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Jun 9, 2012 - Gallup to Barstow

Awoke to clear skies and mid 60’s. Quick “hot breakfast” (pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage etc.) included! On the road by 7:45. Very pretty morning with the sun on the mesas that I am sure were over a 100 miles away. We didn’t stop at the Petrified Forest National Park or the meteorite site given our long drive today. As we approached Flagstaff the terrain changed to pine tree covered hills along with very gusty winds. Driving has given us time to question information that we may have once known but forgotten. The Continental Divide...

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Jun 5, 2012 - On est rendu en Californie

Une bonne journée de route à faire. La route est un peu monotone, tout d'abord parce que c'est une autoroute et que c'est le désert. Il n'y a pas grand-chose à voir dans cette partie du Nevada. Par chance, il ne fait pas très chaud contrairement aux jours précédents,environ 28C. Nous avions prévu passer une nuit à Las Vegas mais comme il n'est que 13h00 et que nous sommes en pleine forme, nous décidons de continuer notre chemin jusqu'en Californie. L'entrée en Californie est assez triste, encore là le désert, des cabanes à moitié démolie et...

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Apr 11, 2012 - Kick Off

I got my kicks today getting to Route 66 via I5 through the Central Valley's orchards, vineyards and pastures under broody skies complete with radioed tornado warning and on and off rainstorms. Cows grazed on the crests of green hills, silhouetted black against the dove gray clouds. I hit Route 66 in the high desert at Cajon Pass and am staying tonight right next to America's Highway in Newberry Park. It's fifty degrees here in the desert and so windy that my wind chime is ringing inside the trailer. And, friends, guess what? There's a...

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Mar 30, 2012 - West to Barstow

The manager of the Desert View RV Park in Needles gave John directions to an AM/PM mini market just across the border on the Arizona side of the Colorado River where gas would be cheaper. This morning, we headed there to top off our tanks before having to bite the bullet over California gas prices. We paid $3.72 for our troubles, a saving of $1.25 per gallon from the stations on the California side of Hwy 40. -- Of course, the money we saved on gas, we promptly spent on Mega Millions lottery tickets. :) It was fun talking about all the ways...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Nov 11, 2011 - Southern California

This segment takes us from Reno to San Jose down the coast to Oceanside east to Joshua tree and finally to Barstow, CA Highlights: * Beaches!!! Sunset Beach, Beaches around Monterey, Beach at Carmel, Big Sur area - Kirk Creek (Amazing campground for views), Beach at Moro Bay, Montana De Oro State Park, Jalama Beach (great surf with surfers and Kite surfers), Refugio State Beach, Venice Beach and Huntington Beach (reminded Wayne of a college trip taken there in 1967!) * Biking extraordinaire!!! Davis, CA (rode through agricultural area which...

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Oct 17, 2011 - What a Change

We got sidetracked while we were getting ready to leave this morning. I got to talking with our neighbors and found out they had just started on their first big trip 4 days ago. They are giving it a try to see how much they like it and see if their marriage can survive. He is retired from the Navy and served at the same Navy Base as our old neighbor Frank. Frank was the one who had his motor home all decked out with the pictures. They are going to Branson, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and ending up in Apache Junction in December. I told them...

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C & C's Adventures

Oct 2, 2011 - Barstow, California

We spent two nights in Julian, CA with Nancy & Ed. Ed is doing very good considering what he went thru. Julian is a small town, maybe 300 people, but on weekends it swells with tourists. Julian was an old gold mining town, which still has a gold mine that gives tours. It is also set in the side of a mountain range. I swear everything is set on a hill. Going down isn't too bad, but the upward climb is a killer! We walked around for hours. They had great stores. Even got to see Nancy's biker store, Hog Heaven. Lots of bikers travel to Julian....

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Sep 27, 2011 - Barstow, California

We left Kingman today and it was hot at 9 am. Stopped in town for the Powerhouse Museum. All about Route 66. Very interesting what they went thru to drive on 66. Across the street was a train display. Know Davis would have loved this one! Then it was back on the road again heading to the Oatman Highway. This took us up into the mountains on winding, curving roads that had gorgeous views, except there weren't many pull offs for the driver to enjoy the views. At times it was white-knuckle turns. Once we got to the top, 3,550 ft high, the view...

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Sep 21, 2011 - Barstow, CA

Today, I only went 151 miles. I got lost, I was sent to the wrong street (by GPS) and I visited a museum in Victorville (the Burma shave signs) Finding Rt 66 was easy from Glendora to San Bernardino. then I tried to find a museum in Rancho Cucamonga. After a couple of hours and many miles, I found that it no longer existed. I then took the wrong route and almost ended up in Big Bear (a mountain area where Cal & Val have a cabin) Finally I went to Victorville and found Rt 66 which I took to Barstow. I decided to quit early and decide what...

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CrossCountry2011

Aug 31, 2011 - Barstow, California,

Today we are on our way to Las Vegas but we traveled 247 miles to Barstow, California for a night stay. We drove through orchards of lemons, oranges, apples and grapes. We followed a railroad along the side of the road that kept going in and out of tunnels through the mountains. Just before entering the Mojave Desert, there were windmills for as far as you could see across the horizon and covering the mountainside. The road through the Mojave Desert is arrow straight with sand, sagebrush, cactus trees for as far as you can see. We traveled...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Day 6...California!!!

California...finally!!! Mile 2196 for Graham. Left Joseph City AZ at 6:45 this am and we were “standing on a corner in Winslow AZ” by 8 am. Such a fine site to see. Found we could take a lot of the original alignment of Rt 66 after Flagstaff right up to Barstow CA without too much back-tracking and interstate. Found CA to have the roughest roads though. Funny thing is, there isn’t much traffic on the old alignment!! What a great trip so far!! Had a narrow tunnel again today. Winslow and Williams AZ were pretty cool. We’ll be at Aunt Judy’s...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Day 2, just left Barstow

We stopped in Barstow at the Rodeway Inn at 1AM. Hey, it was a clean room! It took about 30 minutes to wake the boys up and in the shower. We were all pretty tired. We had a good breakfast and coffee, filled up the gas tank and we are listening to Jeff Foxworthy. Good times! Our goal is to go as far as we can today!

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