When it comes to road trips, there's no other journey like Route 66. Teeming with captivating scenery and decades of history, there's no better way to discover North America than a pilgrimage down the Mother Road. Before you take to the tarmac for the tour of a lifetime, there are a few riding conditions to take into account when selecting your transport.
Consider your skill level
For many, simply hearing the words "Route 66" conjures images of red sand soaked in sun, flanked by vast open roads. For some, however, the mention of the Mother Road brings thoughts of a classic Harley-Davidson. There are few feelings freer than driving down a long stretch of road on a motorcycle. Between the open air experience and the exhilaration of a powerful engine beneath you, motorcycles are a thrilling mode of transport for your American adventure. However, they do require a bit of experience to operate. Consider your skill level, and whether a car or a motorcycle is going to best benefit your trip – you don't want to miss seeing the sights if you're too nervous about keeping control of your Harley.
It's key to remember that the Route 66 experience isn't all long stretches and deserts – there's a significant number of windy bends and hills to consider as part of your trip. Don't be disgruntled if a motorcycle isn't for you – opting for a sleek Corvette or a ferocious Mustang means you can still handle these roads with style.
Mind the weather
The Mother Road winds through barren deserts and alpine regions, to small towns and bustling cities. For this reason, conditions can be unpredictable, even for the prepared. Winter isn't the best time to explore Route 66. While the idea of navigating winding roads dusted with a blanket of snow sounds idyllic, it's not as ideal when put into practice. Winter brings longer nights and shorter days, which can greatly impact your sightseeing excursions. Furthermore, driving on icy roads can have it's difficulties, and should be left to those confident behind the wheel.
Fall, on the other hand, is a great time for your Route 66 adventure. The weather is still relatively warm, meaning those traveling on motorcycles won't freeze or over-heat in their riding leathers. Exposure to the elements is a big factor to consider when choosing your ride for your great American road. Think about your personal comforts – while some of us would welcome the openness of a Harley-Davidson, others would be more relaxed in a classic car.
Remember the road quality
Route 66 is crawling with decades of history. Millions of people from all over the world have made this iconic pilgrimage – and this is reflected on the tarmac. While the general infrastructure and maintenance of Route 66 is of a great standard, there are some sections that have remained untouched for decades. Parts of the old road aren't advised for motorcycle use due to cracks and damage, however, there are biker friendly sections for all to enjoy. Don't let this throw you off, though. Route 66 Tours know the Mother Road like the back of their hand, so if you do opt for a motorcycle, you'll be in safe hands.
The experience you want
Some trips are truly what you make of it, and Route 66 is no exception. When you imagine yourself navigating the Mother Road, what do you see? While there is no better time than a thrilling road trip to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things, it's important to remember that this 2,400 mile journey is lengthy, and you'll be spending hours on or in your mode of transport. Consider which option speaks more to you, and which one you think suits your traveling needs.
Route 66 is calling – will you answer? To embark on the ride of your life, get in touch with the team at Route 66 Tours.