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    Question Route 66

    I guess Rout66 (or US 40), Chicago to LA, is out of the question in July due to heat, cage traffic and tourists? I'm sure others have tried and I would be interested in their experiences before I start gearing up.

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    It's doable, but it will be very hot in the southwest. Flagstaff, AZ is at 7,000+ feet, but going up and coming back down it will be hot. Probably 105+ in Needles, CA and 100+ across the Mojave desert through Barstow. A lot of the old US-66 is rideable just off I-40 in AZ and CA.
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    Big deal. Heat ain't nothing. Just go ahead and ride when you can. Sure, it will be a bit warm, but you can stop any time and get an a/c restaurant, bar, or motel.
    And elevation will be cooler.
    Just ride. That's what it's all about.
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    My first time on that route was in July 1969 in my 66 Corvette, no air conditioning, torn shifter boot allowing engine heat into the car, and 105+. Ah, those were the days. Lived to tell about it.

    You will find the ride more interesting if you research the route and try to ride most of the original road instead of I-40. A lot of Americana history, In Az you will be at elevation until west of Ash Fork. Down to Kingman which is around 3000 ft. From there it will get hot. 60+ miles to Needles. I did it once on my Yamaha Venture and had to adjust the speed based on the coolant temp instead of the speedometer. Over 80 it would start to get too hot. Pulled into a fuel station with the attendant hosing down the drive. I parked the bike and walked over to him, took the hose from him and directed it down my back.

    Your ride will be limited by how much time you want to spend on the road, sightseeing, etc. Iron Butt pace it can be done in 2 days or less, tourist pace might take a couple of weeks. It can be easliy done in July.

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    Well worth watching if you haven't seen it, it's four episodes, available on DVD and elsewhere.

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    I just went and searched youtube and you can find it there.
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    Start early;stop early. July and August for us (1st on a 27 year old 1973 R75/5; second on a 15 yr old 1992 K1100LT) both rides were two up. Hot? oh yeah but man what a ride! We were not 'taken' by much of the old 66 and subsequently dodged on and off it so I guess we don't really get a tee shirt but it remains a great piece of history to experience. - Bob
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    I did parts of it in 1971 on four wheels, there was a lot more of the old road then since only a small percentage of the interstate was completed in the western states. Plenty of other very fine two lanes at the time as well.
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    I rode a section between St. Louis and central Oklahoma. For the most part it was really boring other than a few gems like these.





    When I get stationed in California I'd really like to explore as much of the western part of it as I can.
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    We have ridden part of it, here is a good website for your trip.

    http://www.historic66.com/

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    It will be hot!

    But with evaporative vest and lots of water to stay hydrated it is rather enjoyable. Better than snow and ice! Ride safe.

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    Route 66

    Evaporation vest it is. Does anyone have a recommended brand. I saw something on the web called an "Eskimo" (or something like that) that pumps cold wather thru the vest. Do the soak and wring out models work well enough for Needles and Sedona in August?

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    Evap vests will work in low humid conditions. Not in the midwest/south, but very well in the So West. At Sedona, your are still in some altitude and should not have too much of an issue. Needles is another story. It gets very hot there, and it would not be a bad idea to stop early for the day there and depart very early in the morning to cross the desert to Barstow and down to LA if you are concerned with the heat. Otherwise, follow the old road (66) that you on and off the interstate all the way to Barstow.

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    When riding in hot weather don't forget about your eyes. The hot dry air will really dry them out and some "sealed" glasses could help.

    One example: http://www.7eye.com/AirShield-c-253/
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    Here is what I remember the most

    I did some of route 66 back in the 70's. I stopped in Needles and a guy told me to take two gallons of water if I was going to and thru Barstow. That guy probably saved my life, cause I drank those two gallons of water and needed every bit of it. So, now you got those evapo vests, and hydro water packs to put on your back; I would do both and take two gallons of water.

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