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January 15, 2020

Williams – Day 19

Williams, Arizona, is where we spent the night. It was a little motel that comped our room.

“Hey, Charly,” I yelled, “they comped our room!”

“Why did they do that?” she asked.

“They took one look at me, and then you, and the guy felt sorry for me that I’ve spent almost 3 weeks on the road with you,” I said with my tongue-in-cheek.

“It’s a good thing you’re standing way over there else I’d punch you,” Charly yelled back.

“Come on,” I said, “let’s check out some of the shops.”

It was early in the morning, and most of the places weren’t open, but there were already tourist on the street.

“Hey, Brent,” Charly said as she turned towards a Route 66 Gift Shop, “I think this place is open.”

Williams, Arizona, shop
Open?

We went inside. I ended up buying some stickers and postcards to send to the grandchildren.

Leaving Williams

Williams was crowded due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon. It’s kind of the crossroads where you turn off Route 66 or I-40 to head north to the canyon. Even though businesses weren’t open, there were still people on the sidewalks, and parking was impossible.

We headed west on Historic Route 66 towards Siligman, Arizona.

I stopped to take some pictures and Charly jumped out of the car, and stated, “You know, that wasn’t very nice… what you said back there about him feeling sorry for you. I’m going to get a ride to Kingman.”

She walked to the other side of the street and stuck out her thumb and yelled back, “So, is this how you hitchhike?”

I could hardly hold back the laughing. While I knew she was kidding, I was trying not to let on, but I just couldn’t hold it. My lips flapped together as I burst out laughing.

“What’s so funny?” she yelled from across the highway.

“Oh,” I said choking back the laughter, “nothing… much.”

“WHAT’S SO FUNNY?” she demanded.

Wrong side of the road for hitchhiking.
Hitchhiking?

“Well,” I said, “You’re on the wrong side of the road, or your facing the wrong way. Take your pick.”

“Isn’t this the direction we’re going?” she asked in a confused voice.

“It is if you’re on this side of the road. On that side, you’ll need to turn around and face traffic, but that will take you back to Williams,” I said with a smile.

December 19, 2019

Standing on a Corner – Day 18

Standing on a Corner in WInslow, Arizona, I just couldn't leave this place. Those lyrics were so much of my teenage years.

Standing on a Corner in WInslow, Arizona, I just couldn't leave this place. Those lyrics were so much of my teenage years.

Standing on a Corner in WInslow, Arizona, I just couldn’t leave this place. Those lyrics were so much of my teenage years.

“Charly,” I yelled with exuberance, “Go stand by that flatbed truck.”

Charly knew I was excited about this. I had been playing Take It Easy the entire trip. That song is part of Route 66 in my mind and always will be.

Charly standing next to a flatbed Ford
The Girl with the Flatbed Ford

That’s right, you guessed it. I went and stood on the corner.

“Charly,” I said with a stupid grin on my face, “it’s too bad you can drive it around the block. You could slow down and check me out.”

Charly rolled her eyes and then started to crack up, and then said, “You need to get over yourself.”

“Okay then, you go stand on the corner,” I replied, “and I’ll just check you out.”

“After I change my scarf and top,” she said, and then continued, “I have another set just like this, but in white cotton. I think it will be cooler in this dry heat.”

It was my turn to roll my eyes as the fashion diva went off to change her top. She ducked around the corner, and before I could set my camera settings came back with her top and scarf change.

“You didn’t… ” I started to say before she interrupted.

“I did!” she giggled.

“But, weren’t you concerned someone would see you?” I asked thinking I would never change my shirt on a public street, and I’m a guy.

“A girl has to have her secrets. Nobody would have seen anything,” she smugly said.

Standing on a corner with the Glen Frey statue, I managed to grab a shot.

Charly Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona
Standing on a Corner in Winslow

Moving On

Moving on, we sadly left Winslow to head to our next motel.

On the way, we stopped at an abandoned gas station for a few pictures. This place is kind of creepy at night, but it made for some cool photos.

