John just presented a Route 66 image last week and that reminded me that I have something to go along that theme for quite a while. It was such a while that I even have forgotten about it until John's image popped up on my screen.
John gave a nice intro to Route 66 but here is a short description in case you missed it.
Once Upon a time in the West … there was a road from the Midwest to the West. To be more precise, from Chicago to Los Angeles. The road was called Route 66. The road was replaced by a modern interstate highway system and the old Route 66 which connected all the little towns between Chicago and Los Angeles lost its funding. Route 66 went into decay and many of the little towns too.
Some old parts of Route 66 are still there and in the meantime Route 66 transcends into a myth and glorified in a Pixar movie - Cars 1 & 2.
Present image was done somewhere along a preserved portion of it. The little town of Amboy is lost in the Mojave Desert.
Very, very nice Peter. The road in and around Amboy is in pretty good condition the last time I was there, but getting there from the west is another story or even a road. :) Potholes, cracks, missing road, max speed about 40 mph, etc., all taking its toll on your vehicle, seems like loosening every nut on the frame. The road east is not so bad and somewhat interesting.
I like this image for its B&W format, but especially for the its, low key approach (I think that is the correct label). I like the light sparkles in the blacktop it draws the eye. The "Peal-out" marks makes the scene come to life.
Ahh this is so cool ... pedal down, fire away :-) Where is Peter Fonda - haha. You can somehow feel the blistering desert sun in this image. I like the b/w a lot but I could also see it in its natural color with a hint of yellow-white "sun" on the sides. Not sure. I have done bits and bites of the old road, some more touristy than others. Maybe I forgot but I think I have never seen the 66 sign painted to the road itself. Very cool find, love the tire marks, it adds so much to the feeling of moving. Okay it should be slow and easy but if nobody sees it, hehe, well a little speed won't hurt either on the empty desert roads.
Sorry, I'm running late to the trip down the historic route 66. There is such a strong sentiment on this route, and somehow it's legacy lives through our generation, and hopefully continue to many more...to come.
I have always like the POV of the road with a perspective line toward the vanishing point. Black and white is classic for this type of image. The skid mark is a reality of the road being driven on and it bound to happen, it break up this otherwise perfectly clean road...
I like Elaine's comment best! My Dad loved driving trips and National Parks. Growing up in Winslow, I've been over this route many times although we often travelled at night with my parents taking shifts to avoid the summer heat. Oh, the things we tried to stay cool! HLJ, Pat