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hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Sep 30, 2017 - 09:29pm PT
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Route_66,_Williams

The last Route 66 town to be bypassed by I-40, Williams (pop. 2,842; elev. 6,780 feet) held out until the bitter end, waging court battle after court battle before finally surrendering on October 13, 1984. Despite the town’s long opposition, in the end Williams gave in gracefully, going so far as to hold a celebration-c#m-wake for the old road, highlighted by a performance atop a new freeway overpass by none other than Mr. Route 66 himself, Bobby “Get Your Kicks” Troup.
-from roadtripusa.com
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Seattle
Oct 1, 2017 - 05:51am PT
My wife and I recently had a teardrop trailer built for road trippin', and Route 66 is on our radar. Not my first choice for U.S. scenery, but still a cool, historic route with lots of cool stuff to see.

My grandfather was a heavy equipment operator on the construction of the Lincoln Highway (the first transcontinental highway), so my Dad grew up from town to town to town along that route.

These old highway systems have an allure that's sort of hard to describe.

Our behemoth RV.
Our behemoth RV.
Credit: Tom Patterson

Credit: Tom Patterson

Yours truly. Can't you just imagine me getting my kicks on Rt. 66?
Yours truly. Can't you just imagine me getting my kicks on Rt. 66?
Credit: Tom Patterson
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Oct 1, 2017 - 09:48am PT
Tight kit there Tom, looks good too.

DMT
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Oct 1, 2017 - 04:20pm PT
Blue Whale Catoosa OK
Blue Whale Catoosa OK
Credit: F10

Traveled Route 66 last Fall from Chicago to Amarillo TX. I had already done the other section before. Lots of history and interesting sights along the way. Well worth the trip.
adenparker

climber
Encinitas, CA
Oct 2, 2017 - 07:18am PT
Tom Patterson - I know this is out of nowhere, but I tried contacting you through supertopo to ask you about a climbing area in San Diego, but I don't think it got to you. Is there an email I can try or some other way to contact you?
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Seattle
Oct 2, 2017 - 03:26pm PT
Sure thing, adenparker: tompatterson45(at)comcast.net
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Oct 2, 2017 - 04:40pm PT
There should be a picture of Roy's in Amboy.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 2, 2017 - 04:52pm PT
drive by in amboy
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie
walk about in ludlow
adenparker

climber
Encinitas, CA
Oct 3, 2017 - 07:05am PT
Awesome, thanks Tom. Sent one over.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Oct 3, 2017 - 07:40am PT
One of the compromises for bypassing Williams AZ was some sneaky placement of signage on eastbound 40 that will force you to drive through Williams on the way to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The popularity of the GC has saved Williams

Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Oct 3, 2017 - 08:07am PT
THIS is a GREAT thread! It has been a long held dream of mine to ride a motorbike along as much of Route 66 as I could. Ideally I would do it on an older bike of my youth. An old Triumph TR6 would be cool, but a /5 beemer would probably be more reliable. I really intend to do this in the not so distant future, and this thread is a great way to keep those fires burning. Thanks, Ed, for starting this one.
cheers
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 3, 2017 - 09:12am PT
And when you do Nick, your finish or start will be in Santa Monica where we can lift a cold one.

Moss
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 6, 2017 - 10:52pm PT
"THIS is a GREAT thread!" bump
before it gets buried.
A '56 on Rte. 66.  Or maybe a '55? <br/>
Williams, AZ.
A '56 on Rte. 66. Or maybe a '55?
Williams, AZ.
Credit: mouse from merced
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 26, 2017 - 05:21am PT
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-bealeroad/

Credit: hooblie

From 1857 to 1860 Lieutenant Edward Beale, a crew of 100 men, and 22 camels built the first federal highway in the southwest. Beale’s road roughly followed Lieutenant Amiel Whipple’s trail west across Arizona through the Flagstaff area and then a little north through Peach Springs and Truxton Wash, which was named for Beale’s son, before making its way through the Kingman area and on to the Colorado River.

Although the camels were very effective at packing heavy loads across the dry, rocky landscape, they did not meet with positive acceptance from the muleskinners who saw the animals as “foul-smelling, evil tempered, and ugly.” They also scared the horses and mules. Despite the protests, these beasts trudged across northern Arizona as Beale and his crew cleared a 10-foot wide track and pushed the rocks to the side to allow wagons to travel on the track.

When Beale’s job was complete, he wrote of the road:

“It is the shortest route from our western frontier by 300 miles, being nearly directly west. It is the most level, our wagons only double-teaming once in the entire distance, and that at a short hill, and over a surface heretofore unbroken by wheels or trail of any kind. It is well-watered! Our greatest distance without water at any time being twenty miles … It crosses the great desert (which must be crossed by any road to California) at its narrowest point.”

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-camelcaravans/
and each animal was packed with one thousand pounds of provisions and military stores. With this load they made from 30 to 40 miles per day, finding their own subsistence in even the most barren country and going without water from six to ten days at a time.”
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 26, 2017 - 05:59am PT
Beale AFB [near Marysville, CA] was established in 1942 as Camp Beale and is named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822–1893),
a former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a Brigadier General in the California Militia who was an explorer and frontiersman in California.
--Wiki

He is popularly credited with this sentimental statement:
"I'd rather walk a mile with a camel than a horse or a mule."
--The Beast 66
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 26, 2017 - 06:26am PT
Nice set up Tom Patterson. Enjoy the ride and post up often on your journey!


Scott
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Nov 26, 2017 - 06:58am PT
I LOVE me some Route 66. I've cycled the Cali-AZ section a couple of times. Behold!

Credit: Bad Climber
Credit: Bad Climber
Credit: Bad Climber
Solo tour.  My camera at the time had a good, long self timer!
Solo tour. My camera at the time had a good, long self timer!
Credit: Bad Climber
Oatman street walker
Oatman street walker
Credit: Bad Climber

So many great memories. The section from Newberry Springs to Ludlow is to be avoided on a bike, however. The worst pavement on the planet. I rode the Hwy 40 shoulder after my first experience with Rt. 66 pavement on that stretch.

BAd
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 26, 2017 - 10:30am PT
Crossed it every morning to get to my high school, which is right on the route.

The bike journey above is truly bad ass!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 26, 2017 - 05:22pm PT
not shure what this has to do with rt 66 as i think rt66 is down south somewheres? this place is in Acadia Maine
Credit: tradmanclimbs
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 26, 2017 - 06:29pm PT
Checked out their website--

http://www.bhroute66.com

It's in Bar Harbor, closed on the 24th of October this year.

Possibly the result of an Easterner's fascination with the Wild West?

We'll have to get T Hocking to inquire when he's in Maine next.
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