It is, perhaps, the most famous road in existence. Once a mighty highway taking people on the journey from Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 today lies somewhat forgotten. Here in California’s Mojave Desert, it is a small, two lane highway running parallel to the mighty Interstate 40. Today’s travelers zip down I-40 heading to somewhere better, not realizing what they are missing on that little side road. Until now, I had been one of those fast drivers, eager to get somewhere else. I-40 is about the destination. But Route 66? Route 66 is about the journey.

Rose Beardshear, Chair of the Tourism Committee served as local guide to Jonathan Berg, a young travel blogger who caters to those who want deeper experiences when they travel. He and Rose took a wonderful tour down Route 66 from Barstow to Newberry Springs. Read all about it here!