Arrow Gas Station
Arrow Gas Station

It’s odd that during the daytime some place like this just looks vandalized, but at night, it becomes a spooky place where you expect zombies or post apocalyptic characters to emerge and attack.

After a few shots, I was ready to leave.

Arrows - What's Left of the Place
Arrows – What’s Left of the Place

November 15, 2019

Winslow Arizona – Day 18

Winslow Arizona is on the list and I can feel we’re getting closer. As a teenager I’d drive down the road singing, “It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowing down to take a look at me.” In the meantime, there’s a lot to see today.

Charly? Have you ever seen the Painted Desert?” I ask.

“Nope. Why do they call it the Painted Desert ?” she legitimately asks.

I explained, “It’s because the sands have these beautiful colors and patterns like a painting.”

Continuing, I added, “My grandmother gave me a shot glass she picked up in the Painted Desert . I had that as a paperweight for years. I wonder whatever happened to it. It was filled with layers of sand, supposedly from the desert itself.”

“That’s cool.” Charly said, “I would like to have seen that.”

“Perhaps we might find one at a gift shop, or some place,” I concluded.

About then we pulled in to the museum at the Painted Desert. A large adobe that fits right in with the southwestern desert facilitates the museum.

I pointed out a few things about native art inside.

“That’s Kokopelli“, I said while pointing at a piece of pottery with the design painted on it, “I’ve seen all sorts of plays on it. One was Bike Kopolelli – a Kopolelli riding a mountain bike.”

We both chuckled.

“Hey, Brent,” Charly said getting my attention outside, “I’m a Kopolelli,” as she danced across the patio.

“I’m going down stairs to check out what’s down there,” I responded as I got to roll my eyes this time.

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Charly Kopolelli

She followed me down the stairs and sat down.

“You go ahead, I’m tired. We started early this morning,” saying as she yawned.

I strolled around the sparse museum, and when I returned, Charly sat there sound asleep.

Winslow Arizona

“HEY,” I said loudly causing her to about jump out of her skin, “I’m ready to move on.”

Heading Towards Winslow Arizona

We were just about to exit the Painted Desert Park when we came upon a very old, very straight, section of old Route 66.

“Charly, check this out,” I said pointing west, “Old Route 66 went straight through here.”

“How do you know? There’s no road down there, just sage brush… that is, what you call it, isn’t it?” She asks.

“Yes,” I answered, “that is what you call it, and I can tell by the remains of some old utility polls that ran along the side of the road.”

“Oh, I think I see what you’re talking about,” she said squinting. “That’s impressive you noticed that.”

Running out into the desert, she struck a pose.

Winslow Arizona - Charly's New Ride
Charly’s New Ride

“Brent!” Charly shouts to me, “Check out my new ride!”

“Hey, we need to dress up like Bonnie and Clyde and stand by it,” I shout back.

“Who?” Charly asks.

“Never mind,” rolling my eyes for a second time today.

TeePee Motels

Pixar’s Cars made them in to road cones, but there are several places that have teepees for rooms. We stopped at this one. I soon found Charly primping in the mirror of an old truck.

Primping on our way to Winslow Arizona
Primping

Meteorite

I’ve driven by this 3 times previously, but this time I was determined to stop. I’ve wanted to check out the Meteor Crater for many years. (I also want to see if I can spot where a plane flew in to the side of it years ago.) It’s not far from Winslow Arizona.

The signs leading up to the entrance are funny.

Meteor Crater on the way to Winslow Arizona
Donning the Rocketeer Seemed Appropriate

Soon I saw the a painted wall. We just had to stop.

Getting out of the car, I stood by the wall and yelled back to Charly, “Look! It’s a flatbed Ford.”

Are you looking at me?

There I was, standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and there she was driving by, slowing down, to take a look at me.

“Only in your dreams, Brent,” Charly yells.

Okay, this is getting creepy. Is she reading my mind?

October 31, 2019

New Mexico to Arizona – Day 17

New Mexico to Arizona is our start and end for today. We spent the night in Gallup, and tonight we'll be in Arizona. Charly is in for a treat today.

