Route from the 1969 Movie Easy Rider

Captain America and Billy didn’t screw around. (click picture for more Info)

I’ve had quite a few questions via email about the route that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda rode in the 1969 Movie Easy Rider, and for the last couple of years I’ve ridden and researched it.   The movie cemented me as a rider for life at a young age.  Anyway, here it is.   Since it’s a movie, it hops around a bit, but here’s the route:

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If you do this trip, do it right.   A couple of tips: First off, Don’t sell coke to finance your trip.    If you do, don’t tell anyone.   Definitely don’t put coke money in your gas tank, because It’ll lower your gas mileage.    If you want to go to Mexico and pretend to buy coke in an old truck, knock yourself out.   Put it in 2 motorcycle batteries and go sell it to Someone who looks like Phil Spector in front of the runway at LAX.    Phil would probably still buy it from you, but he’s busy now with his murder trial.   Don’t be offended if he fails to calls you back.   That’s how Phil rolls.

LAX then. The deal is done, count the cash and head out of town…

LAX from Easy Rider Today

This is looking west toward runway 25L.

This is looking west toward runway 25L.

Runway 25L today.

Runway 25L today.

(Special thanks to Wild Bill Carr for taking time to take  the “today” shots and info)

Technically, you could start at LAX, but the real riding started in Death Valley.     They we’re caging it in LAX.   If you know the whole story of Billy and Wyatt they we’re headliners, baby.     They had a stunt riding side show and decided to bust out, make a run for the big cash and go looking for America.

Start out in Ballarat.   Ditch the watch

Start out in Ballarat. Ditch the watch

Start out by going to Death Valley.  Ballarat, Specifically.  Ballarat is a pretty cool place, with it’s own bit of history like the gravestone of Seldom Seen Slim, and the Barker Ranch where Charles Manson family laid low after the nights they made the history books.   Tex Watson’s  truck is still there.    Supposedly there’s hippie graffiti still inside, but I didn’t look that close.    There’s a house in Ballarat where Captain America put the dollar bills in a tube in the tank, and where you can ditch your watch.

Chuck Manson's Ride.   He was a dick.   Serious Dick.

Chuck Manson’s Ride. He was a dick. A Serious Dick.

Be sure to take your watch and chuck it by the side of the road because if you’re going on this ride, You need to disregard time.   It’s Easy Rider man, don’t screw this up.  Find the house, and you’ll know what to do.

Ok, Watch this. It’s gonna set the tone for this whole run you’re gonna make:

Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space brother. Lets go.

Ride on out of Ballarat and head down through Boron California (Home of 20 Mule Team Borax and the Movie Erin Brockovich).  Be sure and stop at the museum there in Boron, it’s actually pretty cool.    Then head to  Barstow.    From Barstow,  head east on 1-40, staying on as much of Route 66 as possible, because that would be the route they took since 1-40 wasn’t officially designated until 1984.    In 1969, it was all route 66 baby!    It’s pretty well marked and If you need more mappage of what the road was like in the route 66 heyday, there’s quite a bit here.    I ride it at least 3 to 5 times a year, and it’s pretty well documented on this site.   Kick the tires and look around.

Anyway, head toward Amboy.   Stop at Roy’s and get gas, because you know they stopped there with 2 gallon Peanut gas tanks.  Roy’s is one of the coolest places on the mother road.   Take some pictures of the 50’s retro sign and head on down the road.   Roy’s is a route 66 original and is in the process of getting resurrected to it’s former glory.   Roy’s is the Shit.

Harley Davidson, Meet Roys - Amboy Route 66

My FLHX in Amboy.   Roy’s is a Route 66 Classic.   Captain America And Billy would have surely gotten gas here.

Keep riding through Route 66,  stay to your right and get back on Interstate 40.  head up through downtown needles and back onto 40.

If you want to check out a cool scene from the movie get off past needles at Park Moabi.   All the buildings are gone now, but you’ll recognize this scene:   Ride it.

Park Moabi Exit after Needles you'll recognize this Scene.

