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Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion [Paperback]

Tom Snyder , Bobby Troup
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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March 17 2000
Fully revised and expanded

New stories-more details

-Nearly 30 feet of strip maps
-350 towns and attractions
-More highway memorabilia
-Chicago-L.A. mileage table

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Author Tom Snyder was an early advocate of a Route 66 revival and his 1990 Route 66 Traveler’s Guide & Roadside Companion for St. Martin’s Press was the first guidebook to the old road written in more than forty years, as well as the first to map the route since its decertification in 1985. He lives on the West Coast, dividing his time among British Columbia, Washington, and California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
10 years ago, Tom Snyder compiled the first modern guide to driving Route 66. For this third edition, Snyder has thoughtfully separated the driving directions ("Traveler's Guide") from his trove of 66-related anecdotes ("Roadside Companion"), making the book more useful. The guide's most distinctive features are reproductions of period maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California, over which the route of the modern Interstate has been superimposed.
Snyder's book is a fun read and quite helpful for planning a Route 66 drive. But once you're on the road, BY FAR the most useful navigational aid is Bob Moore and Patrick Grauwels' *The Illustrated Guidebook to the Mother Road*, which unlike Snyder's book provides turn-by-turn directions and mileage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home with out it! Really! Dec 21 2001
I keep mine in my van. I found a lot of sites using the booklet! Vary useful finding alinements and landmarks of the Mother Road. Great reading for roadies. It's one of the better road guide books I've found for cruising Route 66.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of bum steers and confusion Aug. 22 2000
We tried using this book on a recent trip on Route 66. Not only does he use outdated maps, with old street names, but has he even tried following this book himself? Most of the time, when we tried to follow his directions, we got completely off-course. One memorable time, he got us on an old, run-down alignment that literally had only one lane! Luckily, we had only one on-coming car to pass (which was accomplished by both cars driving on their respective shoulders!) I think he just phones in the "updates!" The only reason he gets even one star is because there is some interesting history in this book. However, I wonder if any of his historical facts are correct, since he gives so much misinformation otherwise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need for the ultimate cross country drive June 10 1999
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I am currently on my third copy of this book. I've taken the cross country trip 8 times with Snyder as my guide, and have travelled every documented mile. While it doesn't show you every imaginable mile of every route, this guide takes you on all driveable portions, and to all the places of 66 myth and legend. My only complaint is that the binding is a little cheap, so after a trip there's usually some loose pages about! A definite must-have for anyone contemplating this cross country trip.
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With his wealth of 66 lore, his witty style and a quirky view of American culture, Tom Synder provides a happy traveling companion for any true roadie in search of the spirit of Route 66. The old auto club maps overlaid with the Interstate provide easy access to anyone who only wants to drive a few miles on the "Mother Road" or the hard-bitten buff who determined to drive every remaining mile. Synder's book is like taking a road trip with an old, trusted (and funny) friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the serious "Route 66" searcher ! Sept. 19 1999
By A Customer
Tom Snyder's book is another I first came across while browsing in the Little America Gift Shop at Flagstaff. It is "the" book for finding all of the old segments of the road. The only problem is it is continually being outdated. The reprints of the ACSC strips are true "works of art".
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