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The Route 66 Eclipse Journey: A Two-Week Round-Up

On August 9th, Amanda and I set out on a journey of a lifetime through 9 spectacular states in the United States of America. We were going for the Great American Eclipse, but we had also planned an epic journey along the historical Route 66 plus many detours before and after the eclipse! We travelled over 4.500 km, explored 9 states, saw countless natural wonders,…

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Driving Historical Route 66: St Louis to Chicago

The last leg of our journey on Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago, was supposed to be driven on August 21st after the total solar eclipse, but things didn’t go quite as we had planned. Getting out of the park, where we watched the eclipse, was easy enough, but getting from Carbondale to St Louis, where the last leg of Route 66 would begin,…

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Total Solar Eclipse ’17: Makanda, Illinois, USA

On August 21st, we witnessed one of the most unique natural phenomenons in the world, a total solar eclipse, this one known as the Great American Eclipse. Our great two-week journey through 8 states in the USA culminated in this spectacular event. This USA eclipse is my third total solar eclipse. I watched my first one on the Faroe Islands in 2015 and my second…

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The Amish Experience in Southern Illinois

On August 20th, a long-time dream of mine came true. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the Amish and their unusual lifestyle, which is about as far from modern society as one can go in a western country. The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christians, who originate from the Swiss Anabaptists. They are known for simple living, including…

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Driving Historical Route 66: Oklahoma City through Kansas to St Louis

On the morning of August 18th, we woke up early to eat a last meal with Alex and Kevin before heading back on Route 66 again. It was sad to say goodbye to them, and we didn’t really want to leave, but all good things have to come to an end, and we really needed to be in southern Illinois in good time for the…

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Driving Historical Route 66: From Amarillo to Oklahoma City

At 8 AM, we woke up after a good night’s sleep in the car at Amarillo Travel Information Center. Ahead of us was a short day with only four hours of driving and a few stops along the historical Route 66 before getting to Oklahoma City. It soon became evident that we had officially entered the Bible Belt area of southeastern and south-central USA, as…

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Driving Historical Route 66: Albuquerque through Santa Fe to Amarillo

For the first time since arriving in the USA, we allowed ourselves to sleep in on our seventh day. We were staying at a motel in Albuquerque after spending two nights sleeping in the car. Because we didn’t go to Death Valley after Las Vegas and went straight to Grand Canyon instead, we saved a day and decided to split up the last day before…

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Driving Historical Route 66: Grand Canyon through Natural Wonders to Albuquerque

On our fourth day driving in the USA, we woke up cold in our car at the mighty Grand Canyon. The night before in Vegas we woke up dripping in sweat. It’s remarkable how the weather changes so drastically from place to place in the same country. As I wrote in my previous post, we got up early to watch the sunrise over Grand Canyon,…

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Driving Historical Route 66: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon and Almost Death Valley

On our third day driving through the USA, we were woken up by two security guards at 5.40 AM at the parking lot in Las Vegas. They told us that we weren’t allowed to sleep in a car, only in mobile homes. So our day started early, but as it turned out, that was actually a really good thing. We were going on an adventure…

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Driving Historical Route 66: Barstow through Ghost Towns to Las Vegas

In the morning of our second day of driving the Route 66, we woke up in our cozy guestroom in Bea’s and Meredith’s house in Barstow. We ate breakfast with them, took pictures, hugged and said our goodbyes, and then we were off on the road again. It was a very hot day, reaching 37 degrees as we entered the Mojave Desert. The next part…