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!
MO page 27
Jul 14, 2017 at 11:47:48 pm [Print]
The "ghost sign" on the State Line Mercantile is actually on the "eastbound" side (or west side to be exact).
TX page 4
Jul 13, 2017 at 7:32:33 pm [Print]
66 follows the south frontage road west from Shamrock. But there is a bridge out just west of Lela, TX. So join I-40 at EXIT 157 (Lela) and then get off again at the next exit. REVERSE EB.
CA page-6 and 8: OPTION Ludlow to Ft Cady Rd
Jul 04, 2017 at 8:56:49 pm [Print]
Road warrior from the UK Alan Pratt just posted the following welcome news to mcjerry66.com:
Just to let you know that the Ludlow to Fort Cady road has been resurfaced. It is now 27 miles of the smoothest tarmac ever! Not sure when it was done, but the signs are still there saying ROugh Road for 10 Miles and the centre line has not been painted yet.
After recent bad news, this is certainly a relief! Next edition i can return this 27 miles of formerly almost unbearable 66 back to the main EZ 66 tour!
KS page 2
Jun 29, 2017 at 8:43:28 pm [Print]
The former Eisler Bros store is now named "Nelson's Old Riverton Store". I misspelled Nelson!
CA page 11
Jun 29, 2017 at 8:40:37 pm [Print]
I'm sad to say I've gotten a couple of complaints about the 66 Motel in Barstow.Please give them a try but I'd advise checking the room first.
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.