Best of Route 66 Challenge

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We are the official tour operator for Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW). Through us, they provide the opportunity for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Service Personnel and Veterans a chance to experience a life changing motorcycling challenge as a pillion.  To make this possible, we are looking for experienced riders with enough time and affordability to join each tour offering their rear seat to one of these brave servicemen or servicewomen. This Amazing tour visits some the most iconic attractions on America’s “Mother Road” Route 66. (States visited are; California, Nevada and Arizona)


2018 Dates & Costs

Challenge  1 – 16th May to 26th May

£4,495 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£2,295 Pillion / Support Vehicle passenger (Sharing with rider/partner)

Challenge  2 – 17th August to 27th August

£4,495 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£2,295 Pillion / Support Vehicle passenger (Sharing with rider/partner)

 

2018 Itinerary

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Best of Route 66Welcome to our day of preparation for the exciting Route 66 Motorcycle Tour.  This once in a lifetime journey, with it’s unique riding experience, along the most famous two-lane highway in America, could change your life for the better.
Your opportunity to visit with new friends, the experience of a legendary road featured in many iconic films and television shows like the one highlighted by Billy Connolly recently.  The sights and sounds of a history long forgotten by the modern age, along with the vastly diverse scenery of a landscape most have never seen, will remind us of days gone by.

Best of The WestApproximate mileage: 238 miles
The first day of our challenge takes us via Boulder City with a stop for breakfast at the world famous “Coffee Cup” restaurant. We then head south though Search Light for an interesting outer space encounter in the town of Baker. Continuing South West we travel to the historic town of Barstow Where we join the original Route 66 which takes us to Victorville and the fantastic Route 66 museum. You will get to experience the true history of this historic road.

twisting roadApproximate mileage: 220 miles

Today’s ride takes us though the town of Rightwood located in a pine covered valley in the San Gabriel Mountains. We then snake our way over the Angeles Mountains for 67 miles of riding heaven until we reach La Cañada Flintridge in California for a spot of lunch.

We then head back along this amazing route in to opposite direction back to the hotel in Victorville for a well-earned rest.

Spanish missionApproximate mileage: 206 miles

We have a stunning days ride ahead of us as we first travel to the Spanish mission of San Juan Capistrano. We then ride towards the town of Alpine via the Ortega Highway which is a beautiful mountain road that drops down to Lake Elsinore. After a break at the lake for lunch we head off to our hotel for the night at Alpine.

San-Andreas-Fault-line-Approximate mileage: 212 miles

We will have a day of snaking through the mountain passes until we reach the town of Mecca we will then ride past the Salton sea towards the start of the San Andreas Fault line which is the most famous fault in the world. Its notoriety comes partly from the disastrous 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

As we ride though a baron wilderness misshapen by earthquakes and flash floods until we reach the city of Blythe which is located near the California/Arizona border in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert.

The best of Route 66Approximate mileage: 315 miles

Today’s ride is not for the faint hearted…. As we leave California, we head into Arizona where we will feel the temperatures rise as we ride north of Phoenix and Scottsdale to Fountain Hills where we take a well-deserved break for lunch.

The afternoon is packed full of some of the most spectacular views as we climb and descend some breath taking mountain ranges.  It is not uncommon to have eagles souring above us as we ride.  We will take a stop to allow you to have your photo taken alongside huge cacti at the side of the road.  Our day will end with views of snow covered mountains and forests.

Approximate mileage: 270 miles

We have a surprise in store for you as the group heads north for a ride through the Salt River Canyon where you will be astounded by its natural beauty.  You will experience a number of iconic Route 66 sights and landmarks in the afternoon as we take time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.  We then head off to see the wigwam motel for an evening with a difference.

The best of Route 66Approximate mileage: 228 miles

An early start takes us to the town of Winslow for a great photo opportunity and chance to pick up some Route 66 souvenirs.  From there we head off to Flagstaff for a light lunch.  After lunch we enjoy a ride down through Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and Jerome National Park, we then ride north again to visit the Grand Canyon before ending the days ride at one of the most iconic Route 66 towns called Williams for an evening of entertainment and food.

