The success of this ride will largely depend on the spirit you bring to the pursuit of the American 'outback'. No photographs or paintings, nothing but authentic traditinal USA. On this trip more than any other, your enjoyment will depend a lot on your investment and your personal taste for research and discovery.
Trace with a little humility and a certain disposition, the simple beauty of the American heartland.
There may not be bar music every night, but when we hit the nightspots, they will be the true and original! This trip may not pack as many kodak moments as some of the other rides, but here we embrace history, both of America's heartland and of the creation and celebration of a number of deeply American music styles.
- 18 nights' Accommodation
- Harley-Davidson© for 15 days
- Pre-Loaded GPS
- Bike Insurance (Excess US$2,000)
- 3rd Party ( US$1,000,000 )
- Unlimited mileage
- Luggage Van
- Professional tour guide(s)
- Technical assistance
- T-Shirt & Patch
- International and domestic airfares
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Insurance (Excess US$2,000)
- Tolls & National Park Entry Fees
- Airport Transfers
- Food and Beverages (per above)
- Optional activities
Day by Day on the Road!
Day 1: Chicago [Arrival]
Tour Briefing with your guide, meet'n'greet & Welcome Dinner (optional)
Day 2: Chicago [Free Day]
Before the 'tour' starts, you will have one full day to experience Chicago, the very START of Route66.
Located at the shore of Lake Michigan, 6th largest fresh water lake on of planet, you can discover this modern city by day & by night!
Day 3: Chicago - Bloomington [210km]
We pick up our bikes and ride out first kilometers on Route 66.
We may stop in Joliet (where the film The Blues Brothers finishes), you will see your first typical 'diners' and first of many oldie worldly service stations.
Day 4: Bloomington - St. Louis [268km]
Funks Grove Pure Maple Syrup… manufacturers of maple syrup there since 1891, Dixie Truckers home, a "truckers rest stop" a legend since 1928, Lincoln, birthplace and cemetery of the famous US president and so much more…
Today is a short stage however, but it gives us time to explore and still arrive early in Saint Louis on the border of Illinois and Missouri.
Day 5: St Louis. - Rolla [170km]
Another 'short' day, but it gives us time to stroll around Saint-Louis, world capital of the blues.
Villa Ridge, Stanton (Jesse James Museum), Cuba, St James and Johnie's bar of 1929… again a day with many options to stop and experience your trek.
Day 6: Rolla - joplin [296km]
You are now on the authentic Route66 heading West through Lebanon, Marshfiels, Springfield, Carthage, Joplin…
Day 7: Joplin - Oklahoma City [347km]
From Kansas in Oklahoma, 347 km of mythical roads. Take for instance Baxter's restaurant where Jesse James and his men lunched on a beautiful day of 1876.
You will also be touched by the Bonnie & Clyde saga… In Chelsea one of the first oil reservoirs was discovered.
Yes, USA have a history and discover it by traversing Sixty-Six!
Day 8: Oklahoma City - Amarillo [413km]
We arrive in Texas and the 'must sees' on the way are still numerous, but the highlight today is likely Big Ranch where we will have dinner this evening and you will have a chance of a free meal if you succeed in eating your 4lbs steak in less than one hour (record to be beaten: 9min30).
Day 9: Amarillo - Tucumcari [162km]
On our way towards New Mexico.
The landscape now change. You have arrived in the West! The legend tells that two Apache warriors "Tokom" and "Kari" fought to conquer the girl of the Wabtomak chief.
The two both perished and gave their name to the Tokomkari mountain which dominates the city.
Day 10: Tucumcari - Santa Fe [266km]
Perhaps the most beautiful stretch of road of our trip will lead us to Santa Fe where we stay for 2 nights.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico. An astonishing city, without highrises and with the dwellings entirely built in the adobe (clay) style of the Pueblos Indians.
Day 11: Santa Fe [Free Day]
Check out the market place, the art galleries, and the excellent restaurants will undoubtedly allure you and you would want to stay there longer if Route66 did not beckon you back on your bikes!
We suggest dinner at Fisherman's Wharf Pier 39.
Day 12: Santa Fe - Gallup [320km]
The hotel El Rancho in Gallup is the main aim of this days ride and Gallup is the capital of the Indians of all the American nations.
It is a center of trade and exchange of Indian craft industry and probably the ideal place to buy you Christmas presents!
Day 13: Gallup - Flagstaff [302km]
On todays program: a Petrified Forest and a Metéor Crater. You will spend time in these spectacular and protected places and before riding into Flagstaff, one of the most important crossing points of Route66.
Thing to check out: Santa Fe train station, its authentic 'dinners' and especially take the chance to spend an evening at the Museum Club, the famous bar in the area!
Day 14: Flagstaff [Free Day]
You will spend 2 nights to Flagstaff.
Today, you have an oportunity to visit the Grand Canyon.
The national parks are close and beckoning you!
Day 15: Flagstaff - Kingman [238km]
You ride Route66 today and it looks just like imagined it.
Williams and Seligman are on your way, do not miss them.
Your guide will introduce you to interesting people who made the history of Route66 and who are contributing to its rebirth.
Day 16: Kingman - Victorville [377km]
The most authentic passage of Route66 is Oatman, with its phantom village-mine and the wild donkeys roaming the streets.
Then, on to Laughlin, Amboy and your MUST STOP of Roy's Café. A stop in Baghdad Café is also an 'essential' before arriving in Barstow, another mythical city of the sixty-six. Riding into Victorville… We are almost at the end of Route66.
Day 17: Victorville - Los Angeles [134km]
Ok a last tricky bit, how to arrive in Los Angeles and not stray fro mRoute66, ask your guide and we will take you along to the ultimate goal of your trip: the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica.
You did it, Hooray, you are now part of the legend and you will be able to finally say: "I did it".
Day 18: Los Angeles [Free Day]
Free day in Los Angeles, too many options on things to see to mention here!
Day 19: Los Angeles [Departure]
That's It.. Tour's Over!
Map view for Exploring Route66
The Map is just an indication of where we are riding, the actual roads we take you on are fine-tuned to give you the best riding experience for each segment!