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Route 66

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:53 pm
by benchman
I've finally decided to retire in July, and my lovely co-rider will retire in the fall. Since our son lives in Oregon we're going to ride out to see him. We've decided to ride Route 66 out to the coast then up the coast to Oregon. We'll ride to Chicago and start from there. I know 66 is fragmented so we'll need maps and tour guides. I'm sure some of our members have made this trip either entirely or in sections. I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations for maps, guides, route planning. This trip will be next year so any input on best time of year to leave would also be appreciated.

Re: Route 66

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:20 pm
by AZgl1800
I live in Oologah, just west of Claremore, OK.
66 is in pretty good shape until you reach Tulsa, then it becomes 11th Street. Still not all that bad, but it has a lot of "detours" due to new construction....

If you are not in a hurry, there are several scenic things to see and sample the taste buds over...
One of those is a Cafe that I keep forgetting the name of in Tulsa, I think it is/was called "Corner Cafe".

the owners purchased our local cafe in Collinsville which had fallen on bad times with a couple of recent owners, and they have restored it back to its' old glory and good food.

In Catoosa, OK take time to see the Blue Whale,

also in Catoosa, please visit the Historical Museum.... I spent an hour there last year.
Address: 217 S Cherokee St #201, Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone: (918) 266-3296

After you leave Tulsa, you can get back on 66 and see a lot of historical sites.

West of Oklahoma City, it gets pretty much swallowed up by I-40 but there is still a lot of it to ride on away from the freeway... just follow the road signs "Old 66"

EDIT: back after supper....

In New Mexico and Arizona, Old-66 is hard to find except in a few of the towns that have fought to preserve it.

I lived in Edgewood, NM for 10 years, great country.
and in Mesa, AZ working in Phoenix, AZ for 20 years.
I miss that part of the country, but that isn't where my wife wanted to be in our Retirement years, :)

Re: Route 66

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:39 pm
by detdrbuzzard
route 66 is pretty good in IL. i rode from pontiac back to chicago about 4yrs ago but a lot of it in MO. has been replaced by the expressway, i got lucky on my way home from stockton lake and ended up close to the munger motel on 66