We got our Kick Ol' Route US66 & Petrified forest

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 08, 2010

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Motel 6

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 4 we slept late this morning and didn't get up until 8 am, but I did sleep well and awoke ready and full of energy to get our day started.

We packed the car and decided to have breakfast in Kingman AZ only 45 minutes away. Once in Kingman we took a quick tour of the Route 66 museum (it was real small) and a look around the gift shop. After a few memento purchases we crossed the street to D'z Dinner, It was the real thing, a hangover from the golden days when Route 66 was in full swing.  Who knows I may have eaten at the diner in my past, having transverse this route from Chicago to San Bernardino many times.  Anyway, I got my kicks on Route 66 reminiscing the good old days.

Then we were off to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.  I have seen this before, but this was Dave’s first visit.  We both enjoyed the trip, however stopping in the souvenir shops we discovered they liked their souvenirs more than we did.  Extremely expensive. 

We took U.S. 180 all the way from the Petrified Forest to Socorro, NM before calling it a night. 

Rush hour on the 180 was about 2 dozen cars from about 3pm till 7pm on this highway.  It was like having our own private road dotted with many little towns like 'Pie Town’ note the picture.  We almost stopped there for the night but the only hotel looked liked the 'Bates Hotel’.  So we drove an hour more to get here. 

All day landscape was beautiful, green and DESERTED!  I have to add that there were several towns that were deserted too.  One town called Omega, which fit it’s name, looked like it was at its end of life.  One house and what looked like an old auto shop were both about to fall down with just a slight wind.  We drove through several forests and discovered we were over 7,000 feet up.  The climb was so slight that we didn’t know we were that high until we saw the sign.

We even crossed the Great Divide this afternoon too.

We had dinner at a 24 hour Family Restaurant called El Camino.  Food was good and plentiful, as well a friendly staff.  Dave had meatloaf and I had Mexican dinner. Wish you all could be here with us to enjoy the many and varied sights and terrain we have passed.

After another long day we found another Nice Motel 6 to spend the night.  It’s 9:30pm  and I have to shower. . . . Good night!
May God bless all the people in the many small towns we passed through, as well as our friends who will be enjoying our trip with us through this blog.
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bonnwl6 on

you are getting closer. Looks good great pictures. great comentary. enjoying reading your blogs

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