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J/K. Hey, if Turborob can misname an entire continent, why can't I?
Oz is definitely on my list, though.. I'm jealous of his ride pics.



Actually Purple and I are planning to do Route 66 (USA) west-to-east sometime in late spring. But with a twist. Time permitting, I'd like to ride every inch of the original alignment possible.



I did a lot of the more obscure and unused sections of it when I rode my horse crosscountry back in '93. Most of it is still in use, but lots of sections of the road have either been bypassed by the interstates or the interstate was built right over them, but a lot of them have just become overgrown or degraded and lie on private property, serving as access roads to ranches and farms. These are the sections we're interested in. The parts few modern travelers are equipped to see. see.



If any of you TW folks in various states along the Route live near, have access to, or knowlege of any of these sections we'd appreciate any info you can pass along. Or if you just wanna ride along with us when we pass through we'd welcome the company.



I've ridden the section from L.A. to Glenrio Texas horseback, but even so I may have missed a few sections.



Odd request, I suppose. But we thought we'd post it here anyway. Ya never know.
 

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Man, I would love to do Route66 in it's entirety. I live really close to the Eastern end of it. It would be cool to ship my TW down to california and ride it back home with you guys. Sounds like it would be an awesome, and historic ride.



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Lzrdbrth, We have a good stretch in several different time warps of RT 66. Count on my couch and stash of beer for when you pass through this area. As we've discussed before, parts of it I've ridden by bicycle, and many parts have not changed much. As a tourist in 1950, bombing into the Rio Grande Valley from the east or west must have been an exciting stretch of the road (all those stucco motels in Albuquerque, all that red chile sauce, and the rush of geographic topography after the flats of Oklahoma, panhandle of Texas and extreme eastern New Mexico. From mid Arizona through mid New Mexico it was a tourist's delight. Come on out and enjoy. I have some historic Rt 66 guides to help plot the way. Tom
 

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Thanks Tom.



I bypassed quite a bit of that area all those years ago and headed directly upriver meandering

through Bernalillo (State?) Park, Cochiti, and a bunch of minor pueblos off the beaten path. So some of that is on my do-over list.



One place in particular that I want Purple to see is a tiny little mission, church or assistencia that I stumbled upon once I rejoined 66. It's on a fairly untraveled section of the road, sits pretty close to 25 somewhere between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, and had graves dating back to the 1500's. I took a detour into the backcountry from there and probably couldn't find it again.



Ring any bells?
 

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You might want to read Peter Egan's write up on Route 66 - just a fun read.



Also check out ADV Forum and search to see if someone has done the route and that might help out.



If you have some mapping software; Delorme or Microsoft or Google Maps which is free you can get some detailed route information. Once you have a general route you might consider posting here to get more detailed assistance.



Sounds like a great ride-good luck on your route planning.



Mike
 
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