For readers of the EZ 66 Guide for Travelers, I have provided free online updates to help keep your Route 66 experience as current as possible. As you might imagine, Route 66 is constantly undergoing changes, some good, others not so. Businesses open and close, roads are re-routed and street names change.
Please check back here just before your trip for the latest info. Entries are dated as to when they were added.
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EZ 66 readers have been helpful in keeping me keep the guidebook updated in between my own road trips, so if you discover something that needs to be addressed while on your journey, please let me know!
NM page 28
Jun 24, 2017 at 1:26:34 am [Print]
Bad news! Access to the infamous La Bajada Hill, on pre 1932 66 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM has been blocked off from below by the authority of the Pueblo de Cohchiti. My friend Andy sent me a photo of the locked gate where once you could turn off the road to Tetilla peak Rec Area, about a mile from NM 16. Once off the paved road, you could formerly join the old dirt 66 and cross the 1928 bridge to reach the foot of the road that winds roughly up the mesa. A sign says "No Trespassing-$500 Fine" so I guess they mean business. It is unknown if the top half of the mesa, which is government land, is still reachable from Santa Fe.
Jun 21, 2017 at 12:39:09 am [Print]
Its extremely hot out west at the moment...especially some areas of AZ and CA. Keep an eye on the weather reports and stay cool.
OZARK TRAIL OPTION OK page-16
Jun 21, 2017 at 12:28:43 am [Print]
Sadly, the 1917 culvert was removed when the asphalt pavement on a stretch of this OPTION was dug up. That section is now gravel. The 1909 Culvert is still there on the east-west stretch that remains paved. Although this culvert long ago lost its pipe guard rails and is beat up, the legend "BUILT 1909" is still readable, stamped into the south concrete side rail. There are a couple other concrete culverts on this option, but no dates are visible. BTW...the Ozark trails obelisk still stands, but covered in grafitti.
Jun 21, 2017 at 12:21:44 am [Print]
Posted by: Steve Hawke on 1 - Jun 19, 2017 at 7:32:42 pm
An update on a section between Helendale and Oro-Grande, after Barstow. There is freshly layed gravel and 'OIL'(resurfacing to us Brits)),just not what us bikers want to see in a road-sign whilst riding. Pristine paint jobs may want to avoid this area for a time. It was easily passable but the reduced speed (35/45 mph)made it a little tedious. Thanks for the great research and all the updates. Steve, Paul and Gary,UK
Jun 18, 2017 at 3:26:53 pm [Print]
Work is proceeding (after a delay caused by funding shortfalls) to widen the shoulders of OK 66 from the Lincoln County line west to Luther. While I will miss the formerly intimate closeness of roadside trees, etc, this will make the road safer, especially when bicyclists are present.
Dirt 66 sections
Jun 18, 2017 at 3:21:41 pm [Print]
Tim also related his experience with some sections of Dirt 66 in NM and AZ becoming somewhat rough after heavy rains. This is to be expected, but usually the roads are smoothed out again.
OPTION CA page 8
Jun 18, 2017 at 3:19:39 pm [Print]
Reader Tim reports that "San Bernardino County has placed what seems to be pavement sealer or something similar over about 17 miles of road from...Newberry Springs... east to where the road crosses over Highway 40 (note: Lavic Rd (NO EXIT) see map CA page 6)...west of Ludlow. All the egregious cracks and potholes that were there last year are gone. The road is still "noisy" but otherwise a good drive now."
This is very good news. But I would wait for them to hopefully finish repaving the 8 miles stretch from the Lavic Rd overpass east to Ludlow before driving this stretch. There is no I-40 acess between Ludlow exit ans Hector Rd exit.
Jun 11, 2017 at 3:27:28 pm [Print]
Reader Tim informs me that there is a rough detour on the route between HWY V and and Northwye (east of Rolla). Until the new connector road is complete, I would join I-44 at Hwy V and exit at Hwy 63 into Rolla (or the reverse EB).
AZ page 25
May 12, 2017 at 7:44:27 pm [Print]
From J D Rose:
"Bikers be aware that there is fresh oil and deep gravel on Route 66 just north of Topock through Sacramento wash and Golden Shores."
Owners of restored or expensive cars take note too!
You could skip this by taking CO RD 1 from Golden Shores direct to Needles.
Another CA list bump (a good one!)
May 07, 2017 at 8:39:07 pm [Print]
CA: section of Cajon Blvd reopened . on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:40:52 pm [remove] -  [Print] I just wanted to bump this update back to the top of the list for the coming travel season. Its good news for once!
CA PAGES 15 THRU 18 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:13:49 pm
If you go to facebook and search for my page:
"EZ 66 Guide to Route 66"
you can print out the 4 revised pages of the EZ 66 Guide that cover the reconnected section of Cajon Blvd north of San Bernardino!
The print button on this page is not connected to the maps posted on my facebook page.
The directions are much easier now that you no longer need to get on I-15 and I-215 to continue.
CA page-17 on Sep 09, 2016 at 5:12:37 pm Cajon Blvd is now reopened between Kenwood Ave and Devore! You do NOT have to get on I-15 at Kenwood Ave. Just keep following Cajon Blvd. You'll curve under I-15 and then reconnect with old 66 on the other side!
Eastbound just follow Cajon Blvd instead of getting on I-215!