Three members from the Fleurieu Branch of the Ulysses Club embarked on the Summer 2023 Route 66 motor cycling adventure. For Garry and me it was our 2nd trip the last being Spring 2017. For Peter it was a first and we met fellow Ulyssian Peter Mcintyre from the Yarra Ranges Branch on the tour. Three words describe the management and leadership of the tour. Professional, Passion and Pride. Dale Butel, the business owner and the Tour Boss continues to involve himself in each person and has a genuine interest on how you are traveling. His management of small and medium issues are without hesitation or frustration. That alone indicates someone who deserves to be a leader. The ride team of Lt Dan, who is an immaculate rider and knows when the machines can be pushed and when they cannot. He controls the course and direction of the pack with apparent ease. At times seated almost side saddle to ensure everyone is well positioned in the group. Then there is the Route 66 Tattoo legend Jim Bush who takes the unenviable position of Tail End Charlie. He knows the roads, having traversed them over 40 times. He watches his Harley Jockey’s who have a varying degree of motor cycling experience trying to ensure no unnecessary stops or incorrect changes for direction. Jim advises any slower riders on where to go and how far away they are from the main pack. Jim does not pressure them into going faster, instead providing a degree of sincere encouragement. Unfortunately, Jim also must deal with those who may have forgotten something at a previous stop and require “guidance” of how to return and then catch up.
From the outset everything was organised to within 15 minutes. The accommodation was faultless, the bikes amazing, the views exceptional, the meals “big” and with fries” and the recommended places to visit during the day or evening of a very high standard. If Dale and the team won’t go-there they do not recommend it to you. There is never a “whatever” attitude, in fact the complete opposite. If you have a question irrespective of how inane it may sound Dale, Dan or Jim will answer it.
If you are ever thinking of riding the Mother Road, then do it with the best in the business, Route 66 Tours. Dale, Dan and Jim are the ones to lead you on this adventure of a lifetime. They have ridden Route 66 on numerous occasions, and they ensure you ride the original road where possible, they don’t just travel next to it on the interstate. The tour is amazing and the total experience indescribable.
Phil “Stik It” Wilson #53322
President/Ride Coordinator Ulysses Club Fleurieu Branch South Australia
Peter “Poida” Swallow #69011
Treasurers/Quartermaster Ulysses Club Fleurieu Branch South Australia
Garry Manning #48540 Ulysses Club Fleurieu Branch South Australia
Peter McIntyre Ulysses Club #66534 Yarra Ranges Branch Victoria
Firstly, Thank you to Dale, Dan, Blaze and Gra. What a fantastic trip! We travelled to Sturgis in 2015 with another Australian based tour company and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. We had heard good reviews of Route 66 so decided to go with them. Well, they did not disappoint! After day two our previous trip was blown out of the water. We had missed out on riding the Black Hills last time and this was something we did not want to miss again. Route 66 arranged optional rides around the Black Hills on all those magic roads…. Perfect! As Harley riders at home the boys decided they wanted to experience a different bike on this trip. Dale did not hesitate to arrange the BMW GTL1600’s as requested. These lighter and great handling bikes definitely enhanced the experience on all those twisting backroads that Route 66 take on this amazing journey. The scenery is just fantastic, the roads are perfect and each stop is well thought out by the crew. We cannot recommend Route 66 tours highly enough and would love to join them on another tour in the future. Once again thank you to the well organised Dale, thank you to the skilled lead rider Dan and a massive thank you to Blaze and Gra for bringing the luggage/water/cool dip esky which meant we all had a comfortable holiday.
Donna & Andy P., New South Wales - Sturgis Tour 2022
Route 66 Tours were recommended to us when we spoke about travelling to America for the 2020 Sturgis Rally…well for obvious reasons, we didn’t make it in 2020 but we certainly made it in 2022. Throughout the whole process from when we were originally supposed to travel in 2020 to finally travelling in 2022, we found Dale to be professional & informative in keeping the group up to date. He was always prompt with any personal queries we had & nothing seemed to be a hassle. We travelled with 2 of our best friends and the four of us decided we wanted to arrive in Las Vegas 4 days early & stay in Hawaii for a week after the tour. We asked Dale if he could arrange the flights and it was no trouble at all, he also arranged the extra nights at the same hotel & rooms in which we stayed before the official tour began. Before the official tour, we were given welcome packs which among other things, contained our very informative itineraries which didn’t just inform us of our timeline and destinations, it had a bit of history of the towns we were visiting and recommendations for lunch breaks and dinner for the next 24 days. We were in a different town every night until we arrived in Deadwood for the Sturgis Rally where we stayed for 5 nights & then almost a different town every night on our way back to Las Vegas. All the hotel arrangements were already taken care of by Route 66 Tours, we had a fantastic lead rider (Lt Dan) and a support van (driven by Blaze & Gra) which carried all our luggage, cold water, a cool dip esky & other essentials. As for the riding, we were rarely on the Interstates and could not have imagined how much we saw…some of our highlights were the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Forest Gump view, Four Corners Monument, Million Dollar Highway, Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, Idaho Springs, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, The Needles Highway, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Shell Falls, Beartooth Hwy, Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Flaming Gorge, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park & Freemont Street…there was just so much. We could not thank Dale, Lt Dan, Blaze & Gra enough for helping make our trip such a fantastic one. We would recommend Route 66 Tours in a heart beat and definitely plan to travel with them again.
