Guest Blog: Jeremy Hubbard – Husband, Dad, News Anchor, Traveller and Adventurer and Son
Where are you originally from? Glenwood Springs, Colorado
What was your favorite part of Route 66? Mojave Desert in California, loved how remote it was and loved picturing the sense of adventure that the early Route 66 travelers must have experienced knowing that the ocean was just a few miles down the road.
What advice would you give to those who are inspired to also travel Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California? I would have a guidebook and plan at least two weeks for the trip. We did it in 9 days but it would have been nice to have some extra time to explore.
What is your favorite place in the world to travel? Germany! I love the food and I love the beer! and the scenery is pretty good too. But mostly the food. And beer.
Jeremy’s Inspiration: One year ago, I was sitting at my dad’s 65th birthday party in Wichita, KS, when a lightbulb went off: why not spend his 66th on Route 66? He’s a real nostalgia buff, and his own parents ventured west to California seeking new opportunities when they were young. So it seemed like the perfect fit. We spent the next 12 months planning the trip, combing through guidebooks and deciding which roadside attractions to see. And on Thursday, July 24th I left my home in Denver, picked him up in Kansas, and we headed to Chicago to start our journey. We spent nine days on The Mother Road, and it was a hoot! A lot of driving (I logged a total of 4,848 miles!) but worth every minute. A great bonding experience with my father, and spent his 66th with him in a unique way (we celebrated with steak and ice cream at a restaurant in Gallup, NM). And it was also a chance to see what life was like in a simpler time. Parts of the road have disappeared, but the sense of adventure remains all these decades later… (Check out the photos below and for a complete video of Jeremy and Ray’s trip on Route 66 click here:)