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  • Day14

    Von Flagstaff nach Pahrump

    August 11, 2017 in the United States

    Heute stand eigentlich nur fahren auf dem Programm. Wir wollten nach Pahrump Kilometer runterreißen und über die Route 66 und den Hoover Staudamm fahren (und natürlich runterspucken). Im Motel in Flagstaff haben wir ein richtig geiles Frühstück bekommen und das nicht für teures Geld. Also die Nacht am Grand Canyon war die teuerste und sicher nicht die Beste. Keine Frühstück, scheiß Wlan und Fernsehen. Für das Geld eigentlich ne schlechte Leistung. Bestens gestärkt und guter Dinge sind wir dann aus Flagstaff gestartet. Wir sind super durchgekommen und es war nix los auf der Straße. Und wenn wir die Strecke nochmal fahren sollten lieber über den Highway als die Route 66. Das war aus meinen Augen völlig fürn Arsch und ich habe es mir deutlich spannender vorgestellt. Naja abhaken und nicht mehr machen... So gegen 14 Uhr waren wir am Hoover Staudamm und das war der heißeste Ort auf dieser Reise an dem wir je waren. 44 Grad und null Wind oder Schatten oder sonst irgendwas das es erträglicher gemacht hätte. Selbst das Wasser aus den Trinkspendern war warm... Dort habe ich es noch geschafft zu spucken Pauline hätte am liebsten nur geweint aber selbst dafür war es zu heiß. Wir haben dann schnell paar Bilder geschossen und flott wieder zum klimatisierten Auto mit dem wir noch eine gute Stunde weiter Richtung Westen nach Pahrump gefahren. Las Vegas war wieder die Hölle los und es war echt nervig zu fahren. Dann lieber alleine hunderte Kilometer durch die Ödnis. Angekommen sind wir dann nach 320 Meilen in Pahrump bei unserem billigsten Hotel. Das Saddle West Hotel and Casino war unsere Unterkunft. Wir mussten also wieder durch ein Casino zur Rezeption aber was wir auf diesen 20 Metern gesehen haben war der Hammer. Das Durchschnittsalter war gefühlt 93 und ich habe verstanden warum die Sauerstoff in die Casinos Pumpen, nämlich damit die ganzen Rentner ihr Sauerstoffgerät auf dem Zimmer lassen können:D So viele Rollatoren und Rollstühle auf einem Haufen habe ich noch nie gesehen und ihr wisst ich habe mit dieser Materie eigentlich zu tun... Das Zimmer ist auch so groß, dass man mit dem Auto (oder eben dem Rollstohl) drin wenden könnte. Also alles bestens und das sehr billig und als Zwischenstop super geeignet. Vielleicht gehen wir ja später noch zum Bingo um das Klischee von diesem Hotel komplett zu bedienen... Jetzt liegen wir aber erst mal am Pool und entspannen bei ca 38 Grad und ich schreibe dieses Zeilen. Wir werden aber bald wieder ins Zimmer flüchten oder zumindest in einen klimatisierten Bereich da dieses Heiß/Kalt Gewechsel uns beiden nicht so gut tut. Aber nach dem Death Valley durch das wir morgen fahren sind wir ja wieder in Gefilden die Pauline vom Klima her besser gefallen. Und ich freue mich noch Mega auf den Yosemite Nationalpark. Wird bestimmt geil!Read more

  • Day21

    Who turned up the sun?

    July 19, 2017 in the United States

    Apologies for the late 'footprint'. We camped in Lake Havasu last night very much in the wilderness on the Colorado River. It was magical. We swam in the river which was heavenly in the 40° heat! I've never experienced heat like this before. It's so hot and dry it's like standing in an all over body dryer. It's bizarrely not that unpleasant. I struggled more with the heat in the cities.

    The views along our tour guided road trip through California and into Arizona were stunning with the biggest and best views to come today as we arrive at the Grand Canyon.

    The group we're with is small and friendly although Kate and I are the oldest (including the leader!). We decided between us we were going to try as many different oreo flavours as we could. This can only end badly. The adventure got off to an interesting start when we attempted to take an alternative route to a rest stop and found ourselves stuck in the dust. It took the entire group to push the mini bus out. We still think it was probably a thinly disguised bonding exercise!

    I look forward to sharing more photos with you soon.
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  • Day21

    Pow! Pow!

    September 23, 2016 in the United States

    I woke up to the wonderful voice of the fortune teller mechanical "indian" saying something I couldn't make out ... We parked in front of a gas station that had the obligatory trading post attached to it. The man working the gas station last night was very nice, we asked him about the potential of showers, and after determining that our options were too far to reach tonight in the dark, he suggested we sleep here, parked closed to the door. I guess being two girls makes people uneasy about us sleeping in a car.

