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Our time on the coast is done, and it's time to head inland and to the heat of the desert. We are off to a town called Kingman, which is just north of Lake Havasu. Why not stay in Lake Havasu you say? .. well, two reasons really, one the cost ... it's cheaper in Kingman and two, they have the Route 66 museum.
With the cars all packed and a …
... to our campsite outside Kingman, AZ around 5:00. Not a great campground, but we were tired and glad to have a place to hook up and unwind. And then, yep, Brenda had another great idea. She said, "Let's drive to Oatman. It's a cool town on Route 66 where mules run free." Ah, mules? Yes, mules aka burros, donkeys, jackasses!
After being on the road all day, we hopped in to the car for the 30 minute drive to Oatman on the original Route 66. 10 ...
... to collect the tickets. The lady said good job as tomorrow will be busy. We also bought a few souvenirs including a "talking stick" for either Francis or Delaine, in memory of the same thing at his 60th!
It's a wee bit like stepping back in time, especially our hotel with the decor which all adds to the experience.
Will maybe write more tomorrow
See Saturday 14th entry
... Apparently the town died overnight when Interstate 40 replaced Route 66 on Sept. 22, 1978 as they didn't put in a slip way for it, so there was no longer any passing trade. However one man, Angel Delgadillo (and his wife Vilma), kept it all going from his famous barber/gift shop by being one of the driving forces in founding The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona in 1987, and has now been dubbed the "Guardian Angel" of U.S. Route ...
... have 4 lanes (2 on each side) and you never knew which line starts. We saw a second line forming so we pulled in and waited and Terry walked around looking at the cars. It was unbelievable the cars, custom street rods, muscle cars, original old cars pulling small tear drop trailers and everyday cars and trucks. The start came and the corvettes started out and then our line. All along the way people were sitting on roadside on tailgates or chairs and ...