232 Miles Today
Route 66 Trip - 2,329
3,754 Trip Total
The road up into the mountains and over the Sitgreaves Pass (Elv. 3550 ft. #39) to Oatman was beautiful and exciting. There are curves, grades, and switchbacks like these in the Arkansas Ozarks, but there the forests hide much of the view.
We enjoyed the quaint village of Oatman; at one time a gold-rush town of 20,000. The tourist season is just starting. Apparently folks from further north come down to get away from the cold and snow and make side trips to Oatman. We ate breakfast there. The folks were just opening their shops at 9:00 and the burros didn't come out while we were there, but we could smell them (horse manure).
We drove back down from the mountains into the valley of the Colorado River and across into California for a stop in Needles.
We took old Route 66 in an arc north of I40 and through Goffs. It was a beautiful drive.
We skipped the old road through Amboy, because we had been told by local people that the pavement was very rough. We did stop at Ludlow and drive back
east on Route 66 for about five miles to see how bad it really was. The first couple of miles were good, but it got a little rougher. There was now cell phone coverage in that area anyway.
We ate at Ludlow and drove some on the freeway and some on the old road to the Bagdad Cafe.
Then on into Barstow. We got here at about 5:30 and drove on through town on Main Street then came back and bought some more motor oil at the Auto Zone and then found a motel.
This photo was made at 5:14 CDT. Big fires near San Bernardino may delay our travel south. I15 has been closed today just north of San Bernardino.