    Hitting the road again, we were excited to start the "longest remaining section of route 66" which hasn't been converted to a highway. Because of its length on a map, Jack believed we could only make it Kingman by sunset, where we were just told by the nice man was our next truck stop with showers. My shower will have to wait until tonight, apparently. Turns out, the Arizona desert doesn't have too many towns along it's route... I was at Kingman by noon, just in time for a mid-day shower. This shower, at the Flying J, was wonderful! Much like our last experience at the Flying J, we payed for one shower, 12$, no time limit, and we both headed in. The first time, the lady at the cash actually offered us to only take the one shower, and then radio'd the cleaner to bring us an extra towel, she was great. This time, the cleaner was in front of our little shower room, and offered us this second towel as he saw us heading in. I found myself wondering - is this what gendered privilege feels like? I highly doubt two men, walking into the Flying J, get offered two towels and one shower. Just some thoughts. In this line of thought, I'm amazed that I have yet to be mis-gendered ! I wore my baseball cap for the last 2 days, a hoodie, and lose jeans, and I'm still not being mis-gendered. I don't get it. I got so used to having both genders thrown at me that this girl only thing is throwing me off... The only people to have argued over my gender in front of me on this trip were tourists in St-Louis. What is different here vs back in Ottawa? Or everywhere else in the world where if I want to pass as a girl I puff my chest and speak in a higher voice...

    We passed desert, and more desert, lined with magnificent mountains with pointy peaks and shadows of even larger peaks. As non existent the towns were, it was beautiful. We passed some ghost towns, what I would consider looked more like a single abandoned gas station or a motel, was apparently once thriving towns along 66. This route has shown us what the true rural, decaying America looks like when off the main highways. Forgotten old towns, left with populations of the 3 or 4 people braving the dry isolation. Amongst these forgotten towns was the not-so-forgotten Seligman. Two men in this town apparently refused to see it die with the traffic almost entirely disappearing after the construction of the I-40. They fought to start and founded the Arizona Route 66 Association (first of its kind) and lobbied for their section of route 66 to be recognized as a historic byway. One of these men was Angel Delgadillo. He spent most of his older life fighting to promote his town from his barbershop / 66 museum. This town had at least 7 or 8 main street establishments fully embracing the route 66 idea of old 40s charm and nik-naks. I can't really describe this town, but check out the photos. Diners with yards full of completely random things like a phone booth with a scarecrow inside, and old cars with cutouts of Elvis in them, or mannequins hanging out on the roof tops of the bar... My kind of place. Loved it.

    Having made it to Kingman so early, we suddenly got really excited at the possibility of making it to Oatman for a gun show, which according to our guide book, is at 1.30pm. So we sped through Kingman, a relatively large town with plenty of neon signs, old motels and cool looking diners to make it for the gun show! Quick stop over to get Jack a milkshake that she's been craving for days now, best coffee milkshake ever out of a really cool 50s looking diner. The road ahead was twisting and turning around cliffs edges, in the incredible peaks from early. I quickly realized I could not make good timing on this, so we gave up the idea of the gun show and just enjoyed the ride. Stopped at a few view points to stare at incredible views. The landscape isn't like anything I've ever seen, dry sand ground with green scrubs and tiny cacti.

    Making it to Oatman past 1.30pm, I had all given up on my gun show... that is until I saw a sign saying it was 2.15pm. I kid you not - I looked at the sign, then looked at my phone for the time, and my phone said 2.16pm. The excitement I felt at that point in time was unmeasurable! This is the funniest town yet, a town that was a ghost town for a few years until they decided fuck it, let's do something that will attract the randoms of 66. So they transformed whatever was left of the main street buildings and created new ones, all in the theme of the wild west. Saloons, cowboys, wild donkeys roaming the streets (legit, wild donkeys). And of course - a gun show. Two grown men, who go out in the middle of the street, dressed like cowboys (I really think this is their everyday look, but who knows), one pretended to be a sheriff, the other an outlaw. Sheriff brings money to the bank as a trap for the outlaw. Outlaw steals the money. At this point the outlaw is killing time in the street because the sheriff isn't showing up, starts making jokes about the sheriff not doing his job, or getting lost along the way. Finally the sheriff shows back up, obviously confused that he had missed his cue to re-enter the scene. They have a stand off in the street, and POW POW! Sheriff shoots the outlaw. Blanks of course. So terrible, so hilarious. The final shot that was supposed to kill the outlaw was kind of weak, not loud, so the outlaw goes "that wasn't loud enough", shoots his gun into the air for a louder bang, then falls to the ground. Too good. Probably my favorite experience so far. The only downside were the amount of tourists in the town. So far, we've crossed a few route 66 tourists here and there, obviously crossing many at the Grand Canyon yesterday. Here, the streets were full of them. The next "town" with a suggested stop, Hackberry, had a gas station and general store along the main, and only that. Their gas station was overflowing with tourists - bikers on old harleys, tour buses, you name it, stopped at this old gas station taking photos of their old classic cars. Seeing as we've seen plenty just like this in the east end of the route, we skipped it. Where did they all come from?