Park Moabi Exit after Needles you’ll recognize this Scene

Get back on 1-40 (Route 66 from 1966 to 1974) and cross the Mighty Colorado river at the state line.    You’ll notice the bridges there even though theyve changed a bit since 1969.    If you don’t, rewatch the credits of the movie again.   You should recognize it  immediately if you’re paying attention.   This was the part  of the movie that I knew I was an Easy Rider fan for life.   Bust out your Steppenwolf, and dig where you are going.    You’re an Easy Rider.

Keep going on 1-40.   At Kingman, get off the freeway and follow the signs to ride the longest un-interrupted stretch of Route 66 that still remains today.   It ran from the 1920’s untill 1979.     It’s well marked, just follow the signs.

Easy Rider Through Route 66

Take Route 66 Through Kingman.   You can’t hardly miss it.

The place where Billy and Wyatt fixed their bike tire and had lunch was supposedly in Valentine Arizona.     I’ve found no evidence of this, but it makes sense, since Valentine is an Indian Reservation (“my wife’s a catholic, ya know” – Remember that scene?)   Granted, this was on Day two of the movie, and you still haven’t gotten through the movie credit part of the ride, but that’s how movies go.  Valentine is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and is on route 66.   The terrain also looks the same.   I’m a bettin’ man, and I bet it was there.

Head through Valentine, stop at the Grand Canyon Caverns (its cool), then  go into Seligman.  Stop at the Snow Cap at the edge of town and eat the best hamburger with the best service you’ve ever had.  The Snow Cap has been there since the 50’s.   It’s another route 66 icon.    Don’t get on the freeway yet at Seligman, ask any local where Crookton road is and head down that instead to stay on what was route 66 until 1979.   You’ll squeeze out another 16 miles of route 66 on a great road if you do it my way, when the signs told you to get back on the interstate.    It’s what Captain America and Billy would have done.

Get off the freeway and ride through Williams Arizona when you see the signs.   Williams is the last town to be officially bypassed in 1984 by interstate 40, so you gotta see it.   It’s still got the flavor of how it was in 1969.  You’ll dig it.   Get back on Interstate 40 East when you’re done, and head on down the highway…

"hey man, you got a room?"

“hey man, you got a room?”

Pine Breeze Inn Today. Click Picture for more info

By the time you hit Bellemont, pull off.    Get some free coffee at the Harley dealership, stop at the bar and grille next door and see the original No Vacancy Sign hanging as you walk into the bar.   Since I’m giving you this information completely free of charge,  I think it would be a nice touch for you to order a Guinness in the name of Mr Zip, flirt with the bartender and head a quarter mile up the road to the Pine Breeze Motel to see where billy and Wyatt we’re denied a room their first night.   The bartender gal there is a sweetheart, and I’m fairly short and reasonably ugly.   You’ll do better than I did.

The Pine Breeze Inn

The Pine Breeze Inn – You may be able to sleep where Billy and Wyatt Couldn’t

Ask the bartender if you can pull out a sleeping bag at the Pine Breeze, or ask the current proprietor at the Pine Breeze if he’s there.   If you want to be hardcore you’ll sleep a few miles up the road by a campfire; If you want to stay where Dennis and Peter stayed, get back on the freeway and head the 10 miles into flagstaff and stay at the Americana Inn.    You have a choice:  Stay whereBilly and Wyatt camped in the movie, or stay where actors and crew in real life slept.   Either way, I don’t care.   If you’ve come this far, you’re obviously a biker I’d love to ride with.   It’s ALL good.   You’re goin’  down to Mardi Gras to get you a Mardi Gras Queen.  Start yourself a fire and kick back.

The film crew stayed at the Americana Inn

The Easy Rider film crew stayed at the Americana Inn

500 biker points if you sleep by the side of the road.   If you’re a rich urban biker in your new Harley leathers, playing easy rider for the weekend, stay at the Americana Inn.     This is an easy Rider Journey, man up and sleep under the stars.   When you get to New Orleans you can get a real room and bust out some of that cash and get a groovy dinner.  Right now, you gotta start this out right.

Funny story.   Peter Fonda told the story of staying the night at the Americana Inn and his arms we’re so stiff from ape hanging on a hard tail all day, that he couldn’t pull his beer up to his mouth.    He’d also put his leathers in the bathtub and soaked them down to give them a more weathered look, so at the end of the day his legs we’re black from the dye.

