We start today the third day of our Route 66. We will make the Amboy-Kingman stretch. We have gone too far in our Route 66 project and there’s no turning back. We have 2800 miles in front of us, and 11 days of road ahead. So take it easy and enjoy what you’re going to see and live, because it really worths the trip.
Today will be the first time we cross a state. We’ll be crossing from California to Arizona. You’ll see that every time you cross a state, There’s a sign with the state name and the slogan of the new state. Also, on the border, there’s a kind of installation to make inspections, it’s especially for trucks and there’s nothing to worry about. But be careful! speed limits vary from state to state, so be alert. In fact, Western states have usually a speed limit of 75 mph, except California that has 70 and Utah that has 80, two states you are going to cross. While the eastern states have a speed limit of 70.
We start day 3. Amboy-Kingman
Today we begin the Amboy-Kingman stretch, which is one of the shortest of our planning, it has only 143 miles. This is because in this Route 66 stretch we have planned to deviate toward Colorado Natural Park and river and you can enjoy the view to then be able to stop in Oatman, a village that is at least curious. But let’s go in order, if not, things get complicated easy.
After having a generous and satisfying breakfast at Roy’s (ask anything, It’ll be generous anyway), we follow up on Route 66, you are in the original design of the route. I took it calmly, as I had no rush at all, I suggest you to do the same. We’re toward Goffs, there is nothing in the landscape but desert. You’ll find a gas station that also had a restaurant, currently abandoned, the Roadrunners Restaurant. There are 52 miles to Goffs.
Laughlin and Colorado River
We continue on Route 66 until we reach the 95, which is the road that takes you to Las Vegas. This is where we turn towards Las Vegas north, as soon as we cross the border with Nevada turn right in the 163 towards Laughlin, here you can enjoy the scenery and relax as long as you want, you will see the Colorado River and the natural Park. From Laughlin go down through the 95 (careful this is not the highway but a road) to Needles, through Fort Mojave and Mojave Valley.In Needles you can look over the village on the main street called Broadway. You should visit the Old Trails Inn, a hotel from the 30’s called at the beginning Palms Hotel, you can also see an Historic Women’s Clubhouse and Needles Borax Wagon. You will see many buildings of those times, like the fire station, the Needles Transfer or “El Garces”.
From Needles to Topock. Final Destination Kingman
Keep on driving from Needles to Topock. To do that you follow Broadway St till you leave Needles and instead merge onto I-40, keep on 95 until just after the Needles airport there’s an exit that is the Five Mile Road, you should go through the Five Mile Road as if you were to I-40. But the Route 66 continues right by the side of I-40. You will reach the Regional Park Moabi, consisting of lakes that feed the Colorado River. You’ll need to cross the Colorado River on I-40 (here you cross state) and just exit to take Route 10 which leads to Oatman and Kingman. If you can, you have time and you would like to, enjoy the lakes, they are amazing and you’ll see very few people.
To go to Kingman, you have two ways, the one I recommend you is slower but the most beautiful and entertaining, on the other hand can go using I-40. As you see. I followed the one I I liked, that is, Route 10 to Oatman and then Kingman.
We reach Oatman, just before Kingman
If you keep along route 10 you will reach Oatman. Oatman is an old mining town that has been preserved as it is, since the days of the American West. It is a curious village, where donkeys are free in the streets without problems, you will see many. You have to watch out at what time you arrive to Oatman, from 15:00 everything is closed. You’ll also find characters who emulate the American west people and a saloon which it’s wallpaper is made with US dollar bills. To get to Oatman take the road that climbs the mountains which are not very high, actually. When you leave Oatman you’ll find on one side of the road a group of white crosses placed in memory of the pioneers searching gold and fortune that died in the attempt. You’ll also see an abandoned mine called Goldroad, when I was there two old men were looking for gold in this mine and living there, I don’t know if they’re still there. Right after that you’ll see a souvenir shop which is quite curious, it is called Cool Springs Cabin, you can buy a souvenir there if you like.
We only have to go through the black mountains to reach Kingman. During this section you are going to find a great point to stop and enjoy the view. When we where there, two bikers who appeared to have just walked out from Sons of Anarchy they stopped just with us, we had to take a picture, asking permission first, of course. I love that bike!!
And we got to Kingman. At Kingman is one of several museums of Route 66, it closes at five, so if you don’t have the time to see it today, you can do it tomorrow morning.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”. – Mark Twain
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