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My main concern planning this trip...
March 24, 2012
4:04 am
Chris Berry
Panama City Beach, FL
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I'm very thankful to have come across this site. It is very well put together and, more importantly, it is up to date and recent. Most everything else Route 66 related I've found online, just tells the story of the glory days, rather than what we can expect when traveling now.

That said, my main concern is: how accurate and easy-to follow are the suggested maps? I know it's not a straight shot and involves many different roads, side roads and interstates. Can someone here please suggest a map that is straight-forward and worked well? (I know there are a couple of maps noted in one of the links above, but I wanted to throw this out there to see if some of you forum readers found one to be worth noting) Also, how confusing does the end of the trip get in the LA area? (I say "end" because I'll be starting in Chicago)

Thanks for your help. 

March 25, 2012
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Chris:  On the map--the EZ66 Guide (2nd Edition) is what you need, $19 or so from Amazon.  It will be helpful now in planning and again on the trip.  I have yet to find an error.  (A typo was hand-corrected on NM page 11, indicating it was a Labor of Love.) 

The EZ66 Guide shows many dead-ends and bypassed sections that don't appear in various free directions on-line.  It's all backed up with a lot of detailed maps. 

Many people try to rush the trip and miss seeing things.  So Route 66 is broken into daily chunks of 230 miles (370 km) or less, in the Travel section of my site:  It also has suggested stops along the way.    

The LA end of the trip isn't confusing so much as busy and congested.  It's always rush hour out there.  I'd recommend writing down turn-by-turn instructions on a sheet of paper from San Bernardino onward.  That would also help if you plan to sample LA en route. 

If possible, avoid the freeways between 6-10AM and 3-7PM.  If you simply can't, keep KNX-1070 on for traffic.  Some freeways also have obsolete "suicide" merge lanes.  And traffic moves WAY over the speed limit when possible--locals are used to the curves and hills--and you are not. 

Weekends are especially busy around the beaches.  Parking there can be a problem at peak times. The Santa Monica Pier has that info on-line. 

March 26, 2012
9:16 pm
Steve Bellamy
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I'd recommend the EZ66 Guide without hesitation. It's a must buy for anyone taking the trip. Thanks for your kind words - glad you like the site Laugh

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