Day 3 on the road, Springfield, Mo to Tulsa, Ok (370km / 230 miles)

We started the day at 9 am for a 2 hour drive to Carthage, note that the signs for Route 66 is not great in the area so allow for some extra time to find your way. In Carthage, we stopped at the Civil war museum for a short visit. The museum is quite small but free so it is worth the visit and understand Missouri’s role in the civil war and the battle of Carthage.

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Then on to Joplin and past Carterville, and a real life creation from Disney’s Cars.

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Next stop Kansas, route 66 only runs a short stretch through Kansas and made a short stop at Galena to see the famous county jail, and then a lunch stop in Baxter Springs which is the biggest town in the county with 4,000 people.

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After lunch we headed for Oklahoma, and the first stop was Commerce with two original gas stations and one of them with a diner inside.

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Just before Afton is an original part of the 1922 the route, which is 3 km /2 miles long and mostly a dirt track, but you can imagine what it would have been like to drive it back in the day.

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We continue via Vinita, Claremore and finally hit Tulsa at 4 pm. After checking in to the hotel, Hyatt Place Tulsa South, we head downtown to check out the sights, jazz and the Woodie Guthrie museum.

Day 2 on the road, St. Louis to Springfield, Mo (316km / 200 miles)

We started the day with a short drive to Meramec Caverns which has some of the world’s biggest stalagmites, and some massive caves which served as a hideout for Jesse James. The tour is a must and the caverns are absolutely amazing, the guides are great and it ends with a lightshow in a completely dark cave.

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We then followed Route 66 which runs alongside the interstate and drove through some of the small towns like Bourbon, Cuba, Devil’s elbow and Lebanon.

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We followed route 66 to Springfield in Missouri which was our stop for the night, as we arrived early we had a look at downtown and drove past the civilwar cemetary. I ended the day with introducing the Bass Pro store to my travel companions, which is always a way of showing how big things can be in the US. We spent the night at Hampton Inn at Springfield South, which is a brand new hotel.

Day 1 on the road, Chicago to St. Louis (410km / 260 miles)

We started at 9 am going through the surburbs of Chicago towards Joliet, through small thoroughfares with lots of old wooden houses in size from normal to very grand. Barring a small strech on the interstate all of it was on small roads and it was well signposted with both Route 66 and stateroad 4

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We drove through towns such as Romeoville, Lockport, Plainfield before hitting Joliet. Driving through Joliet, we looked at the downtown area, Rialto Square theatre and the old prison. Next stop was Elwood and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetory which is the second largest after Arlington. We paid our respect as there was a military funeral at the time of our visit.

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Then on to Dwight and look at one of the original gasstations along the route, and then some lunch at a period dinner next doors.

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After lunch a short drive to Odell and another preserved gasstation and hitting the road again along a dillapadated straight stretch of Route 66 with the old congrete section running along side. We rode past small towns such as Pontiac with some iconic bridges, Lexington, Bloomington with some fantastic buildings, McLean, Atlanta, Lincoln and on to Springfield, Illinois.

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In Springfield we stopped at Lincoln’s home and tomb as well as having a look at the Illinois State Military Museum, and the rest of the day was slightly faster driving through Auburn, Virden, Staunton and finally hitting St. Louis for a well deserved rest. We opted to stay slightly outside St. Louis in Chesterfield’s Hyatt Place to avoid traffic on the morning after.

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On balance, I think this was too long for a day’s travel, and reflecting on it, we should have stayed at Springfield, IL as we didn’t make it to the hotel until 9 pm.

 

The journey begins…

The journey began at the airport picking up a nice new Mustang with 16 miles on the clock!.DSC_1901DSC_1900

Then on to downtown Chicago and the Route 66 start sign and some sightseeing in Chicago. The start of route 66 in right in downtown and a stone through from the parks.

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We also managed to have a look at the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field and John Hancock Observatory to mention a few. We managed to coincide with the Chicago Pride festival so the town was busy and traffic was mad.

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For the first night we stayed at the Hampton Inn Rosemont, which is brand new and only a 10 minute drive from the airport, and not far from continuing on route 66

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First day on the mother road tomorrow…

 

Riding the mother road…

Amboy, Kalifornien, USA, Hist. Route 66
So I have decided to drive Route 66 this summer with some friends and here is the original plan, and I will be posting a day by day account of the trip.

The rough budget for this is:
Flights:
From £500 outbound to Chicago and inbound via Los Angeles.
Car:
We pondered several alternatives such a Mustang or Charger Convertible, new or vintage, buy or rent, and in the end we settled on a renting a new Mustang Convertible and the cost including a one-way fee ended up being $2000
Petrol:
Totally the route we are taking is 2485 miles (4000km) and if you add in some excursions and wrong turns I think it will be about 3000 miles, on average (combined city/highway) a new mustang does 25mpg which will make about 120 US gallons and the average price along the route is $3.25 per gallon which adds up to $400/3 persons = $135 per person
Hotel:
The aim is to stay at medium priced motels and share a room, and that would be 13*$180/3 persons = $800 per person.
Other costs:
We are calculating on average to spend about $75 per day on food, beer and sightseeing which takes us to $975 per person. This takes us to a grand total of about $2,600 per person without the flights.

The route initial route and time table is here:
Day 1 Chicago
Day 2 Chicago till Springfield, IL (325 km)
Day 3 Springfield till St. Louis (160 km)
Day 4 St. Louis till Springfield, MO (350 km)
Day 5 Springfield, MO till Tulsa (370 km)
Day 6 Tulsa till Oklahoma City (230 km)
Day 7 Oklahoma City till Amarillo (420 km)
Day 8 Amarillo till Santa Rosa (275 km)
Day 9 Santa Rosa till Albuquerque via Santa Fe (290 km)
Day 10 Albuquerque till Holbrook (370 km)
Day 11 Holbrook till Flagstaff via Grand Canyon National Park (360 km)
Day 12 Flagstaff till Las Vegas (400 km)
Day 13 Las Vegas till Los Angeles via Barstow (430 km)

We are starting on the 25 June 2016, so I will keep you posted after that.