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cycling trip Historic Route 66: Oklahoma City to Albuquerque, NM

Dates: 9/30 - 10/10, 2017

(11 days 10 nights; Sat.- Tues.)

 


Assembly Point: Oklahoma City, OK

(Timberline van shuttle is included from Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City prior to tour and to Albuquerque International Sunport following tour)

Not included: Airline service to Oklahoma City; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: airport 1 pm, hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 4 pm

 

Tour Cost: $4,000

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles, support van, leaders, tour maps and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $900

Inn Highlights

  • Blue SwallowHotel
  • Plaza Hotel
  • Garretts Desert Inn

Historic U.S. Route 66, which is also called the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It originally ran from Chicago, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, ending in Santa Monica, California, for a total of 2,448 miles.  It was officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, and is no longer indicated on current roadmaps. However, much of the route does remain, and with our detailed maps, we will find our way past many landmarks and 1930's and 1940's style eateries and shops along the back roads.

In general, the terrain across Oklahoma is a gradual uphill, while the Texas Panhandle and Great Plains is a flat, wide open expanse of country. Amarillo, Texas is the last large city on the route before you reach the midpoint of Historic Route 66 in Adrian, Texas. In New Mexico, we will follow a pre-1937 alignment of route 66. After a day off in Santa Fe, there is a surprise in store for us as we pedal to Albuquerque, an optional little detour with a huge reward. Not far from Albuquerque, there is a turn to Sandia Crest, the long, high ridge in the Sandia Mountains. If you have the time and plenty of reserves in your leg muscles for this climb, we highly recommend you take this option.

Itinerary

Pre-tour Arrive, assemble, bike fitting and orientation dinner  
Day 1

Oklahoma City - Weatherford

70 miles

Day 2

Weatherford - Erick

78 miles

Day 3

Erick - Conway

90 miles

Day 4

Conway - Vega

64 miles

Day 5

Vega - Tucumcari

79 miles

Day 6 Tucumcari - Santa Rosa 61 miles
Day 7 Santa Rosa - Las Vegas 76 miles
Day 8 Las Vegas - Santa Fe 72 miles
Day 9 Sante Fe - Layover Day  
Day 10 Sante Fe - Albuquerque 75 miles

Total cycling mileage: 665

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.