Monday, November 12, 2012

Route 66 - Laughlin to Flagstaff (near Grand Canyon)

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I was just sent a Facebook comment
"have you won lotto"?
Well no.  I have not.
I sold my home and I worked hard for this trip.
We make sandwiches and a lot of food in our rooms.
We pick budget accommodation where possible.
We shop at Thrift stores.
Like the new T-shirt my son wears here for $3.
But I love the door "Do not Disturb" sign at Laughlin.
It says "Living the Dream".
I kept that as that is what I am doing.

We head through the back of Laughlin.
Once again the GPS takes us some off-beat way.
We are heading to Oatman - an old mining town.

 We arrive and are smelling donkey poo everywhere.
We see signs to feed donkeys.
But we find they come down from the hills when they are good and ready.
Today - well they are just not ready.
We also realise we have just lost 1 hour crossing state lines.
There is a show-down with a cowboy gun fight at high noon but we choose to head on.
We enjoy a couple of photographs but are surprised how cool it is getting.

We also notice it is getting windy.

We find this amazing gas station and buy a magnet and postcard.

They have some amazing old cars.

And it is getting windier by the minute!

We find this is road-runner territory - yet to spot one.

We head along Route 66.
We stop at Mr Dz for a great retro diner for lunch.
Milkshake and burger of course.

We also find another couple of theme cars from the Disney Cars movie.
We found "Sherriff" first.

And then we did a quick U-turn when we discovered "Mater".
He is the theme car from the wreckers on the Highway.

We start to find really great western towns,
and Indian Trading posts.

We start to get addicted to the Route 66 stores.

We run out of daylight yet again.
We have been told it is going to snow that night.
We have no idea it in a long weekend.
Again we find it hard to find a hotel.
Several we check out are not up to standard.
I have learnt to say "no" and not get phased.
This was not the case earlier in the trip.

It starts to snow and my son is super excited.
We find this reasonable hotel.
It is America's Best Inn - The Arizonan.

It has refurbished rooms and is a great price. On S Milton by Route 66.
It also has a fabulous buffet 2 doors down.
The Mandarin has a $6.99 all you can eat lunch.
It is right next to the Embassy Suites.
We meet a couple of AFL football teams and enjoy an evening drink
by the fire place.
Off to the Grand Canyon and a few other sites while at Flagstaff.
And some "down time" and "home schooling" I hope.

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