We were ready willing and able to take on a small portion of Route 66.
It was really hot that day so we decided to pack our leader overalls in the extra bag we brought and break out the Kevlar jeans. The best investment we made.
The bike was packed the next morning and we headed back towards Vinita to catch the famous Route 66. Was a nice feeling knowing that we were probably only the 9,000,000,987 billionth people to drive this route on a motorcycle. The trip down 66 was something we only dreamed about. We heard that there wasn´t much left of the Route and from what we have experienced, this is more or less true. There are still bits and pieces left but some states it does not exist at all. But here we were, ridingon a stretch of highway about 250kms towards Oklahoma City. We made it down to Booger Johns Motorcycles in Claremore. We bought a new tool bag, two pairs of fingerless gloves which we paid full price for(go figure), fringed handle grips, anti fog for the visor and oil for my bike. Dammed if I didn´t put too much oil in. John said he would try and drain some out for me but because the oil was boiling hot, I asked him just to change the oil which he did. We have already driven 9000 kms so it wouldn´t hurt the bike to do so. We were off and driving again after about an hour or so. Near the town of Sapulpa just west of Tulsa, we meet this man who once again asks us where we´re headed. Now before I go any further, I´ve got to say that the people we´ve met so far both in Canada and the Stateshave all be so incredibly friendly and helpful.People kept telling us that once you go south of the border, this will change but it hasn´t.We tell him we´re just following Route 66 as far as we can. He then says that this is not the Old Route 66. This was built for 40 to 50 years ago. You´ll have to go to the K&N motorcycles about 3 miles down the road and see if they have the Historical Route 66 map. He tried to explain the way, gave up and said follow me and we did. He waved us in to the shop and drove on. We both walk in the door at K&N and there are 3 people sitting there at the front. A red headed lady named Lucy, her husband Norman and another gentleman which I never got the name of. I explained we came from Denmark and were told that we were not following the original Route 66. A man said you might have an historical map of it. Lucy immediately said, you guys must be thirsty. Come on down to the fridge and grab yourself a cold drink. She then found a local pamphlet and showed us that it is the original but there are some parts that are older which you can drive on but we were to be very careful. They are only short pieces and they eventually lead back to the main Route 66. There´s not much to see on them but we could try. She then told us that the older gentleman we saw was her husband Norm. Norm is the N in K&N Air filters. Kenny was not there today. Apparently Kenny was in Japan many years ago, met this Japanese man who invented the filters. They couldn´t use them in Japan and sold the company to Kenny. Kenny was involved in a car accident in Japan, sent the filters to Norm in the states.Norm tells me that one day this Transport truck drives up and says where do you want the stuff unloaded. Norm had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. This was the start of K&N Air Filters. Funny how these things work out. We´ve actually met Norm, The N in K&N. Then Lucy came with a T-shirt with the history of the company and the Speedway drivers they´ve been involved with. Apparently some world class drivers as well. Thought that was pretty cool. We thanked them so kindly and continued on our way. We did find some real old Route 66 which was only meters from the (new). Not worth driving on unless you have an off roader. At the end of the day we ended in a small town of Acadia. We stopped at a little shop called the Biker Shack. This was actually the only place we found where one could buy some sort of souvenir of the Route and yes… we did. The plan now was to drive to the other side of Oklahoma city and find a motel for the night. Since we arrived in Tennessee it has been too hot to sleep in a tent so we are liking the air conditionedmotels. It´s Super 8 time again. We followedI-35 South towards Oklahoma city and switched over to I-40west and just outside of Oklahoma in the town of Yukon we found our beds. We were now on the of the big city, free for morning traffic on our way to our next stop in Amarillo, Texas. The Lone Star State.