A QTVR Trip Down Route 66

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This has been a merging of hobbies for me. First, my chemical photography hobby mortphed into digital and then merged into my Apple Computer passion. Then, after I acquired sufficent panoramic technology (camera, lens, etc) to allow the timely generation of QTVR spherical panoramas possible, my Route 66 hobby was rekindled and was merged also. Now my main hobby is the documentation of Old US Route 66 using QTVR Panoramas.

Below, I have inventoried the panoramas I have produced on 66 in geographic order east to west as if it was being travelled. These are the same panoramas that are in the Route 66 part of this web site but without any normal still photograpy.

I will add a Google Earth Bookmark file later that shows the geographic location of each panorama.

I hope you enjoy the QTVR trip down 66.

David S.

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NEW MEXICO

VR Panorama of downtown Glenrio. At one time this was a busy enough that 66 was four-laned through it. Now it is a ghost town. ('07)
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West of Glenrio old old dirt 66 can be driven through San Jon. ('07)
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VR Panorama of old old dirt 66 west of Glenrio. The road is in much better shape than it was when we drove it back in 1997 when it had grass growing down the middle towards the west end. ('07)
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VR Panorama east of San Jon back on the newer paved 66. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the remains of Montoya. ('07)
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VR Panorama of a picturesque railroad bridge east of Cuervo. 66 is sandwiched between the interstate and the railroad. ('07)
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VR Panorama under the railroad bridge. The water here has scoured the rock and etched it into interesting patterns. ('07)
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VR Panorama further north of the railroad bridge. Here the water cuts down into a brush-filled gully. I don't think this would be a good place to be standing if it was raining but is a definite photo-op location when dry. ('07)
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VR Panorama on hill just west of the railroad bridge. ('07)
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VR Panorama just up the hill south of Cuervo along the Cuervo Cutoff. This piece of 66 has been abandoned since the 30's. ('07)
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VR Panorama where 66 crosses a culvert. Someone must still use the road as they went to the trouble to fill in the washout that was there in 1997. ('07)
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VR Panorama where 66 cuts up through an escarpment along the Cuervo Cutoff. ('07)
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VR Panorama from the shade of a tree in a low spot on the cutoff. The road is starting to get rough the further south you go here. I made it in my old Mustang but I would recommend that a higher clearance vehicle be used unless you are used to driving this type of roadbed. ('07)
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VR Panorama approaching the south end of the Cuervo Cutoff. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken where the Cuervo Cutoff feeds into the paved roadbed into Santa Rosa. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the southeast side of the Santa Rosa Park Lake. It is fed by the same artesian flow as the Blue Hole nearby.
Old old 66 used to come into town on the street outside the park. ('07)
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VR Panorama in the southwest corner of Santa Rosa Park Lake. ('07)
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A view from the diving board in the swimming area of the Santa Rosa's Park Lake.
It isn't very deep here but you can see where the drop-off is just beyond the ropes. ('07)
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Santa Rosa's Lake Park swimming/picnic area. It looks like it was allowed to deteriorate from its heyday but is now being fixed up. ('07)
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VR Panorama from atop the old 66 bridge over the railroad tracks at the north end of the Los Lunas alignment. ('07)
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QTVR taken from the east end of the old 66 bridge over a desert wash east of Mesita. ('08)
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QTVR taken from the west end of the old 66 bridge over a desert wash east of Mesita. ('08)
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VR Panorama of the BIG rock along 66 near Mesita. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the picturesque cliffs along 66. This section of 66 is one of my favorites to drive as 66 snakes along the base of the cliffs. A definite photo-op. ('07)
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VR Panorama further along 66. ('07)
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VR Panorama of another big rock along 66 near Mesita. ('07)
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VR Panorama near the ruins of a Whiting Brothers gas station in Cubero. ('07)
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VR Panorama of a massive pot-hole at the Continental Divide. The motorcycle rider in the green vest is taking pictures from the interstate. I never was able to talk to them but they were driving down 66 also as we passed each other numerous times across OK, TX, and NM. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the hills west of the Continental Divide. They reminded me of the terrain that was used in the movie 'Cars' (except in the movie they were shaped more like actual cars. ('07)
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VR Panorama of cliffs close alongside 66 east of Gallup. ('07)
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