New Mexico to Arizona is our start and end for today. We spent the night in Gallup, and tonight we'll be in Arizona. Charly is in for a treat today.

New Mexico to Arizona is our start and end for today. We spent the night in Gallup, and tonight we’ll be in Arizona. Charly is in for a treat today.

New Mexico is great if you’re in to Native American art and turquoise jewelry. I get the impression a good portion of the state is Native American reservations. I love their laid-back way of talking. It’s kind of relaxing to hear the locals (mostly Native Americans) talk.

Petroglyphs are all over this area. We stopped at a couple of them. We also stopped where there are cliff dwellings. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why?

New Mexico to Arizona Cliff Dwellings
New Mexico to Arizona Cliff Dwellings

“Hey, Charly?” I shouted as we got out of the car, “Are you a sleep walker?”

“What? Why do you ask that?” she said with a confused look.

“Imagine your bedroom being on top over there,” I said as I pointed to the structure with a ladder leading to the top.

“What’s that?” she asked.

“That’s where people used to live. See that ladder? Imagine that being your bedroom up there,” I said.

“Whoa! No, I don’t sleep walk, but if I did, I wouldn’t want to have my bedroom up there,” she said with a gaze of amazement.

We studied the cliff walls as we walked around at the base.

“I have this strange feeling like I’ve been here before,” I said, “yet, I know this is my first time in New Mexico… that I know of. Perhaps we took a family trip here when I was a young child and I don’t remember. Unfortunately, my mom isn’t around to ask.”

“Maybe you did,” Charly said.

“Maybe, but this all seems strangely familiar, but here’s the weird part, I feel like I, as an adult, took my Boy Scouts here,” I said.

“That’s really odd. What do you think it means?” Charly asked.

“I have no idea, but this is beyond any déjà vu I’ve ever experienced before,” I said as I looked at places within view and had very distinct memories of a time I was there.

“That’s spooky,” Charly said with her eyes opened widely.

“No, it’s actually kind of intriguing. It’s not creeping me out, or anything, I just feel very familiar with this place. I remember the dinosaur, the fence, the wishing well… it’s all like I’ve been here and have vivid memories of the place,” I said.

(Note: This is really how I felt on my first visit here. I even walked around to see if there were things I expected to see, and there were. And, no, they aren’t memories of Internet photos.)

The Border New Mexico to Arizona

This place is right on the border between New Mexico and Arizona. The line runs right through the gift shop and is marked outside by this little sign.

Charly at the Stateline
Charly at the Stateline

One of the nearby shops had a sign for Buffalo Jerky (which I’d imagine is really American Bison Jerky, but who knows.) They were closed, and a local told us they already sold out for the season.

Buffalo Jerky Anyone?
Buffalo Jerky Anyone?

We managed to find another place, purchased some and it was quite good.

July 6, 2019

Elmer RIP

Elmer RIP my friend. I loved meeting you back in the winter of 2010 when my wife and I did a California-Arizona Route 66 trip. I was very excited to see the Bottle Tree Forest, buy didn't realize I'd meet the genius behind it.

Elmer RIP my friend. I loved meeting you back in the winter of 2010 when my wife and I did a California-Arizona Route 66 trip. I was very excited to see the Bottle Tree Forest, buy didn't realize I'd meet the genius behind it.

Elmer RIP my friend. I loved meeting you back in the winter of 2010 when my wife and I did a California-Arizona Route 66 trip. I was very excited to see the Bottle Tree Forest, buy didn’t realize I’d meet the genius behind it. I was saddened to hear of your passing.

Elmer R.I.P. my friend.
Elmer Long 1946-2019

I was exploring your creations when I saw smoke coming from a small shack. I approached the shake wondering if someone actually lived here. As I got real close you came in to view with your arms full of scrounged wood.

You gave me a friendly greeting and we dove in to conversation. I learned you love the Bible and were quite well versed. We then talked about your creation.

