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Old 04-17-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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I've just completed my travel plans for my long adventure home. I'll be leaving San Francisco, CA in June and will arrive in Kansas City, MO in early July. Most of my travel will be along I-40 (route 66).

My overnight camp reservations are a mix of State Parks, Private RV Resorts and a few KOAs. A few reservations I'm excited about are Bluewater State Park and Hyde Memorial in New Mexico. I'm also looking forward to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas. Are there any great sites, restaurants, etc... I must see along the way?

Thanks in advance, gypsy travelers!

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Old 04-18-2013, 05:57 AM   #2
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Lisa,

Did the two way 66 awhile back, great all the way. The Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs was a hoot. Pretty good chow also. Wondering if the old AS is still on the property. There were several others stored on the lot at the time we were there.

The longest original stretch eastbond thru AZ was spectacular. We did it with our 22 Safari. The two lane is very twisty and I wouldn't advise it if your in a hurry and towing anything longer than 25' with a very capable TV.

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Go to travelok.com and request their publication "Oklahoma Route 66: The Ultimate Road Trip." Lots of good info on the remaining portions of Route 66 in Oklahoma, including over 90 attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma. You may also find other information resources on that site.

Internet resources for Route 66:
oklahomaroute66.com
route66news.com
national66.com
historic66.com

I'm sure there's plenty to do along the remnants of Route 66 in other states. But I was raised in Oklahoma and have a proprietary interest in that section of Route 66. Plus, as long as I'm still working for a living, my chances of traveling further west than Oklahoma are slim; once I retire and don't have to limit my trips to a single week, things will be different…
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Just a taste of that Arizona route...

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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Oatman and Selena

Two places that stood out to me.
Selena is a short stretch of 66 that preserved the flavor of motels, gas stations and such. I would suggest gassing up and lunching there. It's right off rte 40
Oatman predates The Route 66 era. It's an old mining town in which the cabins have been " gingerbreaded " out. There is a cool little hotel there that was a favorite watering hole for several movie stars. The route continues eastward
through some old mines and a cute little canyon, in which the road gets hilly and curvy. It's a tiny, tiny bit off the beaten track near the Arizona border.
I can't recommend the 66 stretch through Albequerque ( for one, because I can't spell it, and two because it has some kinda dangerous spots ) But there are a few motels there from the era. One motel stood out because it has carports to protect your car from the brutal summer sun.
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Ah yes...Jackass Junction. A must see for sure!!

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I can't recommend the 66 stretch through Albequerque ( for one, because I can't spell it, and two because it has some kinda dangerous spots ) But there are a few motels there from the era. One motel stood out because it has carports to protect your car from the brutal summer sun.
On the other hand, Amarillo— much easier to spell— has at least one must-see stop along Route 66: The Big Texan Steak Ranch, home of the free 72-oz steak. Free if you can eat it all in an hour or less, along with a baked potato and a dinner salad. If you can't finish it all in that time, you pay full price.

I tried. I failed. I got a doggie bag.

North of I-40 between the Lakeside exit and the Whittaker exit.
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Better to have tried and failed then to have never tried. Or something like that. I'm always up for a good steak but not sure about that one. But the doggie bag sounds like a very good idea.

We had breakfast at one of the old original RT. 66 stops in Missouri not far from Rolla. Not a very good breakfast but it was great to see some of the old road stops have survived.
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Ha - I grew up in Newberry Springs, not much between there and Needles,

If you look from the freeway there is a futuristic looking house on a hill looking east from the last Newberry exit, it's been there a long time

I guess it's for sale now

The Volcano House - 50451 Silver Valley Rd, Newberry Springs, CA 92365 - Listing # 09-401249 | Take Sunset
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Pick up a copy of The Grapes of Wrath to remind yourselves of this history of the highway!

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The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. The girl, my Lord!, in a flat bed Ford. in Winslow. The Meteor Crater and Two Guns City ruins and cave near Winslow.
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If you check out the 'Volcano House', you'll see that it's the late Huell Howser's (of PBS California's Gold fame) home...got a spare $750,00 laying around...?

The Volcano House - 50451 Silver Valley Rd, Newberry Springs, CA 92365 - Listing # 09-401249 | Take Sunset

Here's an aerial view site, shows the lake as well...

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=34.86531,+-116.55829
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Well, forget New Mexico as a stopping point. The place has gone missing again. Wait a year or so; they'll find it again.




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