(ILLINOIS – MISSOURI – KANSAS – OKLAHOMA – TEXAS – NEW MEXICO – ARIZONA – CALIFORNIA)
Tour dates: 30 July – 13 August
Duration: 15 days / 12 days bike hire – 2,445 Miles (3,935 km) ridden
Price: 6,900 Euro (Rider) / 3,100 Euro (Passenger)
Over 2,400 legendary miles: that’s the span of The Mother Road, connecting Chicago to Los Angeles. In slightly more than 80 years, the first highway to ever connect the American East wih the West has inspired hundreds of writers and musicians and has been captured in countless movies. …On Route 66! runs through it all, from beginning to end, in search of freedom. Including also Grand Canyon. A ride for true bikers, who will find their sweetest reward in the very fact of completing the trip, riding the road through. …On Route 66! requires you to ride on, just as the coast to coast pioneers did in the 40s and 50s, challenging the unknown of such a long trip. This fascinating spirit of adventure for the sake of it still makes traveling the Mother Road the dream of all riders. …On Route 66 makes a dream come true.
|30 July||Flight Europe / Chicago||–||Chicago|
|31 July||Chicago – Bike hire||20 Mi||Chicago|
|1 August||Chicago / Springfield||220 Mi – 355 Km||Springfield|
|2 August||Springfield / Springfield||310 Mi – 500 Km||Springfield|
|3 August||Springfield / Oklahoma City||280 Mi – 450 Km||Oklahoma City|
|4 August||Oklahoma City / Amarillo||260 Mi – 420 Km||Amarillo|
|5 August||Amarillo / Santa Fe||290 Mi – 465 Km||Santa Fe|
|6 August||Santa Fe / Albuquerque||80 Mi – 130 Km||Albuquerque|
|7 August||Albuquerque / Gallup / Holbrook||240 Mi – 385 Km||Holbrook|
|8 August||Holbrook / Williams / Grand Canyon||180 Mi – 290 Km||Williams|
|9 August||Grand Canyon / Williams / Kingman||210 Mi – 340 Km||Kingman|
|10 August||Kingman / Oatman / Barstow||255 Mi – 410 Km||Barstow|
|11 August||Barstow / Los Angeles – Bike return||115 Mi – 185 Km||Los Angeles|
|12 August||Flight Los Angeles / Europe||–||–|
|13 August||Arrival in Europe||–||–|
Days shown in bold are with bike hire
THE TOUR DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 • Getting to ChicagoParticipants get to Chicago. Hotel accommodation, dinner and good Blues music to end with...
DAY 2 • The Magnificent MileThe day is fully dedicated to sightseeing the city of Chicago. We start by climbing the Sears Tower, from which you can enjoy a view which spans 4 states; then we take a walk on Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile, ending up at the Navy Pier. And after dinner in Chicago some more music for die-hard Blues fans...
DAY 3 • It’s time for Route 66After packing our bags, we will pick up our Harley-Davidson® Authorized Rental motorcycles that will take us on our adventure on the road. After the obligatory picture at the Eastern end sign of the 66, we start hitting the road. The first part of the 66 is all within the city. But then, gradually coming out of the suburbs, the scenery changes and we start crossing a series of small towns full of history: Joliet, Odell, Pontiac to name but a few... Up to Springfield, Illinois, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, our first stop on Route 66.
DAY 4 • From Sprinfield to SpringfieldTwo towns, same name, two different states, and between them a path rich with landmarks of historical interest, like the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Saint Louis. And by nightfall one more Route 66 landmark. Dreams of the 66 could not come more alive....
DAY 5 • Between Missouri and OklahomaMissouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas: these are the States where Route 66 is the open road that cuts through endless fields and timeless towns. Isn't that the idea that everybody has of the Mother Road?
DAY 6 • Everything is bigger in Texas...Our journey through Route 66 goes on. We stop to visit a museum dedicated to the road and then it's time to cross the border to Texas, the State where everything is bigger... Like the biggest steak in the world! Can you eat it all? If so then you'll get it for free! We stop overnight at Amarillo, Texas, at the heart of the 66. Lots of fun and a nice rest.
DAY 7 • From Amarillo to Santa FeAfter leaving Amarillo, Texas has one more surprise in store for us: where else could we find a Cadillac Ranch? Can't miss that picture! This is one of the most famous landmarks on Route 66... But before crossing the border and entering New Mexico, there is the sign indicating the half-way point of Route 66, it's the same mileage from here to either Chicago or LA…. Again, you can't avoid taking a photo as a souvenir. Beautiful and elegant Santa Fe welcomes us and marks the end of the day.
DAY 8 • Chasing the Wild HogsOut of Santa Fe, the Turquoise Trail takes us South and crosses a place made famous by one of the most popular movies among bikers all over the world. Ever heard of The Wild Hogs? Time to move again to reach Albuquerque, with its great mix of tradition and modernity. The Old Town shopping district as well as the Route 66 crossing the heart of the city provide a lot of different atmospheres and great places to stay.
DAY 9 • Have you ever slept in a tepee?After the night in Albuquerque, Route 66 takes us towards Arizona. But before crossing the border, Acoma Pueblo and Gallup are stops on the way. Then it’s time to enter Arizona. The many colors of the rocks in the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are at their best by sunset, to close a day full of emotions.
DAY 10 • From 66 to the Grand CanyonLeaving Holbrook and riding westbound, the road offers a never-ending succession of places where you can feel what life on the road really means, as we get off the modern Interstate and look for the old 66. We then arrive at Williams, a cozy little town and a true icon of Route 66. The Grand Canyon is only 55 miles away… But can we get that close to one of the wonders of the world without going there and seeing it? Of course not! Here's the first, extraordinary detour we take from 66. The stunning view of the sunset over the canyon leaves people breathless. Time to go for dinner; a well-deserved country-style steak to settle unforgettable emotions.
DAY 11 • Back again on the 66After seeing the Grand Canyon one last time, we head down South to get back onto Route 66. Riding west past Williams, we hit the best preserved section of the Arizona 66, one of the most exciting parts of the entire stretch of road. We stop along the way in Seligman, birthplace of the Arizona 66, Hackberry and finally Kingman. Where a relaxing and delicious meal is waiting for us at the whistle of the Santa Fe trains...
DAY 12 • On the road, in the desert
We leave Kingman and stay on the 66 West to come across one of the most unexpected places of the Mother Road. Everybody loves Oatman because of its Old West flavor and because of the wild burros… Out of Oatman, we have the hottest stage of the trip ahead of us, riding deep into the scorching Mohave Desert. We head to legendary places like Roy's Cafe and at the end of the stage Barstow provides us with some rest.
DAY 14 • Last stop, Los Angeles!Departing from Barstow, we leave the Mohave Desert heat behind us and we start riding over the tangle of Interstates and highways of the endless metro-area of Los Angeles. That is the final stage of our journey, the one taking us to the Western end of Route 66, the final destination of our trip. A photo souvenir and dinner at at the Santa Monica Pier marks the symbolic end of the trip.
DAYS 14 / 15 • Participants fly back to Europe and get to their final destination. End of the tour.
All pictures shown in the website have been taken during Bikers American Dream’s tours
Images and music are the property of Coast2Coast Communication – All rights reserved. Music by Steve Anderlini / Lead Guitar by Bob Lonardi