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!

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DIRT OPTION GLENRIO TO SAN JON on May 21, 2022 at 8:13:12 pm [Print]
Gar Engman, fo the famous Tee Pee curios in Tucumcari Nm reports ;

Just to warn travelers, I normally love the Rt 66 drive on dirt road from Glen Rio to San Jon.
But I have to warn you the first 15 or so miles is very washboardy and rough. Needs to be graded.
I drove it today.

EDIT: they will eventually grade the road.

BAD NEWS FOR AMBOY on May 13, 2022 at 5:58:45 pm [Print]
A bridge is closed between Amboy and Ludlow since 5-12-22. Hopefully the county will fix it quickly, because for now traffic must bypass the closures by using I-40 from the Essex area to Ludlow. Until this bridge is fixed, you cannot drive from Amboy to Ludlow.

Due to the existing closure east of Amboy, you currently have to detour from the Essex area to Amboy via Kelbaker Rd from I-40.

Now you must continue on I-40 all the way to Ludlow from Kelbaker Rd.

EDIT: You CAN drive to Amboy crater if you wiah.

Hopefully some of you will continue to use Kelbaker Rd as a detour down to visit Amboy and then take the long return back to I-40.

Here is more info on the sudden road closure due to a bad bridge between Amboy and Ludlow

From the San Bernardino County page:

Hazard Closure
Starts: 5/12/22 2:00 AM
Ends: Unknown
Status: Active
Both Directions closure on National Trails Hwy. San Bernardino County has closed National Trails Hwy from Amboy Rd to Main St (in LUDLOW) due to hazardous bridges. No anticipated reopening.

From the CA 66 Assoc page:
Tere Frank StamoulisCalifornia Historic Route 66 Association
16 mins ยท
A bridge on Route 66 in San Bernardino County was closed today due to structural damage. The bridge is located SIX (6) miles west of Amboy Road (between Ludlow & Amboy).
A structural engineer was onsite this morning evaluating the extent of the damage and will make recommendations for repairs so the County can reopen it.
CHR66A is in touch with the Department of Public Works and will update our members, stakeholders, and travel companies when we receive more information.
Please do not drive around the road closed signs. Follow the safety signs posted by the County.
Follow CHR66A at Facebook.com/groups/Route66CA for details. We will pin them to the top of the page for easy access!

FIRES on May 10, 2022 at 8:11:47 pm [Print]
Fires continue in TX NM and AZ. Be watchful of reports. I-40 was closed a while in Santa Rosa yesterday for example, and the fires are still raging near Las Vegas NM. Expect smoke, and possible detours/clousres/ full motels.

POny bridge still open for now... on May 08, 2022 at 10:57:11 am [Print]
The detour caused by repairs on a bridge west of the famed Pony Bridge (between El Reno and Bridgeport) is over. You can drive across both bridges again...for now.

Remember that the Pony Bridge itself will be closed sometime this summer for a couple of years while it is dismantled, and rebuilt using the original 38 "pony" trusses that make it unique. Thanks to ODOT for choosing to honor history and not destroy it.

WIGWAM IN HOLBROOK on May 06, 2022 at 10:06:52 am [Print]
Yesterday a tourist posted an aggressively harsh, confrontational and "knock this chip off my shoulder" review online about The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, which resulted in a flurry of comments, both agreeing and disagreeing. Put me strongly in the disagree camp. I have stayed there many times (as recently as 2019) and had no problems.

I am happy to say that there were more comments supporting the Wigwams than otherwise.

Of course, I don't care if there is no stopper in the sink (LOL), or that the original bathtroom tile is cracked, or that there is no coffee pot in the room!

I don't stay at historic motels on 66 for that.

And some comments spread baseless rumors and innuendo. The OP said he was treated "rudely". I REALLY doubt the clerk "literally threw the keys" at the complainer. Overhand? Underhand? Did they poke his eye out? LOL

Folks, remember that 66 is NOT Disneyland, where all the staff is paid to smile at all times. These are real people leading real lives along the road in difficult times and trying to meet the needs of (sometimes) difficult people.

Yes, rudeness is bad, but often it is the PERCEPTION of rudeness on the part of the visitor...or in response to what the visitor is putting out.

I have never been treated rudely there (even when they don't recognize me).

If you think you will not enjoy staying at an older property, with fewer modern amenities, cracked tile (but clean...Wigwams have always been clean on MY visits) tiny rooms (motels and hotels built before the mid fifties usually have small rooms...that's part of the charm)...IF you think you might treat such a property with disrespect and harsh reviews, then do yourself and Route 66 a favor and stay at one of the many CHAIN motels. I am sure they never have any issues...right? (sarcasm).

OF course, if you DO have a legitimate gripe, please let the property know of your complaint first. And I always am interested in reviews of motels on 66...good and bad. I am having to reduce my recommendation for a couple of motels to "check the room" status due to some recent reports, but am not yet removing them because I hope they can overcome the lack of business due to covid and improve.

I HAVE removed some places over the years (or never included them), due to unclean, unsafe or rude conditions.

Rant over. Be kind to Route 66!

LUCILLES IN HYDRO OK on May 03, 2022 at 11:06:23 am [Print]
The original Lucille's station in Hydro (NOT the newer restaurant in Weatherford) was hit by a small tornado yesterday. Part of the roof of the historic station is damaged, but overall the structure looks good in photos. The newer building to the side, built to resemble the old Hamon Court, suffered more extensive roof damage.

NIANGUA RIVER BRIDGE DOOMED MO pag-19 on May 03, 2022 at 10:59:16 am [Print]
The beautiful little 1923 bridge across the Niangua River between Conway and Marshfield Mo will be destroyed.

This destruction starts the week of May 9 and will last 'for up to 4 months" until a replacement bridge is finished.

There will be a marked detour on state highways between Conway and Marshfield.

I have held my tongue a lot in this update....

66 BIRTHDAY on May 01, 2022 at 11:02:31 am [Print]
Despite what you may have read online yesterday, the long-accepted birthday of US 66 is November 11, 1926, when it was certified as an official US Hwy.

yesterday marks the anniversary of when Cyrus Avery and others agreed that it would be 66, not 60 or 62.

So yesterday could be celebrated as the day the route was conceived...or the "gender reveal" day!

But NOT the birthday.

GUESTBOOK on Apr 28, 2022 at 10:29:51 pm [Print]
I appreciate those who write in my guestbook! But please only enter your comment once. It won't show up on the page until I remember to check and approve your message!

STARBIRD MUSEUM CLOSED OK page-5 on Apr 28, 2022 at 10:27:53 pm [Print]
The Darryl Starbird Custom car museum (SIDE TRIP south of Afton) is CLOSED. They moved it all to Nebraska.