A trip around the world wouldn’t be complete without a journey down Route 66, at least according to Anna Grechishkina, a Ukrainian traversing the globe by motorcycle.
Grechishkina talked about her journey and the significance of Route 66 on Thursday at Lile’s Art Gallery, 2719 S.W. Sixth Ave. Gallery owner Bob “Croc” Lile is also a Route 66 enthusiast and met Grechishkina at an Arizona festival.
Grechishkina said driving the historic route was the most anticipated segment of her world journey.
“I really want to ride Route 66,” Grechishkina said. “I started in Los Angeles and will finish in Chicago.”
The original Route 66 was one of the country’s first highways when it was established in 1926. Author John Steinbeck christened it the “Mother Road” and during the Great Depression it ferried people escaping the Dust Bowl west to California. It has since been replaced by interstates, but a portion of the original road passes through Amarillo.
Grechishkina calls her world tour the I Have a Dream Project.
“It is just not to travel and enjoy myself,” Grechishkina said, “But also to meet underprivileged children and women and try to motivate them to follow their dreams.”
Grechishkina said her journey is an example of an ordinary person pursuing their dreams.
“No matter what life circumstances you are in, if you have a dream you should follow it,” she said. “Everything is possible in this life.”
Grechishkina plans to finish her world trip in October 2015 after visiting all seven continents. Donations and help from friends and family members have funded her journey so far.