Route 66 -- The Mother Road

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  1. TucsonBill

    TucsonBill Tucson Tiger

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    We're lucky in Arizona to have a pretty good bit of 66 left. I think that you need to keep in mind that, while the actual road is gone, the sites along the route are still pretty cool! You can retrace the route, but not the road, and see historic and unique stuff. The little bit from I-40 south of Kingman, AZ over the hill to Oatman is a perfect example of why the original Mother Road was replaced! Imagine that curvy, uphill road on a 100 degree day in your '31 DeSoto and you'll see that the folks who went west during the dustbowl years were true Adventure Riders! Try searching Amazon for "Route 66" and you'll be amazed at the number of guides on that little two-lane.
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  2. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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  3. irish2themax

    irish2themax Adventurer

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    Not true...there is a LOT of Route 66 left.

    I am taking the trip next month...and then some..with two other retirees.

    These are the resources I used:
    GPS units, 8 map Route 66 series, Illustrated Guidebook to the Mother Road, EZ66 Guide for Travelers, Google Maps, Garmin gdb files, various Internet sites especially Legends of Americaand The Mother Road: Historic Route 66

    Google Maps has the sections of Historic Route 66 marked...just select Directions and enter the various destinations for each leg. Then click& drag route to Historic Rout 66

    Eg: Google maps from Joplin MO to Tulsa OK will take you on I-44. But you can drag the route to Historic U.S. 66 and it will take you through Galena KS, Baxter Springs KS, Quapaw OK, Commerce OK and Miami OK where there are a lot of Route 66 sights.

    If you have a Garmin GPS, the gdb site has separate files for each state with all sorts of extra files but you only need the westbound main route file for each state. I can send you the modified files.

    Right now, http://www.historic66.com/ is down but not sure why. Has never been down before
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  4. goldenrev

    goldenrev New Dream

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    Here are a few pics of route 66 near Amboy, CA (Twentynine Palms Area) I recently went through:

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  5. vespacar

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    Funny, I've been on parts of these routes but never thought that they'd go coast to coast. Thanks for opening up my eyes!! I'm in the beginning stages of planning a route 66/ Pacific coast Hwy trip in a few years time, so it's nice to have a few more options open.

    Cheers,
    Tross


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  6. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Me and some buddies did it a few years ago, it was an awesome trip
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  7. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I was first on almost all of that road many years ago, like probably before many of you were born, or in some cases, your parents. In those days there was no interstate, and it all came on line slowly. A bit of interstate here and there.
    It was a hassle. 2 lane all the way. Not unusual to get behind some old slow moving truck or bus and crawl along with no a/c (none available in those days), and no chance to pass.
    Or only to pass and get some speed only to run into some small hick town with a speed limit of 25 or 15, and you know they got law to back it up.
    The motels were over priced and dirty. The diners were over priced and had good food for the locals, but the traveler, well, they figured you would never be back anyway.
    There was dust and dirt, and heat.
    There is still some of the road out there, parts here and there.
    I believe there is a Route 66 museum, or several, and a Route 66 association, or several. Check the internet and your local library and you will find many books, and maps and guides.
    But take my word for it, the good old days were not that good.
    There is a lot to be said for modern conveniences.
    dc
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  8. vespacar

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    Thanks for this link, just what I'm looking for. Looks like a great group of people out having a good time. This just went to the top of my list.

    Cheers,
    Tross
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  9. wfopete

    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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  10. Solo Gato

    Solo Gato oh great, what now?

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    great info - thx
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