“Blue line” highways


Here’s a few scenes from various road trips. In 2005, I drove all the way from Port Townsend, Wash. to the Mississippi Delta to explore blues history. For the most part, I took the “blue line” highways because they’re so much more interesting than freeways. I’ve been to all 50 states.

Photos by Barney Burke

Refueling my 1960 Thunderbird near Monterey, Calif.

A dragon chases cars on I-5 (OK, it’s an interstate, not a blue line highway) near Yreka, Calif.

U-Drop Inn, Route 66, Texas

Chinese ghost town of Locke, Calif.

Part of the old National Road, Maryland

Crops near San Juan Bautista, Calif.

On the highway to Selma, Alabama, is this once gleaming comfort food emporium

Well, duh - no services on Mercury!

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Many of the bridges on the old part of Route 66 in the Southwest are identical

There’s some great neon withering away on Route 66 in the Southwest

Built in 1939, the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is a Route 66 icon