Thursday I headed west of Flagstaff on the dreaded interstate to get to a fantastic, fun to drive 155 mile stretch of Historic Route 66. The portion I drove is separated from the interstate, unlike a portion I drove in Illinois last year which was parallel and, frankly, rather boring. Today’s drive was very different and brought back memories of vacations my parents took me on when I was a kid (remember Burma Shave signs???). It was quite an enjoyable drive.
I tried to capture photos of established businesses (some, closed, unfortunately) that have been there since the glory days of “The Mother Road”, not just opportunists who bought a property on the route and have tried to make it “look old”. I wish I had brought my Asleep at the Wheel CD to play the “I Get My Kicks on Route 66” song over and over while I drove….
First town – Seligman:
Between Seligman and Peach Springs:
This (below) was past Valentine, near Hackberry. Yes, there is an active business buried under those trees.
This was in the town of Kingman, the largest town I visited along the way:
Also in Kingman. Of course The AmazingMrD (me) would have to come back and have lunch here on the return trip. Best chili dog and root beer I’ve had in a while….
In Cool Springs, before traversing a tricky stretch of narrow, winding, mountain road.
When I got to the town of Topock (right at the border with California) I cheated and took the interstate 45 miles back to Kingman, where I had lunch and then took the old road back east towards Seligman. The leisurely drive ended up taking all day, but was very enjoyable.