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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gallup nm on May 01, 2020 at 5:06:19 pm [Print]
As of noon today (5-1-2020) Gallup NM has been ordered completely CLOSED to outsiders for three days (at least). I-40 around the city will be open but ALL roads into town will be blocked. Status of closures and restrictions and reopenings will continue to vary along 66 in the next month or so.

closures on Mar 19, 2020 at 12:47:39 pm [Print]
The coronavirus crisis has resulted in unprecedented closures across the country. Many of these are posted at my FB page "EZ 66 Guide". But assume that most attractions, museums and parks along 66 are closed. Most restaurants are likely take out only. Not the best time to enjoy 66.

UPDATE: BOTH ILLINOIS AND CALIFORNIA ARE LIMITING UNNECESSARY TRAVEL.
UPDATE; 3-27 most everything is closed. Many counties in OK for example are on "lockdown". 66 travel is not recommended for the time being.
UPDATE 4-18: Almost everything is still closed along 66. Oklahoma may reach the peak of cases soon and then hopefully decline. McJerry's Gallery may not open just as soon as official social restrictions are lifted...we will judge conditions at that time.

closed on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:25:37 pm [Print]
Sadly, we find it prudent (due to age and health reasons) to close McJerry's Route 66 Gallery for the duration of this current coronavirus crisis. This hard decision has been echoed by many of our friends who also own businesses on 66.
Many cities are enacting strict regulations against social gatherings, including limiting restaurants to take out, and it seems most public institutions are closing, as are national and state parks, museums, attractions, etc. Now is NOT a good time to be driving 66.

We hope to resume visiting with our valued Route 66 travelers as soon as possible. Please take good care of yourselves.

You can check my FB page "EZ 66 Guide" for news on closures and other matters.

coronavirus on Mar 14, 2020 at 5:12:52 pm [Print]
These are sure some crazy, uncertain times for the world at large and Route 66 in particular. The recently activated 30 day travel bans preventing travel to the US from Europe and the UK are sure to harm those businesses dependent on Route 66 travelers (as will the general economic woes caused by the virus).

But such matters pale in relation to the difficulties of those who are currently confined to their homes, or who are fighting this disease for their lives.

To our friends from overseas, please take good care of yourselves until this all passes. We wish you the very best of health.

Rest assured we who have staked our lives along 66 will do our best to keep it alive for your future visits.

As of now, we have not yet decided what to do about keeping McJerry's Route 66 Gallery open during the duration of this crisis. Both Mariko and I are in the age group more susceptible to complications (and my asthma make me even more so).

We are keeping an eye on the situation to see if it worsens here in the US. Perhaps we may yet be able to meet visitors, even if we must wear masks!

Looking forward to seeing you all again,

Jerry and Mariko

BUMPING UPDATES AND GOOFS on Feb 28, 2020 at 8:20:44 am [Print]
JUST BUMPING A FEW IMPORTANT UPDATES (AND A COUPLE OF CORRECTIONS) TO THE TOP OF THE LIST (YES, I DO MAKE MISTAKES, BUT I ADMIT THEM!)

EMBARRASSING TYPO #1:

IL PAGE 3 TYPO
Yikes. I must have had my head on backwards the day I revised Illinois page-3!
The first paragraph of the text should begin with "WB: To reach the EASTERN terminus..."!!!!!
Argh.

EMBARASSING TYPO # 2:
I also got my left and tight mixed up in the OPTION (paragraph 3). You turn LEFT on Adams Street! But I already confessed that long ago.
I just can't believe no one else corrected me on these two blunders.

GOOF!

Il page-13 Eastbound directions: There is NOT a stoplight for the right turn onto Pine street from Linden Street in NORMAL.
EB turn LEFT at the Linden Street stoplight, go 4 blocks to turn RIGHT onto Pine. There IS (currently) an HISTORIC 66 sign at the corner.
This is why I try to drive 66 as much as possible using my directions...to catch blunders like this.

BUMP: ONGOING CA DETOUR
Due to washouts from heavy storms the route between Essex CA and Chambless (Cadiz Jct) CA is currently CLOSED.
See the maps on CA page 2 and 6. This detour route below is indicated.
Westbound, JOIN I-40 west from Goffs Rd/Fenner at Exit 107. Take EXIT 78 Kelbaker Rd SOUTH (across I-40) for 11.5 miles back down to 66 / National Trails Hwy, then turn RIGHT to Amboy.
Eastbound, go thru Amboy, then LEFT on Kelbaker Road for 11.5 miles to I-40. Join I-40 EAST to EXIT 107 Goffs Rd/Fenner and rejoin the tour route.

NOTE: THE FORMERLY ROUGH OPTION ROUTE BETWEEN LUDLOW AND NEWBERRY SPRINGS IS NOW REPAVED AND A GOOD DRIVE!

BUMP: REOPENED SECTION IN CA

CA page-17
Cajon Blvd is now reopened between Kenwood Ave and Devore! You do NOT have to get on I-15 at Kenwood Ave. Just keep following Cajon Blvd. You'll curve under I-15 and then reconnect with old 66 on the other side!
Eastbound just follow Cajon Blvd instead of getting on I-215!

MILEAGE POINTS on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:52:28 am [Print]
I recently had a complaint about the mileage points not being consistent or easy to determine. I addressed this in the introduction (PLEASE READ the intro!). But basically, due to odometer error, and differences in how people interpret the mileage points (I can't be with you to say "check your odometer NOW as you pass thru a intersection...will you look at the odometer BEFORE or AFTER a turn, for example?). So, as I said...these are APPROXIMATE.

It is NOT necessary to slavishly keep your eye on the odometer to follow the directions. The mileages exist to help you know if the next turn is quickly approaching, or if you have 10 miles or so. In a FEW cases the mileage points are critical to finding a turn and I remark on these instances.