Route 66 ends where Interstate 40 cuts it off not far past the Pine Breeze inn, so double back and head East on 1-40 towards Flagstaff.  Get off at Deer Farm exit and road and ride up through Parks Arizona to get back on old 66 and ride down the main street in Flagstaff a few miles later if you really want to stay true to route.     Turn North on highway 89 at Flag.    When you see the sign for  Sunset Crater, head east there and  Ride up through Waputki National Monument, Pick up a hippie (there may be one, I don’t know for sure).  Queue “I wasn’t born to follow” on your ipod for the full effect.

Camp at Wupatki National Monument, start a fire, climb on ruins, and bring bail money.   Hopefully the hippie is an attorney.

Camp at Wupatki National Monument, start a fire, climb on ruins, and bring bail money. Hopefully the hippie is an attorney.

You’ll need to ride clear through Waputki, double back and get back on 89 and head south to stop at the Sacred Mountain Gas Station.   It used to be a gas station, but now it’s the home of someone.   He’s a pretty cool guy.   He will more than likely tell you some good stories.     He may not.   Not many people notice his house nowadays, and you may get shot.    I don’t know.  Either way, you’re on an adventure.   Tell the hippie on your bitch saddle he owes you a tank of gas.

Sacred Mountain Gas Station from Easy Rider

Sacred Mountain Gas Station from Easy Rider

Sacred Mountain From Easy Rider Movie

Sacred Mountain Gas Station Today.

From Sacred Mountain, head north.    Hit “the weight” by the band and listen to it as you ride.    Its a great song.   Turn at hwy 16o and ride through Monument valley at dusk if you time it right.     In the movie, that road ends up at Wupatki, but in real life it’s doesn’t.     You’re probably not riding a hard tail chopper, so keep going until you hit Farmington New Mexico and crash for the night.    Drink beer, laugh, do whatever.   At this point you’re well into your easy rider trip.

If you want to be hardcore and drop off the hippie, you’ll have to swing a bit wide and head into the Malibu hills in California and look for a commune.  Mulholland to be exact.   Good luck finding one.  Dennis Hopper wanted to film at the New Buffalo Commune, but  Wavy Gravy and his people  weren’t into it, so the re-created the commune in Malibu.   Look for Dan Haggerty.   If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you haven’t watched the movie Easy rider and you’re a pussy.    Put your Mike’s Hard lemonade down, Turn your bike around, and head back to LA.    Go eat sushi and buy yourself a Vespa.

You knew this guy smoked alot of weed.   Too much.

You knew this guy smoked alot of weed. Way Too much Weed…

Grizzly Adams can ride.   Can you?

Grizzly Adams can ride.    Flat out.  He was also one of the guys on the crew that watched and took care of the 2 Easy Rider bikes.

Head into Taos.    There’s several scenes in Taos, including the scene where they head into the commune, as well as the location where they shot the inside jail scenes.    I’m not sure of the jail location.    The opening scene where they bought the drugs in the truck at the cantina was shot here as well (not in Mexico).     Lots of Easy Rider in Taos.

From Taos, head into Las Vegas New Mexico.   You’ll see the jail if you’re looking.  Parade without a license here, because thats where that scene was shot.   The outside of the jail, and the spot where Jack Nicholson (George) took his first drink of the day was here as well.

The Jail in Easy Rider from the Movie

The Jail in Easy Rider from the Movie

The Jail in Las Vegas NM from Easy Rider Today

The Jail in Las Vegas NM from Easy Rider Today

Take some Jim Beam With you, for obvious reasons.  Toast to ol’ D.H. Lawrence (the crew supposedly slept on his grave the night before in Taos)  NIC NIC NIC FUT FUT FUT!…… INDIANS!     That’s right, you know what I’m talking about.      Dream of the finest whorehouse in the south at Madam Tinkertoys House of Blue Lights.   These are no porkchops, these are Grade A Prime…

The “If you wanna be a bird” sequence by the Holy Modal Rounders was filmed through Coyote New Mexico.

