the places have fallen further into disrepair. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone traveling the route. I also used Google to provide photos and information. I am so glad that I was able to complete this tour.
This is a town of 50,000+. Elevation of 774', 87 degrees today, west wind at 9 mph, 30% humidity ( I can tell I am out of the desert. In 1887 the railroad came through and that helped develop this town as we saw in so many that the route goes through, but these towns have hung into the 21st century. Let's take a look at why during this post.
Like many communities, electric railways became a popular way to travel within and between cities prior to the popularity of the automobile. The line went from San Bernardino into Los Angeles. In the 1930s as freeways were being planned a center space was set for the electric railway, but that was never added.
Like many communities, by the 1950s the popularity of the street car had passed. More people enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of the car. Cars increased status. Bus routes were more economical. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Electric You can read more about it at this link.
Fires throughout the west is a major news story. This area is currently not experiencing a fire, but we pray that the over 100 fires in the western states can become controlled and that the residents can get to safety. The picture above was from 2014.
The temps got back into the 90s, wind at 9 and 11% humidity. The elevation is a little above 1000'. I think that I will be going through cities that really grew during the 20th century. This town was mainly rural until World War II when Kaiser Steel opened opened and now over 200.000 residents