 

The best of Route 66Approximate mileage: 285 miles

This morning we head west to the historic ghost town of Seligman where we will ride along old Route 66 for an early lunch at a classic old Route 66 Diner in Kingman.  After lunch, we take in the amazing town of Oatman before landing in Las Vegas for the afternoon and evening of fun and where enjoy a celebration meal together whilst reflecting on the weeks achievement’s.

 

♦ 9 nights hotels / motels.
♦ All group breakfasts, lunch and evening meals at each stop.
♦ Admission fees to all museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
♦ Any tolls, parking fees (any gratuities are additional).
♦ The tour will be guided by our Route 66 veterans who will give daily summaries and talk about the history of Route 66.
♦ Transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
♦ Motorcycle rental and the required liability insurance.
♦ All fuel and oil for your motorcycle.
♦ There will be two tour guides (riding with you) and two support vehicles with us at all times with a spare bike, your luggage and our supplies.
♦ Roadside Assistance.
♦ Water, soft drinks and snacks throughout each day.
• Your airfare to and from the US.
• Your ESTA (Visa Waiver to travel to the US) This costs $14 from the US Embassy / website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
• Personal Travel Insurance.
• Additional meals and snacks, tips, refreshments and your Alcoholic Beverages.
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance
• Personal Souvenirs.
• Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
• Any necessary riding gear and / or personal effects.
• Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
• Anything not mentioned in the list of included items above.
 

 
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Best of Route 66 2017

It's about five years since I first rented a Harley and rode in the Vegas area, back then I was on my own and set out without a clue where to go. I had a great time.The experience of riding with BCTours on the BT4TW best of 66 tour this year has cemented what I missed trying to find my own way.On arrival at Vegas we were met by Darren, Scott and Mike the Tour Guides and Trevor and Derrick the Support Vehicle Drivers. Well organised for our arrival Darrens Contacts at the airport had us speedily vacated through Customs and into the heat of the Vegas day.The Bikes provided were first class, and from the moment we set out it was clear this was going to be an adventure not the typical "bland guided ride" that perhaps other touring companies provide.Day one saw me hit a town I had visited on my previous solo trip, the difference was the local knowledge of the guides that allowed me to ride roads I never found last time, and what roads.Each day was full packed with challenging rides, amazing scenery and inspirational Veterans in the group.Along the way we met Medal of Honour winner John Bacca, a true hero who survived against the odds when he carried out the bravest act I have ever heard of, we were hosted by members of the American Legion of Veterans who showed such respect for the Beneficiaries.Highly recommend BCTours, don't make the same mistake I did and try and do this alone, you will miss the Best for sure as it is off the beaten track.

Route 66 - wow!

I've been on several of the tours for Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and the best of the West, including the very first 66 tour in 2010.I always had the original ambition of riding along Route 66 on a Harley as part of “one of those unforgettable items to tick off”, and with the help of Darren and his team I have made that dream come true. So much so that I've been back several times since that very first tour!Could I have done it myself? Sure. But you don’t get all the experience, camaraderie of other bikers, insights, local knowledge and the best routes to take – and along with all the logistics sorted, including fantastic bike rental, flight arrangements, hotels, meals and all the backup services the tour provides, doing it alone would just not compare.You get to see the sights of sounds of real America - from the bright lights of Vegas to the majestical and romantic areas at sunset; from long open route 66 roads to twisty, rugged mountain passes. You can ride, see and experience it all.If you have that dream – don’t hesitate.

by Ted Foulger on Best of Route 66 Challenge
Route 66

"Experienced riders wanted" That was the sign that made me ask what is it all about at the Bike Tours For The Wounded Stand and I ended up signing up for the best bits of route 66. I'd always wanted to do a tour like this but the thing that swung it for me was that I would also be supporting one of wounded, injured or sick military personnel.
The tour was extremely well organised. The camaraderie was fantastic and by the end of the tour - to see the difference it had made to some of our pillions, well you can't get that on the NHS and I should know I'm a retired nurse. The only gripe about the tour was that it was over so quickly. Just had to come home and book another trip!