It was the best decision to drive all of Route 66 when Paul and I did. I could have put it off another year, or two, but had I done that, it would have never happened. I’m glad I did it when we did.
I started doing a detailed day-by-day and you’ll notice it stopped at Day 9. To our visitors and readers, I will explain why.
2018 came along and I caught the H3N2 virus. It had me down for 5 weeks. If that wasn’t bad enough, a couple of weeks after getting back on my feet again, I got a sepsis infection in my knee. Thinking that would be it, I felt like my recovery was very slow.
In June my wife convinced me to go back to the doctor. I was just brushing it off because I was “out of shape” after having the flu and the infection. I was in denial; it had nothing to do with being “out of shape”.
The doctor ran many blood tests (as of this date, I’ve had about 40 blood tests since June). She also sent me to an ENT specialist thinking I might have throat cancer. The next specialist was a neurologist who didn’t have an opening until the end of September. (It was June when I made the appointment.) A friend who is also an RN was being told about my symptoms. She called her sister who happens to be married to the neurologist who couldn’t see me until September. I was at the neurologist the next day.
It turns out I have a rare neuromuscular disease called myasthenia gravis (MG). With MG, the more you do, the more you damage your muscles and get fatigued. With MG there is no way I would have been able to do Route 66. In my current state, I wouldn’t attempt such a project.
The Future of This Website
I’m not sure about the future of this website. If the right person comes along, I might even be willing to sell the domain name to them. Otherwise, strength permitting, I might post updates from time to time.
I really had high hopes for this site, but one of my symptoms is “brain fog”. It interferes with everything that requires attention to detail. Currently, as I type, it is mild, but when it gets worse I can hardly read, let alone type.
I’m not one who is big on bucket lists. I think they are kind of silly. You should seize opportunities when you get them because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring.
So, instead of having a bucket list, if you want to do something, do it while you still can. I’m very glad I drove all of Route 66 in September 2017. Had I waited just a few months, I may have never been able to do it.
While You’re Driving Route 66
It is for that same reason while you’re driving Route 66, and you see something you like, stop and take a picture. If you pass it because you were driving to fast to stop, turn around and go back. You may never pass this way again, so grab it while you can.