EZ UPDATES

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.

If you wish to purchase your own copy of the EZ Guide, please go here.

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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TYPO ALERT!!! on Jan 27, 2023 at 9:32:40 am [Print]
On NM page-8, I wrongly gave a distance of 150 miles that was cut off by the bypassing of Santa Fe in 1937.

The new mileage POST 1937 from Santa Rosa NM thru Albuqueque to Correo, NM (where both versions meet) is about 150 miles. I must have entered THIS mileage when i did the text!!!

The PRE 1937 mileage from Santa Rosa thru Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Lunas to Correo is about 235 miles.

Thus, the POST 1937 direct route from Santa Rosa to Correo saved about 85 miles. Give or take.

Only looking at the Santa Rosa to Albuquerque section, the savings was 62 miles.

Take these mileages with a grain of salt. They are a modern approximation. I need to dig back thru some old road maps to sample the actual pre-interstate era miles. And there were some route changes between 1926 and 1937 that would cause a few miles difference.

OK WEATHER TODAY AND TOMORROW AM on Jan 24, 2023 at 9:20:52 am [Print]
Lots of snow expected today across Ok (and into MO). roads this aft/eve will be slushy, may freeze overnight, but should be melting tomorrow.

iNTERACTIVE on Jan 19, 2023 at 9:47:34 am [Print]
The beauty of the EZ 66 Guide is that you can choose to take an easy, simpler trip by merely following the "boxed" westbound or eastbound directions.

OR, you can add to your adventure by choosing any or all of the OPTIONS and SIDE TRIPS!

The EZ 66 is your interactive guide to developing and enjoying the best Route 66 trip for your time and tastes! Pick what you want. Hop on and off. Do part or all, east or west, drive the dirt or stick to pavement...it is all up to you! The 5th Edition of the EZ 66 Guide will help you experience the REAL, AUTHENTIC ROUTE 66!

Updates TO THE NEW EZ 66 5TH EDITION! on Jan 17, 2023 at 9:57:31 am [Print]
These came to my attention AFTER we went to press (plus one goof).

IL page-17: JOLIET:
Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66
W Cass St, Joliet, IL 60432
(being renovated prior to future opening at this writing)
Future GIANT ALERT (they are currently installing a giant guitar)
https://www.roadtorock.org/

Neon Museum of St. Louis
3537 Chouteau Ave, St Louis
314-585-0538
https://www.neonmuseumstl.com/?fbclid=IwAR1mPfjX8SCKcc6YeYvrNWKCxfAjb0VHPnmdMoQa3TLOB_o8nJ7rTxHSTOI

MO PAGE-12: OPTION: EARLY 66 WB:
delete the repetition of “5.5mi.” in the second sentence.

OK page-32: TEXOLA
Last week a local OKC station aired an interview with Maisel at Tumbleweeds Grill, so hopefully she is back open!

NM page-17: EB directions: To the bottom right, add “Go to NM page-8 and 9 to continue EB” just to make the transition a bit easier.

TX page-15: the reopening of the old gas station next door to the Midpoint Cafe has been delayed due to family circumstances.

OK page-32: The owner of Tumbleweeds Grill in Texola was recently featured in an interview on an OKC TV station, so hopefully all is well. Please DO check her place out.




EZ 5 SHOPS on Jan 14, 2023 at 10:48:46 am [Print]
I am starting a list of shops that will carry the new EZ 5th Edition

Here's some that have placed orders (later I will add contact info):

Sly Fox in Virden, Illinoia


Gearhead Curios, Galena KS

Buck Atoms Cosmic Curios, Tulsa OK

routetripUSA.co.uk

More to come!

ez 5 updates: on Jan 13, 2023 at 5:14:11 pm [Print]
All updates BEFORE this entry apply to previous editions and (most) are included in the new 5th EDITION.

So if you bought the 5th Edtion, go forward in time from here for useful updates.

EZ 5 NOW! on Jan 13, 2023 at 5:12:31 pm [Print]
IT'S HERE!
Yep, at long last the long-awaited FIFTH EDITION of the famed EZ 66 GUIDE is in print and ready to order!
You can buy it online directly from the publisher at www.national66.org
As I get reports of which shops on and off 66 (including overseas!) have it in stock I will point them out here and on www.mcjerry66.com so folks can support the small businesses along Route 66.
We are rather proud of this new edition. I traveled ALL of the directions in the EZ Guide, (mostly both ways) last year and then spent many, many months revising.
I added 14 pages to expand the text and maps, plus 8 "blank" pages for autographs and stamps. Most OPTIONS and SIDE TRIPS were reworked to make them even EZer to choose and follow, especially in complex city areas, with new maps as needed.
Of course the EZ 66 is still chock-full of recommendations for classic motels and eateries, museums, attractions, GIANT ALERTS, and other cool stuff to make your trip fun. The beauty of the EZ 66 Guide is that you can choose to take an easy, simpler trip by merely following the "boxed" westbound or eastbound directions.
OR, you can add to your adventure by choosing any or all of the OPTIONS and SIDE TRIPS! The EZ 66 is your interactive guide to developing and enjoying the best Route 66 trip for your time and tastes! Pick what you want. Hop on and off. Do part or all, east or west, drive the dirt or stick to pavement...it is all up to you! The 5th Edition of the EZ 66 Guide will help you experience the REAL, AUTHENTIC ROUTE 66!
This is now the most up-to-date guide out there (I even had to yell 'STOP THE PRESSES" at the last minute so I could make emergency revisions to 5 pages in California to account for a reopened stretch of 66). While Historic Route 66 is constantly changing, my update pages at www.mcjerry66.com will continue to be your source for up-to-date info.
My thanks to all of the shops who have supported the EZ 66 Guide over the last 18 years! We are glad to have been able to support many of these wonderful places along the Mother Road and hope to keep promoting Route 66 for years to come.

BTW: the link to order elsewhere on this site is broken. just go to www.national66.org





AMBOY TO LUDLOW OPEN on Nov 28, 2022 at 5:05:50 pm [Print]
UPDATE: 12-6-22: Just got confirmations that 66 IS OPEN from Amboy to Ludlow (depsite contrary reports yesterday)

For now...check updates before your trip!


Still closed east of Amboy, from Kelbaker Rd back to Fenner.
Use Kelbaker Rd south from I-40 to reach Amboy and continue west to Ludlow (or reverse eastbound).

RV ALERT: there may be some load limited bridges west of Amboy

hwy 96 between halltown and avilla now OPEN on Oct 23, 2022 at 10:52:17 am [Print]
The recent bridge construction just east of Avilla on Hwy 96/Old 66 is complete. The road is open, no need to detour anymore.

UPDATE 11-23-22 same now for Hwy 96 west of Halltown (near Gay Parita and Spencer). NO DETOUR

DETOUR BETWEEN STANTON AND SULLIVAN MO on Oct 23, 2022 at 10:47:13 am [Print]
Unless it has reopened, Use I-44 or the North Outer Rd between Exit 230 (Stanton) and Exit 226 (Sullivan). Old 66 (South Outer Rd is blocked currently for road construction.