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Chicago to LA
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:05:49 pm »
Any suggestions on the best route and must see stops along the way?  I am leaning toward Rt 66, but would enjoy suggestions and advice.

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Re: Chicago to LA
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2014, 05:31:56 pm »
Route 66, period.
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Re: Chicago to LA
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2014, 06:16:14 pm »
If you have the time definitely Route 66.  But before you go do some research on what you will see.  I've done the route twice and still haven't seen everything there is to see.  And allow time to just stop and talk with locals.
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Re: Chicago to LA
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014, 09:17:17 pm »
Thanks w8d4it...I have mapped out the route and some stops.  It looks like this may be a trip I have to do a few times...
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Re: Chicago to LA
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 02:09:01 pm »
Be sure to ride 66 through Oatman, AZ and take some time to check out what used to be a thriving gold mining town. Watch out for the burros!
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Re: Chicago to LA
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2014, 03:19:49 pm »
Triumph1966, because you say you have your route planned out I'm assuming you know that Route 66 is not one road.  By that I mean that Route 66 was changed many times over the years so that there are various spurs and alternate routes.  If you haven't you might want to either buy a book or search the Internet on the complete route and history of Route 66.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2014, 09:02:29 pm »
Thanks w8d4it.  There seems to be a hodge podge of roads on old rt 66 hugging interstates 55, 44 and 40.  I may not have the time to truly do the "Mother Road" this time, so i will pick my spots. 

There are a fair amount of maps you can buy on amazon, but google maps and a few other sites (www.historic66.com) are pretty detailed.

Will be passing through your fine state and look forward to the open road...
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2014, 10:49:46 pm »
When you pass through Texas I am sure you will take the time to stop at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo. Everyone does, of course.  But you should also take the time to stop at the Midpoint Cafe

http://route66midpointcafe.com/

It changed ownership a couple of years ago.   The food was better under the previous owner but still one needs to stop just for the curiosity of (allegedly) being exactly at the mid-point of Route 66.  I say allegedly because of course the mid-point depends on which Route 66 you take. 

Also if you hadn't planned on doing so you should take time to stop in Shamrock and check out the visitor center.

http://www.shamrocktexas.net/

It is a interesting building.  First time I went through it was in kind of a neglected state.  Now they have done a nice job restoring it.  If you are lucky you will enjoy a conversation with one of the friendliest visitor center people I ever met.  I forget her name but she is a relatively attractive woman in her early 30's.

Also might want to stop here

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/26664
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