Bottle Trees

Stop Sign Bottle Tree

I was impressed when you told me that most of these bottles came from your hikes through the desert. In my mind I could see you going on treasure hunting treks and coming back to your property with your booty.

As I looked around I could see your welding equipment, and envisioned you welding up a rack. Eventually, the rack would hold dozens of bottles arranged to look like a makeshift Christmas Tree. After all, everyday is Christmas at the Bottle Tree Ranch.

Elmer RIP

I Came Prepared

I came prepared with some toys I was going to photograph for my grandchildren, and then I would give them the toys along with pictures of their toy. When I told Elmer of my plans he smiled and thought that was a neat idea.

Action Figure on a Piece at the Bottle Tree Ranch
Action Figure on a Piece at the Bottle Tree Ranch
Little Critters on Bottles
Little Critters on Bottles

It’s too bad my grandchildren will never meet you in this life. They would have loved that.

2017 Tour

In 2017 I was nearing the end of a 30-day tour of Route 66 with my friend Paul Bardotz. We met a young couple, nursing students, who we had fun photographing.

Nursing Students We Met at Elmer's Ranch
Nursing Students We Met at Elmer’s Ranch

While we were talking to them and taking pictures, I caught you out of the corner of my eye.

“Hey, you two,” I said to the young couple, “come over here I want you to meet the mastermind behind all of this.”

I then introduced them to you. It wasn’t difficult to remember your name because Elmer is what Ham Radio Operators call a mentor who teaches them about radios. You struck me as a wise old man whom someone could learn a lot.

When the couple wandered off, you and I got talking about God’s commandments. I knew from previous visits you were a Bible reader. We exchanged scriptures we had memorized. You said something about the importance of memorizing verses from the bible.

Paraphrasing a line I once heard, and applying it to you, I said, “You know Elmer, there are only two scriptures you need to memorize.”

You looked at me very perplexed as if you were thinking, “What does this young man (comparably) know that I don’t know?”

Elmer - September, 2017
Elmer – September, 2017

I smiled and said, “That’s right. Only two — The old and new testaments.”

You laughed with a twinkle in your eye and I knew even though we’ve only met a couple of times that we were friends.

Elmer RIP

Paul Gets to Meet Elmer

I was excited that my friend Paul would get to meet you. Our Route 66 trip was more about the people we were meeting, and you were no exception. We talked quite a bit about your having seen you. It was a highlight of our trip.

Yes, Elmer RIP My Friend

Yes, Elmer RIP my friend. There’s no doubt in my mind you were greeted by loved ones and our Saviour when you passed through the veil of death.

October 9, 2017

Superlatives

What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

Superlatives

What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it?

Well, let us list them.

Best & Worst

Friendliest

The friendliest state was New Mexico.  I’ve never been to New Mexico before, but every single person we met was friendly.  We’re not talking about the tourists, but the people who live and work in New Mexico.  They score a 10 out of 10 for being friendly.

And Not So Friendly

California.  Yup, California.  I had one guy walk up and call me a “scum bag”.  Okay… that’s a first.  While we met friendly people, many of the businesses there could use a course in customer service.

Biggest Surprise

The biggest surprise along the way is the Los Angeles Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is right on Route 66.

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A Family of L.A. Dodgers Fans Visiting the Temple Grounds

Best Food Superlatives

This is a very tough one.  I found it not too surprising that the beast meals were comped meals.  I guess when you are providing a complimentary meal to two journalists, you want it to be the best.

That isn’t to say the non-complementary meals weren’t good (well, some weren’t), we noticed a trend.

Burgers

I love a good burger.  The best burger is a tie – Santa Fe Grill in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona.  Their onion rings… the same – a tie.

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Mr. D’z Diner Staff

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Santa Fe Grill Burger

Mexican Food

Best Mexican food was at Jerry’s Cafe in downtown Gallup, New Mexico.  The food was good, authentic and they are the friendliest people you’ll meet.  If you like sopaipillas with honey… mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.  This is the place.

