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    GPS for Route 66

    Not sure if this has been asked before. I am planning a trip on the famous Route 66 for next summer. My understanding that the route is fragmented and can be difficult to find. I am wondering if anyone has GPS waypoints for POI, lodging or other useful information that s/he could share.

    Any other suggestions for the trip would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    TC

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    Check some of the threads in the Similar Threads pane below. In one older thread, I found this post:

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...l=1#post910605

    Then I did a general internet search and found these:

    https://www.historic66.com/faq/gps.php

    https://www.tomtom.com/en_us/routes/...ates/route-66/

    You might look a little deeper for more sites on a search of the interwebs. Good luck!
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    I did Rte 66 a few years back. Without GPS. Paper maps and watching the road signs only. Had no trouble following the route, but you do have to be alert, especially in urban areas, for what seem like meaningless turns. The old route frequently seems like it simply went around city blocks and circled areas in small towns just because well, just because. Frustrating but lots of fun at the same time. I think you will enjoy the ride all the way to the Santa Monica pier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    TC -

    Check some of the threads in the Similar Threads pane below. In one older thread, I found this post:

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...l=1#post910605

    Then I did a general internet search and found these:

    https://www.historic66.com/faq/gps.php

    https://www.tomtom.com/en_us/routes/...ates/route-66/

    You might look a little deeper for more sites on a search of the interwebs. Good luck!
    Thank you for the info and the link. I was able to download some GPX data and started to plan for next year trip. I think I may be overly ambitious....
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    Route 66 for much of the ride west of OKC, is the concrete access road beside I-40. R66 is complete with expansion cracks every 16.5ft and broken concrete sections. My suggestion: Since your planning well ahead of your planned trip, make note of the sections where Rte 66 & I-40 diverge (between towns). Take those sections where R66 isn't the access road. For most of the ride, stay on I-40. Next sections to follow -- Business Rte I-40 through the old towns. BR I-40 is Old Rte 66 for the most part, and goes by all those stores/motels/etcetera you've seen in the R66 books and on the R66 website. Oh, and don't forget going by the "Corner in Winslow, AZ".

    You'll be glad you did! But most of all, enjoy the planning (don't overplan), and enjoy the ride!
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