Trip Start May 12, 2006
18Trip End May 30, 2006
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We left Flagstaff on Saturday morning with a nice ride planned with stops in Williams and Oatman to take in the local culture. Williams is an old town on Route 66 that has not let the good times of the road die. There is a train that takes you to the Grand Canyon on a daily round trip. The railroad museum was also an interesting place with lot's of history of the Canyon and railroad days. The downtown has shops and Indian jewelry stores and many coffee shops. We had coffee and looked around the very busy downtown area. This Saturday was a town celebration of the Grand Canyon train and they had a special for families. We watched the train pull out with about ten cars and it was completely filled for the trip to the canyon. If your are planning a trip to the canyon this is a nice option as your ticket also covers the cost of park admission. Cowboys on horses waved the train off.
We pulled out of town on our trip to Oatman, Arizona on the recommendation of friends. This part of the ride is very scenic and the rock formations are spectacular! As we went past the Sleigman, Arizona exit I noticed a sign that said next services 56 miles. I checked my gas gauge and it was at the one quarter level. About five miles down the road my low fuel light came on which means you have about 40 miles left in the tank. We then went through some very large rock cuts and also up and down through some small mountain terrain. I became concerned and started to watch the mile markers for the next gas stations. We were coming up a large hill when the engine started to run out of gas! We pulled over and got the cell phone out only to learn that the highway patrol does not deliver gas. The temperatures are around 100 degrees and the trucks and cars are flying by us out in the middle of the Arizona dessert. We decided that I would take Penny's bike and drive to the next gas station for fuel. I left Penny with the cell and directions not to take her helmet off and to look like she was enjoying the dessert surroundings. I got to the top of this large hill and there was the Petro truck stop. We came within three miles of making it! I got the gas and returned and the bike fired right up and we were on our way out of this situation. This side trip cost us about an hour a half and we decided to take our hot bodies to my brother Bob's home in Boulder City. The ride out of Kingman to Boulder City on Highway 93 was so hot in the blazing sun. I think the temperatures were in the 100 degree range and it was really hot. We came across Hoover Dam, which was lots of fun. The government is building a new bridge that will open in 2008 so that trucks can again travel this route.
We arrived just in time for a great dinner that Diana had prepared for us. Diana is a terrific cook.
I forgot to tell you about Jerome, Arizona. We stopped there after Sedona. It is located up in the foothills and is an old copper mining town. In its prime there were 15,000 residents - now about 1000+. They have rejuvenated the town with shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It is now an artist haven. We met a girl in one of the shops that knows Sarah's friend, Nikki. They went to school together at Stevens Point. Jenny is in Jerome as an apprentice to a couple of artists. On our way back to Flagstaff we saw a rattlesnake in the road.
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