Route 66: A Guidebook to the Mother Road Paperback – Jun 1994
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Of all the Route 66 titles on the market, this is the only one to provide detailed, turn-by-turn directions for following the Mother Road from Chicago to Los Angeles. The lively text supplies helpful background on Route 66 towns and identifies local landmarks along the way, while more than 100 color photos offer a running visual commentary.
Following the authors' directions, I've driven Route 66 from end to end twice without getting lost. The book also allowed me to locate and follow long-bypassed sections of 66 which other authors ignore. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
The book led us to all sorts of interesting people and places. We stopped and chatted with Lucille Harmon in Hydro, OK and Juan Delgado at the Sno-Cap in Seligman, AZ. These were places that I would have never known about were it not for this book. (12/7/2004: God rest their souls.)
If you choose to travel Rt. 66, be sure to have this book and stick to the two-lane original road all the way.
The layout of the book makes it easy to navigate for a serious explorer, fun to breeze through for the rest of us, and a visual knockout. It's hard to believe the attention to detail - Moore and company mapped the entire current route, giving us modern day travelers a mile by mile narrative of who's who, what's to see, where to eat, and plenty of fun and interesting neon history along the way.
I'm not a "roadie," but this book sure brought back some fun memories and gave me an itch to head west again!