London Bridge is falling down, falling down......

Trip Start Oct 28, 2010
Trip End Nov 14, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My drive from the Joshua Tree National Park was almost 4 hours.  I hit my first "100 miles without services" sign.  That was a little scary to see.  But I had just under a half a tank so I knew I was fine.  And there were call boxes all throughout the road, so I really knew things would be fine.

I was on Route 62 and really was what I imagined perfect non-interstate driving would be in the middle of the desert of sorts.  For the first 25 miles or so there were these really odd small house/shacks.  I wasn't sure if people lived in them or not.  They kind of reminded me of the cousin's house on Vegas Vacation.  Some of them really looked abandoned with the windows broken and everything and others had RV's and cars in front of them.  And you never know, it could be really peaceful to live in the middle of nowhere.  

The drive was really peaceful.  I finally got to start one of my books on tape.  A Sue Grafton, U is for Undertow.  There was part of it that went up and down like a roller coaster and that was a lot of fun.  There are times that I keep thinking I am still driving my manual car and will hit the floor with my left foot thinking I'm pushing in the clutch.  Not sure if that will go away on that trip.  

I really wanted to make note of when I crossed state lines, but the California/Arizona border bypassed me without me noticing.  I was really bummed about that.  I hope that doesn't happen again.

I got to the Lake Havasu City which holds the original London Bridge.  Apparently the original London Bridge was dismantled and moved here to Arizona and rebuilt as a working bridge.  The London Bridge in London was then rebuilt bigger and better.  I followed the signs to the parking lot and was asked to pay $3 for parking.  I was not shocked by that, but when I saw what the "attraction" was, I a am now a bit peeved by made to pay $3 for parking when I could have parked across the street for free and done the same thing.  I hope they use the $3 for upkeep of the bridge and not the parking lot.

I walked down the the area where the visitors center was and shops and it was such a horrible tourist attraction.  It was gaudy and disgusting.  The bridge on the other hand was beautiful.  Though I couldn't really take a picture of the bridge without getting some stand in the way.  But I kept telling myself that it was a good middle point on the way to the Grand Canyon and all I wanted to do is stretch my legs and get something to eat, and what a better way then to walk the London Bridge.  So really it worked out for the best.

I found the bathroom and looked in one of the shops just for the hell of it.  One of the souvenirs that they were selling was "part of the bridge".  I had to ask the woman at the desk, if it was real.  She said that when the bridge was in London it was solid, and when they moved it over they hollowed it out, so there are tons and tons of extra pieces left over.  OK, so they got me and I bought a little bit of it.  How could I not?

I walked across the bridge, now I have walked across the original one in Arizona and the one in London.  How many people can say that?  On the other side of the bridge was some shops that had a restaurant that was also a brewery, Barley Bros Brewery.  How can I not stop in for just one beer and lunch?  I had some chicken sandwich club that wasn't too bad and the beer was really good and relaxing for the afternoon.

I headed back over the bridge to my car and decided that I wanted to also drive over the London Bridge.  While I have never driven over the one in London, I wanted to do it here.  I might have a chance to do it in London at some point in the future maybe?

I headed out and toward the Grand Canyon.  I had another 4 hours to get all the way to the Grand Canyon, and wasn't sure if I wanted to stay outside there.  Time will tell....

I also need to be better about when to fill up my gas tank too.  I'm on roads where there isn't a gas station on every exit, and there isn't an exit usually for 30-50 miles.  I had to back track last night for almost 20 miles to fill up as going forward there wasn't a gas station for another 40 miles and according to the car when I filled up I could only go 18 miles more if I didn't go back.  A little bit of heart racing then.  But I think I have learned my lesson the hard way now (I hope)....

All I have to say is that I love technology!!!  I decided to stay in Williams as I was so tired and really sort of wanted to drive into the whole area of the Grand Canyon in the light.  
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