Monday, June 30, 2008

Quirky Places To Get Your Kicks On Route 66

FORT WORTH, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Getting your kicks on Route 66 is as easy as pie – ugly crust pie.

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, there’s the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, which is home to a sweet treat dubbed “ugly crust pie.”

It’s the specialty of a long-time baker at the cafe who has mastered the delicious taste of her grandmother’s 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 it’s a motel made out of tepees or a restaurant shaped like a giant sombrero.

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