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April 18, 2014
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Hello mates, just new on the site :)
My aim is to do within few months the trip on the mother road and I'm looking for info :)
Take care everyone.

April 18, 2014
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My advise is to do as much research as you can. Internet, books, and maps.
The best book is the EZ66. There is a master list of sites https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_U.S._Roads/U.S._Route_66/Requested_articles

April 22, 2014
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I just found this site. My friend and I had talked about driving route 66 sometime. We just decided that "sometime" is this summer. We plan to start in Chicago and go as far as we can in 6 days. We will finish it another time. When we first started looking it up on the internet, we found a sample itinerary that took 9 days to drive the complete route. I can't find it anymore. Does anybody know of an itinerary we might use as a guide?

I have spent some time on different parts of route 66, from just west of Oklahoma City to just over the Kansas border, around the St. Louis area and Santa Monica.
I have never been to Chicago and am looking forward to starting out there at the beginning.

April 23, 2014
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It's possible to drive it all in 6 days but obviously that would be at a tremendous pace and wouldn't allow you to really enjoy the wonderful things along the way. You'd be driving for about 12 hours each day.

Instead, I'd recommend taking your time and just seeing what you can get done within 6 days at a sensible speed. You could easily get to OKC from Chicago in 6 days, while giving yourself time to enjoy cities like Chciago IL, Springfield IL, St Louis MO, Springfield MO, etc.

Where abouts are you from by the way?

--- Drove Route 66 in August 2012 ---

April 23, 2014
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Peter Jones
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Evenin' all.

My partner and I are planning a trip along the road in Sept/Oct this year. As we have only 2 weeks we've decided to do the western half, finishing in CalifornIA

Idea is to fly with BA (AVIOS permitting) to Dallas, drive up to the Route 66 museum outside Ok City and then slowly make our way to LAX. Stopping off at 1 or 2 national parks on the way. We do not want to be covering vast distances every day and want to stop somewhere to chill for 2 nights.

Hoping to get some inspiration from this site, recommendations welcome!

April 25, 2014
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Barb
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WillC said

It's possible to drive it all in 6 days but obviously that would be at a tremendous pace and wouldn't allow you to really enjoy the wonderful things along the way. You'd be driving for about 12 hours each day.

Instead, I'd recommend taking your time and just seeing what you can get done within 6 days at a sensible speed. You could easily get to OKC from Chicago in 6 days, while giving yourself time to enjoy cities like Chciago IL, Springfield IL, St Louis MO, Springfield MO, etc.

Where abouts are you from by the way?

I would like to get to OKC in 6 days but I don't want to push it. We want to take our time and see as much as we are interested in. We also Geocache and hope there will be geocaches near some of the sites. OKC is probably as far as we will plan for. We will try and complete the trip another year.
I live close to Nashville,TN

May 1, 2014
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jjkaine
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Hi, just found this excellent forum.

After 7 months of planning, booking and notetaking my husband and I are about to embark on a 3 week drive of R66 from Chicago to LA taking detours to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas en route. Rather than book a prepaid trip we used the itineraries online to plan our own, much more fun and used the books mentioned which I bought off eBay.

I shall be using this site for advice en route!

May 13, 2014
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Welcome to the site Barb, Peter and JJKaine :-)

Hope you find it useful - there are few new additions to the accommodation pages that you can checkout direct from the homepage.

Have a browse ad if you don't know just ask. I'm certainly not an expert but there are plenty of people here that are - good luck!

Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.

June 4, 2014
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Garyrh
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Hi
Thinking about a Route 66 trip. I am in southern Indiana where would be a great place to start on the trip?

June 5, 2014
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karlr66
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Hello Everyone!!
Just joined this site as driving Route 66 in October over 16 days.
I have seen a couple DVDs, and have the map series, 'here it is'
Any other recommendations? Me and my girl want to do traditional Route 66 nostalgia but, I like difference added to it!
So...here goes, I look forward to reading all the posts!

