ROUTE 66 – FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD [For Rob Roy]

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UploadedOctober 6, 2010
TakenAugust 12, 2010
MakeCanon
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/400 sec at f/4
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Focal Length14.333 mm
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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!

48 responses

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Dear Richard, thanks 4 sharing. Interesting. It looks like beautiful place. I would like to see the cross of the Colorado river.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Great shot, and write-up. Rte 66 is in my list....

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    love the blue. good one RV!

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    I'm going to do this road trip in the near future and this photo clinched it for me....good one Richard!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    I love the sign....one cactus, one house, two trees--sort of says it all! Great narrative as always. Whenever we're traveling, we always talk about the pioneers, and how their journeys must have been; I can't imagine! Hope to see many more of these Route 66 photos!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   said (6 Oct 2010):

    And boy, do I miss Rob Roy!!!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Got excited there, thought he was back.... a super shot SB..

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Believe it or not, I was just thinking about Rob yesterday and wishing he came back to JPG...When I looked at your headline, like Eithne said I thought he had returned. JPG hasn't been the same without him and his humor...So Rob if you are reading this....Please come back:) Wonderful image Richard and the road does look winding and curving...If your car broke down with such little civilization it might be hard to find help. Great narrative to go along with your picture...

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    I do love your narratives too! And I am glad you made it through with no car trouble. Like Andrea said...could be a while to get help. Awesome capture!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    I was thinking about Rob just the other day,,wow,,he sure is missed, Richard, this is a great shot,,love the pov,,comp, that dark blue on the sign pops,,and the sky is amazing..of course the narrative is as always interesting,,,so well done

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (6 Oct 2010):

    Great shot.. Don't you just love the scenery on old RT. 66? The younger generation miss so much , they only travel interstates. Love this... Almost all of my barn shots are fron Rt. 66...

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (6 Oct 2010):

    Such a desolate place at first glance...but look beyond as you did Richard. As Susan said the sign says it all. What a historic road to travel on. Love the way you were headed toward the wide blue yonder. And the great guitar music to accompany you.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    simply superbe!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (6 Oct 2010):

    Thanks, everyone, for such nice comments. I am very pleased that several have mentioned there desire to drive Route 66 based, in part, on this brief series.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Beautiful capture, Richard! It looks rugged and ever so beautiful.. btw, arere the Kingman turquoise mines located in this area?

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (6 Oct 2010):

    Heather, I believe the turquoise mines are about 10 miles northwest of Kingman on U.S. 93 in the direction of Hoover Dam. Where I was when I took this picture was west/southwest of Kingman. I did see some mining operations, but I am not sure what was there. Perhaps potash or something of that ilk. Thanks!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    excellent narrative...Living in New Mexico, I see scenes like this quite a bit. I havn't been on that stretch of 66 before!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Yikes! No plunging!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    A great photo of a very interesting and treacherous road! Great narrative!!! I am with Susan, I sure do miss Rob Roy!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Very cool and I too miss Rob Roy!!!!!!!

  • James Pommerening

    James Pommerening gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    Thanks for the history behind the image.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    very nice landscape!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Nice composition and tones!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Get your kicks on Route 66

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Love the POV, and such a perfect tribute to RR :)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Love those blue mountains in the back ground.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    great shot! i have a couple shots of a rt 66 sign, but not as good as this. you also travelled thru Oatman... were there burros everywhere? we have on the short list to go back there and hang out. we've only driven thru. i remember that windy stretch between Oatman and Kingman from when I was a kid. it was a point of reference for my dad... "wanna get thru Oatman before dark"... and i can see why!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    It looks so forsaken, and yet has a unique and rugged beauty peculiar to that area. A fabulous capture, and wonderful dedication to Brother Rob. I miss him terribly, as does everyone who knew him.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (8 Oct 2010):

    Another wonderful image and narrative, Dick! I have a pile of new stuff to add to my Bucket List now!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (8 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful trip,great infro!!!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    A great dedication to our dear friend Rob. He is really missed! fantastic shot!! I so want to see this part of the world one day.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    There is great depth to this!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    great image and tribute, hope he is doing great.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Nice photo! How well I remember Duane and that song!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    Very nice

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    M A G N I F I C E N T r i b u t e II !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    You captured this beautifully!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    Wonderfully seen and captured!

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    A sign of epic stories and wonderful pictures to come!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    Perfect shot to go with Duane's song. Great link! I will add another below! I never got my kicks out on RT. 66. LOL

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    Great, as always!

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker   gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Excellent shot... you have to love old Route 66.

  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    Really sweet shot! I think I enjoy all the comments as well as the photo. I too miss Rob Roy!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2010):

    Love this I always want to drive route 66 so well done !!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    Love the layers, and bit of intense blue with the fading background.

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