Remember, stop somewhere while listening to “don’t bogart that Joint” and pee on the side of the road.   Anyplace will work.     Also: You better not be wearing fingerless gloves and assless chaps man, not on this trip.

The rest of the route is a bit Hazy until you hit Morganza Louisiana.    In 1969, the film crew was advised against being a long hair in the South, but Dennis Hopper was determined to do whatever he wanted film wise, so they went anyway.     Not much is filmed in Texas as far as I can see, so head toward Morganza.     If you can find the Cafe in Morganza where the young girls and the sheriff and rednecks we’re, you’re a better man than me, because the locals who knew the place said it got torn down a couple of years ago.   In October 2010 they put up a plaque at the site of Melanchon’s Cafe to commemorate the making of the movie and the locals that were involved.  Keep riding, it’s pretty easy to get a feel of 1969 Morganza.

Did anyone else think this kid was a 100% pud in the movie?   Yeah, he's a pud.

Did anyone else think this kid was a 100% pud in the movie? Yeah, he’s a pud.

The rednecks in Morganza were real locals.    Dennis told the crew to tell them that he, Jack  and Peter had raped a girl outside of town before they started filming to get a real reaction of hate from them.   One thing to remember, is other that a loose premise, Easy Rider wasn’t scripted.   They made it up as they went, and most of the cast would tell you that Dennis Hopper was generally insane in those days.    Dennis later said when they rode off from the Cafe scene that was the one time they were scared and wondered if they pushed it too far.    They’d heard stories of long hairs getting whacked in Texas and Louisiana.    You shouldn’t have the same problem, unless you get way out of line.   Head south.

Head south out of Morganza,  Hit the 190 and then west till you hit Opelousas, then south.   If you’re ready, you’ll have Jimi Hendrix Queued as you hit Franklin Louisiana.    Remember the song?  Thats right old-schoolers, if a six became a nine.   Find the bridge, stop, and queue that puppy for proper listening.

I want to thank my Cajun Friend Johnny for the modern day pictures of Franklin.    You sir, are the man.   I owe you a round of beers Man.

Our Hero's riding down the streets of Franklin

Our Hero’s riding down the streets of Franklin

Franklin LA Today.   Looks good to me

Franklin LA Today. Looks about the same…

Ben Franklin Store from the Movie.  Remember these?

Old Theater, then Ben Franklin Store from the Movie.          Remember Ben Franklin?

Old Theater and Ben Franklin Today.  Do you see it?

Old Theater and Ben Franklin Today. Do you see it?

Downtown Then...

Downtown Franklin Then…

Downtown Franklin Now...

Downtown Franklin Now…

One more Shot.

Old Courthouse, Franklin Louisiana Then...

Old Courthouse, Franklin Louisiana Then…  (notice the building being built behind the old courthouse)

Old Courthouse is gone.   This is how it looks like today...

Old Courthouse is gone. This is the old building that was being built in 1969

Then head on into New Orleans.   Go to where Mardi Gras is.    Now its time for Madam Tinkertoy and Groovy Dinners.   Its Mecca man!  You’ve reached the Glory Hole.   Party like a rockstar, do whatever you do, because tomorrow you’re going to get shot by a short redneck with a Goiter on his neck.    I’m not trying to be  a downer, I’m just sayin’.      It could happen.    You’re almost there.

The scenes in Mardis Gras we’re filmed a month after Mardis Gras had ended.  The parade scenes they shot with friends and some stock footage.   Watch the movie again and you’ll notice.    They also shot these scenes first.   You may have better luck with Mardi Gras then they did if you time it right.

While you’re in Nawlins, pull out your 80’s CD of Tony Basil singing “mickey”.   C’mon, you know you have one.   In 1969 she played a prostitute in Easy Rider.   In the 80’s, she was a one hit wonder with fat cheerleaders.     Hey Mickey!

Easy Rider Ended in Krotz Springs Louisiana.

Easy Rider Ended in Krotz Springs Louisiana.

