Route 66 End to End
It's A Lock
Another Scenic Byway and another canal boat ride. Also got to drive on the
oldest concrete street in the US.
The entire length of Route 66 (Ohio style) and plenty of canal sights.
I've certainly gotten some kicks on historic US-66 and I'm sure that more
are waiting. But the nearest point of the road that winds from Chicago to
LA is about 300 miles away. Another route 66, this one an Ohio state
route, is barely fifty miles from my door. It is, admittedly, a weak
substitute for the eight state Mother Road, but a drive along the Ohio
version was bound to happen. That the southern half of OH-66 comprises the
Miami and Erie Canal Scenic Byway helps make up for
the absence of Arizona tepees and Oklahoma whales. I was somewhat
familiar with the
Ohio Byways web site but a friend's mention of it lead to a visit and
the discovery of some nice remodeling since I was last there. I also
discovered that another scenic byway,
Maumee Valley, begins less than 30 miles from the
northern end of OH-66. The two byways and the state route with a magical
name seemed like natural components of a nice weekend drive.
Of course, I'm not the first person to venture the length of OH-66 and not
even the first to devote some cyberspace to it.
Here's James C. Schul's version.