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Sopaipilla

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The Staff at Jerry’s Cafe, Gallup, NM

Funniest Place

The funniest place on Route 66 is in Seligman, Arizona – the Snow Cap Drive-in.  Just ask for half a cone and see what I mean.  You don’t go here for the food, you come here for the entertainment.

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Inside the Snow Cap

Saddest Place

I remember the Oklahoma City bombing vividly.  Any news like that is sad, however, I was not prepared for the emotions I felt when I visited the site. Consequently I cried a lot while visiting this memorial.

I wasn’t sad for the slain, I was sad because of the evil that exists in the world today.

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Sad Reminders

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Jesus Wept

Happiest Place

Oh, there are lots of happy places along Route 66.  It depends on what you’re in the mood for.  For me, it would be the nicely restored Corvairs this couple have.  Or, maybe it was the fun people we met along the way.  Well, it could have been the tongue-n-cheek humor in Uranus, Missouri.  Therefore, there are MANY happy places on Route 66.

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The Axe Hole at Uranus

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Young Couple Enjoying Frozen Custard

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Fully Restored Corvair Monza Wagon

Road Conditions

To say there are superlatives with road conditions on Route 66 is an understatement.  Hence, I’ll just share a few of photos that tell the story.

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Cobblestone Brick

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A Dead End Section

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A Big Drop Off (this was actually closed to cars)

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Washboard and Potholes

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Unexpected Road Closures

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Winding Mountain Roads

Hotels and Motels

We stayed at many great places.  All of the hotels who provided complementary lodging were clean and nice.  I can’t say that about all the paid rooms.

It’s best in this category that I thank those who comped us roomes:

  • Comfort Suites in Rella, Missouri – Clean and friendly staff and right on Old Route 66
  • Enlight Inn in Joplin, Missouri – Charming Cottages, I want to go back.
  • Fairfield Inn in Tulsa, Oklahoma – Clean
  • Broadway Inn in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Off the beaten track, but close to everything
  • EconoLodge, Elk City, Oklahoma – Elk City is the middle of nowhere, but here’s the place to stay.
  • Quality Inn, Tucumcari, New Mexico – Treated us like family (in the good way).  The pool was ultra clean!
  • Holiday Inn Express, Gallup, New Mexico – Another clean hotel on Route 66
  • Ramblin Rose, Kingman, Arizona – Best Value for your money near the Grand Canyon!  Clean too!
  • Hilton, Pasadena, California – Best place to stay in Pasadena.  Service is top-notch
  • Special Mention
    • Fairmont, Santa Monica, California – Amazing view.  It’s a couple blocks off Route 66, but you can see it from the rooms that face south.

Not So Good

On the not-so-good side, I would not recommend Motel 6 in Normal, Illinois.  And, I would not recommend Budget Host Inn, Williams, Arizona.  The Motel 6 in Normal, Illinois, is filthy, and the Budget Host Inn in Williams is very over priced for what you get (or don’t get).  Don’t be fooled by Budget Host’s “free breakfast”.  It was a gallon of milk sitting on the counter, two sugary cereals and a couple of boxes of mini doughnuts (boxed, store bought kind).

More to Come

There is more to come.  Check back often for updates as we review our trip.

Thanks to Sponsors

Also, a very heartfelt thanks to all those who sponsored our trip…

  • Bay Photo Labs
  • Republic Wireless
  • Warner 5 Color
  • Walworth Animal Hospital
  • Alien Skin Software
  • Anthropics Software
  • ACDSee Software
  • Topaz Labs
  • On1 Software
  • Nataliacha Doodley Do
  • Fine Art by DB (Yeah, I personally put a lot of my business money in to this trip)

October 6, 2017

Lessons Learned

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this serves as a guide to others.

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this serves as a guide to others.

Lessons Learned

After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share.  The lessons learned are categorized below.  We hope this serves as a guide to others.  (Note, some of these are specific to photographers.)

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Route 66

Lesson 1 – Bring Less

We over packed.  The next time I will bring less.  For example, I brought things from home that I’ve never touched.  If I would have needed them, I could have stopped at a store to purchase them.

