The Adventure truck sees a lot of wear and tear while it’s taking me to explore the depths of Route 66. Lots of things on the truck take a beating. Every so often these consumables need to be replaced… Tires, batteries, wipers, seals, and hoods. – Hoods?! Yep. The signature Roamin Rich Route 66 shield that graces the hood
of the adventure truck takes a beating. Tree limbs, bird droppings, hail storms, rocks, you name it. This being the case I have decided to replace the hood with the 3rd generation. It will look the same as the 2nd generation hood. You’re probably thinking… “what about the first generation hood, Rich???” Answer: The first generation hood is in my collection. It not only has the Route 66 shield on it, but it also doubles as a canvas. Many notable icons of the road have signed and immortalized their being on the adventure truck hood. It’s a prized possession of mine because some of these legends that have signed the hood are no longer with us. When the time is right, the first generation hood will be displayed at a museum for all to enjoy.
I wanted to give my special roadie friends the opportunity to own the 2nd generation hood. So on December 1st, 2016 I announced that the hood was available to anyone that would in consideration donate a sizable amount of money towards the Save the Meramec River bridge campaign. This campaign targets the old reverse truss bridge east of Eureka that used to serve the ghost community of Times beach and most recently the Route 66 State Park. However the bridge has been stripped of its deck and threatened with being dismantled if a new owner doesn’t step up to take possession.