The 2019 "Ride for the Relay" will officially start in San Bernardino, California
When calling in your reservation always ask for the "Ride for the Relay special price".
Always let the motel know if you need a ground floor or handicapped accessible.
Always ask for a non-smoking room, unless you want smoking.
All reservations must be made before August 15 unless other wise stated.
Day #0, September 6, 2019 0 miles Meeting at 5:PM**
Meeting in the lobby at 4:pm. Everyone that is going on the Ride must attend. The Ride this year will be quite different so we need to get all the ground rules laid out and understood. Some of us will be going to the Santa Monica Pier tomorrow and others will be heading toward Bastow and we will all meet up in Barstow and have a wonderful banquet like we have had in the past.
Sure Stay Plus Hotel Best Western
294 E. Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Ask for the Ride for the Relay Special Rate of $89 including tax
Note: Request the type of room you want and what floor.
Note: I have made arrangements at the Black Angus Steak House for us to go there for dinner at 6:pm. It is in walking distance of the Motel.
Day #1, September 7, 2019 (83 miles) San Bernardino, Ca to Barstow, Ca**
8:am The First Timers(Group #1) and old timers that want the whole experience of Route 66 will head West on I-10 for Santa Monica Pier.
9:am "All the Way Gang" members and those that just don't want to drive I-10 will head to Barstow, CA. For sure we will be stopping at the Summitt Inn and paying our respects, we might go to the Victorville Museum and for sure Elmer Long's Bottle Forest just outside Barstow.
6:pm there will be a Banquet which we would like everyone to attend, special speakers, and special events.
Cost is $20 per person including tax and tip.
Quality Inn Barstow
1520 E Main Street
Barstow, CA 92311
Ask for the Ride for the Relay Special Rate $49 Standard Room or $59 Courtyard View + Tax
The room cost also includes Breakfast for 2
Cut off date for your reservesions is August 9th.
Day #2, September 8, 2019 (205 miles) Barstow, Ca to Kingman, Az **
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. Groups will depart every 15 minutes. We will be heading to the Mojave Desert and the placing of our Memorial Stones. From there we head to Needles, Ca and on to Oatman, AZ and into Kingman, AZ for our overnight. No evening plans for the group, everyone is on their own for dinner. There is a great Steak House a couple blocks from the Motel. This is a long day.
1400 East Andy Devine Avenue
Telephone: (928) 753-4747
Ask for the "Ride for the Relay" special price of $49.00
This does include breakfast.
Day #3, September 9, 2019 (224 miles) Kingman, Az to Winslow, Az **
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Kingman we travel east through Seligman, AZ. Some of us will go to the Grand Canyon, some will go off Route 66 and go through Jerome, AZ, Sedona on into Flagstaff and maybe some stopping to see the Meteor Crater and we will end up standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ. It is a fine site to see. Everyone on their own for dinner. The La Posada Hotel is what I would recommend, it is pricey for dinner but good food. It is worth a look even if you don't eat there.
1701 North Park Drive
Winslow, AZ 86047
Ask for the "Ride for the Relay" Special price of $70.
This does include breakfast
Day #4, September 10, 2019 (190 miles) Winslow, Az to Sky City Casino, Nm**
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Winslow, AZ we travel east to Sky City Casino, NM. Today is beautiful country, the petrified forest, painted desert, and if we get there in time we will have lunch at Earl's Restaurant in Gallup, NM.
Sky City Casino
I-40 Exit #102
Acoma Pueblo, NM
Ask for the Ride for the Relay special rate of $66
Special parking for motorcycles will be provided
Day #5, September 11, 2019 (253 miles) Sky City, Nm to Santa Rosa, Nm **
Today we respect the 911 victims, our military and all first responders by wearing red/white & blue.
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Sky City Casino/Grants, AZ we will be heading to Albuquerque where we will stop and visit with Bobby Unser. I talked to Bobby and Lisa Unser today (August 2) and they are excited that we are coming to see them and they are hoping that they will be home. The Hot Air Balloon Festival will be going on and they are involved with that. Leaving Albuquerque one group will be going to Santa Fe another group will be going Madrid where much of the movie Wild Hogs was filmed and on east to Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa has some really good eating places.
2475 Historic Route 66
Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Telephone: (575) 472-2300inn
Be sure to ask for a room for the Ride for the Relay Special of $85
I have been told there might be a little afternoon party when we arrive. Barbara is no longer there but everyone remembers us.
Day #6, September 12, 2019 (171 miles) Santa Rosa, Nm to Amarillo, Tx**
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Santa Rosa we will travel to Amarillo. We should be able to make Russell Travel Plaza for lunch just before entering Texas. After lunch we will travel to Adrian, Texas (our halfway point) and have some ugly pie crust and a photo op with everyone there. Just before we arrive in Amarillo we will stop at the Cadillac Ranch. Once in Amarillo I hope to have time to clean up a little before being picked up by the Cadillac Limo's that will take us to dinner at the Big Texan.
6901 I-40 West
Amarillo, Texas 79106
Telephone: (806) 467-9997
Ask for the 2019 Ride for the Relay special of $89
Day #7, September 13, 2019 (282 miles) Amarillo, Tx to Oklahoma City, Ok*
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Amarillo we head for Oklahoma City. Leaving Amarillo we will see the Cross and the Leaning Tower of Texas near Broom Texas. Following Old Route 66 we will go into Elk City, Oklahoma and we will stop at the Route 66 Museum. When we get to Oklahoma City there will be a tour down town to see the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. If there isn't time in the evening we will go down there the next morning.