Once you had your fill of New Orleans, Double back and head towards Krotz Springs Louisiana.   You’ll notice the Levees on LA 105.    That’s where this great movie ends, only you’ll survive.   Now’s the time to bust out a cigar if you have one, because you made it to the end of the movie.    Call a loved one and tell em you’re coming home.   Queue the ballad of easy rider and head on out of town.   You’re gonna retire in Florida Mister!   If a man with a goiter shows, get the hell out of there.

This thread is over.   Im going to end it all of a sudden, just like my favorite Movie, Easy Rider.   Don’t blow it.

Dennis Hopper Flipping the bird from Easy Rider

Adios, Amoebas



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231 thoughts on “Route from the 1969 Movie Easy Rider

  • By Joe - Reply

    Nice job Oggy!

  • By Mark Eastman - Reply

    This is an awesome and accurate site, appreciate it very much. Last year going out to Kingman we tried to ride as much of the western part of the route that we could, the part to Seligman was really awesome. Thanks so much for doing this. I was
    14 when I first saw Easy Rider, the theater had rules about under 18 seeing it but I begged them, I rode a 57 sportster that my dad bought me for 250.00 back then.

  • By rmac - Reply

    The cafe scene was definitely in Morganza. As a 19 year old, kneeless Big Bell Levi-wearing hippie with a blond afro, I surveyed for the Corps Of Engineers down that way in 1974 on the Morganza Spillway project. They had opened the gates the previous year for the first and only time to relieve pressure on the upstream Old River Control Structure. Now in 2011, we are only days away from the second opening as floodwaters rise again. That part of the world may change forever when they do, as the Mississippi is already straining to divert West against the man-made impediments. Can you imagine Baton Rouge and New Orleans without Big Muddy? Anyway, each morning as my survey crew waited for the fog to clear (literally and figuratively), we had breakfast at Melancon's Cafe. This is where I learned to drink "Community Dark Roast" and a chicory blend they offered, which I still enjoy today. On the walls of the cafe were dozens of 8x10s (black and whites, of course) taken by the locals during filming. I had seen Easy Rider at a drive-in during high school, and it was still fresh, not "history" yet, so I didn't appreciate the experience as much as I might have. Sad to hear they have torn down the cafe. I now ride a recently restored 1971 FX Super Glide shovelhead, and plan on doing "The Gumbo Run" this fall. That will be a couple of weeks of random south Louisiana touring, stopping often to check out the gumbo and red beans & rice. I will be revisiting Morganza for at least a cup of joe, and some reflection on how that 19 year old swamp rat finished his career as a 767 pilot many years later.

    RMAC from Mississippi

    P.S. I was denied a hotel room in Morganza during that project based on my looks (can't really blame them) and wound up a few miles away in New Roads at a fish camp on the False River. Not a bad stay though, at $14 a night!

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  • By Tim "Big Dog" Dawson - Reply

    Great thread! Well researched and well written. I appreciate the effort you put into this. I'm an East Coaster (MD) and will be leaving in 5 days for a six week trip to St. Louis, down to Albuquerque, NM (Rt. 66), up through CO, UT, WY, MT, Sturgis, SD and then back home. I've wanted to do a trip like this ever since I saw this movie. I even bought a '58 chopped Panhead back in the late 70's but I wouldn't trust it any further than I was willing to walk. Now I have an '09 Electra Glide…easier to start and WAY more comfortable. Peace…

  • By Jim Ibert - Reply

    Cool shit man! I grew up in Franklin, La and remember when they came through shooting the moving out the back of a pickup truck. When the movie came out I was 12 and needed my mothers permission to get into the theater on Main street that you show. I believe the name of the thearter was The Center Theater. My mom didn't realize the impact the movie would have on me but at 19 I bought my first Harley and left Franklin for California. I did make it back eventually but now live in Southern Cal and just bought a 2009 Harley Street Glide and would love to take the route you highligt back to Franklin and New Orleans. Anybody wanted come along?
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jim Ibert

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  • By Dave H - Reply

    2012 Ride! I've got a good start at a Garmin GPS route. I want to add music prompts so I can play each song at the place from the movie. It's about 3,000 mile, 10-14 day ride LA to NOLA. I want to add music prompts so I can play each movie song at the right point of the ride.

  • By Don1959 - Reply

    Outstanding!!! Thanx 4 for hook'in me up w/ the EZ route.

