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Old 04-08-2007, 08:00 AM   #1
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We are planning a "route 66" vacation in 2008, has anybody experience it, and was it a good adventure?
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:09 AM   #2
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We did, back in the 1970's. It wasn't as "touristy" then, but I am sure it's still a fun adventure.
Here's a link, AFAIK the only road that has its own website:
The Mother Road: Historic Route 66
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Old 04-08-2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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Make sure you stop in Seligman, AZ. A guy there named Frank has an Airstream on the east side of town as a billboard and another in his back yard. You can find out a lot about Seligman and other Arizona towns by going to www.theseligmanbuzz.com . Substitute other Arizona town names or go to the list on any "buzz" site to get the buzz on other towns. You might not be surprised to find that Frank is into the coffee shop world...

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Toastie: My boyfriend and I have travelled lots of old 66. He really knows a lot about it. There are parts of it that are no longer passable, parts of it that are dirt. Get in touch with me when you come thru New Mexico and we can show you some of the more off the beaten path parts.
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66 in 52

I guess old '66 was a "life changing experience" for me. I have posted before of dad and mom, brother and I 'imigration' to Calif. from Michigan in 1952. I was 14. We towed a travel trailer with just the things needed to set up homestead in the 'new world'. I have never been back except with memoires and some of the picture books of RTE 66 history then and now.

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I drove short sections of it in Oklahoma and Arizona last month. IF you are looking for a un-hurried trip through americana go for it. Some beautiful scenery. Cool old diners and hotel/motels. Even the Road Kill Cafe!
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Oatman is a must see.....colorfull old goast town on old 66. From Seligman to Peach Springs, then over the mountians to Oatman, great side trip on the orignal Route 66...not recomended during the heat of summer!
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I'm a few miles south of 66 just east of Albuquerque. Stop in and park it. Maybe I could join you for a few days.
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re: Route 66

My mother and I took 2 weeks about 10 years ago and drove Route 66.
We had both always wanted to do it, so we just packed up and went. It was such a wonderful experience to share with her ( both of us being happy with the simple things and finding joy in the way things used to be ), I'll never forget it. It was so special.
We started off with a book and a map that really didn't go into the detail that we would have liked for the old and the original Route 66 alignment . Picked up more detailed maps that would get us through illinois and Missouri at the Dixie Truckers home ( huge truck stop w/ small Route 66 museum ) in,
I beleive it was McLean Illinois. We drove the old allignment into the back of Oklahoma and found a good map of the old and original allignment. When we got to Texas ( the town of Shamrock ) we needed another good map. The town chamber of commerce hooked us up with the president of the local Route 66 association, who provded us with a wonderful book containing everything we needed for the entire route: odometer settings and landmarks, points of interest, what had been there and is no longer, and how to find all the scattered pieces of the old/ original road.
It would be useful to you to contact several Route 66 associations. There are several travel books out there, some better than others, and the Route 66 enthusiasts are the ones to talk to find the best info.

I hope this has helped you. And you find the journey as special as Mom and I had.

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On the way to Peach Springs there is Hackberry Junction

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Smile Good eats on route 66!

Famous foodies Jane and Michael Stern dish about restaurants on route 66 at Where We Eat: The Splendid Table
This week they were in Stroud, OK at The Rock Cafe


Have fun planning your trip!
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Alton Brown traveled Route 66 for part of his Feasting on Asphalt series.

Many places to go and see....and EAT!
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As I seem to remember Alton was not happy with the condition of the road for a motor cycle. A truck and Airstream should be fine.
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