May 10th ~ Our journey along Route 66 begins
We did not get quite as early of a start this morning as I had hoped, but after cleaning out the refrigerator and loading a few final items, we got out the door at 9:30. A stop to fuel up where we are still in sticker shock that diesel is over $4 a gallon, quick last minute grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for a couple of items, we were finally on our way.
It takes a bit more planning when you are going to be away for seven weeks.
Taking the freeway until we got to Victorville was simply a matter of convenience. It was there that we left the traffic behind and rolled back the clock to the mid 20th century, pulling onto Route 66.
“U.S. Route 66 or U.S. Highway 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).” ~ Wikipedia
Route 66 overlaps with National Trails Highway which originates on the East Coast.
For most of the way, we were the only vehicle on the road. In fact, since it was so quiet, and the road was straight, I got brave enough to drive Ellie Mae for the first time!
I probably only drove for about 10 miles, but the curse has been removed, and now I feel confident that I could drive if the need arose.
Here are a few pictures taken today to give a quick peak into what it looks like driving through the Mohave Desert:
We decided to overnight at Moon River RV Resort in Mohave Valley which is not too far from our first planned stop tomorrow in the town of Oatman, AZ. It is rumored that wild donkeys, left from the gold mining days roam the street.
Please join us as we continue further east.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today we are especially grateful for our health and that we are fit enough to be on this journey together. A dear, longtime friend just advised us yesterday that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Our hearts are heavy as we contrast how fortunate we are vs the battle that he is facing. If you are the praying type, we would appreciate you throwing your thoughts and voice towards the heavens that he will receive the treatment necessary to wipe out this dreaded disease. Thank you.