4 of us (2 model T owners and our wives) are planning to come over in March 2019 to attend the Chickasha swap meet and then travel Route 66 to LA.
At this stage we are allowing 2 weeks but as we have not booked anything yet, this is flexible.
We are having a planning session this weekend so would like your input into what touristy things we should visit and others not worth going out of way for.
What say you ?
BTW we are planning do do the balance of R66 next year but will start another thread for that closer to the time.
Sept. 17 to 22, 2019 the MTFCA has a national tour and annual meeting in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This is less than 200 miles from Rt. 66. I don't know if these dates fit into your schedule but it is worth considering.
Blue Whale ,Totem Pole park, JM Davis gun Museum, Packard Museum
According to my copy of The Vintage Ford, the tour in Sierra Vista is FEBRUARY 16-22.
Iím sure you probably already thought of this but, you could fly into Chicago, see some sights there, drive 66 to Chickasha swap meet and then on the L. A. Thereby driving the entire route. Just a thought.....
As the Chickasha swap meet is in middle of March, you can get delayed by snow in the Flagstaff area, so allow an extra day to the journey. If you donít need the extra day, there is plenty to see in LA.
At Chickasha make sure you take in the HCCA trips to see the collections of Ted Davis and Don Bolton during the evenings. I enjoyed the Tram ride at Albuquerque and the meteor crater east of Flagstaff. Of course the Grand Canyon is well worth at least a day.
there are a few other things we want to do on the east side; New York City, Niagra Falls, Hershey swap meet, Detroit for instance so are allowing a month to do that part of the country. A month is about all we can afford to be away from our businesses so we are opting to do it in two chunks.
Warren & Tony, that will be worth considering.
Warren, Peter is a gun collector so I will be surprised if we don't visit the JM Davis gun museum.
Will you be traveling by T on old 66? Much of the old highway survives and is lightly traveled, ideal for Model T touring. BUT there are stretches where it has been totally replaced by Interstate 40. An Interstate highway, especially one as busy as I-40, is no place for a Model T. In eastern Arizona you will need to take alternate routes, some of them far from I-40. From Seligman west, you can travel old 66 all the way to California. In California there's a nine mile stretch west of Needles where I-40 is the only road. Maybe the CHP would be willing to provide an escort there so you don't get run over. Once past that stretch, you can stay off the Interstates all the way to Santa Monica. Much of that in eastern California is old 66, now a state highway, exactly as it was fifty years ago but without the traffic.
Absolutely must see: Grand Canyon
Other interesting sites and sights: Wupatki Ruins, Petrified Forest National Park, Dinosaur tracks (Tuba City), Mitchell Caverns (Providence Mountains State Recreation Area), Calico Ghost Town
There are a great many things to see in the Los Angeles area. Four of them are: Olvera Street and Old Plaza; La Brea Tar Pits; Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo; Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. You can Google those for details.
On Route 66 in Shamrock TX
Steve, not by T. This will be discussed this weekend.we are looking at 2 options. Mustang and motels or camper . Peter has snored for the NZ team so I am wanting the Mustang option. Reality may have us in a minivan.
On the mountain with route 66 just below.
Gavin, I live right off of old Route 66 in Flagstaff. The weather is great (no snow), and if you have time, I would love to meet you, so consider stopping in.
Gavin -- If you haven't done so already, get a copy of the "EZ66 Guide for Travelers" by Jerry McClanahan. It will help you tremendously in planning the Rt. 66 part of your adventure.
I hope to meet you and your group at Chickasha.
Tony, Thank you for catching that the Sierra Vista Tour is in February! I don't know how I made that mistake, but thanks for catching it.
Thanks Russ & Mike;
I plan to put faces to names either at the swap meet or by calling in.
I have now bought a copy of EZ66. much better than the info on the net; easier to read.
We have extended our trip to 3 weeks and have decided on a SUV.
Peter is close to finishing a 1918 Fordson tractor and has just started on a Chandler, 1917 I think. He is looking for wheels (and other bits) for both vehicles though I cant see us getting wheels for the Fordson in any hire vehicle.