1809 East Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Ask for the Ride for the Relay 2019 Special of $79.
Day #8, September 14, 2019 (265 miles) Oklahoma City, Ok to Joplin, Mo **
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Oklahoma City we head for Joplin, MO. On our way there are many thing to see and I can't promise we will see them all but we will do what we can. There is the Rock Cafe and the Blue Whale. We will be in Miami and Afton. We might run into Crazy Legs and Ron "Tattoo Man" Jones and his 1956 Custom Chevrolet. We will go through Galena, Kansas home of Tow Mater, the tow truck from the movie "CARS".. As of July 24 Chris Byers has promised a free BBQ for all of us. His family does this every year, they are a very special family and very special to our Ride for the Relay.
Hilton Garden Inn
2644 E 32nd Street
Joplin, MO 64804
Phone: (417) 206-6700
Ask for Ride for the Relay special rate of $80.
Day #9, September 15, 2019 (197 miles) Joplin, Mo to Rolla, Mo**
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Joplin, MO we travel to Rolla, MO. From Joplin, Mo we will see many attractions and have lunch at Gary Turners' just before we get to Springfield, Mo. Roy Staeger has lined up the police escort through Springfield. We will be going through Hooker's Gap and Devil's Elbow.
Best Western Coachlight
1403 Martin Springs Drive
Rolla, Missouri 65401
Ask for the Ride for the Relay Special to get your $75 price
Day #10, September 16, 2019 (173 miles) Rolla, Mo to Raymond, IL
8:am The blessings of the Bikes followed by dedications. From Rolla, MO we will see several sites including ice cream at Ted Drews in St Louis, you will see the Arch and the Rabbit Ranch plus a few other sites. We will end the evening with a banquet. Please don't miss this banquet as there will be several special awards presented and the last place available for all of us to get together before the Ride is over.
Cost of the Banquet is $20 including tax and tip.
Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center
19067 West Frontage Road (Route 66)
Raymond, Illinois 62560
Ask for the Ride for the Relay special rate of $69.50
There will also be a banquet that evening costing $20 each including Taxes and Tip
Day #11, September 17, 2019 (138 miles) Raymond, IL to Bolingbrook, IL This will be our last night together on the Road. As we had a banquet last night at the Magnuson Grand, I have nothing planned for tonight except just hanging out, maybe a parking lot party. I plan on dinner at the White Fence Farm but am making no plans for a group.
Best Western Plus Bolingbrook
225 South West Frontage Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Ask for the Ride for the Relay special rate of $79.
Day #12, September, 18, 2019 (32 miles) Navy Pier The Ride for the Relay 2019 officially ended when we reached Bolingbrook. However
for those folks that want the whole Route 66 adventure, they will continue on Old Route 66 to the Navy Pier. The mileage I indicated is on the interstate and the group will be taking Old Route 66 and I will guess about 10 more miles and about 3 hours.0
$879.50 = Total motel cost
$73.29 = Cost per night average
In 2006 Rodger L. Fox had an idea to raise money for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life". His plan was to get people to sponsor him to ride Old Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. That first year raised around $3,500. People gave him $66 at the start and another $66 if he finished. Not only did he finish but got some national attention from a magazine called Wing World (a Honda Motorcycle Club organization). This put his name out there and he started getting calls as to when he would be making the ride the following year. Rodger had only planned to do this once but thought maybe another year would be fun and maybe more that just him would make it a little better fundraiser. To make a long story a little shorter, he did it for 10 years, was joined by over 233 people who went all the way (All the Way Gang) on motorcycles and in cars and trucks. The group over the 10 years raised over $250,000 with all of it going to the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life". It wasn't just the "All the Way Gang" but hundreds of people made donations and rode part of the way to help find a Cure For Cancer.
In 2016 the Ride for the Relay had it's first Ride for the Relay Reunion in Decorah, Iowa. It was hosted by the Bird Family with Chad Bird being the leader. It was a great success and a lot of fun. It is hard to explain all the excitement we had. The placing of the Memory Rocks at the creek near the camp grounds to the great Rides in the area, it was a great success. Click on the memu above for "1st Annual Reunion 2016".
In 2017 the Ride for the Relay Reunion was in Evansville, Indiana. Click on the menu above for "Second Annual Reunion 2017". Host Scott and Christina Whitfield did a wonderful job of hosting the event and making everyone feel welcome. If you could not join us but wanted to help, you can click the DONATE BUTTON below or mail your donation to:
In 2018 the Ride for the Relay Reunion was in Springfield, Missouri. Click on the menu above for "Third Annual Reunion 2018". Host Roy and Virgina Steager did such a great job and got us so excited about Route 66 that we are going to Ride it again in 2019. Watch this web site for all the latest information. Roy and Virgina the work you put into this Reunion was awesome just like you guys.
Rodger L. Fox
63 E. Central Park Plaza
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
If you have questions please call 217-473-1525.
Ride for the Relay Homecoming
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September 4/5 & 6, 2020
It is the 15th year Celebration right here in Jacksonville, Illinois
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Ride for the Relay 2019