The four motorcycle riders stood out in Flagstaff’s crowded Beaver Street Brewery restaurant. They all appeared to be wind burned and wore leather vests with a German motorcycle club logo.
I talked to one of them, Lutz Gromann from Hamburg Germany. “ We have been traveling on Route 66 for 2000 miles. We don’t have any reservations and everything is going well.” They had rented motorcycles in Chicago and were headed to Los Angeles.
Foreign visitors on Route 66 usually have done their homework and know all about the places to visit. Lutz said they have just left Flagstaff’s historic honky-tonk Museum Club and were headed to Seligman Arizona to visit with Angel Delgadillo. Angel is known far and wide as the person who put Arizona Route 66 back on the map after most of it was bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1985.
Lutz grinned as he rubbed his shaved scalp. “ I know that Angel (a barber) is 89 and still gives haircuts but I don’t need one.”
Arizona Historic Route 66 is well known to travelers from around the world. Recent entries in the guest book at Kingman’s Route 66 Visitor Center are from twenty different countries. Many of them rent a vehicle to savor The Mother Road.
EagleRider Motorcycles USA rents Harleys, BMWs and others. A 15 day guided Route 66 Tour from Chicago to LA with accommodations costs $4,550. A self guided trip is priced at $2,628.
Phoenix based PanAm Holidays offers 15 day motorcycle tours led by English, German, French or Italian speaking guides. Owner Zsolt Nagy says that individual car trips are more popular. A standard sedan rental is $1998. He said, “So many people want to upgrade to a Ford Mustang convertible, that in order to get them, I have to start from Detroit rather than Chicago.”