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Nov 14, 2006 - The Mother Road

Leaving Mojave, we followed State Highway 58 to Barstow, then stayed pretty much to Interstate 40 all the way to Needles. Well, we did have a little disagreement with Sister Mary Raphael (that's the friendly name for our GPS software on the computer) because she didn't seem to recognize the new addition to CA 58 and kept telling us were "off route," and trying to get us to make a U-turn in the middle of the highway, but we got that straightened out. As we turned onto I-40 at Barstow, we were greeted by an official highway sign reading...

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Oct 18, 2006 - California, Here We Come

We drove on I-40 through Arizona. We had on road music—the Eagles Greatest Hits. As we went through Winslow, AZ, the song Take It Easy was playing. We looked for that self-absorbed young man standing on a corner, but we did not see him. You probably know the lines from Take It Easy: I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, Such a fine sight to see. When a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, Turns around to take a look at me. We drove through Flagstaff. There was no snow, but a sweater felt good. As we descended to Kingman, it became...

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The Kyser Chronicles

Aug 17, 2006 - Laughlin, NV

We spent three days in Laughlin doing much of nothing. The temp reached 110 degrees each day and it was so hot we did not want to leave the motor home. We did take a ride up a section of old route 66 to a ghost mining town. It was not much to see, but when they closed down the gold mines they left the burros behind. As a result there were burros walking around the town begging for food. They were all very cute, but you can imagine what a bunch of burros walking on the street can leave behind. Needless to say we did not have lunch there. The...

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May 11, 2006 - Laughlin and Bullhead City

Left Mojave to head further south. Came across a farm of windmills which was kinda neat. Came to a junction of 395 with hundreds of trucks coing from all directions. We were headed for Laughlin to spend a couple of days. Stopped to get some food at a safeway and let the dog out. She was moving her paws constantly until we realized they were burning on the asphalt. Went to one RV park and they didn't allow dogs. Found another one on the hill in Bullhead looking over Laughlin. Drove into Laughlin in the evening where Linda got instruction...

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Arizona

Feb 5, 2006 - Laughlin, NV and surrounding area

Just before we left Brenda, we added these moose to the graphics on the Montana. I guess we are hoping to see the real thing when we get to Alaska. On the way to Laughlin, we went through the town of Parker, AZ. It was just two years ago when we were here last and we couldn't believe the growth. It is a real pretty area that is right on the Colorado River with California being across the way. As we drove further north we came to Lake Havasu City, AZ. This is the place that they moved the London Bridge to about 30 years or more ago. Except...

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The Beginning

Jan 17, 2006 - Laughlin, NV

Today we only drove as far as Laughlin, NV - about 90 miles. Laughlin is a town made up of casinos ranging on one street running parallel to the Colorado River. It lies on the West Side of the river and across the river is Bullhead City, AZ. We spent only one night here at the Riverside Casino RV Park. This is one huge park with over 700 spots. We did a little bit of gambling, but the best thing about our evening here was the tour of the Riverside Casinos Classic Car Collection. There were about 50 cars in the collection as well as about 30...

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Jan 13, 2006 - Bullhead, AZ

I'm in AZ to visit with Gary and Gerri for a few days and have access at the Best Western. I have phone service if you need to reach me. I will be taking some photos of the area and posting them later. When I leave here I plan to head to Quartzite (some place my dad said to see) and from there toward New Mexico with some stops along the way.

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Garuba Nomad

Nov 6, 2005 - Desert Beauty

Barstow was a very nice surprise. I had not planned to do anything except spend the night and then leave, but I discovered that Barstow contains a very well-preserved "Harvey House." Built in 1910, the Casa del Desierto in Barstow is a beautiful structure that was built as a Harvey House. Remember "The Harvey Girls," the movie with Judy Garland? Fred Harvey created the first restaurant and hotel chain in the late-nineteenth century to provide quality food and hospitality to Santa Fe Railway passengers. The Harvey House, as it is popularly...

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Nov 1, 2005 - Heading for the Colorado River

Packed up and got an early start for the drive to Laughlin Nevada and the Colorado River. Most of the trip was in the high mountain desert and was a very remote route. "Next Services - 110 Miles" Got a nice spot in a county park on the east side of the river in Bullhead City, AZ. which overlooks the water. The crystal clear river has a significant current as it exits the dam just to the north of us and flows south to the Colorado Aqueduct that supplies Nevada and southern California with water. The west side of the river 1/2 a mile south of...

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Oct 26, 2005 - New Mexico and Arizona

New Mexico, as with the year before, greeted us with rainbows in the sky and in the clouds. An absolutely beautiful place, though poverty seems rampant. Driving through some of the last stretches of Route 66 (that haven't been swallowed up by interstate 40), we traveled through some intensely desolate yet striking areas... My favorite stretch was in NW Arizona, where we climbed up and over a mountain pass on a narrow cliff road with 15 mph. switchbacks. Our brakes were smoking by the end of it. At the peak we stopped for a bit to enjoy...

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Oct 1, 2005 - Albuquerque NM to Bullhead City AZ

The night was short and I was up at 4 a.m. to head to the Balloon Fiesta grounds before sunrise. At 5 a.m., the Fiesta grounds had all of the appearance of a night-time carnival midway and folks were lined up to buy food and souvenirs. I have to admit that watching people eat funnel cakes at 5 a.m. was a bit disgusting. Just before sunrise, about 15 balloons took off to the cheers of thousands. Since it was still fairly dark, the balloons glowed against the horizon as they flew off. Just after sunrise, the mass ascension of balloons began....

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Aug 25, 2005 - High School homecoming - Bullhead City, Arizona

Bullhead City, AZ / Laughlin NV / Needles, CA = Mohave Valley I moved here my senior year in high school and graduated at Mohave High. At first, I hated the desert, after spending my previous years in the green hills of Oklahoma, but I soon learned how to discover the secrets of the desert and thus began a lifelong love for the wide open spaces covered in sand and cactus. Sadly, I wasn't able to be in AZ for my high school reunion and so I decided I would pass through and see how the place had changed since my last visit years before. The...

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