June 8, 2014
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the wanderer
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Garyrh said

Hi
Thinking about a Route 66 trip. I am in southern Indiana where would be a great place to start on the trip?

We are from Ohio. We drove to St. Louis to start our journey on route 66. With the EZ 66 in hand we found Drews Frozen Custard - a great place to start!

June 21, 2014
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Hi there!

My hubby and I (we're Kiwis living in Oz) are planning on hiring motorbikes and travelling Route 66 as a 30th wedding anniversary present to ourselves. Will be doing it in 2016, we thought May, taking about 2-3 weeks (can't really take anymore time than that) travelling east to west with a few days in Vegas. That's as far as our plans have gone thus far. Would love to just rock up at motels etc on the way as the wind blows us but honestly I'm not really that sort of seat of the pants type of person. But if anyone thinks that would work we'd be keen to give it a go.

So any thoughts, ideas, tips that anyone would like to offer we'd be so grateful.

July 7, 2014
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New here and just starting to plan a Route 66 road trip. It probably won't happen before next spring (2015), as we are just starting to move back to Colorado from the Bahamas, and that's going to occupy us until winter rolls in. I just wanted to say Hello and get started.

July 8, 2014
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Wrinkly John from the UK here. Me, SWMBO, and another couple are arriving at Chicago on the 5th of September this year. We have fourteen days to traverse your nation ending up in Santa Monica on or before the 19th. We're trying to decide how to ration those precious days because three of us have never done much travelling in the States. Obviously the attraction is seeing an America that is more than strip malls, identikit food outlets and 6-lane freeways but we realise we can't be obsessive about following every remaining stretch of the old route 66. So far we thought we might spend two nights in Chicago, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe and, if we can afford it, the Grand Canyon National Park. Did I mention that we were on a budget? We'd ideally like to average no more than $100 per couple per night on accommodation. We also dont want too many days when we drive for more than four hours. Is this achievable? What do you think?

July 13, 2014
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G'day all,
My partner and I are planning on doing Route 66 next July from Chicago to LA before flying back to Australia.
We'll be in and around Chicago visiting her family and at a Jamaican wedding before that.
It's apparently high time we started planning this trip so we'll be asking plenty of questions.

Cheers,
Chris

July 13, 2014
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Greetings.

New to the site but a long time fan of 'the road'. Recently retired and an avid motorcycle rider, now seems to be a good time to experience the whole ride. My plan is to break it up and ride as time permits east to west.

Dan

July 17, 2014
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Hi All!

Me and my wife to be are planning on R66 for our honeymoon in May 2015. The flights are booked as well as some accommodation along the way... I've been following this and other forums etc for advice on the best places to stay. Just a few nights left to book and we are sorted!

Travelling from sunny Aberdeen in Scotland.

Ending the route with 10 days or so in California from LA to San Fran via the Big Sur and Yosemite. Vegas & Grand Canyon ticked off along the way!

Truth be told, we are more excited about this than the wedding(!).

Cheers,

Gary

July 19, 2014
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One of the things on my bucket list was to get my hands on an Indian motorcycle... Checked that one off when I got a 2014 Chieftain a few weeks ago!

Next up is riding it on the Mother Road, east to west (live in Michigan).

Great site, glad I found it - let the planning begin!!!

Cheers...... Tony

July 19, 2014
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Hi everyone, me(Della) and my partner(Terry) are doing our trip on 8th September for 15 nights flying into Oklahoma. We've booked all our accomodation along the way including a side trip to monument valley where we'll be staying at The View Hotel for 1 night, so excited!!! Just planning our what to see, places of interest along the way. I know we're not doing the whole of the route but we don't want to rush and it'll be nice to have time to take in what we do see.

Della and Terry

July 21, 2014
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Hello all

just a short note to introduce myself
alastair here from Scotland heading over to do route 66 in September ,taking 3 weeks.
really looking forward to trip and glade i found this forum

cheers

allyscot

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