Gettin our Kicks on Route66-Shine On Harvest Moon

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

  We left Pahrump this morning and drove the RV across the Hoover Dam ainto Arizona - about 3 hours, in all.  For those who are wondering, when you cross the Dam in a motorhome, they DO want to inspect it - but it was about a 3-4 minute process, at most.  One of the security agents asked Greg to open the "basement" doors on one side, and another agent came in, asked me where we were going, and where we lived, peeked around the corner into the bathroom/bedroom area, and that was it.  The only real inconvenience is having to move the board that covers the entry stairs when we're under way, and having someone in boots walking through the "house"...luckily, we keep throw rugs down exactly for that reason!  There is a huge bridge project underway that will, in the future (I think completion is set for 2010), re-route traffic so that we're not all crossing the Dam.
  After getting set up at Blake Ranch Resort, which is actually a few miles west of Kingman, we hopped into the car, put the top down, and went to get our kicks driving Route 66.  We drove from Kingman to Peach Springs, then back to Kingman...part of the longest stretch of the the original Route 66 that still remains - and what was recently re-energized by the Pixar Movie "Cars" - which took place in "Radiator Springs", a town that had all but died because the Interstate (I-40) had bypassed it.  It was a beautiful day, and fun, but sad, to see all the reminders of the early days of The Mother Road...motels, roadside attractions, and diners...that are now run-down and closed.  We spent a while in the Route 66 Museum, which displayed many artifacts from the glory days, when the automobile brought new freedom to families, and when the Great Depression tempted so many to travel west, only to find the same struggles at the end of the road. 
   We stopped at a Chinese Restaurant in Kingman for dinner, and on the drive back to Blake Ranch, I saw what I thought was a big white cloud peeking out from behind a small peak...I soon realized that it was the most HUMONGOUS WHITE FULL MOON rising - it truly felt like we could reach out and touch it.  The Landscape Setting on my camera allowed me to catch some pretty neat pictures of it, even though we were moving along on the Interstate by this point.   Will get the photos uploaded soon - they're still on my camera!
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