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  • Detroit, MI to San Diego, CA - Route 66 out/Lincoln Highway back

    In just a few weeks, we will be hitting the road on a trip I had dreamed about for years. Since my college days, I dreamed of driving a classic car along Historic Route 66 all the way to California. Well, I am happy to say that we will be propelled by Hemi power!

    Ok, ok...I will fess up, the Hemi is actually a modern hemi, and it ain't exactly in a classic car, it's in our 2011 Ram. Considering we have a nearly 2 year old daughter along for the trip, a classic car may not set as well as our Ram with all of it's conveniences.

    Our trek also won't be along the original Route 66, but on the modern freeway that shadows the old girl, or in many cases, absorbed the old road. That said, I have bought a book and map on Route 66, and another book on the Lincoln Highway. We plan on taking a detour off the freeway along our trip to see a few sites and take some pics.

    Cadillac Ranch is a must see for me...I know, I realize once I see it, take a few photos, I will be like "Ok, that wasn't as cool as I thought it would be." Yet I still have that as one of the stops I really wanna make. Are there any "MUST SEES" along the way you would suggest?

    As if the planned trip wasn't enough, I realized that by the time we head for home, Speed Week will be underway at Bonneville, and is already a planned stop as we bust ass back to Michigan just in time for Woodward's Dream Cruise.

    I of course need to balance the trip with non-automotive daily events, but visiting the Peterson Museum in L.A. is also on the itenerary.

    Any good cruises or car shows in the San Diego area the first week or two of August? Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated! Once we hit the road, I will trip to upload photos and blog hopefully daily on my blog linked below.
    Motor City Muscle

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    That's awesome. I'm doing the exact same thing next September!

    I'll be watching this.
    Ryan's Cars in Barns Blog
    www.carsinbarns.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      A group of us did this trip two years ago in our classic cars. Do as much of 66 as you can, it was awesome! The small towns and old sites are worth the extra time it will take you. Oatman, AZ (beyond Kingman) was really cool, especially the harrowing mountain pass you take to get there! Incidentally, we called our trip "Continental Drift 2010". I just saw that the newest Ice Age movie is also called Continental Drift. Do you think we'll get any royalties?? lol!

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      • #4
        ive driven a large portion of route 66 over my years, new mexico has to be my favorite of all the states, be sure to take business 40 thru albuquerque, thats route 66, lots of cool places to see and do like kellys brew pub, incredible burgers and its in a building that was built in 1939 and was the local ford dealership

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        about 15 minutes north of there is the unser racing museum, worth a visit too. just west of Albuquerque on I-40 is the Route 66 casino and resort, only place i know of you can order a burger and shake from a Johnny Rockets thats next to a row of slot machines while sitting there feeding the one arm bandit

        Winslow AZ, i fergot the name of the gas staion on the business route right off the interstate but they sell henry weinhardts root beer, i suggest that and go out to the corner to drink it, then you can say you stood on a corner in winslow arizona

        Gallup New Mexico is another cool town to drive the Business route thru, its a dirty town, LOTS of native americans there, but has ALOT of history and old buildings and motor lodges still standing - if you happen to be there for breakfast I suggest you stop at Earls, its on the main drag business route
        Charles W - BS Photographer at large

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        • #5
          Without doing a whole lot of research thus far, am I correct to assume we can pretty much write off Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas when it comes to things to see? I just kind of assumed the cool stuff starts arriving around Oklahoma, Nevada, Texas, Arizona. How close is the expressway? Is it safe to say that most of the route the original 66 is within a a few miles? Perhaps 10-20 miles tops? Our time constraints for the whole trip are fairly tight, as we're looking at about 17-18 days, which includes a stop at Bonneville for at least part of a day. This also depends on how our little one takes to riding in a truck for so many hours. Great input thus far! Can't wait to hit the road.
          Motor City Muscle

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          • #6
            There's a cool stretch from Springfield, MO to Joplin......about an hours drive.
            It's Hwy 96, about the mile marker 57.

            You can see lots of remnants of old gas stations and motels...........and it's a lot more
            scenic that I-44.

            I take it all the time when I go to Joplin and Kansas area.

            Tucumcari, NM is a great spot as well........lots of the old motels there still in business.
            Thom

            "The object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off..."

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            • #7






              Here's a good blog and photos from Chuck & Rett who went from San Diego on Rte 66 to the start of Power Tour.
              Go down to the bottom to start from Day 1
              Last edited by 70chevyC-10; July 16, 2012, 05:34 AM.
              Phil / Omaha

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 70chevyC-10 View Post






                Here's a good blog and photos from Chuck & Rett who went from San Diego on Rte 66 to the start of Power Tour.
                Go down to the bottom to start from Day 1
                http://www.canyonlakecarclub.com/hot...ertour2012.htm
                You need more stickers on the back window
                Thom

                "The object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off..."

