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Sunday – From our hotel on the edge of the Vosges mountains we head straight into Germany and the Black Forest, before popping back into France near Mulhouse and spending the afternoon at the Cité de L’Automobile – a pheomenal car museum containing the Schlumpf Collection, including the most comprehensive display of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world.Monday – Moving on from Mulhouse, we continue south skirting around Geneva and into the mountains to the west of Mont Blanc, before stopping at Lake Annecy on our way to the overnight stop at Chambery.However all was not lost, volunteers and state associations sprang up.Old buildings were restored, neon signs relit and travellers began to come back to experience some of the wonderful sights along Route 66.16 September 2011 Named as ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ by the AA, The A686, which runs from Penrith, through Alston (across the ‘roof’ of England) and down onto the A69 just after Haydon Bridge, is very popular particularly in the summer with bikers, and is great fun to drive. We found this road by pure chance as we were driving to Thirsk and decided to take this route through the Moors.Starting at Stokesley the road literally cuts through the left side of The North Yorkshire Moors and is a great drive with some fantastic views.The final nail in the coffin of this fantastic road was the bypass of Williams Arizona in 1984 after which Route 66 was no longer an official US highway.Many of the gas stations, the diners and motels were out of business and fell into decay.
Enjoy this road trip from the air conditioned comfort of your modern day American sports car or get the wind in your hair in an open top convertible!Plenty of time to discuss the week’s events with your fellow tourers and get over the hangover from last night’s party, before the drive home and a night in your own bed. Route 66 started out as a selection of dirt trails and unnamed roads.By 1938 dirt gave way to a paved narrow and twisty two lane highway.Day 2 Saturday Total Distance 175m Driving time approximately 3hr 50m Heading east from Albuquerque our journey takes us on a mixture of the modern I40 that overlays the old 66 and the original road.Old 66 takes us on a climb through the mountains on some great roads via Tijeras Canyon and then we drop down through Barton and Edgewood.