ASH FORK on Route 66

The portion of Route 66 between Seligman and Ash Fork is one of the longest original stretches of road, but I find it remarkable mainly for its pristine “nothingness;” although that’s, really, a little misleading. Like all desert, it’s probably teeming with life the casual observer misses. But, add in ranches and their cattle, and…

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Peach Springs and Grand Canyon Caverns

…Seriously? Three Rolls of Toilet Paper for 2,000 People? Contrary to the interstate’s emphasis on efficiency, the early Route 66 goal was to tie rural communities together, not paying much attention to miles added. They used existing roads and trails. Unfortunately, Hackberry, Valentine, Crozier, Truxton, Peach Springs and Seligman had landed in a geographic hump…

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ARIZONA – AT LAST!

It’s no secret that I love just about every inch of our adopted state, so when I see the voluptuous cowgirl waving to us from a billboard encouraging us to “Breathe Easy Pardner, you finally made it to Arizona!” I couldn’t agree more. Nothing against California, but I’m glad to be back. It’s still the…

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Bagdad Café to Needles

All these abandoned and decrepit buildings in the middle of Nowhere (which, by the way, is an actual town in AZ) inspire me to wax philosophical. I look at their skeletal remains, and several quotes come to mind, such as the one we usually hear at graveside, “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes…to dust thou…

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Daggett to Bagdad

We’re nearly out of California, but we’ve been crossing the unforgiving Mojave Desert since before Victorville. At least we’re passing through a few towns, however small. The wisest travelers from the Dust Bowl days limited their car trips to nighttime. They’d check the water and gas gauges, hang water bags on the fenders, fill their…

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