  • By d hopper 1 - Reply

    what a great story dude its great how things change over the years but at least some of the locations are still there i would love to do it one day a smoked a lot of grass hey lord a popped a lot off pills ;

  • By Jim Griffin - Reply

    Mr Zip if you are still reading this thanks I just finished the west of amarillo portion of the route.I couldn't have found all the spots without this site… pics at the pinebreeze,jail house,river crossing,campfire scene( had some help from a park ranger and took a pic of the real ruin it was filmed if you would like a copy I would be happy to send it to you),and the best was Ballarat at the adobe where the ride started.again many thanks!! headed for new orleans soon!

    • By MrZip66 - Reply

      Love to see those pictures brother! Sounds like nothing but a whole lotta fun :)

  • By Jim Griffin - Reply

    send me an address I'll send em!!

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  • By BikerHoop - Reply

    Awesome site and story. Wish I’d have seen it before I made my Route 66 ride three years ago! Anyone who has NOT ridden Route 66 doesn’t know what they’re missing. It was a real kick stopping at the RoadKill Cafe and the Mid-point Cafe for really good eats. This ride is definitely on my “to do” list. Thanks.

  • By SnootSmasher - Reply

    Thanks for the tread. Can’t wait to give it a go. Riggin up some friends to ride it from Dallas. Any takers?

  • By Kris - Reply

    I will make this ride a special project of mine in the near future.

  • By JC Marcotte - Reply

    Thanks Mr. Zip….it took the internet to connect the dots to a journey that impacted me in 1971 when I was 10. Certain things at a young age influence us as to how we perceive our lives to be. Easyrider was one of those factors,especially wyatt's personality.Now that I've found the road they travelled, I am now going to do this run in AZ and NM and hang around the canyon and monument valley and ride as many secondary roads so that i can truly relive the time in 68 when the movie was shot.
    I live in a region near Toronto Canada, a city like all other cities.Planning to do this trip in early May 2012 by flying to Vegas and shipping my bike there, so that I can get in the spirit of the open desert from the get go. Hoping to connect with a buddy that I introduced to riding, that now lives in L.A. and meet up in Barstow . Haven't seen him in 22 years.
    Either way I'm still gonna easyride my way in the desert and eventually head up the west coast through the Sierras heading towards the Great Lakes.
    Any takers for the desert run??
    Thanks again Mr. Zip for the awakening….

    • By Steve - Reply

      I live in Durham region, and like you never thought much about the connection Route 66 had to Easy rider, and the songs that mention it. I'm looking for a DVD of the old Route 66 series that I vaguely remember from my childhood. in the bargain bins at crappy tire and wally mart. I have been to New Orleans by bike and have driven a small section of route 66 between Needles and Kingsman and saw the Burrows in Oatman. I would love to copy the easy rider route someday.

  • By Razz - Reply

    Amazing job Zipp. I have been inspired.
    I am headin' out on the hiway tomorrow, got your route all mapped out.
    Looking for a goitered red necked girl I can change 6 to 9 with!

    Badass, Zipp.
    Thank you for this.

  • By Jean - Reply

    Hey Mr. Zip! I wonder if you ever come upon any explanation with regard of color code on Billy's tank? It seems to me, the red-yellow during the coldwar time might have been some hidden message. You know what I am hinting at? Since Captain America, is all American-made, could Billy also carry some political message? Thx a lot ! I enjoyed reading your blog!

    A student from Germany

    • By MrZip66 - Reply

      No hiddent message there. Was old school flames,built by a bike builder.

  • By Gerald_2916 - Reply

    My wife and I spent a month in Mesa this winter, and traveled and went sight seeing around Flagstaff. Now several months latter I put in the movie, an old favourite. Holy Crap, nearly freaked, we had just seen some of those set locations. I had been through the area in the 70's but never made the connection until today. Great site, Thank You. It is a movie I have shared with my kids, and have tried to put it in context for them. My son especially liked the movie. "Why did Captain America have to die" He said that again and again for days.

    I linked him to your site and if he reads my comments, he will know it is me. Thank You.

