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!
Nov 24, 2023 at 4:10:31 pm [Print]
This restaurant near Catoosa, OK (east of Tulsa) suffered a devastating fire.
AMBOY DETOUR UPDATE
Nov 23, 2023 at 9:52:24 pm [Print]
66 has long been CLOSED between Cadiz Rd (east of Amboy) and Fenner, CA ( at I-40 EXIT 107-see CA page-2, etc).
Currently, the road is washed out just east of Road Runner's Retreat (map CA page-6), so you cannot even drive as far as Chambless/Cadiz Rd now.
DO NOT follow bad advice often found on facebook to drive the closed section by going around the many damaged bridges in the sandy washes. Just because someone else made it thru without getting stuck, breaking down or getting caught doesn't mean YOU will be ok.
Also, on my recent drive thru, I noticed repairs in progress on a couple of the bridges west of Amboy. Glad to see the county out there trying to keep up with this huge task.
Nov 20, 2023 at 12:47:15 pm [Print]
Thanks to Mark Redlich for this update: that the Crown Railroad Cafe in Flagstaff is now closed
SAPULPA, OK detour
Oct 31, 2023 at 1:05:51 pm [Print]
Due to the closing of much of Dewey thru downtown Sapulpa (for the upcoming 2nd annual Christmas "Chute" light display) you will have to detour off of 66 around downtown thru the first part of January.
REMINDER: Route 66 photo exhibit in Clinton OK
Oct 17, 2023 at 10:47:48 am [Print]
ROUTE 66 TRANSITIONS EXHIBIT My photo exhibit is STILL 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!
The exhibit will likely remain up well into 2024.
BUMP LA METRO TRAINS
Oct 17, 2023 at 10:45:29 am [Print]
ADVISORY CA PAGE 27 on May 22, 2023 at 8:22:38 am
On the advice of local tourism folks, I am going to recommend you use CAUTION if you choose to use the Metro Line trains mentioned on this page. This was a good option, and locals still use them...but perhaps not advisable for the average tourist now. Do some homework first and exercise some street smarts.
Bumpy 66 in Oklahoma (and indeed, other states)
Oct 17, 2023 at 10:32:52 am [Print]
If you are on a motorcycle or sports car (etc) driving 66 be careful on the bumpy sections. The summer heat and rain have caused some pavement to raise at the expansion joints in the old concrete under the asphalt. Can be a bit jarring. Cureently 66 from about Wellston to Luther has some big bumps. Watch out for asphalt patches and jolting joints on the old concrete west of El Reno.
Musical Road east of albuquerque NM page-20
Oct 17, 2023 at 10:25:42 am [Print]
Due to the lack of signs, and the difficulty in finding the short stretch of grooves that play "America the BeautifuL",I did not try to describe the unmarked location in the new edition (not enough room!).
I tried to find it again for myself last year, and ended up hearing a small, poor quality rendition after many u turns.
I went back thru these updates and copied some details on how to find what is left of the "singing Road" east of Albuquerque. It is on Route 66/HWY 333 between mile marker 4 and 5, eastbound only. Drive (safely!!!) 45 mph and a little more to the right. If you need to u turn and try again BE CAREFUL!
Kimberly Bertel had shared this detailed report:
To find the Musical Highway drive East from Albuquerque at mile marker 4 - you will go around a dead mans curve & under I-40 overpass. As you get off of that curved & the roads starts to level out that is where the music begins. You need to be slightly to the right - closer to the shoulder than you would normally drive & must drive 45-50 mph. If you find yourself at mile marker 5 & did not hear music you passed it. It is easy to turn around & try again. It took us 3 try’s to hear the whole song. There is a little bit of a learning curve.
Of course, one day this may all be moot if they repave this section.
UPDATE: drove this a couple weeks ago. Hard to find. Sound has degraded sin ce new but still audible (until interrupted near the end).
KANSAS PAGE 3
Oct 17, 2023 at 9:47:45 am [Print]
The Little Brick Inn in Baxter Springs is CLOSED (thanks to this morning's visitors for the reminder!)
Oct 09, 2023 at 5:58:03 pm [Print]
DIRT 66 OPTION CLOSED NM PAGE3 recent flooding rains have washed out the almost completed new bridge built to bypass a timber 1931 bridge west of Endee. The 1931 Bridge has been closed due to damage. You will not be able to drive from Glenrio to San Jon on the Dirt 66 Option until this is resolved. So stick to the paved main tour.