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Hot Rods Driving my hot rod from mich to Cali in Dec best route and stops

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotroded, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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  2. Stop along the way? Head north, to Canadian border, pick up one frozen passenger(hint), then continue whatever way you can.
    If you don't have a heater yet, you can use a 12V heat/massage cushion, that will take the chill off for the most part.
    Good luck, enjoy the drive!
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  3. KustomLincolnLady
    Joined: Oct 17, 2003
    Posts: 1,020


    That's Sweet Jack :)
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  4. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,991

    Special Ed

    I cruised that route that you're taking a few years ago in late September. in my Jet. The sun is going to be very low in the sky in December, so keep that in consideration. Heading west, the sun is going to be blinding in the mid/late afternoon. I tried to get as much mileage as I needed to reach under my belt by lunchtime, then hit the local sights. Worked well for me, but your mileage may vary.
    Good luck, and enjoy ... ;)
  5. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,745


    Cali is a nice Colombian city southwest of Bogota.

    Nobody in California call it that. That's how we identify tourists.
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  6. Heading far south then making a right when I hit Texas , I have heat and insulated pants and jacket thank you

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  7. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,414


    Made the trip from Mt.Clemens to Phoenix in early December on a motorcycle once and ended up in El Paso trying to avoid the snow. Ran through almost 800 miles of fog . Couldn't go any further south so we had to go west. Good Luck on your trip. Wore my snowmobile suit until we got north of Tucson.
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  8. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,042


    Sounds like a good trip. Watch for snow coming into Albuquerque. But most importantly don't relocate to California. Things are going to hell in a hand basket in a big hurry. Just one example, diesel went up over 50 cents a gallon in less than 2 weeks. 20 cents was new "fees" and the rest was just because they can. JMO.
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  11. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,579

    phat rat

    Thanks Deb. That was in 05 on the way back from Ego-Rama. If the pic was bigger or closer you'd see BobK in the passenger seat
  12. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,372

    from Arizona

    X2 on the possible snow problems going thru Flagstaff. While going thru Winslow Az. you can always stop at the "Standing on the corner" exhibit. Sedona Az. is always good for some great pics and the "ghost town" of Jerome is just south of there. You can drive the longest unbroken stretch of Rt66 taking the Seligman Az. exit off I40. Seligman is full of Rt66 "artifacts". Oatman Az. should be a must if your in Kingman. You won't regret the ride from Kingman to Oatman. As mentioned Lake Havasu is a great place and it will be warmer there. I'm a former Mi. resident now living in Kingman and I'm not moving back.
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  13. Russel's is OK , but DON"T , DON'T get fuel there. On the way to LARS this year a group of us stopped there (6 cars) we all topped off, and with in 20/30 miles we all had fuel problems. WATER
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  14. That is my plan too never moving back

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  15. That's a heads up I needed thanks

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  16. Texas57
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 3,366

    1. 1952-59 Ford Social Group

    Wow, that's surprising. Russell's has got to be one of the busiest truck stops on I 40. It's only 75 miles from my house, so we always top off before leaving Amarillo, so never bought gas there though. Cheapest gas anywhere on I40 is always Amarillo....great for me!
  17. Funny...JNAKI - I just picked up a Merc flathead in Lake Hefner this weekend....I-40 had no issues West....East is another issue going thru OKC....I have family around Yukon, OK.....that's a nice part of Hwy 66 there....good luck with your travels...following the fun !
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  18. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,221

    A Boner

    Depending on the weather forecast....Maybe I-10 across the bottom of the U.S.A.
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  19. Yes ttr I always have the camera ready thanks for the ideas and suggestions

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  20. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,104

    from Ioway

    You can plan everything down the last jot and tittle and guard against every mechanical breakdown, plan a strict travel schedule and regimentation and the rest of it, but that's gonna be BORING. Agreed that Interstates are the absolute worst way to see the country. The only caveat is the weather at that time of the year is sketchy, and you need to be setup for camping, or at least a good sleeping bag. You'll need a good set of maps that include all the secondary roads right down to the county dirt road level - this is important. An Air-Guide compass is where these really come into their own. As long as the road goes generally in the right direction, or will hit hardball at some point, navigation takes care of itself to some degree. Keep in mind all the fancy GPS and gee-gaws may not always work, cell coverage is spotty in deep canyons or forested areas. Do not exclusively depend on electronics, have a backup that doesn't require batteries.

    Definitely must include the desert southwest as part of your itinerary - Southeast Utah, Monument Valley, and Grand Canyon area. Trust Me.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
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  21. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,934


    In Amarillo go to the Golden Light Cafe. One of the oldest eating places on Route 66. Been updated since we were last there(1995 and 2009) and looks bigger and better.
  22. Well unfortunately I will have to do this trip next year I purchased a project willys on the west coast and will be busy along with 3 other cars my girl has
    Thanks for all the Ideas and tips

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  23. tgabbe1934
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 64

    from smithtown

    Hey Ed, How are you doing? Too bad you couldn't make that trip, that would have been a great time!
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  25. Wow nice caddy thats comfort smart man thanks for sharing that [​IMG]
    This is what I went to get old drag car
    Almost left the country but customs was giving the guy to much bull so he opted to sell it . to me

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  26. ^^^^^^wow! tell us more. Looks similar to the one that Bass got from Gas Monkey
  27. Sorry dont have a tv but its just a sbc with auto and old rear pretty fast old build from the 90s
    Just changed the front springs now it sits rite [​IMG]

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