HistoricRoute66.com is a community preservation project, created by Rob Borden, founder of the Saddle Sore Ranch (near Oatman, AZ), Route 66 Bike Week® and Route 66 Road Rally®.
U.S. Route 66 or U.S. Highway 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before terminating in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). (Source: Wikipedia)
Today, the remains of the Mother Road are scattered over several alignments of the road. Some segments are no longer accessible, some lay forgotten, and some have been reclaimed by Mother Nature… How is that for irony?
Here at HistoricRoute66.com we are on a mission. We like to call it #Saving66. As much as we would love to preserve the road itself, and will take every opportunity we get to do so, we also aim to help preserve the culture, the nostalgia and the people that make Route 66 so special. We do this by promoting travel and tourism on Route 66, small businesses along the route, promoting Route 66 events, and hosting a few of our own events that are structured to get participants to stop into the small businesses along the way and support them.
Please visit the “EVENTS” page at HistoricRoute66.com for more information on our events, as well as the other events we support. We hope you will join us as we embark on this adventure, and be a part of #Saving66. We have created a couple of “adventures” to help you do so. Please visit www.Route66BikeWeek.com and www.Route66RoadRally.com to learn more.
Take a moment to check out our two main events below:
GET YOUR RIDE CERTIFIED. Are you planning a trip down Route 66? Whether you are just going a few miles, or doing the entire thing, Route 66 Road Rally offers you the chance to turn your trip into an amazing adventure. This is not a race, it’s the adventure of a lifetime. You can begin and end your Route 66 Road Rally adventure anywhere you want, and anytime you want. Participants receive a Route 66 Road Rally tshirt, a rally sticker, and a complete set of Rally information and instructions for digital download. At the end of your Route 66 Road Rally, you will also receive a personalized, mileage verified Certificate Of Completion documenting your adventure, and have your name added to our Wall Of Fame on the Route 66 Road Rally website. Sign up NOW at www.Route66RoadRally.com
Every year, on the fourth weekend in April, riders hit the Mother Road to take part in the largest “Rolling Rally” in the country. Founded in 2021, and headquartered in Arizona, this rally is now being expanded due to the overwhelming response. Unlike other motorcycle rallies that are mostly stationary, or confined to a single area or town, Route 66 Bike Week stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. You can start and stop wherever you want. Choose your own route, direction and destinations daily. Participants receive a Rally Tshirt, a VIP wristband, all rally maps, points of interest, instructions and other rally materials for digital download. After the rally, participants will receive a mileage verified Certificate Of Completion. Sign up NOW at www.Route66BikeWeek.com