Phil & Tracy D., Lake Macquarie, NSW - Sturgis Tour 2022
I’ve been a herb farmer for 35 years and being so busy hasn’t given me many opportunities to travel. I bit the bullet and took some time off to join in on the Harley Ride Sturgis Tour 2022. The entire booking process for this tour was organized by Dale and his crew. They made everything so stress free and were a pleasure to book with. When the tour started I wasn’t sure what to expect but every day was a new adventure. The sights along the way were both eye opening and breathtaking and I cannot choose just one day as a highlight as the entire tour was such an unforgettable experience. I’ll never forget my friend & roommate Lieutenant Dan he was a great bloke even though he led me out on the balcony and the doors locked behind us in our room leaving us stranded on the balcony it was such a good laugh. I made lots of new friends on this trip & have memories that will stay with me for a life time! I’ll definitely be back!
Jimmy C., Queensland - Sturgis Tour 2022
This was our 2nd trip with Route 66 Tours, our first being Route 66 (The Mother Road) Fall tour 2018. It should have been Sturgis 2020 but like for many others on this trip, Covid meant otherwise. Needless to say, our research for our first trip with many ambassadors who live on or promote Route 66 resulted in our choice to go with Dale and Dan and Route 66 tours who were highly recommended. And boy, they didn’t disappoint. Such was the experience that we booked for Sturgis before we even got home. And we were right to have done so. Sturgis 22 started in Vegas where we collected our Harleys with our travel buddies who are now great and valued friends. As with our experience in Route 66, the preparation and arrangements for Sturgis were 100% from the start. You worry about nothing. Everything is taken care of so you just turn up and have fun with your new mates. Each of our 24 days and nights meticulously planned ensuring the best road trip experience that arguably very few folk will ever get to experience. Each day was different to the last. Scenery, roads, monuments, in fact now it’s over I don’t know how we fit everything in that we did. It certainly was a “Bucket List Trip” for us and we saw things we never imagined we would in our time. From the North Rim of Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks to riding The “Million Dollar Highway”, Pikes Peak, Mount Evan and the Black Hills including Spearfish Canyon, Needles, the Bighorn Mountain way and Beartooth Pass, it’s not hard to see how we clocked up some 4.5K miles on this trip. Accommodation was always great with even recommendations on places to eat or visit during any downtime. I could go on about so much but we did so much it’s hard to keep this from becoming a blog. Attending a Rodeo in Cody, some of the guys driving mountain buggies in Moab, visiting Calamity Jane’s grave in Deadwood, you get my drift! Sturgis itself was amazing. To ride into Sturgis and park is an experience in itself. Never have we seen or experienced such sounds and so many bikes in one place. This certainly was a trip of a lifetime for us and the memories we made with our new Australian mates will stay with us forever. A huge thanks to Dale and Dan who rode each day with us but also to Gra and Col who were the back up and looked after our personal effects each and every day and broke out the cold water for our cool vests or refreshments at pre-determined stop points. These four guys made this trip very special. Nothing was any trouble to them and like us, they had a smile on their faces throughout the trip. In conclusion, we will be travelling with Route 66 tours again soon to make more very special memories. We loved being honorary Aussies for the trip and loved the values we all seemed to share. I can’t recommend Route 66 Tours highly enough and would say both our trips to date have exceeded our expectations. Thanks again guys. See you all again soon.