I planned for 14 days of clothing.  However, most hotels had a self-serve washer and dryer.  Next time I’ll bring 10 days of clothes (just in case).

Lesson 2 – Give More Time

30 days to do 2500 miles isn’t enough time.  Give more time to your trip.  Perhaps one way is to break it in to several small trip.  Of course, that would be more costly, but we honestly missed quite a bit.  We planned for about 100 miles per day.  I think 40 miles per day would have been much better.

Lesson 3 – Have a Back-home Support Person

We had one.  It was my wife, Elizabethe.  She handled all of our lodging and would text us where we would be staying and the confirmation number.

Lesson 4 – Rent a Car

Don’t take your own car.  We put 7500 miles on the rental car.  Rent one with unlimited miles.  If you have the time, drive to and from on Route 66.  If you have the money, drive one way, and fly home.

Lesson 5 – Visit Museums Early

If you plan to visit museums along the way, plan to visit early in the day.  Most of them are closed by 5pm (or earlier).

Lesson 6 – USPS Offices Have Shorter Hours

If you need to mail postcards or letters, visit the Post Office between 10 and 11am, or 1 and 2pm.  We found most Post Offices closed when we arrived.  11am to 1pm, they were out to lunch.  After 2 pm they might be closed for the day.  Before 10am, they might not be open yet.  As a result, you only have a couple of small windows of time.

We actually found one that wasn’t a Post Office in spite of the building bearing the words, “United States Post Office”.  (Location:  Beverly Hills, California)

Lesson 7 – Don’t Trust Models

We had arranged for a few models to meet us along the way.  In spite of much advanced planning, they flaked.  While my professional experience is that most models aren’t professional these days.

So, if you make arrangements to meet a model, don’t be surprised if they flake on you.

Lesson 8 – You Won’t Need Certain Lenses

That’s right, you won’t need certain lenses.  You want the widest angle lens you can get without going to a fish eye.  My 15-36mm was the lens I used the most.  I wish I had my 24-70mm (it was in the shop), however my 50mm came in handy.  I brought my long zoom lens (70-300mm) but it proved to be useless for this type of trip.

Leave the long telephotos at home.  Bring the wide angle lenses.  The wider, the better.

Lesson 9 – Lots of Cards

Bring lots of memory cards.  I had enough, but it was close.  I shoot 32GB cards and filled about 3-4 cards per day.

Lesson 10 – Lots of Batteries

Bring lots of camera batteries.  My battery pack allows for 3 batteries.  There were days when I had to swap them all out for recharged ones.

You should also have a 12v charger just in case.  This way you can charge them in the car.

Also, don’t forget your charger AND don’t forget to charge your batteries at night.  You might want to bring an extra charger or two too.

The most important lesson learned is this – when you venture far from the car, make sure you have spare cards and batteries on you.  As a result, if you do not, you’ll kick yourself because you left them in the car.  This only happened to me once and I learned my lesson.

Lesson 11 – Don’t Trust Google Maps

That’s right – don’t trust google maps.  This lesson learned is a result of relying on Google Maps which ran us in circles because a freeway off ramp was closed.  Other times it lead us to empty fields with no hotel for miles. (They guy at the hotel, when we finally got there, said it happens to a lot of people.)

A good way to verify it is to turn the satellite image on so you can see what buildings are in the area.  However, the best way is to carry a paper map along with a good Route 66 guide book.

Lesson 12 – Buy It Don’t Bring It

If you can buy it, don’t bring it.

This doesn’t apply to everything – mostly consumables.  Don’t bring a lot of snacks from home.  You’ll be stopping for gasoline and potty breaks, buy the snacks then.

Bringing too much fills the car and makes the trip less comfortable.  As a result you should plan to pickup a snack when you stop for gas.  AND, don’t buy too much.  Just one item at a time.

