I'm in the beginning stages of planning a two-week trip on Route 66 from Chicago to New Mexico, or possibly as far as part of Arizona around Thanksgiving time. I'll either be driving straight from New York, or flying to Chicago and driving back East.
Are there any spots on the route that are particularly problematic at this time of year? I posted another thread under the gearing up advice column, asking for help choosing the right rental car.
Overall, how is this time of year for travelling Route 66? Will a lot of things be closed that are must-sees? Are there any side-trips that I should consider?
Weather-wise, are there passes that will be likely to be blocked out because of snow conditions? I won't be going as far as Oatman, AZ this time, but I didn't know whether possibly New Mexico might have some problematic mountains to climb.
Is it possible to sleep in a car at this time of year, or should I not even consider such a thing even as a backup?
Thanks for any and all advice!