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  1. Gatorrari

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    You should consider getting the February/March issue of Route magazine, now on sale at Barnes & Noble. This is an excellent issue, with an article on the history of Route 66, one on the Motel Safari in Tucumcari (where I stayed in 2019) and a bunch of short one-page articles on various iconic sights along the route. The many ads for communities and attractions along the route may prove worthwhile as well.

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    Thank you Jim I will pick it up. And thanks very much indeed to F-Chatter ArizonaItalian for the PM and the fabulous suggestions. Mille Grazi!
     
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    I have a personal connection with Route 66. As a kid, my family took our only vacation from Chicago to LA using Route 66. We packed up the Oldsmobile and headed West. My dad had won a long shot on a Trotter harness race at Sportsman's park in Cicero and decided we all needed to see Disneyland. We saw it, but we didn't go on any rides because we didn't have money to pay for tickets. But I did walk through the Monsanto "House of the Future" which was free. We also saw Marineland in Palos Verdes, little knowing I would eventually move within an hour bike ride to it 15 years later. Southern California seemed like a dreamland.

    I was pretty young -- maybe 6 or 7. But I do remember sleeping in a tee pee motel which was pretty cool. And I remember that Oklahoma had the reddest earth I had ever seen. Arizona was just like a John Wayne movie and that's why my dad decided to move there a few years later. So Route 66 is more than just romantic to me. Its the method that eventually got my family to move West and never look back.
     
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    Good story Bob and good memories.
     
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    Jim. The two closest B+Ns do not carry ROUTE. I just subscribed. Thanks
     
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    Strange. All the ones in Atlanta carry it, though I notice that it tends to sell out pretty quickly.
     
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    To show you what a bypassing Interstate can do to a town, compare these two images of Tucumcari, New Mexico, taken from the same spot (though the wider angle lens used for the second image makes it look different).

    The first image is from a postcard, circa 1960, and shows a busy street lined with retail stores, gas stations, restaurants and motels, with big overhead signs that light up at night. The second image is from 2018 and shows generally the same buildings, now occupied with insurance agents, health clinics, nail salons and childcare offices, along with defunct gas stations, closed motels and few overhead signs. What a difference!

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    Another postcard image, taken at night from slightly up the block from the first one, and with a longer lens. I think it might have been taken on the same day, since the same Buick seems to be parked at curbside on the far right. What a vibrant scene! I can assure you that it would look quite depressing today.

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    Jim P. First issue of ROUTE magazine delivered. Enjoyed it. Thanks for recommendation. Planning our trip this week for mid Pay. Drive schedule breakdown may have us overnighting in Kanab UT.
     
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    If you don't have a copy of the EZ66 Guide, get one. It shows the exact route if you want to stay on 66, but there is plenty of info if you plan to spend some of your time on the Interstates. On my trip to Vegas in August, I will probably spend most of my time on I-40, but will head over to the old road for attractions, meals and lodging.
     
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    Thanks Jim; I have it. 2 nights Scottsdale, 2 nights Sedona, 1 night Kanab UT, one night GC at El T, then a night somewhere on 66 toward Vegas, then Bellagio. Plan May 12 departure and praying for below 100 on the desert floor
     
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    I am working through our itinerary for mid May. There are a lot of hotels SOLD OUT in AZ, even for week day nights. Even the highest end suites are not available.
     
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    I made the reservations for my August trip last month and did not have any trouble finding rooms. Obviously, a month later, people have gotten more confidence to travel. A lot of the more iconic motels on Route 66 are quite small (the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari has but 12 rooms) so they get snapped up in a hurry.
     
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    Plus on the desert floor it will be two thousand degrees in August. We are just about done with booking; had to omit Sedona. First 2 nights Sanctuary in Scottsdale. Then night Monument Valley in the rustic cabin. Page AZ and Kanab UT for Vermillion Cliffs and Bryce loop. Then 2 nights Williams. Decided to do the train up to GC as hotels were jammed and will get us away from the car for a day. Then Route 66 for all the stops, going all the way through Oatman after night in Kingman, Then 5 nights Bellagio. Journey begins May 12.
     
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    I plan on doing this in June; basically 2 full days on the Illinois portion of 66 running from south to north. If you're anywhere near Illinois and want an enjoyable and educational weekend, you might want to consider doing the same.

    I was going to be visiting friends in PA the preceding weekend anyway, so I'll just take I-70 west to Illinois and join the fun. At the end I'll be spending one night at Harrah's Joliet Casino, which will sort of be a prelude to my Las Vegas trip in August.

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    Jim. I'll post some notes on our trip.
     

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