September 26, 2017

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location – Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

The management at the Ramblin’ Rose were very nice.  They didn’t have a key slot, so I had to wake them at 5am to return the key.  Even thought I woke them to do so, they were cheerful and kind.  The place is a great deal.  No thrills, just a clean comfortable place to stay on Route 66 near the Grand Canyon.

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Cool Springs Station, Arizona

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Sunrise This morning

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Just before the Sunrise

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Twilight

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The Road Down from Oatman

Desert Sunrise

We got to Cool Springs a few minutes before twilight.  It was quite chili before the sun came out.  The wind made it feel colder.  It wasn’t real cold, but cold enough to make my fingers numb.

Once the sun came out, we took a few more pictures and made our way to Oatman.  Oatman is an old gold mining town at the top of the mountains between Kingman, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada.

Oatman is best known for its wild donkeys.  Many business take advantage of this.  Sassy Ass, Saving Your Ass, etc.

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Yeah, there are a lot of asses in Oatman.

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See What I Mean?

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Old Gold Mine Addit

 

Road Closures

After leaving Oatman, we discovered the west bound Route 66 was closed between I-40 and Oatman.  This detoured us through Nevada and in to Needles, California.

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Road Closed

Then, every time we exited I-40 for Historic Route 66 the road was closed.  We ended up going 3 exits before we found our way south to Historic Route 66.  It was a long drive south to meet up with Route 66, but once we did, things sailed along.

Bagdad

The Bagdad Café is a Route 66 icon.  We stopped and added our names to the door as well as a Bay Photo sticker.  (We’re sneaky that way.)

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Where’s Bay Photo? It shouldn’t be hard to spot where I put their sticker.

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Leaving Our Mark When Allowed

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Bagdad Cafe on Route 66

The owner posed for a photo, and we were on our way again.

Bottle Tree Forest

The bottle tree forest blew Paul’s mind as I thought it would.  We met a young couple from L.A. there, as well as a man from Sweden.  Then, while we were walking around, the owner, Elmer, came out.

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Elmer – The Artist Behind the Bottle Forsest

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A couple of students we met in the Bottle Tree Forest

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Paul Takes a Break in the Bottle Tree Forest

Elmer has built the bottle tree forest and loves to memorize scriptures.  We had a very nice talk.  He’s a very nice man.

On To Pasadena

From there we pretty much booked to Pasadena.  We made a stop at a biker bar that is being rebuilt after a fire.  The owner explained they provide memorials to any dead biker.  He showed us celebrity biker memorials like Evil Kenevil, James Dean, Dennis Hopper and more.

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Owner Poses with Elvis Memorial Guitar

We finally arrived at our hotel where we were warmly greeted, our car parked, and luggage taken to our room.  Our room tonight is courtesy of the Hilton of Pasadena.

After checking in, we enjoyed a nice Brazilian BBQ dinner.

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Our Room at the Pasadena Hilton just off Route 66 (Colorado Blvd)

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Dinner In Pasadena

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to day to…

Republic Wireless – worked amazingly well through the California Mojave Desert

Bay Photo – People are loving the bookmarks!

Ramblin’ Rose  – for nice accommodations the last two nights.

Pasadena Hilton – for superb service and a very nice room tonight.

P.S. More photos will be added to this blog tomorrow.

September 24, 2017

Kingman

We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand Canyon, so they have LOTS of hotels and motels.

We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand Canyon, so they have LOTS of hotels and motels.

Kingman

We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand Canyon, so they have LOTS of hotels and motels.

We’re staying at the Ramblin’ Rose on Route 66.  This former Travel Lodge is typical of the 40’s through 60’s motels in the west.  A long strip of rooms with an office at the end.

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Our Hotel Last Night and Tonight

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Ramblin’ Rose

The place is very clean (no odors – one of my pet peeves).  The issue a metal key on a hotel key tag.  That’s something you don’t see any more and a bit nostalgic.

Church

Paul and I went to church here in Kingman.  Several people came up and introduced themselves.  We told them about our trip along Route 66.  It is a nice friendly ward here and only about 1/2 mile from Route 66.

