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Caliente Nevada

Posted in Rides with tags on May 3, 2009 by MrZip66
H took the beer holster, ready to drrrrrrink

H took the beer holster, ready to drrrrrrink

My 2 closest friends of 25 years went riding this weekend.   Not a long way, but 120 miles away out in the middle of nowhere in a small canyon town of Caliente Nevada.      I like to ride longer distances, but when old friends want to ride at all I’ll take what I can get.  the company was great, the weather was perfect and the beer flowed.

On the Road to Caliente

On the Road to Caliente

Harrison and Justin are just great friends.    We went to high school together, and have seen our share of shit in 25 years.   We rode out, played pool, drank beer and enjoyed each others company.    It was a great weekend.

Caliente is a small railroad town out in the middle of nowhere in Nevada.    The population is about 1,000 people.    The Knotty pine is an outstanding bar, and the beer and food are cheap, so it’s become a bit of an easy overnighter for my friends and I.

Hackberry Arizona – Route 66

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66

By the time I hit Crozier canyon/Hackberry I knew I had one more picture in me and I knew what I wanted.   Unfortunately, the winds were picking up, my shutters on my camera apparantly were hanging, and I just knew I needed to get home.   I could see heavy clouds forming in the direction of Kingman and Las vegas, and I had 5 hours ahead of me without rain gear.    I took the last 2 pictures of my trip haphazardly and then opened it up to get home.

hackberry-route-66-11

hackberry-route-661

From Hackberry, I rode into kingman feeling confident I’d make it home dry so I went into Denny’s  on Route 66 and ordered me a superbird and several cups of coffee.   In that 45 minutes, the clouds became dark and heavy and I questioned whether I should get a room in Kingman for the night.    I need to buy rain gear.   The fact that it was cold and I knew rain would freeze me to my bike faster than the movie Dumb and Dumber, I had second thoughts.   I said screw it, I’d deal with it as it happened.
It rained all around me.  In front of me, and behind me, and I only got a little wet.   Spring break traffic was rough near hoover Dam, but at the end I made it home dry and ahead of Robyn.

I’m so freaking glad to have my Street Glide back.   I love it like one of my kids.

Truxton Arizona – Route 66

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66
Frontier Motel

Frontier Motel

I passed through Peach springs and Valentine to get to the cool neon warmth of The Frontier Cafe in Truxton Arizona.    Truxton is a pretty new route 66 town by most standards.     It came about as a hotel and cafe in 1951 when Donald Dilts built it to take advantage of the traffic that passed by this part of the highway.  The name of the town comes from the Beale Camel Expedition when Lieutennant Ned Beale stopped at the spring here in 1857 and named the town after one of his relatives.    After the Motel and Cafe was built, other businesses started to spring up.

Frontier Motel, Truxton Route 66

I’ve seen the sign have better days, but not long ago a route 66 preservation fund of one sort or another raised some money to get it painted, and cleaned it up.    I tried to wait for the hanging signs to swing horizontally for a picture, but 45 degrees was better than 90 so thats all I could get from the wind Gods who were in force today.

Truxton Cafe

Truxton Cafe

I was hoping to get some breakfast here as well, but soon realized route 66 doesn’t wake up in this neck of the woods till noon.   It was getting windier, cumulous clouds were forming, and I knew I needed to get to Kingman so I could start to head north and have the 35 mile per hour winds to my back.    I was riding sideways by this point.

I have always passed Truxton and not spent alot of time here, which is a shame.   I’m usually done with waiting from visiting the grand Canyons and ready to make miles and haven’t stopped to appreciate this cool route 66 town.   I’d have loved to see it in its heyday.   I can imagine with a stream of steady 50’s, 60’s and 70’s traffic this place could sling hash and pour coffee not to mention keep its rooms full.   If it we’re ever open when I was there, I’d book a room and enjoy some time here because I’d imagine it would be a cool experience.

Grand Canyon Caverns Route 66

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66
The Caverns Inn!

The Caverns Inn!

I’ve been going to the grand canyon caverns since 1991, but had never eaten there.    I left Seligman thinking I’d get breakfast there, and the signs on the way up the road to the caverns sayd they’d have it there for me.   Not so, not untill 10, and it was 9.    I took a couple pictures and headed down the road.   I understand.   I’m just glad they serve food at all, and stay in business.   They’ll do what they have to do.   Someday I’ll actually have food there.

