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Old 12-05-2018, 12:57 PM   #1
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Route 66 ?'s

Anyone ever follow it from start to finish, east to west, what's left? I wonder if I will be able to negotiate it from its stating point in Chicago with my 23' class C? When I lived out west I explored almost all of it in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. I would like to take my time and drive the whole thing in the fall of 2019. Any advice about camping along the way is much welcomed. Mike

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I think most of route 66 is now I-40.

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Route 66 ?'s

Yea well I tried following it several years ago and in New Mexico (I think) ended up on this with our 38’ DP.[ATTACH]228181
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:57 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by hohenwald48 View Post
I think most of route 66 is now I-40.

And some (near Chicago) is under I-55.
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You might want to do some research as to what you can drive on nowadays- online or a book. Your 23' would surely be able to do so if there's something to drive on. It's like a car.
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I drove most of it way back when several times. In car and then later in a class C.

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Sad to think about how the folks suffered when the interstate came though. The old road was so vibrant you did not notice it at the time.

I have to say THIS is a place you have to stop at for food made the same way back when I was a local boy. I am now 75 and the food is still good.

Continue on Joliet Rd. (northern frontage rd.).
Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket on the left before the intersection with IL-83, at 645 Joliet Rd.
Get back onto I-55 at exit 274.
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Thanks for the advise NRR, that sounds like a great lunch spot on the first day of my journey. I love the simpler times that route 66 represents and wish I could have traveled on it back in the "day". Mike
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I have traveled Route 66 from Chicago to the AZ/CA border three times now with a motorcycle, travel trailer and a motor home. I grew up in Chicago. That doesn’t make me an expert by any means, but I have a few opinions to offer….

- Do not drive any of Chicago’s surface streets with your motorhome. Except for a picture of the start of Route 66 sign there is not anything left to see pertaining to 66. Starting in Joliet, IL area would be a better idea. Big cities are problem areas and tend to destroy anything that has lost its immediate value. On our last trip our first campground was the Illinois State Park, Starved Rock. There are several SP in the area of Joliet.
- If you use a GPS, the POI Factory is a good source of Route 66 waypoints. There are hundreds of waypoints out there if former gas stations, motels and unique route features interest you. BTW, a GPS that uses routes and wants to re-route you every time you miss a waypoint will drive you nuts. You need one that will allow you to create a track.
- There are a number of good books out there. Two that I have used are: “EZ66 Guide for Travelers” by Jerry McClanahan and “Route 66 Lost & Found” by Russell Olsen.
- The next big city to be cautious of is St. Louis, MO. See the Chain of Rocks Bridge on the east side and then get to the interstate and don’t stop at the MO Welcome Center. The rest of the large cities seem to be okay if you avoid rush hour. Tulsa was a little sketchy at night.

Bridges: MO has at least one 8 ton bridge and several 9 ton bridges that you will cross if you are closely following the route. Your 23’ Class C should be under these limits. My 33’ Class A would be pushing the 9 ton limit.

Museums: Clinton, OK has my favorite one

Sections of Road: West from El Reno across the Pony Bridges to Lucille’s (south of Hydro, OK) sticks out in my mind as one of the best road sections.

Off route site to see: Red Oak II north of Carthage, MO
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Starve Rock is a long way off rt 66!
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:34 AM   #11
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Route 66 mostly gone BUT there are still great roads to take.

Secondary/back roads .........that is what we used during our 7 yrs FT
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Starve Rock is a long way off rt 66!
Thanks Grumpy, I didn't know that.

As I stated in my post, there are other State Parks in the area.

For me, it was a good stopping point from my previous day's travel. I grew up in Chicago's south side. Starved Rock SP was a summer time family picnic destination in my youth.

Tastes vary by person. For those that think there is nothing of Route 66 left to experience, I have 80 POIs for IL and another 60 for MO. For my route from Chicago to the AZ/CA border I have about 400 POIs.

POI = points of interest
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On YouTube, Nomadic Fanatic, drove Route 66 in his class C motorhome last year. Look him up and see first hand the trip you want to take
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There are great Route 66 museums in both Clinton, mentioned previously, and Elk City, OK. One of our favorite campgrounds is the CCC-built city park (very long, nicely spaced, W/E hookups and dump for $12/night) in nearby Sayre, OK.

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