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There are no unpaved sections on the stretch I outlined. I've ridden it.
You can ride all the way from the Grand Canyon thru Window Rock to Abiquiu.
All pavement, low traffic. Services comparable to the Western Express.
The unpaved part is a zag to Chaco Canyon NHP. Well worth it.
This park includes some of the oldest and most extensive ancient Puebloan ruins.
Speaking of history. And I do teach college history.
The fact is - Route 66 in Arizona and New Mexico has largely disappeared under I-40 since the 1970s.
Yes, there is the fabulous section thru Peach Springs. But between Flagstaff and Albuquerque it is questionable.
In many places the old road from the 1930s is a streak in the desert.
Where there are maintained sections, they often dead-end at a fence on the interstate.
And when there is a usable service road, it can be right next to 20,000 vehicles on I-40.
Nearly everyone who has tried to ride Route 66 has complained about this section.
If you reroute a little bit - i.e. onto Townsend Winona Rd - you are already "off route".
And if you are riding on I-40, you are certainly not riding on historic Route 66.
Although I am not absolutely against riding on an interstate - it defeats the purpose of touring IMO.
I won't detour 100 miles to avoid 5 miles of interstate riding where it's the only option - -
But to plan a route that includes considerable mileage of interstate and service road riding is less than ideal.
I won't take issue on the principal route choice. Given that the ACA route will follow the historic Rt-66 as close as possible, I hope that there will be suggested alternates for the noise, smells and spoiled views on the roads running in close proximity of I-40. Between Elk City and Clinton-OK there is a 30 miles long quiet paved backcountry road. On Google Maps it is signed as E1120 Rd, but all local road signs that I saw had EW-112 on it. Sorry, if this duplicates suggestions already made, but I have not seen any proposals for Oklahoma.
Please be aware Kamper Kompanion Rv Park Litchfield, Ill Is giving the camping rate for all bicylclist traveling per bike on route 66 a rate of $6.66 for one night tent camping. Free coffee.
Kamper kompanion Rv Park
18388 E. Frontage Rd.
Litchfield, Ill 62056
On I55 exit 60
It is regrettable that the need to follow an exact routing
takes precedence over the quality of the cycling experience, itself.