Route 66, Petrified and Standin’ On The Corner

Today was one of those days to quickly move from one area to another… in the Tour de France they call it a transition day. We needed to head a couple of hundred miles west today, so that we can drop down to Phoenix tomorrow ahead of our flight home on Saturday, and what better way to do this than travel along Route 66 (well, what’s left of it).

We stayed at a Days Inn last night which, like most things along Route 66, has seen better days. We knew that the breakfast on offer would be pants, so we needed no excuse to go to Denny’s for breakfast. With another Lumberjack Slam under my ever-groaning belt, we filled up with gas/petrol and set off along the historic highway.

Much of the road has disappeared completely, or exists solely as a dirt track which is only driveable with a 4×4. This website has loads of info on what’s left of it. The road from Gallup to the Arizona state line is the original Route 66, but is now called State Highway 118. We followed this, and joined the I40, the road that replaced Route 66 in this area, just across the state line.

Our first stop was Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified is the term to describe timber which fell millions the years ago and became fossilised by the rocks surrounding it. Compared with the other parks we’ve been to, this one wasn’t that exciting, though we have been very spoiled by the parks we have been to. Highlights for me were the original telegraph poles marking the course of Route 66, a 217 million year old petrified log, and some petroglyphs.

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Once we’d left the park we went through Holbrook, an original Route 66 site. Some of the motels are still there.

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Next stop was Winslow, immortalised by the Eagles song Take It Easy. We stopped for lunch before standin’ on the corner in Winslow Arizona. It was such a fine sight to see.

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Once we were done and dusted, we continued on our way to tonight’s B&B in Sedona via Flagstaff. Tonight we had a lovely Mexican meal, and tomorrow we make our way to Phoenix, stopping off at some outlet parks/malls along the way to do some shopping.

Mike

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