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HI very new to all this!
February 25, 2012
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Hi - Im new here and I bet Im going to ask lots of questions that people will think...oh no not this question again! ConfusedSo I am going to hunt through the forums first but this is basically whats going on...me and my friend (both women) have hit midlife crisis point, realised we will be dead before we fulfil all our dreams if we dont get our butts into gear.............so in a nutshell we are going to do Route 66....always wanted to, but turning 40 Cry has spurred us both on.

We havent got a clue where to start! All we know is we start in Chicago and end on the other side of America and we are either going to do this on a Harley or an old style pink Cadillac......any tips or even the most basic advice very warmly welcomed! Kiss

I am now off to browse the forums and the FAQs - oh, and we live in the UK so we are assuming some sort of fly drive...netiher of us has been to America before either hehehehheSurprised

February 29, 2012
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Esme - you're in the right place so feel free to ask away and don't worry about double checking if your question has been asked before, just shoot from the hip!

I'm from the UK and so can offer advice on a fly drive. Before my Route 66 trip in 2007 I hadn't been to the States either. It's an excellent way of seeing the place as you pass though such varied scenery and areas of historical interest. 

So... what's your first question?!! Laugh

Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.

March 1, 2012
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My first question - best time of year to go?! We are thinking May or September.........and we dont want to prebook places to stay - we feel that takes half the fun out of it and we dont want to have to stick that rigidly to a schedule.....so we are thinking 3 weeks to do it?!

 

Thanks for your reply Laugh

March 1, 2012
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I can only vouch for the time of year I went and that was August. It was very hot but that's what I was looking for. Not too hot though as the Americans love air conditioning 🙂 The sun shone the whole time I was there and I'd recommend the same time of year to anyone.

From previous responses to this question it seems that May and September are comparable months as far as climate is concerned (not so hot as the peak summer months) and most if not all of the attractions will be open.

In 2 weeks I was able to comfortably drive from Chicago to LA via stop overs at the Grand Canyon and Vegas, followed by a weeks drive up the west coast to San Francisco. So three weeks just for Chicago to LA should be plenty of time. Don't rule out booking a small number of nights though if you particularly want to stay at the Blue Swallow, Big Texan or Wigwam Motel as they can get busy and you might miss out. I booked maybe 4 nights accommodation before I went and just found the others as I went. Those 4 nights just gave me small targets to help me space the journey.

Set up the Driving Route 66 website in 2010 following the best road trip experience in 2007.

March 3, 2012
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Hi Esme:  Your trip sounds like a blast.  Harley rentals are not a problem.  But a pink Cadillac circa-1959 would be close to impossible.  I'm not aware of any rentals like that.  Other fun choices might include a new Mustang or Charger--current versions of classic American muscle-cars from the 60s.  Just make sure you are comfortable with their gas mileage.

Since you're from the UK, you are not used to weather Americans consider hot.  Late May-early June would be the best time to go, and September would be the second choice.  Both will give you plenty of daylight without the mid-summer heat, and everything along 66 will be open.  Two weeks can easily be spent on 66 alone, and with three you might also sample downtown Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Las Vegas, and the beaches of Southern California.  I've got trip outlines with suggested nightly stops in the Travel section of https://www.rt66pix.com.

I strongly prefer to reserve rooms ahead of time.  Even if you decide not to, Steve is right about making exceptions for the classic places like the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari (only 12 units are rented).  Also reserve in Shamrock TX if you decide to stop there--it has just five motels. 

Your first $20 or so of the trip should be spent now, buying the EZ66 Guide (2nd Edition) by Jerry McClanahan (ISBN: 978-0-9709951-6-2) which is available through Amazon.  You'll find it invaluable in planning and again while on the road. 

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