We Got Our Kicks On Route 66

by Houndstooth on

Bunny here at the keyboard sharing an adventure I shared with Küster this weekend.

Pausing on the Street -- Tales And Tails

Pausing on the Street

It was really a pretty busy Saturday for us, but we really enjoyed it.  Our first stop was the Riverfront Market, of course.  This time, however, there was really something for everyone.  Naturally, we went and got cheese from the Walnut Cheese truck.  This time Mom got Blueberry Cheddar.  Don’t let the name fool you, they won’t share any of that stuff even if it is named after one of us.  You’d think they were eating gold or something.  However, the cheese isn’t the part that was exciting.

I Spy Something Pink -- Tales And Tails

What is in that fabulous pink booth?

As we walked into the market, we saw a lovely pink booth.  I had to see what was in it, naturally.  So, we walked up and imagine my delight and surprise as we saw that it was for Grey Girl Farms.  The lady who runs it has Greyhounds of her own and she fawned over me a lot.  Küster tried to horn in and steal my thunder, but she knew that I was really the star of the show.  Anyway, she was selling dog treats and we bought a bag of bacon flavored treats.

I can’t wait to go back to the market next week now that they have something for everybody there.  That was a wonderful surprise that we weren’t expecting, but it made the farmer’s market about more than just being petted by everybody.  Not that I don’t enjoy being adored by the crowd, mind you.  It’s just nice to have other good things to look forward to, as well.

Grey Girl Farms -- Tales And Tails

Grey Girl Farms

After we left the market, we weren’t done, though.

We had an errand to run.  Mom will probably write more about that adventure tomorrow.  However, it involved us visiting another of our favorite stores, Big R.  We like Big R because they are dog friendly and encourage people to bring their well-behaved dogs in to shop with them.  We drove out through the countryside to visit the one in Gibson City and did a little shopping.  Of course, everybody there wanted to pet me, too.

I knew we were in a great place when they told us their high school mascot is the Greyhound.  It suddenly made more sense why everyone there liked me.  The whole town has great taste, if you ask me.

Finally, on the way home, Dad made a surprise stop.

We stopped in a little town called Towanda.  Part of the old Route 66 goes through the town, but they don’t use the road anymore.  Instead, they’ve made it into a neat place where you can walk and learn more about the glory days of Route 66.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it was designated in 1926 and ran from Chicago to California.  During the 1930s it carried Dust Bowl farmers to California, during World War II it was used to carry supplies across eight states and in the 1950s people discovered the joy of the road trip as the car became something most people had.  There were all kinds of cool places to stop along the way in small towns and travelers did wonders for their economies.  When the Interstate system started, it became a much faster way to travel across the country, but I doubt that it’s as much fun as stopping to see all those roadside oddities was.

Registration -- Tales And Tails

Care to sign in?

In Towanda, there’s a stretch of the old road that’s preserved that’s almost a mile long.  As you walk down the road, you see signs from each state that the road ran through.  It was fun to see little tidbits of history as we walked along.  Somebody has been taking a lot of time to make it into a nice place for people to visit, which is nice since people come from all over to try to reconnect with the history and nostalgia that goes along with Route 66.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to show you some other parts of the old road as part of a future adventure.

Map of the Road -- Tales and Tails

Black Tornado on the Map

All of our adventures seemed to take us a step back from the modern world this weekend, and it was a nice change.

No, we didn’t get out and get close to nature, but we did get out to connect with other people and the history of our area.  Sometimes we don’t realize how cool our own backyard can be.  I’m not saying that I don’t like my modern conveniences, like air conditioning, but seeing things from the past is a lot of fun.  There’s definitely something to be said to taking to the open road with your human.  Sometimes you need a step back in time to realize how good you’ve got it in the present day.

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  • Rottrover

    What a fun weekend! Our farmers market doesn’t allow dogs cuz they serve food there :-(. Towanda sounds like a very interesting place to visit!!

    Bart

  • Sue

    Always love to see The Infidel:) Bunny sure rocks her lovely collars.

    Think you need to move to the town that has the Greyhound as it’s emblem:)

  • You have the best adventures! By the way, I love your leash Bunny!

  • sara, oreo and chewy

    We live near a route 66, but I’m not sure it was ever part of the historic route 66….. Hmmmm, I’ll have to look into that.

    I went to our farmer’s market on Saturday, and can you believe NO ONE was selling dog treats?! They really need to get a vendor for that, since I saw many dogs at the market. I’m sure they would sell a lot.

