Route 66 "The Mother Road"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 10Cup, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. bar-low

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    [​IMG]Route 66 came into Barstow Cal. and old hwy 58 met at first st. There is a Fantastic Rte. 66 Museum in Barstow Cal at the railroad Dept.
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  2. 10Cup

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    Thanks Cannonshot, always glad to hear from you!

    Bar-low, thanks for the info I will be sure to do that, would be good to hear your input and see the museum too. I have it way-pointed on my GPS route.
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  3. ajayhawkfan

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    Keep the pictures coming.
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  4. 10Cup

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    Thanks Eddie, will do. Loved your ride report down in Texas. Looks like it was fun. I am really liking my GS.
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  5. arizona rick

    arizona rick Chases squirrels

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    Nice to see someone else in love with 66. I will keep your email and try to find a connect when I pass your way. I will have the route completed by the end of next year.
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  6. 10Cup

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    Deal! I'll buy your lunch.
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  7. eakins

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    Not sure as I have not seen it yet nor involved in the project. I do know it's a different approach then all the other maps.
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  10. WYO George

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    Thanks for reply. I'm a history / Americana junkie so curiosity required I ask!
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  11. eakins

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    Nice. There is alot of that and more in these maps. We feature a wide strip of riding on either side of RT66 so you can explore the side roads too.
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  12. kojack06

    kojack06 Been here awhile

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    Great photos! Many thanks!
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  13. arizona rick

    arizona rick Chases squirrels

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    I have most maps of 66 as well as several books. I am happy to share with anyone who needs information. I have a lot of photos from our Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas trips. Only a small tad in Oklahoma, we turned south near Sayre to head to Houston, rather than flood this thread I will send drop box links to anyone interested.

    I can photo and drop box any of the 66 map and book information as well if anyone needs something.
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  14. 3SportBiker

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    Great offer Rick and I may take you up on this.

    I just did a trip from Vegas to Lake Havasu, AZ and was on old Route 66 for a bit. My bucket list contains a Moto-Camp tour of Route 66 from Chicago to California. I'm probably 5 years from making that trip actually happen, but it will. I am currently restoring a classic 1983 Honda GL-650 Silverwing Interstate and that would be THE bike I'd take on this epic journey. Those bikes were closer to 700cc than 650 and are loafing at 70 mph. Shaft drive and a huge fairing with side bags and trunk make them appealing.... at 60 mpg average. I have a GL-500 Interstate in mint condition, but it's just a tad too small for going coast to coast. It could do it, but buzzing along at 70 MPH at 6,000 RPM is a bit tedious for 2,000 miles.

    Thanks!
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  15. BELSTAFF

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    10 Cup:
    Really enjoyed your report on Galena Ks, My grandfather was a brakeman for the MKT & was killed in one of the last
    gunfights in Galena---The switching crew had taken their lunch brake at the saloon/restaurant in Galena & were in the dinning room when a gunfight broke out between two cowboys in the saloon, Gramps was hit by a stray bullet & was killed instantly.
    I lived in Kansas most of my life but only found out about Gramps misfortune a few years ago, might try to headback some day & do some research.
    Thanks again for documenting "The Mother Road" I now live in Arizona & get to travel many stretches of 66 on occasion
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  16. arizona rick

    arizona rick Chases squirrels

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    70 would be fine on a large portion of 66. While a lot of it is paved under or gone there is a huge portion which runs along side it. Many times within a mile and in sight. You could comfortably travel the route easily on a 500
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  17. 3SportBiker

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    Thanks, Rick. I love my Honda GL-500 Interstate, and for a 500 it is a good highway machine. However, the GL-650 is quite a step up. Even though it looks to be the same Twisted V engine as the 500, it is a totally different engine with a different gearbox and different bore and stroke, making is a much more relaxed long touring machine. And, believe it or not, the 650 gets better gas mileage than the 500 because of the lower gearing. So it's a win-win.

    So I'll be restoring a 650 and that will be the bike I will take on this epic journey.

    Thanks for all your help!

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  19. 10Cup

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    Thanks Belstaff, it was a fun ride and really enjoyed seeing some of the old cafe's, gas stations and other sights on the route. Sorry to hear about your Grandfathers demise however. I highly recommend anyone to ride this route, it is a great trip and many museums and history are available along the way. Safe riding.
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  20. BELSTAFF

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    Can't imagine to many making the stop over in Oatman except to wait till cooler temps & night time to make the final run at Needles & Barstow, but a photo or two submitted to help w/the memories of "The Mother Road"

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