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Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers, 2nd Edition Spiral-bound – August 14, 2008

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JERRY McCLANAHAN Noted Route 66 author, artist and historian, Jerry McClanahan has been mapping Route 66 since his family vacations during the 1960s, when he sat in the back seat of the family Ford, trying to draw his own crude map of the road. Born in Oklahoma in 1957, Jerry s family moved out to sunny Southern California in 1959 (sadly, they did NOT take Route 66). Then there followed a decade of wonderful journeys down the Mother Road, from California thru Oklahoma City. These back seat travels left an indelible mark, one that eventually came to color the whole fabric of Jerry s creativity. Jerry rediscovered Route 66 in 1981, when he and his father made a trip out west, stopping at everything this time. Since then, every year has found Jerry making numerous expeditions along the route, mapping, photographing and collecting information. In the early 1990s, Jerry began painting and writing about the Mother Road full time, enjoying a long stint as staff artist and a staff writer for Route 66 Magazine before moving on to write for the Federation News and American Road (where he is a department editor). In 1994, he collaborated with OK 66 expert Jim Ross on the best-selling Route 66 Map Series (which features his unofficial Route 66 mascot Rootie ), as well as the acclaimed Bones of the Old Road video (with Kathy Anderson). Jerry s photographs have appeared in numerous books and periodicals, while his paintings of old cars on Route 66 hang in private collections across the country and overseas. In 2008, Jerry moved to Chandler, Oklahoma, where he welcomes visitors to his art gallery, just a stone's throw off Route 66.


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 100 pages
  • Publisher: National Historic Route 66 Federation; Second edition (August 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970995164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970995162
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Route 66 Enthusiast on March 4, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I read these reviews before buying this guide. They were all glowing except Mr. Walker saying that he wanted more information on what to see. Then I read dozens more great reviews on the first EZ guide.

I figured, it's a good chance this guy was confused. And after getting the guide, I could tell he was. He must not have read what it is. It is to make it easy for you to find the difficult to find old route not to give you places to stay or eat, supermarkets, locations of gas stations or anything else. Yes it does include some high points but give us a break! Walker should have bought the Dining & Lodging Guide and Adventure Handbook.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By scrabble on November 22, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I've spent two months out of the past three years traveling Rt. 66 for an upcoming photography book. I wish I had had this guide on all of my trips. It is the most user-friendly guide available, down to the rather compact size and choice of spiral binding, so it always lies flat and stays on the page you need while in the car.

The author is incredibly knowledgable about the history of 66, and the maps in this book are as extensive as just about any traveler would need, but perfectly clear and easy to follow. Alternate alignments are clearly marked.

I have used the book for Missouri, Kansas, and for parts of California, and only wish I had the book for earlier trips. Using other 66 guidebooks got me hopelessly lost, this book kept me right on course.

I reserve one star because the text and the maps don't always align perfectly (requiring some flipping back and forth) and some of the pages in my copy seem to be bound out of sequence. But don't let that stop you from buying this inexpensive, invaluable guide to 66!
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By F.W. Snert on June 27, 2007
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This guide has a lot to recommend it, and McClanahan deserves our thanks for chronicling easy-to-overlook delights along the path of the Mother Road, but let's not confuse "EZ" with "Small." The same information displayed on pages large enough to permit juxtaposing it with the strip maps would be much more user friendly. It's very EZ to lose your point of reference on any given page, which requires forward and backward thumbing through the text to retrieve the corresponding map, and the celebrated spiral binding actually contributes to this.

It's interesting to note that several of the reviewers rated it five stars without actually having used it, which speaks more to the cuteness of its appearance than its practicality. McClanahan's syntax and terms of art also can be fairly frustrating. The route instruction "Stay Ahead" not only lacks any intuitive meaning, it's also misleading because whereas "staying ahead" implies going straight ahead, it doesn't rule out the need to watch carefully for required turns. In the intro, he says "Stay Ahead" means "do not turn off the road you are traveling," but is that the street name, the route number or the pavement? Rally nomenclature is much more instructive, e.g. "Turn onto Jones Road and follow," where "follow" is the operative term meaning "stay on the road marked Jones Road until instructed to leave it." Based on last week's real-world experiences using the guide from Oklahoma through Arizona, I would strongly recommend studying each section thorougly before entering it, and using color-coded highlighters, Post-Its or other such devices to facilitate quick cross referencing.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MonkeyBunker on October 4, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
An invaluable tool for travelling Route 66 from beginning to end, as important as your vehicle. This book will keep you on track, informed, and make things "EZ" for you. I just used this book on a two-week trip (Sept 2006), and couldn't imagine doing it without this guide. (Although Illinois is very well signed and easy to follow on it's own.)

Get this, as well as the "Route 66 Adventure Handbook", and you'll be armed with all you need for a fun and complete trip down The Mother Road. I can't recommend these books strongly enough!

I can't, however, recommend the "Route 66 Lodging/Dining Guide", as it was a real let-down for us. Incomplete in some sections, useless in others. (the recommended "Lincoln Motel" in Chandler OK was a filthy dump!) Just find your lodging & dining as you go along the route, and don't be afraid to try the various offerings along the way. You might be pleasantly surprised! (Ask to see rooms before you check in, though.)

Oh, and be sure to check the EZ66 author's updates before leaving! (He offers up to date info that didn't make it into the book.)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Johnny on October 11, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
We started our Route 66 road trip with a couple of other guides and did not discover this one until the second day. It's tempting to do the first day over again!

The great strengths:

1. The trip is broken up into strip maps that are about 75 miles long. Each map shows all the relevant freeway exits and the places where Route 66 has merged with I40. It's very easy t0 stay on the old road.

2. Each strip takes up one page and is then broken into four or five one-page segments of descriptive text that tell you exactly when and where to turn to stay on 66 and what to look for along the way. Where words are not enough, he includes thumbnail micro-maps that make the twists and turns crystal-clear.

3. His descriptions of what to see are a good mix of fact and expansion.

4. He includes optional side-trips to abandoned sections of old Route 666 that are both challenging and interesting.

A feature I can't evaluate is his provision of west-to-east directions for those traveling against the grain.

One minor quirk in his turn-by-turn directions is that he often does not provide the distance between turns. When a couple of turns happen in quick succession, it's an act of faith at first to drive a mile or two to reach the next named turn.

We had started the trip with the "Route 66 Traveler's Guide" whose maps were very weak and whose driving directions were almost non-existent (3 out of 5) and the "Route 66 Quick Reference Encyclopedia" which was absolutely worthless.
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