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post #1 of 14 Old 02-24-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of doing the old route 66 ( or what is left of it) in a year and was wondering if anyone has done it lately.

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I did the whole thing (like you said what is left of it) back in 2004 from Chicago to Santa Monica. I highly recommend it!

The pic in my avatar was taken on Rt. 66

After many years and many dreams I have realized my goal of riding in all 50 states!

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I've just finished watching a TV series where Billy Conelly (SP?) did it on his VW trike. A very interesting and honest take on what is left of 66.

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Thanks guys and I'll have to see if I can find that tv show on the net

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You need to pick up a copy of this book and take it with you. It was very helpful in finding our way on "The Mother Road." Three of our five cross country trips included different sections of old 66.

Historic Route 66 - Route 66 : Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion

You may also consider this:

GPS Travel Guide - Route 66

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Back in the 80's one of the bike mags had a great Roadtrip story on 66 that has stuck with me as a profound story. It had a lot of pics of the ghost town or near ghost town sites along the former, bustling route. The rider interviewed a lot of folks that were hanging on by a thread who talked about the way things were. It was something. A lot of sections were already barely rideable then (30 years ago).

Years later, watching the movie Cars with the kids, I was obviously reminded of it. I might have to check out that book.

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Peter Egan wrote an article for Cycle World where he and his wife rode an 80's Suzuki GS1100 from Chicago to California on what was left of old 66. It's in his first book, Leanings. I highly recommend the book and its sequel. All great stories.

Amazon.com: Leanings: The Best of Peter Egan from Cycle World Magazine (9780760336571): Peter Egan, Allan Girdler: Books

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I bet that's the article I was talking about! I will have to pick that up.

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Guess there is lots of reading and viewing todo over the next year, won't be bored at least

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I bet that's the article I was talking about! I will have to pick that up.
You won't be sorry, Ottawa. I've read that book probably 10 times. Awesome read.

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Here is the post from my trip. I'm sure some of this stuff is gone by now, but you get the idea. As others have mentioned, check out some route 66 guidebooks and maps.


https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...tour-2980.html

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I've done part of 66 as well. Heres a shot somewhere in Oklahoma I believe. I didn't do a lot on the old route but some of it. I recommend doing at least part of it while it's still around.
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Here is the post from my trip. I'm sure some of this stuff is gone by now, but you get the idea. As others have mentioned, check out some route 66 guidebooks and maps.


https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...tour-2980.html
Outstanding trip report! How can anyone look at that and not want to take that adventure. Amazing!

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Ha. I'm watching CARS right now.

66 is definitly on the to do list.

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