ROUTE 66 â€“ FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD [For Rob Roy]
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[On U.S. Highway 66 between Cool Springs and Goldroad, west of Kingman, Arizona]
The Hackberry General Store was a pleasant surprise, but now it was time to turn west again.
The high plains desert gave way to irrigated farmland, and soon I was in Kingman, Arizona, the â€œheartâ€ of this historic highway. There, the â€œPower House Visitor Center & Route 66 Museumâ€ was a â€œmustâ€ stop.
I took quite a few pictures in Kingman, but because they are so redundant (the usual motels and diners), I am not uploading them.
It was in Kingman that I had to decide whether to turn north to Hoover Dam and Las Vegas or continue west to Topock, where Route 66 crosses the Colorado River and enters California. I continued west. I am glad that I did.
The 44-mile stretch between Kingman and Topock, Arizona is isolated and rugged. The poorly paved road twists and turns and, at times, is so narrow that a momentâ€™s inattention will send you plunging down a steep embankment. There are few barricades.
Signs everywhere warn of flash floods, washed-out road, and drifting sand.
The area is sparsely settled. Where there are people, there is grinding poverty.
I couldnâ€™t help but think of the â€œOkiesâ€ making their way across this desert during the Great Depression (1930â€™s). They must have had second thoughts. But, those were desperate times. Still, what extraordinary tenacity they had.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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