Saturday, May 18, 2019

Route 66 to Oatman Part 2

Friday was a great day. Had nothing to do with Oatman. Weather was perfect, low 70's and best of all NO WIND! So we went to Chloride and saw the murals out in the middle of no where and Bill got some wood for his hobbies 
But back to our Oatman trip. We have cleared the summet and are starting down the mountain. Notice the curb at the edge of the drop.  
 Talk about You can see forever."
 we aren't done with the sharp curves yet. I enjoyed going up more then the going down. 
 Now the other way. 
 Only 2.2 miles to town. But still more curves to make.
A few more curves to go around. And views to enjoy.

 And here we are in Oatman. We got there kind of early so not many people walking around. 
 Lots of old looking buildings. Lots of stuff for sale. 
 And a lot of references to the burros who hang around the town. 
 We were told there are 23 who come to town all the time, they all have names. But 2 of them haven't been seen the last couple of months. We hadn't seen any yet. 
 The famous Oatman Hotel. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were married in KIngman and then spent their wedding night in this hotel. More on that later.
The restaurant attached to the hotel. Looking in through the windows. Yes those are all dollar bills - real ones. 

Cute sign - Interesting choice of name.
 Another old looking building. Wooden sidewalks. 
 Lots of tourist stuff for sale. 

 A candy store 
 PJ's with burros on them for sale. Looked comfortable. 
One person's opinion.
 An empty coffin. Just waiting for someone to get in it. 
 So back to the Oatman Hotel. 
 Some information about it.  

The stairs leading to the rooms on the second floor. Yes that is real money. 

Upstairs hallway
 THEIR ROOM - Kind of wonder why when they could have stayed anywhere. Had to take the picture through a glass window. 
Then we decided to eat in the restaurant. It is an amazing place. And the food and service was good.  Yes those are all real dollar bills with some bills from other countries here and there. 
Click here for some more information on the bar. 

 The waitress told us guys stand on each others shoulders to staple the bills to the ceiling.
So I'm going to stop here again and finish this tomorrow.
Our plans have changed so we will be spending a couple more days in Golden Valley. The weather in northern Arizona is going to be terrible for a few days. Down to 29 degrees at night a possibility of snow, for sure rain. Don't want to be on the road in that. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Drove old Route 66 to Oatman Part 1 Going up the mountains

Weather remains cold at night and cooler than usual during the day. But that is fine with me. Today there are no clouds and so far this morning no wind. So we will be out and about again. 
Yesterday was overcast and windy but we took a road trip anyway. We are at the red dot on the map. I had read about the drive on Route 66 to Oatman from Kingman and it sounded neat. So that is what we did. I am glad we did it in the Jeep. 66 was a very narrow highway. Very scenic drive to Oatman. 
Leaving Oatman we came back through Bullhead City. Whole trip was about 75 miles. Took 295 pictures and have some great Dash Cam videos of the road. But they will have to wait until I good a good Internet connection - probably when we get home. 
We took a couple of back roads from the RV park to the actual Route 66. Just getting on it here. The logo says 66 but couldn't get a good pic of it over the hood of the moving car. 
Oatman 22 miles
 The wind continues to blow hard. 

 We will eventually go over and through those mountains. The interesting part of the road. 

Cool Springs Service Station was built in the 1920s and eventually had a cafe, a bar, and cabins. But Route 66 was bypassed in 1953, and the station was abandoned in 1964. Cool Springs may look like a gas station, but it only sells snacks and Route 66 souvenirs. Cool Springs Service Station had been a ruin -- nothing more than a blackened pile of rocks -- until 2001. That's when Ned Leuchtner, a real estate agent from Chicago, bought it and began its careful restoration, based on vintage photographs. The work was completed at the end of 2004.

 Starting up into the mountains. Feels like the highway got narrower from here on.
 A "kind of" guard rail. Mostly there wasn't even this. 
I'm glad there wasn't much traffic on this road.  We only saw a few other cars.
 The scenery was amazing. Especially this year with everything so green and so many flowers blooming. 
Many different colors in the rocks. 

A look at our GPS. Where it says Oatman it just is identifying the highway. See the almost figure 8 turn by the arrow. 
 Many many years [sometime in the 50's] ago my aunt and uncle and their five kids and a dog drove this highway to Los Angeles from Jamestown, NY. They had the old burlap bag of water on the front of the car. I remember them talking about what a hard trip it was. 
Just came around anther "U-turn". 
 And still more, going up and over.
The road goes over the drainage pipe. 
 Can you imagine doing this trip in the summer heat in a vehicle with no AC?  They were better people then me.
 I was taking these pictures out of my side window. Bill's side was mostly straight up. 

 We reached the summit.
 What a view!
 And there goes the road. 
Just  a really short video I took with my camera. 

We are getting ready to go to Chloride so will finish trip later - it probably will take a couple more posts.