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The "Mother Road"

After hearing my Grandpa tell me about how cool Route 66 was, I've always wanted to check it out. I've been on parts of it in IL, but havent seen much. Apparently, more and more remnants are being lost daily to "progress".

I'm thinking of taking a weekend and riding it but dont know where. I know it goes from Tulsa, OK to Amarillo, TX, but from maps, it looks to be a bitch to navigate now since it doesnt show up as one route.

Has anyone done this? Does anyone want to? I want to do it soon before the heat of the summer. I've got fresh tires, heli-bars and enough luggage to carry the necessities. I dont know if I'll camp (probably not if I go alone).
www.campmor.com has this tent for $30



It folds to 6"x19" and weighs less than 5 lbs so it's small enough to carry on the bike.

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Check this:

http://www.historic66.com/

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Sounds cool- yeah I'd like to see some of what's left of 66.

Sarah Palin and friends can call it a snow machine all they want but Yamaha, Polaris and Bombardier plus the related magazines all seem to call them Snowmobiles.

Snow machines create snow on ski slopes. Just sayin'
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Look at some of the turn by turn pages. I know it's not easy to navigate now because there are a TON of different state routes that make up the old 66 route. It's doable, but will take some planning... and patience.

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The food channel did a thing called "Feasting on Asphault" with alton brown and some friends on beemers riding and eating.

They hit some of route 66, some of what was left was pretty messed up.

They visited this place: http://www.teddrewes.com/Drewes.asp

Sarah Palin and friends can call it a snow machine all they want but Yamaha, Polaris and Bombardier plus the related magazines all seem to call them Snowmobiles.

Snow machines create snow on ski slopes. Just sayin'

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The food channel did a thing called "Feasting on Asphault" with alton brown and some friends on beemers riding and eating.

They hit some of route 66, some of what was left was pretty messed up.

They visited this place: http://www.teddrewes.com/Drewes.asp
Sorry, off topic. I watched some of that. It's a neat show. It made want a touring bike. I heard Alton crashed in one episode. Did anyone see that?

05Zixxer, If you go, take some pics.

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ya I would like to do this but I am on the other end of it so I don't think that would work out for me

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on the pics.

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I have been on several section of the old U.S. 66. There are usually signs on the parts that are now other highways and also signs directing you to the old parts that run through towns and such.

On the tent, you will find a free standing tent will work much better. The Eureka Outback I is freestanding, about the same weight and packed size and a little more expensive from campmor.

I have done several longish trip on my '04 ZX-10R. The only modifications I have done for touring are Throttlemeister and a dedicated passenger pillion to which I have permanently secured a tail pack.
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Sorry, off topic. I watched some of that. It's a neat show. It made want a touring bike. I heard Alton crashed in one episode. Did anyone see that?

05Zixxer, If you go, take some pics.

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Wasn't too bad, washed out on a bumpy dirt road, supposedly avoiding a rabbit.
Broke his arm or collarbone- didn't let them cut his vanson jacket, while still on ground hurt, he was pissed that he broke his mirror off.

Friend clued me in to watch, definitely a real biker if not a stereotypical beemer guy.

Sometimes they run all four episodes as a marathon- check on long/holiday weekends maybe.

Sorry kinda but the show does cover some route 66, and is good inspiration for two wheel travel.

And it was probably seen by many non bikers on food network and was good public relations for bikers for a change.

Sarah Palin and friends can call it a snow machine all they want but Yamaha, Polaris and Bombardier plus the related magazines all seem to call them Snowmobiles.

Snow machines create snow on ski slopes. Just sayin'
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