Day 11: 370 Miles
Total: 3,211 Miles
Well, we made it out to Needles, CA on the edge of the Colorado River and the Mohave Desert. It was a fun travel day because we had an opportunity to see several of our favorite sites. We passed by Two Guns and Twin Arrows, then stopped for lunch at the Snow Cap restaurant in Seligman. Our next stop was the Hackberry General Store in Hackberry.
The Oatman Pass is a beautiful and treacherous mountain pass that runs from west of Kingman, AZ to Oatman, AZ. As you make the 20mph drive interspersed with the 15mph switchbacks you have to marvel at the brave souls who traversed the route in the 1920s. Sharon braved the drive in our rental car so I could watch the great scenery. Not a smart thing to do when you are the driver, so this was a first for me through this area.
Once through the pass, California and the city of Needles are a brief distance away. We got to our motel early, and were sad to find that it wasn't in nearly the same condition as it was when I stayed here five years ago. That was probably the last time it was cleaned, and it is the first disappointment we've had in motels on this trip. It was still passable, but we didn't feel like sitting around the room all night and there really isn't anything to do in Needles, so we took a 45-minute drive to Laughlin, NV to a couple of casinos. We had dinner and Sharon donated money to the slot machines. I watched. Then we came back to the motel.
We will make it to Santa Monica today; the end of my fourth and Sharon's second Route 66 trip. Then it's back to Amarillo. The latest on the car saga is that the new custom radiator is supposed to arrive on Tuesday morning, so the car is supposed to be done late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. We'll get to Amarillo on Tuesday, then plot our course home once the car is ready.
Here are a few pictures from Day 11:
The first is Two Guns, AZ, a well-known Route 66 stop once upon a time. It is supposedly owned by Russell Crowe who was said to be planning to shoot a movie there. There are a few people on the ground in camping trailers doing a bit of work, and the place now has a for sale sign on it, so I'm not sure what is going on any more.
Twin Arrows has been long abandoned as well. However, the Navajo are building a casino about a mile away, so there is some hope that this landmark will be revived.
The Hackberry General store is just a great place to take photographs.
Last stop for a cold drink on the Oatman Pass is the very cool, Cool Springs.
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