Laundry Day

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Paul Loading His Wash

Normally I wouldn’t do laundry on a Sunday.  There is a laundromat just up the road from the Ramblin’ Rose Motel.  It cost $1.50 for the wash, and 25 cents for 6 minutes on the dryer.  It only took an hour to get all our laundry washed and dried

 

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A Window to Cleaner Clothes

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Paul Waiting It Out

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Free Rides Only 25 cents for 6 Minuties

Great Lunch

Lunch was great today.  We searched Google and found a diner not far from the Ramblin’ Rose.  We headed there.

Mr. D’z

We found it to be a beautiful retro diner on the outside and inside.  We met the owner, Armando, and he provided us with a wonderful waitress (Kendal) and meal.  Paul had the BLT, and I had the Andy Devine Burger.

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The Andy Devine Burger and Sweet Potato Fries at Mr. D’z

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Paul’s Sandwich Being Served by Kendal

I was all set to drink water until I asked the waitress what type of root beer they served.  She said it was their own homemade root beer.  That sold me.  It was GOOD.  VERY GOOD.  In fact, it was GREAT.

After our meal, the entire staff came out for a group photo.

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The Staff at Mr. D’z

 

Other Shots from Nearby

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Another Train Along Route 66

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A Retro Pump in a Retro Car Dealership that Sells Old Cars

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Old Car Restoration Place

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Leather Shop for Motorcyclists

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Manequins… Again

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Custom Jackets

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Cool Vespa 250

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Bel Air Behind Mr. D’z

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Matching Office

 

 

September 23, 2017

Delgadillo

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There's a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There's a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

Delgadillo

Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In.   There’s a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.

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Roadside Attraction

The Snow Cap Drive-In is a collection of funny things.  For example, the bathrooms are fully plumbed outhouses with eclectic stuff mounted on the walls inside.  Even if you do not need to go to the bathroom, you owe it to yourself to peek inside.  Oh, and take your camera.

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Inside the Outhouse

Leaving Williams

Williams was a zoo.  Of all the places we’ve stayed on Route 66 this was the most crowded.  The diner where we ate was filled to capacity, and several motels and hotels had their “No Vacancy” lights on.

I wasn’t impressed with our motel, and even less with the free breakfast.  So, we skipped the “free breakfast” (Cheerios or Fruitloops), and went to Safeway and bought hot breakfast sandwiches.

Because Williams is a gateway city to the Grand Canyon, expect to pay outrageous prices for lodging and food.  About the only deal going is a discount souvenir shop on west-bound Route 66.

The loop of Route 66 that goes through Seligman and ends at Kingman is a fun drive.  It takes you through the mountains, through several little towns and follows the railroad tracks.

Trains

Speaking of railroad tracks, check out this idiot.  With signs warning about the dangers and the fact it is trespassing, he goes on the other side of the chain to get a picture.  Had a train come down that track, he would have been killed.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does – STAY AWAY FROM TRAIN TRACKS

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No Excuses – The Rails are Marked No Trespassing

On the other hand, we stopped to take pictures of the mountains, and as soon as we did, here comes a train (it was quite a distance from us.)  It was fortuitous that it came just as we stopped to take pictures.

People

People are half the fun of Route 66.  We’ve met some amazing people.  Today we met a couple who ride one of those motorcycle trikes, a girl from Australia, a family from Israel and some young adults from Spain.  We talked to a local girl working in one of the shops.   In addition, we met a guy who actually knows where Rochester is because he went to RIT back in the 70s!!!

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Attended R.I.T. in the 70s

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Local Girl

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Family From Israel

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Laura from Australia

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Laura from Australia

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Mountain Bike Riding Across Arizona

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Friends from Spain

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Friends from Spain – Posing by the Old Pumps

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Denise and John – a local couple

The majority of the people we meet are happy and cheerful.  But, that’s not always the case.  I walked in to one shop and said, “You’re open!  Every time I’ve stopped in the past your store is closed.”

She grumbled, “We’re open 7 days a week.”

Here are some more shots from today…