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US Guys: What About Route 66?  
User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

I´ve been planning a long car trip through US, and would like to know your comments on the historic Route 66 from Chicago to California.

Thanks  Smile


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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

If memory serves, 66 is cut up, and not a complete route, anymore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_66

We traveled on a few bits of it in 1972 on a trip from Texas to California, and what I recall of it, it was kinda sad....



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

I've driven on almost every mile of the path Route 66 takes through California, just in the normal course of doing things. The only original pavement I drove on out of all those miles was the mile or two connector between the Needles exit off I-40, and the road that goes north towards Laughlin, NV.

If you haven't seen it, the site below has turn-by-turn directions and other resources for following the old highway. I bookmarked it at some point when I was searching to see how much of the Mother Road still existed. Have fun on your trip!

http://www.historic66.com/description/



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

Hope you have plenty of time. The bits I've seen of it is thru small towns, and low speed limits.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40013 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 1):
We traveled on a few bits of it in 1972 on a trip from Texas to California, and what I recall of it, it was kinda sad..

What kind of car were you in?  Smile



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Much of US 66 was bypassed and/or replaced by I-55/44/40 from Chicago to LA. There are a few preserved sections of US 66 left. The longest is in Arizona. From looking at Mapquest it begins @ Exit 139 off of I-40 west of Ash Fork, parallels I-40 to Seligman, goes north, then swings back south to Kingman; meeting back up with I-40 there. IIRC it is tagged as AZ 66 all the way.


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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 3):
The bits I've seen of it is thru small towns, and low speed limits.

And speed traps - for many of those towns, tourists and tickets are about all that they've got going for them anymore.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 5):
From looking at Mapquest it begins @ Exit 139 off of I-40 west of Ash Fork, parallels I-40 to Seligman, goes north, then swings back south to Kingman; meeting back up with I-40 there. IIRC it is tagged as AZ 66 all the way.

I was born on (next to) Route 66 in Kingman. The piece described above was one of the last stretches to be bypassed - my father was a foreman for Peter Kiewett on much of it. To be honest, there's not much to see - once you've seen an old Arizona dessert town you've seen them all.



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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6912 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
The only original pavement I drove on out of all those miles was the mile or two connector between the Needles exit off I-40, and the road that goes north towards Laughlin, NV.

Yup- traveled it myself, along with most of Route 66 from Flagstaff to Chicago.

I'm as nostalgic as the next guy, but acknowledge and am grateful for the advent of the Interstate superslab after seeing old Route 66.

 Wink


User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

I can speak for the part of it that trails through Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's now called Central Avenue. Lots of oddball businesses along the fifteen miles 0f 66 that pass through the city. Plenty of wonderful art deco facades remain. On the West side of the Rio Grande, you can make a diversion to one of the side streets near Old Town (the old plaza) and find some really great Mexican food.

User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Be sure to stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand in St. Louis, right on historic Route 66  Smile

There are a couple more towns in Missouri where the route still survives, but most of it is I-44. If you hit Flagstaff, AZ at the right time of year, it is absolutely beautiful. Good luck if you decide to do it!

Texan



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

Historic Route 66 is fairly well marked in southern California. It runs through the Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga area as Foothill Boulevard. The house I grew up in in Claremont is a couple north of 66.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Suggestion: do the Alcan. Then let me know how it was. I've been planning to do this for years but "can't get around to it"!  Smile


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26704 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 1):
If memory serves, 66 is cut up, and not a complete route, anymore.

Actually, you can still follow the complete alignment of Route 66.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

There's a song from the 1940's called "Route 66" that was written by this man:



Yep...the guy who played Dr. Early on "Emergency," whose wife is standing right behind him.

The Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode both did a great covers of the song.

If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way,
Take the highway that is best --
Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route 66.

Now you go through Saint Looey
Joplin, Missouri,
and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo,
Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
Don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.

Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66.

[Instrumental Interlude]

Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66.
Come on in -- get your kicks on Route 66.
Get your kicks on Route 66.


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1658 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
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In 1962, I took a Trailways bus from New York City to Los Angeles. Westbound I took the northern route but eastbound I took the southern route and we took Route 66 from LA to St. Louis. I can remember Route 66 going through almost every town along the way and when the bus would go past the local drug store or newsstand and if there was a red flag hanging out they would stop to pick up passengers. They did this all the way to St. Louis and than ran express to New York City.

I got to see so much of America from the bus, a lot more than today’s interstate highways. Of course it took a lot more time, but who was in a hurry then, like today.


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1687 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
The only original pavement I drove on out of all those miles was the mile or two connector between the Needles exit off I-40, and the road that goes north towards Laughlin, NV.

I know exactly where that is. I live in IFP in the winter and get to Route 66 in IGM when I go up there to spot.


User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 9):
Be sure to stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand in St. Louis, right on historic Route 66

I'll second that!!! Its been some time since I have been there, but I believe that they are open year round.

TW



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
I've driven on almost every mile of the path Route 66 takes through California, just in the normal course of doing things. The only original pavement I drove on out of all those miles was the mile or two connector between the Needles exit off I-40, and the road that goes north towards Laughlin, NV.

I was a passenger on 66 many times in the 50's and 60's when we went from CA to Nebraska to visit relatives, and drove what was left of it once in 1973. What a great road....


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Route 66 is I-40 here in Oklahoma, though you can take the original in some parts. It goes through very small towns, and can be interesting. But I don't think the small nostalgia of the road justifies the hours upon hours of driving you will have to do compared to the interstates. Anyway, all those historic towns are capable of being reached via exits on I-40. (I-40 runs completely across the US East/West). Oklahoma is notorious for drug busts because I-35 (North/South), which comes from the Southern tip of Texas intersects I-40 in Oklahoma City(The drug trafficking crossroad). All those drugs from Latin America have to go through OKC to expand West and East.

UAL


User currently offlinePbottenb From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 18):
Route 66 is I-40 here in Oklahoma, though you can take the original in some parts. It goes through very small towns, and can be interesting. But I don't think the small nostalgia

Sounds like fun. Last weekend I went geocaching along Route 66 near the Amboy Volcano Crater between Ludlow and Essex in the Mojave Desert...IMHO by far the most fun stretch, and most beautiful if you like the desert. Rte 66 diverges from I40 just outside of Barstow...just try and go through this stretch in the winter...It was wonderful last weekend 65F in the day, 45f at nite....

cheers

PB


User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9494 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 9):
Be sure to stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand in St. Louis, right on historic Route 66 Smile

bah! Ted Drewes is severely overrated.

Detour just a tad up Laclede Station Road into Webster Groves College Town area and get Serendipity instead. much better. ;p



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 13):
The Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode both did a great covers of the song.

Asleep At the Wheel does a more swing-type version of the song.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Rode as a passenger in a brand new Chrysler 300 over the stretch from Williams AZ to Barstow CA back in late 1961. The TV show "Route 66" With Martin Milner and George Maharis was very popular at that time and I kept hoping to hear the Nelson Riddle theme song on the radio.
http://www.tvparty.com/route1.html

Finally got to drive major parts of Route 66 in the summer of 1966. Came over Tehachapi on 58 and picked up Route 66 at Barstow. Drove it all the way to Amarillo where I turned off, southeast to Fort Wolters Texas for pre-flight training.

It was an interesting drive. Picked up a hitchiker in Arizona, who pulled a knife on me but then didn't have the stomach to go through with robbing me. Kind of deflated him when I saw the knife and laughed out loud. (he was not adequately armed)

Later that same day a local mountie pulled me over for downhill speed. I'm sitting there with my door open, fishing for my driver's license when he says "What was that?" and pulls his pistol! I didn't laugh at that! I thought he'd gone crazy but a pack of coyotes took off from the bushes right next to my car and he drew a bead on one of them but did not fire.

Ran out of money in Amarillo and had to sleep in my car - ironically, in Goodnight Texas.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 22):
Kind of deflated him when I saw the knife and laughed out loud. (he was not adequately armed)

Slam, you so need to write a book. You could be the male version of Auntie Mame.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 22):
http://www.tvparty.com/route1.html

"Maharis ... had been arrested previously on a charge of lewd conduct after propositioning a vice-squad officer in a Hollywood restaurant restroom in 1967 but, hey, that could happen to anybody."

 rotfl 



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

You might want to check out this DVD:

It is a slide show of photographs taken by Russell Munson (FLYING subsrcibers will recognise the name) from his Piper Cub. He also narrates, though he spends to much time talking about the hotel room in Tucumcarri, NM. He also skips the portiong of 66 between ABQ and the Arizona state line. $29.99 at Sporty's Pilot Shop

Trivia Time:
Runway 8/26 at the Santa Rosa, NM airport (I58) is part of the original Route 66.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 25, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 13):
There's a song from the 1940's called "Route 66" that was written by this man:

Damn, that was the first think I thought of when I saw this thread, that is an excellent song. The Manhattan Transfer do a very mellow, bluesy version of this song, I like it a lot.



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