Route 66 has been on my bucket list for some time and finding myself without a Harley the sensible option was to join a tour.

15 days, 9 states (8 on Route 66 and a detour into Nevada for Las Vegas) from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier.  The best holiday! Our guide was Jim Conkle (Google him), an amazing man, totally committed to the preservation of the Mother Road and his knowledge was ‘awesome’. Too many places to mention but if you are familiar with the song we managed a considerable number of the towns. Also included were some stops previously visited by Billy Connolly – The Bottle Tree Ranch and The Cadillac Ranch and we made many, many more stops – The Route 66 Museum in Clinton, is a must, also ‘Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona…’ (makes sense if you are an Eagles fan), Chicago (great town with great history – my kinda town!), Tulsa (24 hours from …), Amarillo (is this the way to …?)  and St Louis (meet me in …) . The view from the Arch in St Louis was stunning and the stop for Ted Drewes famous frozen custard was a treat. The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo is something different – good food and atmosphere and… a 72oz steak challenge  – not for the faint hearted!

Favourite states were Oklahoma and New Mexico but each of the eight offered something different and an insight into what the Mother Road was like in its heyday. A little tired in places but please see that as part of the charm – if you have thought about Route 66 I would say ‘Get Your Kicks’ …. and go for it!

Fancy Getting Your Kicks? Ask us how we arranged Trish’s Route 66!