Its not rocket science, and you don't need to be glued to your odometer.

ROLLA EAST SIDE on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:43:15 am [Print]
They've also reworked old 66 on the east side of Rolla.

WB: Follow the directions as before...but they now take you on a new connector road that re-connects the former "Dead end 66" shown on the detail map MO page-13. The mileage now works out to about 2.5 miles...but that's not terribly important.

EB: Turn RIGHT onto RD 2000 (there IS a "66" sign there currently. The former Y is gone, so stay with RD 2000 (former "Dead End 66" on the detail map) which now connects directly to the HWY V JCT. Continue with the current directions.

It is no longer necessary to drive the section of earlier 66 once marked "2020" but now confusingly marked "2040" and "39". But you CAN access and drive this earlier section from either end if you wish. The former Y connections are now sharp turns and easy to miss.

Rolla MO on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:27:32 am [Print]
They've really reworked 66 on the west end of Rolla by adding a NEW highway connection to MO 72 into the mix. This cuts formerly continuous Kingshighway just east of the roundabout.

WB: follow KingsHighway west. Curve to the stoplight at MO HWY 72: Turn RIGHT and continue to the roundabout and follow signs onto Martin Springs Drive.

EB: follow Martin Springs Drive into Rolla.

AT JCT 44. KEEP RIGHT to bypass the roundabout (or you can follow the lane thru the roundabout if you miss this) and briefly join MO 72 (follow signs: BL 44 ROLLA). Quickly prepare for a LEFT TURN at upcoming stoplight. Turn LEFT onto BL-44/Kingshighway.

(this is why I drive old 66 both directions as often as possible).

Essex to Amboy detour on Jan 30, 2020 at 2:42:32 pm [Print]
The current detour via I-40 and Kelbaker road from Essex CA to Amboy CA (see CA maps 1 and 2) will likely still be effect into 2023. Federal funding is set to rebuild many of the damaged bridges, but others wait their turn. DO NOT attempt to drive past the signs!

DETOUR DETAILS:
Due to washouts from heavy storms the route between Essex CA and Chambless (Cadiz Jct) CA is currently CLOSED.

See the maps on CA page 2 and 6. This detour route below is indicated.

Westbound, JOIN I-40 west from Goffs Rd/Fenner at Exit 107. Take EXIT 78 Kelbaker Rd SOUTH (across I-40) for 11.5 miles back down to 66 / National Trails Hwy, then turn RIGHT to Amboy.

Eastbound, go thru Amboy, then LEFT on Kelbaker Road for 11.5 miles to I-40. Join I-40 EAST to EXIT 107 Goffs Rd/Fenner and rejoin the tour route.

NOTE: THE FORMERLY ROUGH OPTION ROUTE BETWEEN LUDLOW AND NEWBERRY SPRINGS IN NOW IN GOOD CONDITION AS REPORTED BY MANY READERS. Its OK to drive now.

road closed thru Petrified forest Nat Park on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:35:26 pm [Print]
https://www.nhonews.com/news/2020/jan/09/road-closure-petrified-forest-national-park-last-t/?fbclid=IwAR3o7L0bUiOeEw_-W2rnOhmJQcuULi7vD0tOe-DdeSG4Gpbvnw9t9v42JsE

PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. In collaboration with Federal Highways Administration, Petrified Forest National Park will be providing much needed maintenance on a large section of the park road and several bridges in the park.

The closure is expected last from Jan. 2 through March 28 (subject to change due to inclement weather). Once the road is open work may continue through June with traffic delays no longer than 15 minutes. The road closure starts south of the Blue Mesa Loop and north of the Crystal Forest trail area. Areas closed during this time include: Agate Bridge Overlook Jasper Forest overlook.

How to visit the park

During the road closure, the park is split into two regions. The northern region is only accessed from I-40 and contains the majority of Painted Desert overlooks. The southern region is only accessed from Highway 180 and contains the petrified log field trails and Late Triassic exhibits.

Entering the park from I-40

The following locations are accessible from Interstate 40, exit 311:

All distances are from the Painted Desert Visitor Center Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Oasis giftshop and cafe gas station.

Tawa Trail

Tiponi Point (0.7 miles / 1.1 KM)

Tawa Point (1.6 miles / 2.6 KM)

Painted Desert Rim Trail (1.6 miles / 2.6 KM)

Painted Desert Inn and Kachina Point (2 miles / 3.2 KM)

Painted Desert Wilderness Trailhead (2 miles / 3.2 KM)

Chinde Point (2.5 miles / 4 KM)

Pintado Point (2.7 miles / 4.3 KM)

Nizhoni Point (3.9 miles / 6.3 KM)

Whipple Point (4 miles / 6.4 KM)

Lacey Point (4.5 miles / 7.2 KM)

Route 66 (5.3 miles / 8.5 KM)

Puerco Pueblo (10.8 miles / 17.4 KM)

Newspaper Rock (12 miles / 19.3 KM)

The Teepees (13.9 miles / 22.4 KM)

Blue Mesa Loop Road and Blue Mesa Trail (17.3 miles / 27.8KM)

There is no access to the Rainbow Forest Historical District or HWY-180 from I-40 during the road closure.

Entering the park from Highway 180

The following locations are accessible from Highway 180:

Each location is accessed from within the Rainbow Forest Historical District.

Rainbow Forest Museum

Rainbow Forest Lodge giftshop

Giant Logs Trail

Long Logs and Agate House Trail

Rainbow Forest Wilderness (from Long Logs Trail)

Crystal Forest (5.8 miles / 9.3 KM from Rainbow Forest)

There is no access to the I-40 from HWY-180 during the road closure. More information is available at (928) 524-6228 or visit www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/road-closures

Information provided by the National Park Service