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Offline Marmalade

Route66
« on: May 13, 2023, 09:20:27 pm »
is it possible to complete route 66 by bike while sleeping in the evening in motel hotels, without camping equipment. Thanks

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Route66
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2023, 10:26:08 pm »
First, welcome to the ACA Forums!

With careful planning and occasional long (100+ miles) and/or short (20 miles) days and/or going off route it is.  And some hotels might be a bit pricey but it is the only thing around.  These situations occur west of Amarillo.

Best suggestion is to buy a set of maps and that will help you plan.  You could buy an older set on eBay if cost is a concern. I guess you could do a rough estimate using Google Maps but remember you might have to use "car mode" typically as Google does not route onto Interstates (which is mostly legal outside metro areas) west of OKC. 

Another suggestion is to look at journals over at CycleBlaze and CrazyGuyonaBike and by reading several, you might get an idea as to the hotel spacing.

The more difficult spots are western AZ/eastern CA.  We did have lots of 65-70 mile days with some climbing.

Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy the tour!

Tailwinds, John

Offline John Nelson

Re: Route66
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2023, 01:26:04 am »
Route 66 is one of the better routes for staying in motels. That's because it is usually close to an interstate highway, where there is always a motel nearby. You may, however, want to make a few alterations. E.g., you might want to skip the trip south between Grants and Gallup, NM, and just stay on the interstate instead (even though the ACA recommends against it). You might also want to skip the trip north between Seligman and Kingman, AZ (although that's one of the most charming parts of the route, and you could find a place to stay at Grand Canyon Caverns). You will probably need to skip Amboy, CA, unless you are okay with sleeping in one of Roy's defunct cabins.

You'll have to be okay, however, with riding on the interstate.

Offline Marmalade

Re: Route66
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2023, 02:53:04 pm »
thank you very much for your answers much appreciated

Offline Marmalade

Re: Route66
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2023, 03:04:47 pm »
hello again, still planning. Is it possible to drive on interstate 93 between Kingman and Las Vegas

Offline John Nelson

Re: Route66
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2023, 06:35:06 pm »
Is it possible to drive on interstate 93 between Kingman and Las Vegas
First of all, 93 is not an interstate. It's a US highway.

Drive? Yes, of course. That's what highways are for.

But perhaps you meant to ask if you could ride a bicycle from Kingman to Las Vegas. It is legal to ride a bicycle on US 93, and it does have a shoulder.

Are you asking if that's the best way to ride from Kingman to Las Vegas?

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Route66
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2023, 06:50:22 pm »
There is a song, in case you didn't know.   "You'll Get Your Kicks on Route 66." There is an old TV series with Martin Milner and George Maharris named Route 66.