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                • #9
                  Yuuuuup -

                  Monk - I'm slipping - I missed First Call at the Elbow Inn, got there too damn early.
                  Used to be I'd race to make Last Call in the good old days. I'm getting old, it was a relief (literally) to see they had a porta-john out back by the firepit.
                  Last edited by 70chevyC-10; July 16, 2012, 05:53 AM.
                  Phil / Omaha

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                  • #10
                    Route 66- I have been from end to end but did it in two separate trips. The first trip was from OK city to Santa Monica. Each state thru here has its own Route 66 museum. The one in Oklahoma was the best, IMO, but they are all good. There are several good websites that will give you directions on how to travel the old road. I would not miss the Midway Cafe in Texas at the middle of 66, Meteor Crater/ the painted desert, Flagstaff, Williams, AZ (yep- the whole freakin town is cool!), Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive in in Seligman, AZ for some good laughs and ice cream, the longest unmolested section of Route 66 still in existence from Seligman to Kingman, and Oatman, AZ. Also the Hackberry general store in Hackberry, AZ. We really enjoyed chasing down old alignments of 66 as we drove.

                    The second trip we made, we picked up 66 in OK city and drove to Chicago. You say there is nothing to do in IL, MO, etc. but it took us 3 days just to get across MO. For this section, the must sees are: the round barn- just outside of OK city, Soda Pops- not far from the round barn, Miami, OK was cool with it's archetecture, the various caves in MO, the auto museum in Joplin, MO, Drewes frozen custard in St. Louis, the chain of rocks bridge across the MS river, the Cozy Dog drive inn in Springfield, IL, and several other places that I don't remember the names of in IL. It is best not to get in any hurry- there are cool things to see around every curve of the old road.

                    Now I want to go again! Next time, it will be in an old car. The wife and I had a blast. Just take your time and follow the road. After you have been down it, you will understand the line from the movie Cars that goes something like "you didn't drive on it to make good time, you did it to have a good time."

                    Interstates suck!
                    Why think when you can be doing something fruitful?

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                    • #11
                      You can check out www.socalcarculture.com for all car events in so. california. (then click on events). If you are coming through the town of Victorville (the original route 66 is still there), we have the CA Route 66 Museum which has alot of great stuff pertaining to the old road! I believe this is the only route 66 museum that is on the original part of the road!
                      Last edited by bearphoto; July 16, 2012, 06:33 AM.
                      Life is too short to drive boring cars!

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                      • #12
                        Oh- and make vow not to eat at any fast food places- eat at the Mom and Pop's places along the road. They will appreciate your business. The Route 66 society maintains a list of places to eat and stay that are not national chains and rates them.

                        Just thought of the Rock Cafe in Stroud, OK. The car named "Sally" in the original Cars movie was patterned after the proprieter.
                        Last edited by Orange65; July 16, 2012, 06:34 AM.
                        Why think when you can be doing something fruitful?

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                        • #13
                          Agreed with the suggestions for Oatman. You can really experience a piece of history by coming up the grade and over the hill into that town.

                          Try to get into San Diego on a Thursday evening, get a good night's sleep, then go see the Midway museum at the harbor on Friday...it isn't cars but if you enjoy machines and history you'll get a kick out of wandering through a real aircraft carrier. Then hit the Escondido cruise! Even without your own older car to cruise in, you can hoof-it up the street with the crowd, check out all the goings-on and find a bite to eat along the sidewalk. You'll see photos from that event (held every Friday evening in the summer) habitually placed in Car Craft, it really is one of the best around.
                          ...

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                          • #14
                            Lots of '66 touring on the Power Tour this year. This thread has tons of info, especially on MO, KS, and OK.

                            Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
                            HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


                            Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

                            The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Orange65 View Post
                              Route 66- I have been from end to end but did it in two separate trips. The first trip was from OK city to Santa Monica. Each state thru here has its own Route 66 museum. The one in Oklahoma was the best, IMO, but they are all good. There are several good websites that will give you directions on how to travel the old road. I would not miss the Midway Cafe in Texas at the middle of 66, Meteor Crater/ the painted desert, Flagstaff, Williams, AZ (yep- the whole freakin town is cool!), Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive in in Seligman, AZ for some good laughs and ice cream, the longest unmolested section of Route 66 still in existence from Seligman to Kingman, and Oatman, AZ. Also the Hackberry general store in Hackberry, AZ. We really enjoyed chasing down old alignments of 66 as we drove.

                              The second trip we made, we picked up 66 in OK city and drove to Chicago. You say there is nothing to do in IL, MO, etc. but it took us 3 days just to get across MO. For this section, the must sees are: the round barn- just outside of OK city, Soda Pops- not far from the round barn, Miami, OK was cool with it's archetecture, the various caves in MO, the auto museum in Joplin, MO, Drewes frozen custard in St. Louis, the chain of rocks bridge across the MS river, the Cozy Dog drive inn in Springfield, IL, and several other places that I don't remember the names of in IL. It is best not to get in any hurry- there are cool things to see around every curve of the old road.

                              Now I want to go again! Next time, it will be in an old car. The wife and I had a blast. Just take your time and follow the road. After you have been down it, you will understand the line from the movie Cars that goes something like "you didn't drive on it to make good time, you did it to have a good time."

                              Interstates suck!
                              Ted Drewes is well worth the stop.
                              Thom

                              "The object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off..."

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