    We managed to get so much road done today, not because we skipped anything, but because that's all there was, road. No towns, no stores, no funny museums, just road. The tourists that filled Oatman and Hackberry are no longer in sight. We crossed into California! Our last state... Bitter sweet moment. I'm happy and proud we made it this far. Jack and I haven't killed each other yet, although we've come close a couple times. When you decide to spend a month in a car, sleeping, spending most of your day in this car, 2 feet away from your partner, you are bound to have some not so pleasant moments. I must say, with the exception of a rougher 4 day stint, we found our grove and are having a blast! Our "disagreements" often stem from us getting lost, or commenting on each other's driving skills. Route 66 no longer actually exists as a road, therefore following written out directions or a map leads to many wrong turns and "I think this is it" moments. We've managed to avoid using the internet or electronics for the most part. One of us drives, the other directs, and we switch the next day. At the end of a day driving, I'm ready to take the passenger seat and direct, which has its own challenges and annoyances, which makes me ready to drive the day after! Even setting up the car, we found our system which works. I grab the garbage on my front seat, she gets the cooler and goodies box. She then helps me bring the plywood board forward, and goes to the trunk to set up the box there while I hang the drapes up. The system is the same every night, and we're getting incredibly efficient with it! The car is doing great and continues to feel like home. I haven't felt too rushed or pushed for time, and here we are, crossing our last state line before the end of Route 66.

    The road is entirely empty. It's just us and the mountains and the dry land. The "towns" suggested by our guide book quite literally only had one thing running, be it the closed-at-the-time museum in Goff or Ray's gas station in Amboy. The travel guide even suggested a stop in Essex, what he calls an establishment: It consisted of 5 abandoned mobile homes and a closed gas station. After all this road, we stopped our journey in Ludlow today, or just before it. Who knows, we stopped at the first gas station we saw that was open, but considering today, this might be the town! As far as I remember from my readings, it is legal to sleep in your car in the state of California, so it doesn't really matter where we sleep, but this gas station with our now friends the Truck Drivers, seems like the safest choice. Good night.
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  • Day5

    Hoover Staudamm

    January 6 in the United States

    Anschließend haben wir uns auf dem Weg zum Hoover Staudamm begeben und sind begeistert.
    Unglaublich was bereits 1931 - 1935 möglich war - und die Fertigstellung war 2,5 Jahre früher als geplant 😉 das muss heute mal einer hinbekommen. 😝

    Leider ist der Wasserstand momentan sehr niedrig.

  • Day41

    Lake Havasu und der 4. Juli

    July 4, 2017 in the United States

    Okee. Welch surreale Welt. Wir sind auf dem Boot von Ryans Onkel Mike und genießen das erfrischende Nass bei über 40 Grad. Der See liegt mitten in der Wüste und die Stadt darum herum ist ein Ort für Boots- und Ferienhausbesitzer. Im Kanal, in welchem übrigens die alte London Bridge steht (Fun Facts with Ryan weiter unten), tummeln sich Boote neben Boote. Eines grösser als das andere mit crazy People oben drauf. Es wird gesoundet, getanzt und natürlich getrunken von morgens bis abends und das das ganze Wochenende lang. Proscht! ;)

    London Bridge
    This London Bridge was completed in 1831 as they replaced the old one which was too narrow.
    As time passed, the new bridge began sinking at the rate of an inch (3 cm) every eight years. By 1924, the east side of the bridge was some three to four inches (9-12 cm) lower than the west side. The bridge had not been designed to withstand 20th century automotive traffic.
    In 1967, the Common Council of the City of London began to look for potential buyers for the London Bridge. Lake Havasu City founder and entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch placed the winning bid of $2,460,000.
    Each block was meticulously numbered before the bridge was disassembled. The blocks were then shipped overseas through the Panama Canal to California and trucked from Long Beach to Arizona. 
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  • Day29

    Route 66

    January 15 in the United States

    Today was a get up early and go day again and a seven hour drive from Grand Canyon, Arizona to Anaheim, LA. We finally made it to the place were Disneyland is and we are going there tomorrow.

You might also know this place by the following names:

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