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Route 66 Newbie - Honeymoon
November 21, 2016
12:50 pm
natthecat
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Hello all,

My fiance and I are going to get married in Vegas next year and do route 66 from West to East as our honeymoon. We are so excited.
We plan to do the trip over 3 weeks, but seriously what have you all done when it comes to packing clothes? Are there places to wash/dry them along the way? I'd really like to travel light. Any tips most gratefully received.

November 25, 2016
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Hi, we did a 4 week trip with just 2 suitcases, there are plenty of hotels with laundry facilities, just make sure that you have research where you can do your laundry and you will have no problems, it is generally a dollar per wash and a dollar per dryer. We found it easier to buy a box of washing powder from Walmart and keep it in the car rather than buying a little pack from reception each time. Where there was a pool in the hotel we would put the washing on and go to the pool while it was doing.
Is your 3 weeks on top of your time in Vegas?

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December 15, 2016
4:28 pm
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Thanks very much, that's really useful. We were going to do Vegas then a three week trip but are thinking of doing it in two.
We are now wondering what is the best car to hire to ensure good boot space, that is secure if we are off seeing sights in between motels. What did you hire?
I like the pool idea, I might just wear the clothes I need to wash and jump in he he!

December 16, 2016
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We hired what is called an Intermediate size, this time it was a Cruze, we were able to fit 1 large and 2 medium cases in the boot comfortably

Planning the trip stops is the hardest part, If you try and drive through to Chicago in 2 weeks you will not have time to enjoy the trip.
If you are starting in Vegas, best to drop down to Needles to pick up R66, you can then go up through Oatman into Kingman.

I suggest you make a bit of a plan after doing a bit of research you will need the book "EZ66" you can get it at Amazon.

Once you have a rough plan, post it here you will get plenty of advice on your timing

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January 9, 2017
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as above, there seemed to be launderettes in every motel for those prices, but when there weren't we easily located ones nearby. We bought 'suds' as we washed but didn't have much luggage capacity to store anything. Again if you are near other things they can be a fab distraction while the wash/dry. If you are in a car then I think your range of clothes needn't be that varied, starting hot in Cali and getting cooler and wetter the further East you go and of course depending on what time of year.

I agree with the route, time limit and book choice advise above too.

I did the route from East to West for my honeymoon over 3 weeks, weather did affect us and the rate we travelled per day, we also had a limited amount of room for luggage as we hired a Harley.

The experience of a lifetime, we are working to pay it off over the next couple of years so we can do it all again (but on a Harley Trike as the gravel and cross winds made it a tad scary) and for 5 weeks to see everything we researched, and revisit some places.

Congratulations and enjoy, hard not too.

Maureen (London, England)

January 13, 2017
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Sounds fantastic Maureen, we have booked flights and our wedding chapel. Next stop the car and the motels we would like to stay at along the way. Did you book into many before you left, or did you play it by ear and just picked one when you arrived?
I'm told the US customs will want to see proof of accomodation for the stay, but I am sure they will be flexible when it comes to road trips.
We are driving to Vegas from Santa Monica, and detouring to take in Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, and Calico then joining I-15 from California State route 18/138.
From Vegas we have 2 1/2 weeks to enjoy the ride. Waiting on delivery of EZ66 and have picked up a great book called Road Food.
I am gaining weight just reading it. Covers the whole of the US and I can see us returning many times to try these great places to eat.

Did any of you use Sat Nav's for directions or pick up US mobiles for emergencies?

January 14, 2017
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natthecat said
Did any of you use Sat Nav's for directions or pick up US mobiles for emergencies?  

A Sat Nav won't get you along Route 66, but its a great help to keep you in the right direction. We brought a US Sat Nav off of eBay before we went, used it on the trip and then, sold it for the same price on our return

Pick up a US SIM card for your mobile, you will need it for peace of mind on long deserted roads

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February 1, 2017
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That's seriously helpful, thanks!

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