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Route 66 Overview

Overview of our adventure


We wrote most of this sat in LAX waiting for our 1030 flight back to Chicago.

15 days ago we started our trip of a lifetime, we’ve had such a wonderful time and adventure riding a Harley Davidson Electra glide for 2750 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica pier LA. The bike never let us down, running perfectly all of the time. BUT in slow moving traffic it’s a beast, the vibrations at slow speeds and whilst stopped shook the fillings out of your teeth. We are glad that we opted for the Harley as we now know that we will never ever own one!!! The bike was very comfortable to sit on and ride at normal and high speeds and the carrying capacity was perfect. We were also grateful for the cruise control.

Through our journey we have seen so many wonderful sights, met some very interesting people and took several hundred photographs.

Some of the highlights are:

Wonderful open roads with little or no traffic.
Wall to wall sunshine.
For the entire journey we shared every evening meal due to such large portions.
Seligman was a surprise in that it was a real good stop. All genuine Route 66 buildings and people..
Petrified forest views were stunning.
The day wandering around Santa Fe old town.
Riding through the Mohave Desert experiencing temperatures in the mid 40s.
A welcome cold beer (or 2) every evening.

Some of the lowlights are:

Traffic in St Louis due to major roadworks.
Didn’t get to have an ice cream on the journey!!!

Our journey of 2750 miles cost us $216 or £141 meaning that each mile cost us only £0.05p !

Once Route 66 was replaced by the interstates, lots of the thriving small towns became derelict due to no passing trade. During our journey on the Route we saw homes and commercial properties derelict and abandoned with rusting vehicles, trailers, trucks and motor homes littered around. This, in itself, was interesting to see as it is like the Marie Celest of Route 66.

The start of our journey began in Chicago. As we were staying down town we needed to travel to Eagle Rider by taxi. On leaving our hotel a cab was hailed for us which was driven by a young Oriental/Asian woman. Yesterday on arriving into Chicago O’Hare airport, after collecting our bag we took ourselves to the taxi queue. The cab that was hailed for us was being driven by the SAME YOUNG WOMAN who recognised us and said, “Hi guys, you’re back from your journey.” What are the chances of that in a City this big !!!!!!!

Kitted up at the start of our journey

Kitted up at the start of our journey

The official end of Route 66

The official end of Route 66

Handing the bike back at the end of our journey in T shirts, our normal mode of travelling

Handing the bike back at the end of our journey in T shirts, our normal mode of travelling

Posted by RickAdderley 06:49 Archived in USA

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