Mission Statement and Rules
This is a set of rules and expecations regarding this trip.
This is NOT a speed run. The point of this trip is to take it easy and see the country along one of the oldest highways.
I am not going to be truly 100% accurate with the route. Since much of the route has been upgraded to Interstate grade, it's nearly impossible to follow it to a T. Most people, including historians, don't even know at this point what is considered "original." I am going to take the routes that are shown on Wikipedia and the official website to make it as authentic as possible, but of course it's not going to be perfect.
When available, I will take frontage roads and historic highways that are likely the original highway alignment. I am avoiding Interstate travel as much as possible. I am not going to pain myself by analyzing the route, and go with what feels natural and unrushed.
I will stop at as many historic and interesting sites as possible.
I will camp as much as reasonably possible, but I may indulge in a hotel/motel on occasion for places where safe camping is limited. Also to be able to have a reliable shower and good nights sleep.
I will eat at as many local restaurants as possible and avoid chains.
I will stop at as many local stores, markets, general stores and mercantiles as possible and avoid chains.
I may take side routes when possible for exceptional sites.
I will stop at as many local coffee shops and roasters as possible and avoid chains.