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