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Getting excited ...
June 6, 2016
4:39 am
nzbiker2
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2 weeks we be in the US ... Ready to ride Route 66 .. We are on a v..strom and only have small saddle bags , I have rolled all My clothes , can't take too much .. We have bought mesh jackets with waterproof liners.. We are wearing dragging jeans and boots..
Are there new things happening on the road .. Anyone done the road recently , can you give us any tips ..
Just wanted to say thanks for all the tips on this site and hopefully when we have finished I will do a post too, thanks

June 6, 2016
10:23 am
Maureen
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Hi there, excited for you and nervous about doing the Route in August/September. Many thanks for any tips you can give after your adventure in particular:
how you fared with small amount of luggage (I am not a very outdoorsy type!)
if you needed protection for biting insects.
how easy it is to find available places without pre booking that much in advance (unless of course you have a strict itinerary have booked).
if you feel one should really wear a armored protective jacket.

and of course I would be grateful for anything else you might add.

enjoy
Maureen

June 6, 2016
11:28 pm
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Accommodation, people seem to fall strongly into 2 groups "i don't want to be tied down and won't book in advance" or "I like being organised and book everything" I fall into the latter and have booked all my stops. Its really just personal choice, however some of the iconic stops get booked out, if for example you want to stay at the Blue Swallow, you may already be too late

June 15th to July 13th 2016
Did the whole thing, Chicago to Santa Monica

June 13, 2016
12:37 pm
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I thought so re: Blue Swallow, I fall into the later but my navigation skills will not allow me to be organised enough to know how far we can do in a day and still fit in the sights we want to see, so am going with the plan of booking places by phone as soon as we know when we might get there so probably only a day or two before.....sigh. My bloke is the adventurer, I will just have a fixed grin and be reciting a mantra ''all will be well''.

June 14, 2016
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Hi Maureen, there is plenty of lodging in most of the cities you travel through. Some good, some not so good. I use http://www.tripadvisor.com to get a better idea of where we want to stay. You shouldn't have trouble finding accommodations. I for one that can't leave the house without booking first. 🙂

As far as the Blue Swallow, yes it books up quickly this time of year, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give them a call when you have your date. Kevin and Nancy are two of the nicest people you will meet along the route, and the motel is one of the nicest of the old ones on 66. If you get a booking tell them the old police officer in the Corvette from North Carolina says hello. They will know who you are talking about. 🙂

Have a great trip and remember, getting lost is just part of the journey.

June 14, 2016
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nzbiker2 said

2 weeks we be in the US ... Ready to ride Route 66 .. We are on a v..strom and only have small saddle bags , I have rolled all My clothes , can't take too much .. We have bought mesh jackets with waterproof liners.. We are wearing dragging jeans and boots..
Are there new things happening on the road .. Anyone done the road recently , can you give us any tips ..
Just wanted to say thanks for all the tips on this site and hopefully when we have finished I will do a post too, thanks

biker, did the route last Sept, and didn't notice anything new. Just things we haven't seen on our previous trips. The best tip I can give is watch your speed in the smaller towns. Sadly many make much of their revenues on speeders. If the speed limit says 35 mph (US) don't go one (1) over. But, taking your time is one of the best tips anyway. Have a great journey.

June 22, 2016
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Thanks 'Old Police Officer', will be sure to drop in regardless of staying and will indeed take a chance to see if I can stay, also have fallen in love with the look of the Enchanted Trails Park and the old looking slipstreams (?). I will indeed check out trip advisor.

I am hoping the book I bought about accommodation and eateries from the association that adopt sections of the route (latest edition 2015) will be a safe bet for choices.

Am terrified and excited by the uncertainty. I am adding things to google maps all the time with the view of downloading to my blokes phone so we can view it off line. Little things like finding out that we can visit Jerry McClanathan (if he is in) in Chandler, OK feel so special as we will be trying to follow his drive instruction from his EZ 66 Guide. Also the two different wig wam motels, Munger Moss to name a few appeal to the Londers. Mark has only been to Florida where his daughter and her husband are working, and I have only been to San Diego where I hope to visit friends during the latter part of the route. My bloke took and passed his bike test last November just so we could do this!!!

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