Dave & Caroline L., Co. Durham, UK - Sturgis Tour 2022
2022 Sturgis Tour – Route 66 Tours - If you are after a motorcycle related tour then the Sturgis Tour with Route 66 Tours is for you. The riding is fantastic and the people are great. On this tour, I saw many parts of the USA that have stunning vistas (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Monument Valley - just to name a few). This tour will give you great memories and lastly friendships. This ‘Bucket List’ event for me was delayed by 3 years (COVID-19), but worth the wait and I enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend Route 66 Tours to you as I have found Dale Butel and his ‘partner in crime’ Dan to be great tour organisers. I have completed a previous Tour with Route 66 Tours and I have found them to be second to none in continuing to provide a great tour service to their clients. Their organizational and planning skills are quite evident in the smooth running of the 2022 Sturgis Tour. From the daily briefings prior to the day's riding and advice for extra activities – to the best restaurants in the towns and cities we visited or stayed overnight, made for an enjoyable motorcycle tour. Get on your bike and get on a tour with Route 66 Tours…..
Stephen C., Sunshine Coast, Queensland - Sturgis Tour 2022
We recently attended the 2022 Sturgis Rally guided by Dale Butel and Lt. Dan of “Route 66 Tours”. Whilst we are motor bike riders normally, we decided to hire a car for this event.. mainly for comfort. The itinery was comprehensive, the scenery was spectacular and the roads we travelled along suited both a car and bike alike. Every part of this tour was managed in a professional and efficient manner by the team from “Route 66 Tours”. This was our second group tour with Dale and Lt Dan, as we travelled “Route 66 …the Mother Road” in a Mustang in 2019, and it will certainly not be our last.
Helen Wheeler & Dave Williams, New South Wales - Sturgis Tour 2022
STURGIS 2022 WHAT A RIDE - Thank you Route 66 gang ( Dale, Dan, Blaze and Gra ) This is my second trip with you guys. I did Sturges in 2013 but 2022 was a hole new adventure riding Pikes Peek , Mt Evans, Black Hills, and seeing the Northern Rim of the Gand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley just to mention a few. Every afternoon at beer oclock I said to Lt Dan that was a mad ride today, He always replied tomorrows ride is even better, and it was. I am looking forward to my next trip with Dale and all the gang that made the trip.
Mick G., New South Wales - Sturgis Tour 2022
Well what a ride the 2022 Sturgis tour was with Dale and all the crew . It met all our expectations and much more this was our first tour with Route 66 and we were very impressed with the organised manner in which the whole tour was put together from the start to finish. We experienced so much beautiful scenery and went to so many different places on our way to Sturgis from Las Vegas and back again the roads we went on where amazing, I have told quite a few friends about this tour and already some are booking for next year and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Route 66 tours to anyone who wants to experience America and enjoy all it has to offer on this tour .
Jack P. & Renee H., Queensland - Sturgis Tour 2022
The Sturgis 22 tour was my fourth with Route 66 Tours and certainly didn’t disappoint. Although not a biker, I had hoped to take this trip for some years and opted for the comfortable option of travelling by car. Everyday brought on a new adventure. Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Custer State Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota , the Teton’s and so many more were astonishingly beautiful. While staying in the historic cowboy town of Deadwood, we enjoyed all the activities of Sturgis as well as fantastic day trips to local attractions including Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. As usual the Tour was well organised and Dale and his staff extremely helpful and approachable, with many great friendships made. I’ve booked in for my fifth and sixth Route 66 Tour and would encourage anyone to make the Sturgis Tour on bike, or by car, for the time of your life.
Vikki M & Dale S., Victoria - Sturgis Tour 2022
I have just come back from doing Sturgis 2022 with Route 66 Tours. I cannot believe how good it was. We picked the bikes up in Vegas and the night before commencing the ride we had a welcome dinner organised by Dale where we were presented with a travel pack full of useful info such as an itinerary for the 24 nights, also an atlas of America so that we could follow our route. The scenery that we saw was magnificent, so different to anything here in Australia and it changes all the time. I don’t know how many mountains we went over and how many twisty roads we rode but the experience was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Route 66 Tours to anyone that is considering going to Sturgis or doing the Route 66 road trip. A huge thank you once again Dale, Lt dan, Gra, and last but not least Blaze for a truly memorable experience. Hope to join you on a Route 66 road trip.
Fitzy., Gold Coast, Queensland - Sturgis Tour 2022
We had a great deal of fun on the Spring 2019 Route 66 tour. The camaraderie between our eclectic mix of fellow travelers was something very special and will be remembered for a long time. Dale is an extremely professional and knowledgeable tour operator which made the trip's logistics seamless and hassle free for the travelers. Dale's knows Route 66 like the back of his hand and has an impressive list of contacts along 66. Anyone thinking of taking a Route 66 trip take my tip and make Route 66 Tours your tour of choice.
