Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 Route 66 Road Trip - Day 10

After our first 9-degree night in the KJ, we started the engine, let all the windows defrost/dry out, and were on our way once more.

The day had a lot of small and lonely towns... and remnants of towns in store for us. There are very few significant sized towns between Flagstaff and the New Mexico state line on Rt. 66. My expectations of broken down old buildings and vehicles was most certainly met.

From Twin Arrows, AZ
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Next door was Two Guns, AZ
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That apparently had a mountain lion exhibit at some point... :shock:
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Two Guns' only inhabitants that we could see...
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Following an original 1926 alignment of Rt. 66 towards the road that would lead to Meteor Crater...
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We stopped at Meteor Crater (http://www.meteorcrater.com) and walked through their museum about the event that cause this huge, gaping hole in the earth. Typically they have guided walking tours where they take you farther than where you can go on your own... but they claimed a 32-degree wind chill was preventing the tour that day. :roll: So we went out on our own and walked around as much as we were allowed to unsupervised.

Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It certainly didn't appear to be that big until you looked at different landmarks through the provided telescopes. For example, there is a chain-link fence at the bottom with a scale cut out of a 6 foot man, and a 3'x5' American flag. You can barely see them without the aid of the telescopes. That kind of put it into perspective.

I couldn't get it all in on any of my lenses.
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This is the road coming into the Meteor Crater site.
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And a train in the distance...
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We continued into Meteor City which used to have a large gift shop and service station... all abandoned.
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The only other "major" town in our path that day was the one in which the Eagles made musically popular - Winslow, AZ. 8)
"Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see.
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me."

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And along down the Road came Jackrabbit, AZ!
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Next stop... the booming town of Joseph City. Nothing to see here, folks... :lol:
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We roll through the slightly larger town of Holbrook, AZ where one can view a couple of fun things... first of all, the Wigwam Motel (that the movie Cars made famous by updating the teepees to road cones and calling it the Cozy Cone).
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and the Rainbow Rock Shop... thar be dinosaurs!! :D
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Finding another out-and-back road just off the interstate through reservation land, we spied this fellow... or rather he spied us.
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Further proof that this beat up old trail was the right road...
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And it sure was pretty.
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One final out-and-back trail introduced us to this bunch... more curious about us that we were about them. :D
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We drove this horrid gravel road... worst wash-boarded gravel road ever! :evil: And there was about 12 miles of it. We encountered free-roaming horses, and a dog that decided to chase us for about 1/4 mile. :ROTFL: But once we reached the paved surfaces again, we were in the Arizona border town of Lupton... where we called it quits for the day.