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Offline CMajernik

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2017, 05:09:30 pm »
In October of 2017 we updated and reprinted the section 3 map where Tulsa (and Oklahoma City) are located. We changed the routing in both of the cities based on locals' advice due to safety concerns. Pete had let us know last summer about his accident.   
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Offline PNWRider92

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2018, 04:34:44 pm »
I never rode the old section but the way the route goes now through both cities is great.
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Offline PeteJack

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2018, 11:24:36 pm »
It's good to hear that the Tulsa and OKC routes have been reworked. I started again from Tulsa and got as far as Santa Rosa NM, the 25-35 mph headwinds just wore me out and I hired a truck to take me to Albuquerque and abandoned for a second time. If the winds are reasonable I may start again from Santa Fe this fall. The scenery was just starting to get interesting.

Offline PNWRider92

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2018, 12:09:57 pm »
It's good to hear that the Tulsa and OKC routes have been reworked. I started again from Tulsa and got as far as Santa Rosa NM, the 25-35 mph headwinds just wore me out and I hired a truck to take me to Albuquerque and abandoned for a second time. If the winds are reasonable I may start again from Santa Fe this fall. The scenery was just starting to get interesting.

We rode Interstate 40 from Moriarty to Albuquerque and skipped the Las Vegas/Santa Fe section. The route is best, IMO, through Arizona. It’s beautiful. We had headwinds everyday. Sometimes 40-50 mph. It was demoralizing at times.
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Offline John Nelson

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2018, 12:57:24 pm »
We rode Interstate 40 from Moriarty to Albuquerque and skipped the Las Vegas/Santa Fe section.
But Santa Fe is really cool, and interstates really suck. And the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque is a designated scenic byway. If you have the time, I recommend taking the route through Santa Fe. It's hilly though, and there aren't many services.

Offline John Nettles

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2018, 01:01:40 pm »
I would also encourage a W>E direction if possible.  We host several WS guests on BR66 and almost universally the W>E complain about the winds and they haven't even gotten to the strong winds yet.  Yeah I understand the desire to "go west young man" but I prefer enjoyable over "authentic".
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline PNWRider92

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2018, 01:04:38 pm »
We rode Interstate 40 from Moriarty to Albuquerque and skipped the Las Vegas/Santa Fe section.
But Santa Fe is really cool, and interstates really suck. And the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque is a designated scenic byway. If you have the time, I recommend taking the route through Santa Fe. It's hilly though, and there aren't many services.

I’ve been to Santa Fe and agree it’s nice. I’ve also driven that road between ABQ and SF. It’s busy, narrow and lacks shoulders in many places. After getting hit last year I tend to avoid those roads when I can. 40 was pretty between Moriarty and ABQ. Except a bridge with no shoulder.
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Offline John Nelson

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2018, 01:22:31 pm »
I would also encourage a W>E direction if possible.  We host several WS guests on BR66 and almost universally the W>E complain about the winds and they haven't even gotten to the strong winds yet.  Yeah I understand the desire to "go west young man" but I prefer enjoyable over "authentic".
John, is there a typo in this post. Should one or the other of your "W>E" be "E>W"?

Offline John Nettles

Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2018, 02:58:09 pm »
Yep, sorry.  I meant to say the westbound riders complain so you should head eastbound from the Pacific.  Let me clarify.  Due to the strong winds during the riding season, the winds are either from the W, SW, or S for most of the route depending on where you are on the route.  Therefore, if you leave the Pacific and head toward Chicago, you have a much greater chance of direct or at least slight tailwinds as opposed to direct or slight headwinds.  The further east you get the more the winds come from the south so right about when you you start angling to the NE near Oklahoma City, the winds are typically out of the SSW.  As you near Chicago, the winds are more variable but at least it is flatter and you should be strong by then.

Thanks for catching the contradiction!  John
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John