ROUTE 66 ~ Southern California to Mohave Valley

May 10th ~ Our journey along Route 66 begins

Typical old time hotel and cafe along Route 66

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.

Gus has joined us, but is disappointed that it is raining

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.

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.

Much of Route 66 was also labeled National Trails Hwy

“Route 66” is often painted on the highway in both directions

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!

Yep, Queen of the road!

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:

The road was a mixture of nice new pavement or…

An interesting quilt like pattern of seams

Someone was living here and had made it more homey with flowers on the porch

Scrub brush, weeds, rocks and not much else for miles and miles

And then we would come upon another abandoned building. Oh the stories it must hold.

This totem was made of trash collected along the highway. Church in background.

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.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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32 Responses to ROUTE 66 ~ Southern California to Mohave Valley

  1. The road pattern is really interesting… Lovely images.. Thanks for sharing..

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  2. Mike Alesko says:

    Prayers up for your dear friend, Joanne. I’ll be eagerly following your journey, as a Route 66 trip was on my bucket list.

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    • Thank you for your added prayers Mike. I think we will be bouncing on and off of Route 66 along the way, but curious to see as much as we can. Such history to imagine and far less traffic has been our experience so far.

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  3. By now, I am sure you have met up with the donkeys of Oatman, Joanne. They are quite humorous. Do the kids still have the no-carrots stickers on their foreheads? Did one of the donkeys manage to get its head into your window? Route 66 near Oatmeal is one of my favorite sections of the whole road. I first drove sections of the road in the 60s. –Curt

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  4. sheilsm says:

    So glad that your trip has begun! Hoping to do something similar in September! Looking forward to your informative posts and beautiful pictures!

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  5. Darlene says:

    Hubby and I drove part of Route 66 on a Honda Goldwing. It was amazing. Have fun.

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  6. hettystuart says:

    Wow, this will be an interesting read for us. When we retire, we’d like to take the time to do this Route 66 as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. nelson2021 says:

    Looking forward to your posts as we do plan – SOMEDAY – to drive all of the “mother road”!

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  8. My husband and I took a Route 66 journey (St. Louis to California) a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it! We stopped at just about every kitschy photo op along the way, and even stayed in a “teepee” at the Wig-Wam hotel. Have a great time getting your kicks on Route 66!

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  9. Really looking forward to this trip. We drove a part of Route 66 in 1990 and I well remember Oatman where we stopped for a look around and food. The road in at that time was a bit on the potholed side. The donkeys were super cute and there were lots. Looking forward to hearing if its changed at all over nearly 30 years!! Safe travels

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  10. Already, following your journey is exciting! Can’t wait for more–and I love, love, love the road quilt pattern. We’ve not been on this portion of Rt 66, but it looks so similar to what we’ve seen. Would love to travel the whole route someday–as well as other “old” highways–just take off and see where they lead us. Enjoy!

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  11. The seam patterns are really interesting. Don’t think I’d care to be living in that “house.” What a journey it will be but gas prices are high everywhere now, although they should get cheaper as you get away from the west coast. Happy to pray, too, BTW.

    janet

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  12. ralietravels says:

    I’m wondering if you saw stone “graffiti” along the roadway where kids have arranged stones in patterns on the order of “John loves Mary.” Or that may be on your route tomorrow. Oatman has become more commercial in recent years but is still fun. And I think you will find fuel prices drop as you move east. Have a great time. Do take some detours along the way to see some nearby sights. We love that part of the country and I look forward to enjoying it again in your posts.

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    • YES, we did see the stone graffiti. Tim was the one who spotted it and had to point it out to me. Boy, I sure hope to see lower prices on diesel. California always has the most expensive, so I expect you are right. We will be bouncing on and off of Route 66 to see several things that have been recommended. So many amazing places to explore 👍

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  13. Widdershins says:

    Excellent that you finally got your hands on the steering wheel. There’ll be no stopping you now! 😀

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