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Route 66

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:55 pm



The wife and I are THINKING about a 2 week trip on Route 66 on the 'Wing.
This is our thought :

I would take the 'Wing & Trailer from home (Oklahoma City) out to L.A., leaving on a Wednesday morning, and have the wife fly to L.A. on Friday morning. We would then leave Saturday morning on our trip.

I will have a large tent, sleeping bags, cots, lanterns, cooking gear and clothes for two in the trailer, HOPEFULLY leaving room for souvenirs from the trip.

My biggest question is , how much of 66 is still travel able by bike ? I know a good part is now Interstate, but I want to stick to two-lane as much as possible. . . .

We are thinking 10 days from L.A. to Chicago, does this sound about right to keep it enjoyable for a lady (wife) with fibromyalgia pain ? We need to keep MOST days to 250 miles or so and will need camp grounds or state parks.

Thanks for any help you can offer us on this dream trip!


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Re: Route 66

Postby m2102 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:59 pm

That would be an awesome ride. Wife and I live 100 miles +/- south of Chicago start point. Is their anywhere that the route could be down loaded to is GPS? We see groups in the summer that are doing the ride from Chicago to the pier.

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Re: Route 66

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Re: Route 66

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:14 am

Just gave that link a fast look, and it looks like it will be a GOLD MINE of information and help for this trip. . . . THANKS !
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Re: Route 66

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:33 am

For finding campgrounds, I use this resource in conjunction with Google Maps. (I copy the GPS coordinates onto GM and use satellite/street view to recon the area)

Here's 3 of the latest campgrounds I used it for this fall. The 1st two were free, while the 3rd was $10/night with electric and water at each campsite.


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Re: Route 66

Postby dingdong » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:15 am

John here is another site with drive-able sections and attractions by state. http://www.historic66.com/texas/ I would say 10 days might be pushing it. But I guess a lot of the areas will just be ride by country but slow going. Some of the old sections, for instance in western Oklahoma and Texas, are not exactly motorcycle friendly roads. Bumpty bump bump.
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Re: Route 66

Postby m2102 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:02 am

Wow, that is some great information. Thanks for the link to what will be a great trip.

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Re: Route 66

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:57 am

dingdong wrote:John here is another site with drive-able sections and attractions by state. http://www.historic66.com/texas/ I would say 10 days might be pushing it. But I guess a lot of the areas will just be ride by country but slow going. Some of the old sections, for instance in western Oklahoma and Texas, are not exactly motorcycle friendly roads. Bumpty bump bump.


Another great link, THANKS DingDong ! You say 10 days might be pushing it, how long would you suggest ? Also, just to fill in a blank or two, the 10 days is JUST for from L.A. to Chicago, not the time to L.A. or home from Chicago, does that change your opinion on a time table ?
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Re: Route 66

Postby dingdong » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:30 am

I'm just thinking that 250 miles a day over 2 lane beat you up roads and stopping at all the attractions will probably make for long days. However a lot of that will actually be riding some long stretches of I-40 so it may not be as hard as I'm thinking. Me? I don't think I would try it in less than 14 days.


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