Archive for May, 2009

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To amend my last post: I mean no disrespect to the Mother Road or to those who love it. I love it, too. Route 66 crosses my road near one of my favorite landmarks: the Flamingo Motel, outside of Limen, Illinois. But this much you can’t argue: Route 66 isn’t a forgotten highway. Not by a long shot.

I’ve lived on the Odd Trail my whole life, although I’ve grown up in three states in the same town. Fixture, the town I grew up in, has actually changed states a number of times during my own lifetime (which isn’t that long a span of years). The Missouri-Arkansas border Fixture sidles up to has been re-surveyed over and over, and every time it’s re-surveyed, Fixture residents have to change their driver’s licenses. A couple of times Fixture residents even turned out to be Kansans. This is the kind of thing that happens on my road; it’s just a weird place. Ambrose Bierce, for instance, supposedly wrote no less than ten of his short stories with the Odd Trail in mind. Supposedly those are ten of his weirder stories.

I love Ambrose Bierce. I love him almost as much as I love my road.

Anyhow, I love my road, so I decided to start building it a website. This is that site; I know it’s not much to look at now, but stop back by again soon. You’re going to love exploring the Odd Trail.

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Welcome to the Trail. Your maps are useless here…

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…and so are your navigation instruments. Live by the old maps and the directions of toothless old-timers. Follow the signs painted on the sides of barns, and do not fail to stop at any restaurant with a large animal-shaped mascot on the roof. Pause for a beer at the Reno, but don’t listen too closely to the words of the song the battered old musician by the bar is singing. And whatever you do, don’t leave the Trail–it’s a big world out there if you stray from the road.

Route 66 is for wannabes. Welcome to the Odd Trail.