EZ UPDATES

For readers of the EZ 66 Guide for Travelers, I have provided free online updates to help keep your Route 66 experience as current as possible. As you might imagine, Route 66 is constantly undergoing changes, some good, others not so. Businesses open and close, roads are re-routed and street names change.

Please check back here just before your trip for the latest info. Entries are dated as to when they were added.

If you wish to purchase your own copy of the EZ Guide, please go here.

EZ 66 readers have been helpful in keeping me keep the guidebook updated in between my own road trips, so if you discover something that needs to be addressed while on your journey, please let me know!

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Snow alert in MO weekend of 1-12-19 on Jan 11, 2019 at 5:11:23 pm [Print]
UPDATE SATURDAY AM: I-44 HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN WEST OF ST lOUIS OVERNIGHT. DON'T TRY TO DRIVE UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE.




Not a good weekend to be driving thru MO according to this St Louis area article: (actually the snowfall graphic shows snow from about Springfield Illinois and then south and west clear across MO)

https://www.kmov.com/news/winter-storm-warning-issued-for-the-news-viewing-area/article_184018cc-aa15-11e8-90be-b3f439e55437.html

"Expect accumulating snow moving in from SW to NE today beginning in the morning hours. We will see a pro-longed period of snow through Saturday night. We are currently forecasting a large swath of 5" to 9" snow. Isolated spots, including parts of the Metro area, may see totals higher than 9". The bulk of that snow accumulation comes Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Snow totals may still change, so watch for updates. Here are the details on how it plays out...Precipitation will start off as a rain/sleet/snow mix west and southwest of St. Louis Friday morning and move into the metro around lunch time. Start times look a tad earlier, around 12-2 PM in St. Louis and earlier to the southwest.

We will need to watch for issues during the Friday evening commute. While most major roads will have pre-treatment, temperatures will be very close to the freezing mark and ground temperatures will cool.

Snow showers are expected to be heaviest from mid afternoon into Saturday morning. Most accumulation is expected during this time period.

Temperatures will warm slightly above freezing late Saturday morning through Saturday evening as snow continues with much lighter accumulations. There could also be some sleet/rain mixing in near and south of St. Louis Saturday afternoon.

Light snow lingers Saturday night into Sunday morning. We need to watch the roads again Saturday night into Sunday morning as temperatures drop back below freezing. Flurries will linger throughout Sunday, too.

Bottom Line: Watch for the biggest impact Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Remain vigilant for a chance for some light snow and a refreeze of any melted snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. "

foe NM road clocure info on Dec 28, 2018 at 11:10:38 pm [Print]
https://www.nmroads.com/mapIndex.html?

govt shutdown affects 66 attractins on Dec 28, 2018 at 3:16:30 am [Print]
The US Government shutdown is affecting federal attractions along 66.

You can find info about park closings and conditions at https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm
although this info may not be timely or updated

Here's some affected attractions near 66 taken from the above website:

Petrified forest
During the shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media or park website. Some Petrified Forest National Park areas—the gas station, convenience store, gift shop, and diner run by Ortega Enterprises at the north end—are accessible 8am-5pm daily.

Sunset crater
During the federal government shutdown, this website will not be updated. The visitor center and the visitor center bathrooms will be closed. Access to the park's trails will remain open. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown.

Walnut Canyon National Monument is closed for resource protection and safety. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown.

The Grand Canyon is open, and private run services are open, but any government functions are closed.

AFTON STATION AFTON OK on Dec 20, 2018 at 4:33:47 pm [Print]
Sad news about the former Afton Station in Afton, OK. The Packard museum seems to be extinct, as most of the Packards have been sold and removed. The future of the station is unknown. It is closed for the winter, and the family is not sure whether it will reopen (without the Packards) or be sold.

NEW ROUTE 66 COLORING BOOK! on Dec 12, 2018 at 4:11:55 pm [Print]
SEE THE GALLERY PAGE FOR MY NEW ADULT ROUTE 66 COLORING BOOK.

print updates? on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:52:40 pm [Print]
There are currently about 70 pages of updates, going back a few editions. I DON"T advise printing them all!

You can scroll down to the beginning of the updates which pertain to the edition you have. The 4th edition updates begin NOV 4 2015.

I would read thru and mark in your book which updates apply to you.

I will improve this website next year, with better functionality!

AZ page 16 on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:35:43 pm [Print]
There are NO "Bike Trail" signs anywhere on this page anymore.

OK page 4 on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:34:44 pm [Print]
The section of 9 foot "sidewalk hwy" between Miami to Narcissa is currently in better condition. More of the old road is visible now that much of the gravel has been removed. Some parts still may be rough.

IL page-22 on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:31:52 pm [Print]
EB (eastbound) there is currently NO Historic 66 sign to alert you to the Allen Rd alignment that will take you to Donaldson Rd and the turkey tracks. Use the detail map.

Il page-13 on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:26:45 pm [Print]
I think I covered this goof earlier, but here it is again: Eastbound directions: There is NOT a stoplight for the right turn onto Pine street from Linden Street in NORMAL.

Yikes. I think I mistakenly took that from the WB directions.

Anyway, EB turn LEFT at the Linden Street stoplight, go 4 blocks to turn RIGHT onto Pine. There IS (currently) an HISTORIC 66 sign at the corner.

This is why I try to drive 66 as much as possible using my directions...to catch blunders like this.