Stuart C., Western Australia - Spring Route 66 Tour 2019
Not long returned from our 2019 Route 66 Express Tour with Dale. Had a fantastic time driving across the States with great company to enjoy the journey with. What made the trip so exciting was that every day was completely different from the day before, from travelling through deserts, old farm land, forests,and lush green landscapes of the east, the scenery was amazing. But you couldn't beat all the beautiful people and characters we met along the way, ...........................and that includes Dale :) We had a great time with lots of fun, laughs and fantastic memories.
Gina and Peter, Batemans Bay, NSW - Summer Route 66 Express Tour 2019
I have just arrived home from my 3rd tour with Route 66 Tours & would like to congratulate them on running such a well-oiled machine. Every tour has exceeded my expectations in every aspect & has inspired me to do more. Every minute, mile, day has revealed a smorgasbord of beautiful scenery, special people & amazing places. It has always been a sad day when every tour has finished. Thank you Dale Butel & your team for your attention to detail & for making people's dreams come true. The experience/trips you provide can't be faulted & has given me a multitude of special memories-:)
Murray Speeden – Gold Coast, QLD
Just returned from the States and the most amazing adventure over 7 weeks. Originally it all started as an 8 day trip for the 2018 115th Harley Davison rally. We approached Dale from Route 66 Tours to book the rally with a Harley trike. Once chatting to Dale about our dream holiday, he put together 4 weeks of our 7 week adventure, including all flights with Qantas, our preferred airline. We flew into Los Angeles where Dale had booked our accommodation and also our tours, it was just awesome. We then flew to Chicago again accommodation booked in a beautiful hotel, tours and itinerary all organised by Dale. We picked up the Harley trike together with the rest of the tour group. We rode to Milwaukee , where we enjoyed the rally and had the exciting privilege of riding in the celebration parade. Met some great people and had an amazing time. Special thanks to Dan for all his work over the "party" to make sure we all had a great time, and found our way around on the bikes. A great hotel again, and a good mix of free time and organised activities. We rode back to Chicago as a group and finished with a celebration dinner with the group, Dale and Dan. Next day dropped the bike off and picked up our car. Dale had put together a fantastic itinerary taking in Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and Panama City. The hotels were absolutely beautiful and all the tours Dale had pre-booked for us, making sure we saw and did all the top things in each destination. My favourite was New Orleans staying in the French Quarter. A huge thankyou to Dale, a brilliant tour, so well organised and so much fun. Don't just book your bike/car tour with Dale, let him organise your whole itinerary start to finish. Just let him know what you have in mind, and he will put together the most outstanding holiday you have ever experienced. Take a bow Dale
Ken & Judy H-D 115th Tour 2018
In 2017 we did the Express Tour with Route 66 Tours and enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to come back in Spring 2018 , and do the longer tour. It certainly didn’t disappoint. Although we visited many of the same attractions, there was so much more that we were able to see and enjoy, and the pace was just that much slower, that we had time to really explore each place we visited. From a fantastic day and night in Chicago to the farewell Limo tour in Las Vegas, the tour was very well organised and Dale’s expertise and knowledge about Route 66 made the road come alive. We stayed at some fabulous hotels and motels and shared some wonderful eating experiences along the way. Thanks Dale, for another great trip which will long be remembered. We will be back!
Vikki Lake - Spring Route 66 Tour 2018
What a Blast, with a year of hard savings we found we where on our way to Las Vagas to meet up with Dale and Dan and our tour group for the Sturgis 2017 tour. This tour was on our top 10 holiday list and as we are keen Harley owners we would now find it hard to top this holiday tour.
Dale and Dan ran a very professional tour as everyday was well organised and if you felt lost it would be your own problem as these guys are top blokes and will help you in anyway they can.
The hotels where top class and the roads and towns chosen for us to ride through where exceptional and good thing about this tour was that there was no pressure to arrive at the daily destination first motto of Dan was ‘ride at your own pace’ and this suited us at times as this was our annual holiday so we just enjoyed our selves.
The scenery and mountains where breath taking, especially when we arrived back at Moab and did a sundower buggy ride onto of the mountains which I will never forget as I proposed to my awesome fiancé with the support of the whole tour group.
We made awesome friends on this tour and everyone clicked well together and had an absolute ball with never a dull moment.
We are ready saving up for our next tour in 2019 with Route 66 tours.
A big thank you to Dale and Dan you made our holiday very memorable !!!!
Awesome times – Craig and Cilla.