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!
OATMAN RD OPEN
Aug 11, 2022 at 11:23:07 am [Print]
OATMAN ROAD REOPEN!
Leanne of Jackass Jct in Oatman has been very helpful in providing updates. The road which was damaged by flash flooding is now OPEN again. She says there may be some loose gravel so motorcyclists should be careful.
Niangua creek Detour
Aug 10, 2022 at 7:24:13 pm [Print]
The recent detour between Conway and Marshfield MO is now over. Hwy CC is OPEN where MODOT removed a 1923 bridge and replaced it with a slab.
Check the other updates for the NEW directions between this bridge and Marshfield, as the new section of CC does not go to Marshfield anymore, and as of April there was still NO H-66 sign at the hard to spot new intersection of Old 66/Hubbel Rd.
Aug 09, 2022 at 5:28:03 pm [Print]
The Launching Pad is currently (temporarily?) CLOSED. Waiting for news.
Aug 09, 2022 at 5:27:30 pm [Print]
There is a NEW detour on MO Hwy 96 just west of Halltown. IF you follow the directions in the EZ 66 guide past Gay Parita and Spencer, you will avoid this detour! IGNORE any DETOUR signs that would lead you away from Route 66. MODOT would have you take I-44 but old 66 is still open.
FLOODING IN AZ AND CA
Jul 31, 2022 at 9:57:39 pm [Print]
There are currentLy reports of flash flooding and closed roads near 66 in the Oatman area (Ft Mohave AZ) and in the Mojave National Preserve, north of I-40 near Amboy, CA.
While I have not yet seen reports of actual closures on 66 near Oatman and Topock (or Kelbaker Road south from I-40 which is the only way to get to Amboy now) it is likely.
CLAREMORE MOTOR INN
Jul 31, 2022 at 2:11:02 pm [Print]
Just got another bad report about the Claremore Motor inn in Claremore OK. Dirty.I had already stopped recommending it.
ROUTE 66 TRANSITIONS EXHIBIT
Jul 26, 2022 at 9:38:43 am [Print]
My photo exhibit is up in the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton. It features 66 photos of mine from 1981 to 1991, many never seen before, of subjects long gone. Give it a look!
Jul 18, 2022 at 5:57:55 pm [Print]
The rest of July here in Oklahoma (and surrounding states?) will be unbearably hot! Record high temps. Stay hydrated and take care.
Jul 14, 2022 at 9:02:25 am [Print]
I've gotten over covid, except for lingering tiredness, etc. I should be able to open up if you can call ahead. I DO reserve the right to turn off my phone and take a nap!
Brad's Desert Inn Holbrook AZ
Jun 30, 2022 at 9:33:34 am [Print]
I have gotten good comments about this vintage motel, and it gets good reviews.