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  • By Patrik - Reply

    What a great blog!!
    We went to the USA for the first time in 1992 and traveled the whole 66 by car. In a time before the internet it was a hard job to find the old road. If I have had your informations it would have been even more fun to see all the icon of one of my favourite movies -Easy Rider.
    Hope I can try this in a fews together with my children.

    Greetings from Arnsberg, Germany

    .. keep on riding!

  • By Yizz - Reply

    Some of us are obsessed with this movie, as I am. I hope to travel some of their route this month, only from East to West. Doing it on a 2005 Softail Standard with no windshield. No GPS, either; just a road atlas and a cell phone. And a laptop to plan my routes during overnight stops.
    Thanks, Mr Zip, for what you did with this movie's route. Maybe I'll see ya.

  • By jim griffin - Reply

    headed to pine breeze in 1 week !!

  • By Michele Witowski - Reply

    This is fantastic! What a great effort you made to give us this information! Thank you thank you!

  • By hans - Reply

    After two years, we re-visited (from the Netherlands) the Pine Breeze Inn. This is on the 11th of July. It is still for sale. I have no clue why there is no Easy Rider museum! In another life, I would perhaps have started it myself….

  • By kAlaJohnhdxx - Reply

    Fantastic article. Very refreshing given all the duplicate material out there. Cheers for doing some thing original.

  • By Gary - Reply

    I found this blog while watching the Easy Rider movie for first time since it first came out. Yeah I am an old guy. An American classic. Makes me want to get out the Harley and take a long ride. Thanks for all the detailed information. I will take this ride someday, probably in reverse because I live in Texas.

  • By Chris - Reply

    Greetings from Gray Britain! I didn't know all of what MrZip meant so maybe he thinks I am a pussy. Nevertheless a good two hours reading through everything. What a great trip it would be, perhaps even on a Vespa!! I really had not appreciated that the film featured so much of Route66, possibly because of the soundtrack and visual elements being so strong of themselves. I was struck by the number of people stating they had been changed by the experience of seeing Easy Rider, though I suppose they are older than I am and at that time living in a very different sort of society then, than the society we all experience living in now. Long before I saw Easy Rider, my own mind-bender was reading Grapes of Wrath; Route 66 again, while at school, and that not even a study text. This post may be a bit off the point but has been inspired by a both entertaining and interesting site. Thank you MrZip66.

  • By Scott - Reply

    Nice blog here!

  • By Kim - Reply

    Great website, Mr. Zip!! We live in Chino Valley, AZ and ride on Route 66 ALOT. We even have a 1950 canned ham camper with Route 66 motif. Everytime I’ve watched the movie, I’ve always wondered about all the places. I watched it last week and recognized alot of the places. Been to alot of em with my old man on our bike! Thanks alot for all the interesting info!! Maybe we’ll see you sometime……….

  • By dipsnewlife - Reply

    nicely done — thx. for the trip.

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  • By Eric - Reply

    I've done Route 66 many times, but not like the way you laid it down.
    Fantastic job: THANKS!
    Am planning my next trip based on your guidelines.

  • By terry wilshaw - Reply

    Pity i could not do the tour with you.
    I Live in the UK.

  • By Mountainman - Reply

    Saw it in 1970 at drive in movie 8 of us on our motor cycles. Left the drive in checking out every pickup on the road. Great night for a ride…..spooky to say the least.

  • By Stacy Carpenter - Reply

    Wow…great job with the info. I first saw that movie almost 30 years ago when I was a kid and I still love it!

  • By brian h - Reply

    zip, what an awesome thing youve done. a trip i`ll need to do for sure. as an obsessed fan of the movie two lane blacktop, ive traced the route of that movie from where it departs from rt 66 onto us70 heading east to the ending in athens, tenn. did you know part of that movie was filmed on the dragon in deals gap n.c. ? check out twolane for now and then photos. i enjoys any and all sites that document these movie classics thanks again , brian

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  • By Robert - Reply

    I live in Franklin and have watched easy rider too many time to count great movie the only thing is they go the wrong way through Franklin on their way to New Orleans and on the way back from New Orleans.

