Avid Route 66 traveler Drew Knowles has just penned Route 66 Quick Reference Encyclopedia (Santa Monica Press), an easy A-to-Z guide for road warriors of the infamous route, which hits shelves in July.
Among the quirky attractions on Route 66, theres the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, which is home to a sweet treat dubbed ugly crust pie.
Its the specialty of a long-time baker at the cafe who has mastered the delicious taste of her grandmothers old pies, but not the pretty crust.
Another Route 66 attraction worth stopping for is the Bottle Tree Forest in Oro Grande, California, where a folk artist has created structures out of thousands of glass bottles and materials found around the desert.
Knowles says the trees resemble artificial Christmas trees and are adorned with colorful tree-toppers made out of things like old skates and washing machine parts.
He suggests drivers take their time on the long route and pull over when something catches their eye, whether its a motel made out of tepees or a restaurant shaped like a giant sombrero.
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