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.

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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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UPDATE TO DETOUR BETWEEN HALLTOWN AND CARTHAGE AT AVILLA MO on Jun 29, 2022 at 5:01:43 pm [Print]
UPDATED 6-29 thanks to Lottie's Soda Shop in Avilla:

Here is the scoop on the brand new DETOUR east of Avilla MO (Mo page-23 of the EZ 66 Guide, and the map on MO page-20).

MO Hwy 96 is Route 66 between Gay Parita/Spencer and Carthage. The White Oak Creek bridge, 1.8 miles east of Avilla, was just closed, and replacement will take into October!

However, there is a short detour via local roads that begins (westbound) east of Avilla, before the bridge closure.

WESTBOUND: Pass the JCT of HWY AA in PLEW. Go 1.5 miles west on HWY 96/Route 66.

RIGHT on CO Rd 10.

Go 1.5 mi, then LEFT on Lincoln Rd.

Go 3 mi west, then LEFT on HWY 37 to REJOIN HWY 96/Route 66 in AVILLA.

EASTBOUND: From AVILLA, LEFT on HWY 37 north for 1.5 mi.

RIGHT on Lincoln Rd.

Go 3 miles, then RIGHT on CO RD 10 to REJOIN HWY 96/Route 66.

NOTE: There will be signs along the way that say MO HWY 96 is CLOSED ahead, and NO THRU TRAFFIC. But the road is open for access to houses, businesses and side roads, so just continue.

This detour is NOT the official MODOT detour (that would skip 66 entirely from Halltown to Carthage!) But these local roads are good, and are reported to be suitable for Bikers and RVs.

As always, road conditions may change, and adjustments to this route may be needed.

IF you go to EZ 66 GUIDE on FB there is a nifty MAP of this detour!

COVID ALERT! on Jun 26, 2022 at 5:49:47 pm [Print]
McJerry's Route 66 gallery will be closed while I recover from a dose of covid-19! I found out Saturday and I am taking the meds to knock it down. I am doing OK so far...wish me luck!

I will announce when i can reopen according to the guidelines.
UPDATE:6-29: 5 pm. If I can go a little longer with no fever, then I will be able to at least go shopping for groceries with a mask. Still not sure when I will reopen.

NM 6 west of LasLunas NM advisory on Jun 19, 2022 at 7:28:15 pm [Print]
Jim Ross gave me a heads-up about a washout that happened yesterday on NM 6 (pre 1937 66 ) west of Las Lunas, NM. It appears that the road may be partially open, but do check ahead.
Also there is continuing construction further west on NM 6. Allow for delays between Los Lunas and Correo NM.

guestbook on Jun 08, 2022 at 8:19:35 am [Print]
My guestbook is set so I must approve. So please only post ONCE. You won't see your message until i have time to check and approve (which I admit can take me too long to do!)

Niangua creek bridge detour bewteen conway and marshfield mo on Jun 08, 2022 at 8:01:17 am [Print]
This detour around the bridge destruction between Conway and Marshfield involves a gravel road. To avoid gravel, join 44 at Conway and get back to 66 from 44 at the Marshfield exit.

QUOTE: Susan HayesRoute 66 Travelers
2 hrs ·
FYI, on the Old Route 66 Road 1926-1928 before Marshfield Missouri, there was a road closure today, the signs said local traffic only.
It detoured us to a sharpish right turn onto Plank School Road 156/CC, then a left turn onto Rifle Range Road which joined back up with Route 66.
Not sure how far the detour was but since both were gravel roads it seemed like miles.
Road is wide and drivable just note that the locals drive a bit faster than I was going😀

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]
update: During the closure detailed below, if you use Kelbaker Rd down to Amboy and back up to 40, it only takes about a half hour more of travel than if you were able to continue west from Amboy .You can access Amboy Crater to the west of Amboy (caution for heat) or the relic of the Road Runners Retreat to the east of Kelbaker Rd.

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 17 mi 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:

https://cms.sbcounty.gov/dpw/Operations/RoadClosures.aspx
Hazard Closure
Starts: 5/12/22 2:00 AM
Ends: Unknown
Status: Active
Details:
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 ·
URGENT UPDATE FROM THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO - BRIDGE CLOSURE DUE TO DAMAGE!
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.
UPDATE: as of 6-17 the bridge has still not been reported as "closed".

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!

PS: recently yet another negative person (as evidenced by the tone of their other posts) complained that dear Ramona of the Munger Moss Motel was "rude". In the last decade or more of meeting many tourists who have stayed there, the vast majority loved their visit. Only about 3 or so people reported that they thought she was rude..or less than welcoming. Folks, she is an elderly person keeping a difficult business going in hard times. CUT HER SOME SLACK if you feel slighted or didn't get quite the experience you feel "entitled" to. In fact, since that person posted, I have had three different visitors in the last couple days who reported that they had a great visit and stay with Ramona! These were all happy folks who were obviously enjoying their trip.