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Into California

January 27, 2009

Sitgreaves Pass, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…We stayed on old Route 66 today for a good part of the morning. I must say, it must be the most beautiful part. The winding road over the mountains from Kingman to Oatman is spectacular. The way the road clings to the hillside reminded me of the Gap of Dunloe in Ireland…a spot that keeps you asking “where are the guardrails.” The mix of mountains and dessert is a great combination.

We stopped in the old mining town of Oatman, Az. It calls itself the ghostown that never died…and I think that’s a pretty good description. It maintains its Old West personal infused with lots of trinket shops. We enjoyed a generous ice cream at Sweet Sally’s in the Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon.

In the hotel, we spotted a sign, introducing us to the Irish ghost who has taken up residence. Also of note is that the bar is completely lined with dollars posted by patrons…there must be thousands of dollars clinging to those walls.

From Oatman, we made our way to Lake Havasu, AZ. Not only is it an RV Mecca, it’s also home of the London Bridge…the real London Bridge. It was packed up and rebuilt in here in the 1960s. Crazy, but cool.

When it was time to cross into California, we reached a fruit and vegetable inspection point. Uh-oh, we had a whole bag of grapefruit and lemons from Jim’s neighbor. We pulled up and waited for our goods to be confiscated. From inside the glass building, we saw a woman approach the door, she waved to us and gestured for us to carry on…I guess our contraband wasn’t so detrimental.

Once we crossed into California, the terrain leveled off and were driving across flat sandy land surrounded by red and brown mountains. Still beautiful, but much more subdued.

We spent the night in Banning. It’s close to Palm Springs where my uncle lives, but since we have next week scheduled with him, we opted not to crash at his place since we’ll be taking off early the next morning.

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