    • By Jim griffin - Reply

      Hopper jumped around a lot in his editing ! Might have been his meds at the time ! Monument valley was way off course too ! But the colors in the filming there sure were great!

    • By MrZip66 - Reply

      Robert, you should send me some pictures of Franklin and what you know. Awesome little town.

  • By Texaskm - Reply

    April 1970, I went to Las Vegas, NM to visit my girl friend from college. Her home is on the square in downtown OLD Las Vegas, where the Easy Riders were parading without a permit. As the parade turned left and they turned right and were arrested, you were looking at her house. I had parked on the wrong side of the street at that same spot to unload my car and found myself in trouble with the law. I ended up at the same police station/jail on the other side of the square (and down a little I think). It made for quite a memorable experience. I posted bond and never went back. But this was the plaza in OLD LAS VEGAS.

  • By datingsite - Reply

    Great post Mr. zip66, i love this kind of movies with bikes and this kind of style. keep on posting. Thank you

  • By Mike - Reply

    You know, these 'Easy Rider Location' web sites are a dime a dozen, with a few token pictures and what have you not.

    That said, you have by far made one of the nicest websites devoted to the movie that I have seen in a long long time.

    Thank you so much, kind Sir, for all your efforts. It is TRULY appreciated.

    A cyber-beer is forthcoming, in your honor.

  • By Jim griffin - Reply

    I agree Mike. I used this site to visit all filming sites except madam tinker toys , the commune location in California & the vanution camp site !

    Still lookin for those !

    Ps I did get a picture of the corner of Bourbon & Toulose !

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      I'm hip about one horse rallies. Thanks for the post!

  • By martin - Reply

    Interesting fact about the movie scene in Franklin it was filmed backwards the coming from Lafayette into franklin the cemetery should be on there left. The court house is on the other end of town coming from Lafayette it should be on the left. The old theater is in the middle of town. I was born in Franklin in 1980 lived there for 28 years be fore I moved..

  • By Chris - Reply

    The last "hit" (in the movie) after Las Vegas, New Mexico, before Franklin is Morganza Café, but there is actually no road you can have knowledge about they run between Las Vegas and Morganza ! How they ride from Las Vegas to Morganza you may only guess !! So…it is.. in fact… a big jump…. a big black hole between Las Vegas and Morganza.
    Then, all the last scenes in the movie is located in, and around Franklin. They never hit New Orleans at all and have not never been there! That's is the fact as I understand. New Orleans in the movie is all fake and only fake! It was Franklin was the end point in the movie! I can not understand it any other way.

    Look at the movie locations in the link.

    • By MrZip66 - Reply

      A) If you look at the available roads back then, read the facts you can guess pretty close. The interstates weren't fully operational in 1968 (when they filmed, not when it was released) aaaaand…. To be honest, it doesn't matter. If it wasn't in the movie, I barely care.

      B) They hit new orleans. its in the movie. You sir, are fairly (well, 100% completely) full of shit. Stop talking.

      C). Sorry, What was your point again??

      Ride it as much as I have, then call me. Want my number?

    • By MrZip66 - Reply

      Hey Chris. If I ever make an ABBA post, I'll notify you and you can tell me all about how Sweden is. Otherwise, shut. the. fuck. up.

      • By Jim - Reply

        I have ridden every inch of this trip from Ballarat to New Orleans and back to the crash scene ! The filming during the Mardi Gras was filmed early ! They jumped around a lot ! Los Angeles,Monument Valley etc It’s called Editing ! Supposedly the camp site where Jack was killed was in Texas but no one has verified that and Hopper was warned not to stop in Texas !
        Unsolicited haircuts !
        I’ve lived in Texas all my life and have had lotsa hair and had no problem !
        Thanks again Alan for a great site !
        Hope to see us on 66 sometime !!!!

  • By Jim griffin - Reply

    Go get em Zip !!! Lmao

  • By Mark Sprague - Reply

    Nice job was just watching this and saw Sacred Mountain and I was like WTF I pass that going into Flag from Tuba City. Kind of funny looking at the same road from the 60’s but yeah it’s all still there even going up the hill on 160 looking back down at what is now the TC Airport not any planes there. Very cool history here thanks.

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