Kickin' it down Route 66

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
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Trip End Nov 12, 2007


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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Sunday, October 7, 2007

We got away a bit late this morning as we ended up having a really nice chat with Gloria, the lady who is running the Grand Canyon KOA for the owners.. She is from Georgia and a lovely person to talk to. When we did leave we drove on Route 66 to Seligman, a very kitschy town on 66 - but we thought it was pretty cool. We walked down the main street and went into 'The Rusty Bolt' a real eye-opener of a Route 66 souvenir shop! We took some photos & I bought a couple of things, and got a free 'Route 66' licence. Outside we started up a short conversation with a couple of other tourists - Fred said to the guy, "I don't know how people think we sound anything alike," thinking he was Australian - turns out the guy was a New Zealander! Then Fred continued to put his foot in it, "You must be from the South Island then.." Nope, the guy was a North Islander! Still, in Fred's defence, the guy did really sound like he had an Australian accent.

Then we wandered back along the road to a burger joint (evidently another famous landmark in Seligman) which was really fun. The door leading inside had handles on either side of it (naturally I picked the wrong one) and the guy behind the counter was a real hard-case, joking all the time. He teased all the customers: when they got their drinks he asked if they wanted a straw, and then produced a handful of real straw from behind the counter. Back on Route 66 we started seeing the Burma Shave signs (famous in the U.S.A for being along Route 66). These were a spaced 5 signs on the side of the road, with witty slogans like:
If daisies are your favourite flower keep pushin' up those miles per hour.
Cattle crossing means go slow that old bull is some cow's beau.

We stopped at Mr D'z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona for lunch. The diner is a cheesy 1950's replica diner, with bright turquoise colouring with hot pink highlights. The food there was good, but the service was pretty slack (though not really the poor waiter's fault, he was getting a bit flustered at how slow things were). They had home-made caramel flavoured root beer, which was really yummy.

Then on to the ghost-town Chloride, which turned out to be not a ghost-town after all. It was however a mining town from 1860, that is the oldest 'continual' mining town. Mainly it just looked like a small, dusty collection of houses and tourist shops. We took a few photos in the fake 'wild west' town where they have mock gunfights every Saturday noon (being that it was Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm there wasn't much going on). Had to chuckle at the 'Dead Ass Saloon' complete with the sign "Beer 25 cents, Whiskey 25 cents, Hangings Free." We had to go through a security check just before the entrance to Hoover Dam. A couple of police officers checked our outside locker in the 5th Wheel, and had a quick look inside. The Hoover Dam itself wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but still pretty impressive. We are staying the night in an RV park in Boulder City, Nevada.
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