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.

Wednesday – Before breakfast this morning we are going to the top of the formidable Mont Ventoux, from where we can watch the sunrise.

Day 2 Saturday Total Distance 175m Driving time approximately 3hr 50m Heading east from Albuquerque our journey takes us on a mixture of the modern I40 that overlays the old 66 and the original road.

Old 66 takes us on a climb through the mountains on some great roads via Tijeras Canyon and then we drop down through Barton and Edgewood.

Day 1 Friday Arrive at your Hotel in Albuquerque where you will collect your rental car.

Spend some time exploring this town full of beautiful old Neon signs, and diners resplendent with vintage “roadside Americana” decor.

Sunday – From our hotel on the edge of the Vosges mountains we head straight into Germany and the Black Forest, before popping back into France near Mulhouse and spending the afternoon at the Cité de L’Automobile – a pheomenal car museum containing the Schlumpf Collection, including the most comprehensive display of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world.

Monday – Moving on from Mulhouse, we continue south skirting around Geneva and into the mountains to the west of Mont Blanc, before stopping at Lake Annecy on our way to the overnight stop at Chambery.Well, not quite straight, because we don’t like straights that much. Friday – Whilst the highlight of today is likely to be the Col D’Aubisque, there are so many amazing roads and views today that only photo stops will help you remember (unless you bring a Go Pro along! This is the culmination of the week, this is the purpose of this tour, to show you what is possible when we go a little further south…Saturday – We’ll have some fun on the deserted roads of northern Spain today on the way to the ferry.Finally, we descend on the ancient city of Carcassonne.Thursday – We leave Carcassonne today to head south, straight for the Spanish border.Through Moriarty and on to Santa Rosa where we stop to spend a little time at the Route 66 Auto Museum.