ROUTE 66 – 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 “heart” of this historic highway. There, the “Power House Visitor Center & Route 66 Museum” was a “must” 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 moment’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 couldn’t help but think of the “Okies” making their way across this desert during the Great Depression (1930’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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