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Travelling Route 66: 2250 Miles of Motoring History from Chicago to L.A. Paperback – 15 Aug 2001
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Each night I would use this book to check out what and where we would visit the next day. My Wife and Daughters called this book the 'Little Fat Book' and it was constantly being read and passed around the car. One simple and brilliant feature is along the top of each page the mileage is printed so it is easy to know where you are and how long until you reach your next stop.
This is a must buy if you are planning your journey and keep it handy in the car too, endless reading for such a compact book.
You'll also need the brilliant set of state maps "Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series" from amazon.com, a copy of "Route 66: Traveller's Guide and Roadside Companion" and the new 3rd edition of "Route 66 Adventure Handbook" also from amazon.com. For Arizona also pack a copy of "Route 66 Across Arizona"
There are many others but most are too big to take with you.
Between all the route pages are some lovely spreads of Route 66 Americana which repeat themselves throughout the book, Route Food (pages 174-175 has Red-Hot BBQ Beef Ribs) Transport (168-169 has a 1936 Harley-Davidson) Music of the Road (Woody Guthrie on 156-157) and Famous Sites (Wigwam Village, Holbrook, AZ, on 294-295). The books production is excellent, good choice of photos, well laid out pages (a tip of the hat to designer Phillip Clucas) with colourful graphics behind the text on most of them. The back has a book list, useful resources guide (including websites) and index.
I recently reviewed 'The Final Cut Route 66' by German photographer Gerd Kittel. Eighty-three wonderful photographs of what he saw along 66 and I think it is the perfect book to complement Nick Freeth's travelogue. Kittel has the knack of producing really good colour in his photos. Both books do justice to a unique and fascinating bit of America.
on a personal thing i didn't like the fact it had some attractions to see which were miles off route 66, but this may be down to me riding to a timescale, or that there is not that many sites to see on 66. however i do appreciate if you had more time to see the sites then this would help greatly and remove the need for a seperate guide book. must have book in planning and doing 66, cannot recommend it enough!
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