Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where Did the Pilgrims Really Land in the New World? US Route 6 Has the Answer

Historic Route 6 begins and ends at oceans and in flamboyant, artsy, entertainment-rich towns.  Beach resort, Provincetown, MA on the Atlantic Ocean is home to a proud gay population and draws tons of tourists every summer.  Long Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, for many just a suburb of Los Angeles, is rich in glitz of a similar sort.  What’s in between is a virtual time-line of American history; remnants of the Revolutionary War Era in New England, particularly northern Connecticut, gives way to living and historic sites of  Westward-Ho pioneers who made their homes in the plains and prairies of Iowa and Nebraska and rugged strivers who sought wealth in the stark silver and gold mining camps in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.

Tiny Route 6 towns are unabashedly proud of their offerings.  Some have to embellish a bit, but hey, that’s advertizing! Wilton, Iowa celebrates the “World’s Oldest Ice Cream Fountain.”  Rural Hudson, Colorado is home to probably the only 100-year-old roadside eatery with a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef- The Pepper Pod Restaurant.   In LA, the old Route 6 boasts the “largest concentration of pre-war movie palaces – built in the 20’s and 30’s – in America.” There are thousands of these stories.

Route 6 travels through two towns called Brooklyn, and neither are in New York.  It touches two oceans, traverses a Great Lake, crosses most of the country’s major rivers, runs through five state capitals, and climbs, exhilaratingly, up and over the Continental Divide.

I'll be starting out on May 20th from where the Pilgrims REALLY landed in the New World - Provincetown, MA. I'll climb to the top of the Pilgrim's Monument and describe the view......

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave your comment here: