Barry CarawayWHERE TO RIDE

I would like to tell you about one of my favorite sections of Route 66 in Arizona. It is the 53 miles from just South of Topock at I-40 to Kingman that goes through Oatman. I don’t know what it is about Old Route 66 that intrigues me so much. But for some reason, when I see that brown and white sign that says “Historic US 66”, it really gets me excited.

The 24 miles from I-40 to Oatman on Route 66 meanders through the desert full of twists and blind hills while approaching the mountains. As I tried to fully take in the moment, click pictures AND keep my mind on this wandering road through the middle of the Mojave desert, I couldn’t help but think what it must have been like back in the 1930’s in the middle of Summer with no air conditioning and automobiles that probably weren’t suited for traveling in this type of climate

Next stop was Oatman, AZ at 2700 feet in elevation where we were greeted by a couple of wild burros at the entrance to town, a momma and her very cute 3 week old baby.

The crown jewel of the trip for me commonly known back in the day as the Gold Road. We continued N. on Route 66 the next 29 miles to Kingman through narrow roads, steep grades and hairpin turns snaking our way up and around the twisty mountain road, passing old mines and burial grounds before cresting at Sitgreaves Pass at 3550 feet in elevation. This section of Route 66 was commonly known as the most treacherous of the entire route. In my opinion this is the best part of the route. It is an awesome and very fun road to ride with many great views. Be sure to do this part of the route.

There are still many Route 66 sites to see in Kingman. Don’t miss that. I would highly recommend putting this route on your list of things to do in Arizona. It is a great nostalgic ride that will take you through some interesting scenery along the way.

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Barry Caraway

May 12, 2017    Where To Ride