Friday, April 2, 2010

Best Route 66 Resources

With more miles of Route 66 than any other state, it would be impossible for us to show all of the Mother Road within Oklahoma's borders in just one single episode. In future shows (Brad/Rex) and I will be exploring more stretches of Route 66, and meeting more of the folks out there on the road. Some of them are survivors, and some of them are thriving, over eighty years after America's Main Street was opened.

We hope you'll tune in, and come ride along. And we also hope you hit the road on your own, and start making your own memories of the Mother Road. If you're ready to go you'll find some great resources available to guide your journey. Here's a few tools we have found helpful- this is just a small sample of what's available.

First up is the Oklahoma Route 66 Guide. This is a free publication offered by the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and preserving Route 66. The guide follows the entire route, from east-to-west, with detailed maps and points of interest along the way. The original alignments of the highway are highlighted, along with the present-day Interstate just in case you have to hurry home. It's very accurate because a new edition is published each June. It's very thorough and invaluable for anyone interested in retracing the original route of the highway. But the best part is it's free! You can pick up a copy of the Oklahoma Route 66 Guide from merchants along the old road, most Oklahoma welcome centers, or visit the Association's website to order a copy by mail- or download a printer-friendly version.

Sample page from Route 66: the ultimate road tripAnother great resource that's free for the asking is Route 66: the Ultimate Road Trip, a brochure available from the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. These are also available at Oklahoma welcome centers, or you can request one online from

This is a nice publication- and calling it a brochure is really underselling it. At 18 pages it's more of a booklet. Inside you'll find loads of cool retro artwork like old postcards, roadside ads and excellent photography. But it's not just fluff for the eyes- you'll also find some very helpful information!

Hogs on Route 66 by Michael WallisAnd finally, a suggestion for all our fellow riders.

The name Michael Wallis has become synonymous with Route 66, ever since his book of the same name introduced a generation to America's Main Street. But did you know he often tours the Old Road on his Harley? He has chronicled the journey, the food and the freedom of the road in Hogs on 66: Best Feed & Hangouts for Roadtrips on Route 66. This 224 page travelogue offers a behind-the-scenes look at life on the Mother Road, and the adventure of numerous motorcycle rides.

This is just a sample of resources available to help you begin your adventure on Route 66. What's your favorite? Comment here or visit us on Facebook to share your top choices.
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