13 June 2007 .Day 1.
This was our first trip on our new bike. We had just bought our Sportster in April and it was still quite new. The "R" model Sportster only has a 3.3 gallon fuel tank so the distance between fuel stops was quite important. Because of my job we only had 3 days for the trip.
We left Orange, CA on a bright Wednesday morning, over the Anaheim Hills on to the 91 FWY, then to the 60 and finally we're on I-10. Just past White Water we turn off on Hwy 62 and head out to 29 Palms. I really didn't want our trip to be a Freeway Flyer, because I like to ride the off beaten path and enjoy the sights. 110 miles. 29 Stumps, as the Marines call it, is our first gas stop and while we are here we also get a bite to eat. Next stop is Parker. This stretch of the trip is 123 miles of straight boring hot desert road with just a few turns. We stop at Vidal Junction for a short breather and then head for Parker Ariz. . Third gas stop is Yarnell, AZ, 107 miles. 4th gas stop is Prescott, AZ. 36 miles. and 376 for the day.

This is our second gas stop at Parker, AZ. 123 miles. It was so F'n HOT. We sat in the shade and drank what seemed about a gallon of cold water each.

There was a San Bernardino County Sheriff parked at the gas station, and smart ass me had to ask him if he were lost! Remember, he was in Arizona, not California.

 

 

Gas stop in Yarnell , Arizona. 107 degrees. HOT and Hot, and wild helmet hair from the sweat.  The bag of ice was my idea to cool us off. We put the bag of ice between us and it actually worked to keep us cool. Of course we also got a little wet.

Prescott Ariz.

After climbing up some really windy roads out of the low lands we arrived at Prescott, Ariz. EL. 5,400 feet. It is late in the day when we arrive and we are tired and wet from the bag of ice. I may have looked like I peed my pants but we weren't suffering from the heat as we were earlier. The bag of ice really worked to keep us cool.

After we gassed up we went in search of a motel and a place to eat. The local Motel 6 was just the place and across the street was Joe's Eatery.  I didn't care about the food, we were hot and tired and I just wanted to sit on something that wasn't moving and drink a cool one.

We left early the next morning to beat the heat and headed out of town toward Ash Fork and Seligman. Being at 5400 ft and early in the morning it was surprisingly cool for a change. At Ash Fork we got on I-40 and headed west.

Day 2. Prescott to Seligman 74 miles.
Seligman AZ. Seligman is on the original Route 66 and is about a mile from Interstate 40. This town is still the real RT66. The whole town is still on the RT66 theme. Lots of gas, old cars, weird buildings and good places to eat here. Most RT 66 towns have died, but Seligman still lives. If you stop here, be sure to look around.

Seligman to Kingman 70 miles. Julie and I standing beside a Route 66 sign on the way to Oatman.  This sign was just too tempting to pass up for a photo op. When I first came to California in 1954, it was on the "Mother Road."

Cool Springs.
Neat old time gas station and museum on the Oatman highway. The road is very narrow and windy and not to well maintained. Some of the corners are 15 MPH corners. I can't imagine this being the main Route 66 highway, but it was until the early 50's. That must have been a real experience in the old days. At every little dip in the road are signs stating, "Watch for Flash Floods." One good thing is we didn't meet any cars coming down the mountain.

 

We stopped at the top of Sitgreaves Pass on the way to Oatman to take a breather and check out the great view. Off in the distance one can see the Colorado River Valley, and Laughlin.

Below is a view of the twisty road from the top of the pass to Oatman.

Below Right, That's Julie hiding underneath the sign.

If you want to see what the ride up is like Click HERE! Warning! The video runs at double speed.

   
Oatman was named after Olive Oatman, a young girl kidnapped by Apache Indians, traded to the Mohave Indians, and later rescued near the sight of the current town. Last mining here took place in 1942. Oatman now is a tourist place and home to wild burros.

During Bike Week the town is wall to wall people and bikes.

We stopped here, did some shopping and then found the local watering hole and drank a couple of quick cool ones before heading to Laughlin.

Kingman to Oatman, 39 miles.
 

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Oatman AZ to Laughlin NV, 33 miles, 216 for the day. 592 total so far.

It was hot coming into Laughlin, in fact it was real hot. The bike didn't like it either and it voiced it's displeasure by pinging.

The hotel was a welcome sight and the first place we went was the bar, where we hydrated ourselves.

The next morning we were on the road early to beat the heat.

 

 

Laughlin at sunrise.


Day 3 Laughlin to Goffs Rd and gas 69.4 miles.

This is actually a small place called Fenner. Another of the old watering stops along old Route 66.

Today, it's not much more than a gas stop, and if you're on a bike with a 3.3 gal gas tank, it is an important stop.

There is easy access from the I-40 to Goffs Rd..

Goffs Rd. to Ludlow, 58.3 miles.

Ludlow is another of the old forgotten towns along Route 66 and I-40. Not much here either. But it does have gas.

The railroad went through here in 1883 and still does. In the days of steam engines, Ludlow, like Fenner was an important watering stop.

It is 180 miles between Laughlin and Barstow. That is why I worry about gas stops.

ludlow to barstow 54 miles

Barstow to Orange 106 total D3 284, gt 876