  • What a wonderful outing. And how cool that the Market has something for everyone and every pup. So where the treats yummy?
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • Jen

    What an fun weekend you had! The Old Route 66 would be something I would love to see one day!

  • My bucket list includes traveling Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago. Can hardly wait for the day to check that one off of the list. 🙂

  • Amy

    Towanda!!! You must live very close to where I grew up (Hudson); I had a friend who lived in Towanda. Of course the Route 66 walk didn’t exist then. Route 66 did though!

  • What a super cool day! The booth was made for Bunny…finally. One of my dreams is to travel Route 66 from Chicago to California. That would be so much fun.

  • Pink greyhound booth… who would have thought!

    To answer your question about teaching the dogs to hold stuff in their mouths…. If you look at my series on teaching retrieves (upper left side of blog) you can usually switch them over to a holding anything you offer. I start with toys and then play around with other objects.

    When I finally get to something like a dumbbell, I usually have to go through a short period of forcing them to hold… I know there are videos of Maddie doing this. But when they will readily put their teeth on something, but not yet hold it, I will use my hands to force them to hold briefly. This is offensive so they struggle a little, but as soon as they stop, I take the object and jackpot them. You have to keep a careful balance of making sure you do not create a bad experience so I make sure the reward is way over the top so they are left thinking… that wasn’t so bad and they are willing to do it again. It should progress quickly.

  • What a fun adventure you all had. Our grey hound group actually does a weekly Meet & Greet at a local large farmer’s market April to November. The greyhounds are a big hit and of all our M&Gs, it’s one of our best. The new treats sound wonderful!

  • Jen

    Your farmer’s market sounds much more exciting than mine! Though I do hear tell somebody has homemade dog treats at mine this year. I haven’t gone yet.

    The Route 66 museum thingie looks interesting and educational!

  • YOUR backyard might be “cool”….try living in the Detroit area….lol……not so much!

  • Very cool! I have heard of Route 66, but what I really took an interest in would be those bacon treats…did they even make it home or did you snarf them down on the spot? They sound super yummy!

  • Looks like a great day. Since we have been from one rendezvous to the next to the next, I would say we are living in the past for sure. And loving it.

  • Hi Y’all!

    Sounds like a really fun trip!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Bunny, you always have such great adventures. We love the history lessons we learn from your posts.

    Too bad about not getting any of that yummy cheese, but we bet those bacon treats were a super tradeoff.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • Bunny & Kuster, you are sooo lucky to have so many great adventures. My mom says if I was better behaved she would take me more places…but that behavior thing is tough. Love the pink booth – that’s so perfect for you Bunny.

  • I’m jealous of your farmer’s market. Especially since they serve dog treats. What a winner.

    We have a beautiful farmer’s market. But it’s jam packed They have people directing traffic in the parking lot. They don’t allow dogs and I have to agree from the pure safety aspect.

    Looks like a lovely day with a fun variety of things to do.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    You got to the coolest places. We’re moving in

    Benny & Lily

  • I love driving Route 66. I want to drive the whole thing some day.

  • That sounds like a great adventure to me!

  • I do remember those Burma Shave signs well (I know, it dates me). It’s cool that Bunny and Kuster were able to go to the market with you. They don’t allow dogs in the farmer’s markets here in Portland. 🙁

  • What a fun time! And the dog treat lady sounds really pawesome. Not just a pink tent, but one named for greyhounds??

  • How did I miss Towanda when I drove rte 66??? It looks really cool.

  • I just love her pink striped collar! How cute is that? And it’s so thick too. Sounds like an awesome weekend. 🙂

    xoxo,

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    http://www.caninesandcouture.com

  • What fun! The Mother Road runs right through Tulsa. I’ve traveled it all the way down almost to Oklahoma City. Well, there was a stretch near Tulsa when I had to find a real road. And up north of here, into Claremore, it’s WAY cool. Blue Whale. Biggest cement totem poles.

  • KB

    Wow, what an awesome day, especially for a greyhound, Bunny! The treat booth and then the town with you as their mascot. Wowee! And then Rt 66. I didn’t know much about it (except the Dillon song). Thanks for the history lesson! What fun.

  • Lorenza

    That cheese sounds yummilicious!
    Sure you had a great time!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

  • A farmers market that allows dogs sounds like a pretty cool place. I love Route 66–used to drive along it all the time, in different places, when I lived in New Mexico. Thanks for the cool memory.

  • What a wonderful, fun filled, day! You have the greatest adventures, Bunny. I think every farmer’s market should have dog treats, shouldn’t it?

  • There is a Deli in Toronto that sells cheese with blueberries in it. I try to limit my visits to once a month.