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The road runs for 7 miles before you drive through the small village of Chop Gate.You then drive on for a further 13 miles through sweeping bends and lots of gradient changes, again with great views and road, until you arrive at the picturesque village of Helmsley.
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Later some were widened and straightened, some turned into four way highways, then in the late 1950’s the interstate network began to take over.
Soon many areas of old 66 had been paved over, many towns had been bypassed, their lifeblood taken away and left to slowly fade away.
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.