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    I’m thinking about trailering my bike south this spring from Canada until it gets warm. I’d like to hit the southern end of Route 66. Any pics of Ride or feedback would be great!

  • #2
    I've ridden it from Oklahoma City to the Arizona/California border (won't go to California because I travel alone and armed, and don't want to deal with their anti-2nd Amendment laws ). Be advised that the signage of the route is somewhat spotty... you'll be traveling down I-40 (parallels and sometimes follows the original route) and see a ODT, NMDoT, or ADoT sign stating 'Historic Route 66" at the next exit, and many times exit, only to reach the top of the exit ramp, and have no further signage to indicate which direction to go to follow the old route. There's one spot in New Mexico, I think, that is old Route 66, and has the logo painted on it, paralleling I-40 for @ 1-2 miles, only to come to a dead end, so you have to backtrace to get to I-40. Be aware of your gas supply....some sections, the gas stations are few, and charge like they know it, plus with hills and what -not, you may use more gas than you figured on, so plan your stops accordingly. They same caution also goes for dining and motel rooms between the larger cities. I don't know when you're planning on taking your trip, but keep the weather in mind... I always checked the weather channel before I checked out in the morning ( also, with the wide open spaces, you can often see rainstorms in the mountains ahead... roadside rest areas where you can take shelter are scarce and sheltered areas where you can pull over to don rain gear sometimes aren't that readily available). Be aware of wildlife, not only the four-legged kind, but also poisonous snakes in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc. Some states have visitors centers where you can pick up brochures on attractions and the Route 66 path through their state (I would suggest contacting the various state Visitor's bureaus ahead of time for some of the afore-mentioned pieces of literature, because some of the states are no longer manning the roadside/ state border visitors centers. Many of the gas stations that appear on your GPS are now shut down/out of business, or burned down, so plan accordingly. I'll give you more info later, if you are interested.

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    • gillis.jordan
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      Be a great trip, depends on how much time I get off work but it’s definitely bucket list for me and hopefully this season or next I can get the time to do it

  • #3
    When I did my Saddle Sore 1000 in 2015 I started here in IA, headed west, then south. The last part of it I picked up I-40 in OKC, then west to Shamrock, TX where it finally ended. Believe me when I tell you that was the most grueling part of the entire ride - 104 degrees with a 40 MPH wind from the south.....quite desolate as well. Make sure your bike is in tip-top condition before such a trip as the elements take a lot out of not just the rider, but can play havoc on your bike as well.
    If you get a chance please post your route. If conditions permit I would like to ride part of it with you.

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    • #4
      I'm only a couple hrs south of Rt 66 in NM. I'd certainly meet up & ride a ways with you. If you are on Facebook, look up We Ride New Mexico group page & they can give advice on the section through NM.

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      • gillis.jordan
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        For sure man that would be great

      • TimB
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        Gove me a fair warning on when & I'll do my best to make it happen.

    • #5
      That sounds like fun, last year we did just from Holbrook Arizona to Santa Barbara California in an open top car.

      I know we had tons of pictures, this is all I can find right now. The outhouse is in Seligman I think and the mural of the truck is in Winslow Arizona. We took all the old route 66 directions getting pictures at old closed down gas stations and ghost towns, do a google search on route 66 and plan it so you don't miss stuff, we liked the out of the way stuff more than the tourist attractions. Williams Arizona was really cool though, and Winslow Arizona, Seligman Arizona, Kingman, and make sure to go thru the Black Hills from just out of Kingman to Cool Springs (picture stop) and Oatman (touristy but cool) Roys in California, ketchey stuff along the way like bottle tree ranch out of Barstow.
      Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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      • MikeyC
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        Hmm, wonder what happened to those pictures, did they go away?

    • #6
      Found some.. like 1600 of them ... sorry, all need resizing.
      Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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      • #7
        Here are some pictures for you, more in a while.
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          • #9
            Sign in front of the Jack Rabbit, Meteor City(abandon), Two Guns and Zoo(abandon)
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            • #10
              Wrong order but, Flagstaff, Williams and Twin Arrows(abandoned)
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              • #11
                Seligman, Az
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                • #12
                  Cool Springs, you gotta talk to the guy there, he's a character. Oatman, awesome place. and a couple of pointers, do not take pictures on an Indian reservation and get caught. We were threatened with fines for taking pictures of our cars without tribal permission. Second, at the California boarder don't walk in the fenced area for a better picture of the bridge, the police officer was not pleased with me..
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                  • #13
                    Keep an eye out on the road side, interesting stuff just pops up. Roy's Cafe in Amboy, Ca.
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                    • #14
                      Barstow, didn't get to look around there. Bottle Tree Ranch in Helendale out of Barstow. Site marker on side of old Rt66
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                      • #15
                        There is a ton of stuff to see along the way, we stuck with the Oldest paved sections of Rt66 that we could find, some not paved, some were down and back because they no longer went thru but had something down there we wanted to see. We like the abandoned stuff but a lot of the touristy stuff is cool also. Just about every town has a museum, cool restaurants, gift shops and visitor centers. We really liked Williams Arizona, Oatman Arizona and Cool Springs. Lots to do in Kingman, but anyway, turning into a book. Have fun and put on your kid glasses.
                        Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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                        • #16
                          i rode part of it a few years ago on a trip to AZ. The main part I remember was passing a place called the "Uranus Chocolate factory" I thought that was so funny when I saw it.. but of course I was about 3000 miles into being slap happy at the time
                          owning a motorcycle is not a matter of life or death, it is much more important than that

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                          • MikeyC
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                            Lol, that's the kind of place I just have to stop at.

                        • #17
                          If you travel armed (and I do) the casinos and other buildings along the highway that are within Indian reservation land (not always very well marked or annotated along the roadway) prohibit ANY weapons within them (which includes folding knives). Apparently, this even includes c-stores and using the public facilities (at least I didn't want to test any leeway they MAY have given). Also, along the way, you might see auto salvage yards and/or garages that have interesting antique cars, and , in some cases, bikes.

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                          • #18
                            Those are some cool pictures, and driving that in a Cobra! Must have been a great time.

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                            • MikeyC
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                              Ya, it was a blast, been planning it for 3 years. Still had several break downs but nothing we couldn't get fixed on the side of the road. Except one, we had to take it apart and bring part to a welding shop then go put it back together.

                          • #19
                            Nice Cobra Mikey! Thanks for sharing the pics. What power plant are you running? Did you have any issue with the car on the trip?
                            2012 Road Star Silverado S

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                            • MikeyC
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                              Thank you, It's a 351w and just before the trip I changed out the 4 speed top loader with a Tremec 5 speed. It was awesome running down the highway at 80 and only turning 2200 rpm. Break downs consisted of dropping shifter bolts in Las Vegas, cracked aluminum radiator going thru Los Angeles, broke the steering shaft (steering wheel came almost off) just north of San Francisco on hwy101 and replace u joint in a parking lot in Fort Bragg. I'm still running the stop leak in the radiator, got to get that fixed

                          • #20
                            5 speed is definitely the way to go. I've always been curious about taking a classic car on a long distance trip if it would be without issue, guess there's my answer. Looks like you had a lot of fun in spite of the issues. I'm sure you turned a lot of heads and got a lot of "thumbs up" too.
                            2012 Road Star Silverado S

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                            • MikeyC
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                              Well, as I was crawling out from under the car changing the u-joint, someone ask me if I was having fun yet. I thought for a second and said I was having fun, working on the car in a parking lot was much more fun than going to work.

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