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Thu
23
Aug '12

They’ve All Gone to Look For America

So then. I’m back and it’s a fortnight since the trip ended. It took over a week for me to stop waking up in the early hours of the morning, not knowing where I was and thinking I needed to get up and hit the road. The Big Trip wasn’t so much mind-blowing as mind-expanding. […]

Fri
10
Aug '12

Venice Beach and Home

More tearful farewells from the new friends I’d made throughout the morning as the group dispersed, and a small group of us headed off to Venice Beach (and Muscle Beach) for a wander around and to take a few photos. Walking back, we got a little lost so we saw more of Marina Del Rey […]

Thu
9
Aug '12

Barstow, CA to Santa Monica, California

Journey’s End! It was with a degree of sadness that we set out for our last day in the saddle leaving Barstow and heading for Santa Monica. On one section of Route 66 which, as was often the case, rang alongside a railway, we came upon one of those massive freight trains with 2 or […]

Wed
8
Aug '12

Las Vegas, NV to Barstow, California

Our plans changed again in the morning: we decided that as both the more direct roads to Barstow and the Route 66 route would be equally hot, especially in the Mojave Desert, we would go the ‘proper’ way. First stop was at Las Vegas Harley Davidson for more shopping. They have a bunch of amusing […]

Tue
7
Aug '12

Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas, Nevada

After a light breakfast {cough} at Mr D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona we set off towards Las Vegas. Due to the heat, I’d earlier developed heat rashes on my arms and chest and found it better when it was really hot to wear long sleeved T-shirts and to pull the buff up to cover […]

Mon
6
Aug '12

Grand Canyon to Kingman, Arizona

The day started off with a second visit to the Grand Canyon and a different viewpoint. The fact that you could – as I did – scramble down to the edge of the Canyon itself and look over the edge of a precariously balanced boulder added to the sense of wonder at the whole shebang. […]

Sun
5
Aug '12

Holbrook, AZ to the Grand Canyon

The day started pretty badly: the Wigwam Motel doesn’t have a restaurant so it had been suggested we go to Joe & Aggie’s Café for breakfast instead as that was a real treat. Sadly, they were shut that Sunday morning, so I had to settle for a coffee and doughnut at the nearby Safeway! Anyway, our […]

Sat
4
Aug '12

Santa Fe to Holbrook, Arizona

More thunderstorms were forecast for the day, but we somehow managed to avoid them and spent the day basking in sunlight and heat as we travelled out of New Mexico via Madrid, used in the film “Wild Hogs”, and Albuquerque. Into Arizona and a bit of a treat: the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona […]

Fri
3
Aug '12

Amarillo, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our first stop of the day was the world-famous Cadillac Ranch which – if you don’t already know – is a patch of a field with a load of buried Cadillacs with their rear ends sticking out of the ground! Visitors come along and are allowed to add graffiti to the cars; every so often […]

Thu
2
Aug '12

Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Texas

Leaving Oklahoma City a short while after a much bigger group of Norwegians and Swedes, we headed off towards Amarillo (as we knew the way…), stopping by the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Then a stop for lunch at a Chinese buffet restaurant, eating with some of my new friends, Angelo and Manuel with Davide and […]