HISTORIC US ROUTE 66 PASSPORT
21st Century TRAVEL GUIDE, LOGBOOK AND JOURNAL
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Maybe I should have called it the ROUTE 66 ADDRESS BOOK and LOG BOOK.
There are no blank pages for stamps or places handing out rewards which I have
figured out are expected in a PASSPORT. All 48 pages are packed with info for
people who don't like getting lost or missing out on really cool things to do
along the way. And like to keep track of it for bragging rights and impressing
friends and grandkids.
But HISTORIC US ROUTE 66 PASSPORT it is because of the SIZE: 3.5x5.5 inches so
it fits in my pocket and opens flat. I only had 48 pages so I crammed in as much
as I could of what I need to know in a hurry AND kept the size of the TYPE LARGE
ENOUGH TO READ! Almost all listings are for public attractions not private
businesses. I have an idea for that later (businesses and stamps) but there is
only one of me and 24 hours in a day so it will have to wait. Right now I am
conducting extensive research for the 'Route 66 Wine Trail Adventure Guide.'
Visited over 70 wineries along the way, from Chicago to LA. Someone had to do
it! Mike Ward helped. Bless him!
No, the PASSPORT does not replace any of the other wonderful books and maps you
have for Route 66. Think of it as Cliff Notes for trip planning. This is what
you will find in the HISTORIC US ROUTE 66 PASSPORT:
TOWNS and PLACES: A bit like geocaching or a scavenger hunt. Check them off when
(or if) you can find them. 314 early towns and missing places along the way. Not only will you
track your progress, you will also answer the classic question posed by
kids: "Are we there
yet?" That works out to one box to check about every 7 1/2 miles
but I've included the actual mileage. By the way, railroad water tanks were 14
miles apart which can account for distances between towns (at least it is true
ATTRACTIONS: Not that the list of towns and places won't keep you looking, I've
included 330 attractions that are still there or never went away. Stop at a
local visitor center for coupons to local businesses and attractions and while
you are there, ask for info about local events, opinions about food, directions
to really hard to find historic Rt. 66 alignments. Don't forget to pack your
National Park Service admission pass.
THE LINES ON THE PAGES between places are for you to write things down. I put in
my cost of gas, food, and lodging; my odometer reading and time of day when I
stop; and the NAMES of really nice people I meet along the way.
ELEVATIONS: I am (or at least I was) a wiz at adjusting my carburetor for
altitude. I started traveling when all you needed was a screwdriver, pliers,
duct tape and pantyhose (a little water and gas was a good idea too). Ah, for
the good ole days!
GPS COORDINATES and ADDRESSES: I am sure that info is in one or more of the many
Route 66 travel guides I have onboard but when I am driving I just want to know
where things are. Like really quick.
I also set up my GPS the night before in my Garmin (and Tom Tom so I can have
races). I've learned the hard way that Google Maps on my cell phone DO NOT WORK
just when you want or need them the most. Even when Google Maps is working, it
may not know the name of what I am looking for or have an accurate location
(some day I'll tell you why - or send me an email and ask me).
OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO: While I am here, I want to use every minute of my
time. Getting back home and hearing about a great place that I could have
visited is not my idea of fun! Ever been to Palo Duro Canyon? Ever hear of it?
US 2010 CENSUS: To me it is important to know the current population to get the
feeling for change.
Buying the Passport is worth every penny if you want the secret of where to find
the local Indian and arrange to drive directly onto the floor of the Grand
Canyon (in your 4-wheel drive, of course).
Yes, there is a mileage chart of distances between major cities, coming west as
well as going east. That is in addition to the distances between all the towns
and places listed in the Passport.
Inside the front cover I have a place where you can "make a memory" of your
trip: the car you are driving, your travel companions, where and when you
started and finished.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN:
I am getting super positive emails from travelers who have used the book. No, it
is not perfect and I appreciate learning about corrections. Some of the places
"I've missed" I really didn't but may reconsider. Yes, there actually are new
things being added along the way that I'd like to hear about.
Special thanks to Michael Wallis for telling me that
I could say that he recommends the Passport and to Mike Ward for hitting the
Wine Trail in Arizona in the capacity of Reporter, of course!
Seriously, if you are not buying this little
book because of the $8.95 price and figure you can use the internet for free and
get the same information, you are about to waste a lot of time (when you could
be tasting wine) and become extremely frustrated (and end up drinking beer).
Yes, printing it in the USA doubled the price but you cannot have it both ways
and we picked the Good Ole USA!
SHIPPING: The Passport just fits in an envelope to go first class but one more
page and the postage jumps to over a dollar so I confirm (and thank you) via
email. I mail them no later than the next day in person at the Post Office. I
have mailed them ahead to hotels where you are expected in about 3 days (2 days
would be cutting it close).
TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST EIGHT PAGES:
Intro and travel
advice for a happy adventure
And a sample of the Contents:
+ $.75 1st Class US postage ($9.70 USD total).
Printed in USA
Inquire for International Postage: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extremely useful trip summary logbook / journal and route guide for
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Historic US Route 66 Passport, I-55,
I-44, I-40, I-10,
Chicago to LA, United States of America
First Edition 2012 by Guidebook Press,
Barbara Maxwell, Editor
available in lots of 10. Email
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