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“Great chicken fried steak”
Review of U.S. Route 66

U.S. Route 66
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Great chicken fried steak”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Located near UNM, Route 66 is a great diner in the truest sense (well, minus the railcar atmosphere of many east coast diners). Great food and an amazing staff. Be sure to try the chicken fried steak and one of their tasty milk shakes!!

Visited July 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Route 66 Diner”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I am assuming that the review is for the old 1950s style diner of route 66 which still runs through the center of Albuquerque. The diner is a real throw back and if you like the burger, fries, malts, etc. it will bring back many memories with it's chrome stools and juke box.

Visited August 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Route 66 West Of Albuquerque”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Here's the real dirt on 66. Yes, the city run down Central Ave. is pretty cool, but it's West of Albuquerque where the real fun begins.

Since I don't know where you are while you're reading this so I'll just start at the crossroads ...the I-25/I-40 Interchange (a.k.a. The BIG I).

Head out I-40 West towards Arizona.

Take exit 149 (the Paseo del Volcan/Central Ave exit), make a right, and then you're first left and after a few hundred yards of new construction you're now on the original 66, or as original as the last asphalt lay …lol.. This part is pretty short as it only runs to the Route 66 Casino junction.
You will see the Rio Puerco bridge across the frontage road from the 66 Pitstop gas station. Sorry, but some vandals decided to spray paint the landmark sign.

You'll see another road that looks like it goes on by the side of the freeway, at the Casino bridge stop sign. You would take a right and the first left, but it dead-ends later on where you can’t see it from the intersection so you’ll just be making a u-turn and coming back.

The casino has nothing to do with Route 66 other than having its name/theme and being next to it.
To tell you the truth, the only thing the casino uses the 66 theme for is the gift shop, carpet, and wallpaper …lol.
Either go to the casino, or get back on 40 West.

Continue on 40 West.

Next, at exit 126, you’ll see a sign proclaiming a past alignment of 66.

Go for it if you want. Get off 40, take a left, get onto Hwy 6 South, and go over the bridge and follow 6 to your second left. You’ll go over another “modern” bridge and then the road turns to dirt.
Better have good shocks because the next mile + is pure washboard. Washboard all the way across, and from side to side. You’ll have at least 2 tires on washboard the whole way. There’s not enough side of the road to fit your whole car.
My wife and I still haven’t figured out if the road is naturally like this, or that the Natve locals do this to cut down on the amount of 66 gawkers.
I haven’t been down it from this side, but you can ride up 66 from the west on this road.
It’s a lonely part of 66 and it takes you far, with no way to cut back to 40, before bringing you the where the Westside washboard starts.
It was either a mile + of washboard or going all the way back to 40.
So I went for it and it sucked!! So it’s best to just stay on 40 west.

Take exit 117, the Mesita exit. Here’s where the real fun begins. Lots of photo ops this way!
So get off at 117 and make a right, and then your first left. You’re now on 66. You’ll see a 66 placard painted on the road, one in each direction. There’s a better placard up ahead, with great scenery background shots, like in my photos.
You should be riding along the side the freeway for a bit, but say goodbye to them and their fast paced world.
You start to descend into the canyon area (Side Note: This area was used for a location shot in the movie Due Date w/ Robert Downey Jr. and. Zach Galifianakis).
You ride along the canyon wall and take a sharp hairpin curve.
Now you’re thinking; wow, look at what all those people flying by on 40 are missing.

There will be a couple monolith rock structures and lots of red canyon walls and rock structures. You’ll also see another 66 placard painted on the highway …Photo Op!

Continue on and you’ll rise up a hill with some wild curves, and end up going past the local police station, on the right, and the highway dead ends into Rt.55. Make a left and then a right.
You are now on the Laguna Pueblo.

Or …you could get back on 40W and you’ll see a lot of the older pueblo buildings, especially if you stop in the rest area. You also might get lucky and there will be some Native Americans selling their wares from the old shacks that line the rest area. Great bargains!

If you do take the 40 route, you’ll have to stay on 40 to exit 108 before you can cut back over to 66.

If you made the right, to stay on 66, watch for the Indian fry bread place on your left. The wife and I always stop there. You can order from an outside window, and then check out the gift shop inside. We don’t go inside anymore because we’ve been in there a bunch of times, but they still have neat stuff for the first timers.

Back on 66W you’re pretty much enjoying the road from here to the Divide. The road has a lot of different numbers, State Hwy. 124, State Hwy. 122 but you’re on 66.

From the beginning you’ll see ruins of old stone buildings, abandoned businesses, abandoned motels\hotels, period motels that are still open, and some modern 66 attractions.

At the Divide you will find a couple stores Native American stores that sell a wide variety of items from everyday convenience store items to cheesy tourist trinkets, moccasins, jewelry, and may fav high powered fireworks.

This where the old 66 ends. If you continue West you’ll have to get back on 40 to at least exit 36 where you can again ride the service road.
At the Hwy 566 junction you can head North to the Red Rocks State Park.

Staying on 66 will take you right past Fire Rock Navajo Casino and then along the outskirts of Gallup (a.k.a Hwy. 118 or Business 40). There are a few good old diner type places to eat along with the modern fare in Gallup.

You can ride the frontage road all the way into Arizona to the next Native American Tourist area.

Nestled into some canyon walls are a few shops that are REALLY dated from the old 66 days. Pretty good bargains on horse blankets and other Native American items, but also pretty hokey looking.

This is where my 66 West review ends. I hope you have enjoyed the journey and fell in love with this section as I my wife and I have.

Visited April 2012
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Tijeras, New Mexico
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“Get your kicks on 66”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

Route 66 (central ave.) through Albuquerque is the old "main" street. Most parts have seen better days and some parts are downright seedy, but if you look close you'll find some interesting 66 relics many of the neon signs, new and old are quite interesting, the Nob Hill area is a trendy place that has managed to keep the route 66 feel. Put the top on the convertible down and cruise central ave. you're sure to see some strange, interesting and spooky places and characters!

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Follow the old historic road thru and around ABQ”
Reviewed July 10, 2009

This is a treat for old Route 66 buffs. The pre-1937 route meandered thru NM, up around Santa Fe, then south to Abq, down 4th St, and south to Las Lunas, then followed the railroad tracks west. After 1937, the road was straighter going more east-west thru NM. There are many motels(Aztec, El Vado), restaurants, gas stations, theaters (KiMo) etc. from that era along the way, particulary on Central Ave. thru Abq. Sadly, some are boarded up or are in disrepair. It is an interesting way of seeing 1930s, 40s history along the way.

You can pick up maps and brochures, some of which have much detail about the route and the buildings, even giving the dates they were built, their previous names and if on the state or national register of historic places.

This is a real step back in history.

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