Seligman Arizona Route 66 Camping

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66

As I rode past williams, got Gas in Ash Fork (which I wanted to ride a little more but will next run), I headed down crookton road and into seligman.   The music sounded sweet, my hands were cold and the wind was gusting.   The sun was also setting and I didn’t really care because I knew where I was spending the night, and it was at a place I’d visited 20 years earlier.   The heart of route 66 Arizona, and the place where the revival of the mother road started:  Seligman Arizona.

I’d passed by the KOA in Seligman for years, and it just looked stark and treeless.   I knew I had to stay there, because I’d packed a tent and it would just make sense.     So I did.   I knew beforehand from reading the KOA site that the proprietor was a hockey fan, but when I showed up this sat prominently on her desk:

Sidney Crosby, Troy Polamalu & Marc Andre Fleury

Sidney Crosby, Troy Polamalu & Marc Andre Fleury

I knew she was quality people.   We immediately hit it off.   We talked about the penguins and the steelers seasons.   She was awesome, and moved from the Burgh’ to Florida, then came here on a visit and bought the Seligman KOA.    She’d cleaned it up a bunch, the bathrooms were straight up immaculate.    After we bitched about the old coach, cheered on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and talked about how theres a terrible towel in the Snow Cap, I went out set up my tent just as the sun set.     Ahhh, It felt good to know where I was sleeping.

Seligman KOA with the Street Glide

Seligman KOA with the Street Glide - Home for the night...

After I got the tent set up and I was situated, I rode the 2 miles to the other end of town to get me some chicken fried steak and I slowly rode through town to get some night pictures of the neon signs, just like I’d pictured when I first thought of this trip.   Not a ton of neon, but I got what I could:

Route 66 Motel

Route 66 Motel

Supai Motel

Supai Motel

Stagecoach 66 MO E

Stagecoach 66 MO E

That night, I sat in my tent and had intended to post on my blog, but forgot the password for the wi-fi, so I watched a few episodes of Sons Of Anarchy on my laptop and fell asleep by midnight, assisted by a few snoots of Tennessee whiskey I’d bought at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post.    My first day in 3 months with the street glide kicked pure ass.    It was smooth, and quite honestly I couldn’t be happier to ride again.    I knew tomorrow was going to be colder than a witches tit in a brass bra, but what the hell.   I’d figure it out.   I just had to beat the storms that we’re coming inveitably and get home.

Bellemont Arizona Route 66

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66

Bellemont is another great route 66 place for me.   It’s only 10 miles from Flagstaff, and I’ve stopped here often as it’s the only harley dealership till Kingman.    There’s also a bar and grill next door that’s really clean and big, so I stopped in for a beer as it was the afternoon and I needed a Guinness.

No Vacancy Sign, from the 1969 Movie "Easy Rider"

No Vacancy Sign, from the 1969 Movie "Easy Rider"

Right over the pool tables is another reason I came into Bellemont.    Have you seen Easy Rider?  If you haven’t, then X out of your browser, shut off your computer and run down to hollywood video and rent it.   It’s a classic.   Not only did it change the movie industry, its got some of the best riding scenes with some of the best music around.   At the start of the movie, right after the credits Wyatt and Billy go to get a room at the Pine Breeze inn after riding all day, and the man comes out, takes a look at them then closes the door and turns on the sign above.    Thats the very sign from the movie, and I had to see it.       The people here are one of a kind.   I walk in from out of nowhere, and at least 3 people came up and introduced themselves and we talked.   The bartender was even very nice and listened to my stories.    Theres just a good feeling here.    I’d love to be here with Mrs Zip on a friday night.    That’ll happen.

I stayed for a couple brewskis then took a few pictures and headed on down the road.    It was getting colder and windier.

Before I left, I had to come get a picture of the Pine Breeze Inn, from the movie Easy Rider again.

I’ve got other pictures here, from a previous visit last year with some screenshots from the movie.

The Pine Breeze Inn

The Pine Breeze Inn

Click Here to See the entire route from the 1969 Movie Easy Rider

Parks Arizona – Route 66

Posted in Rides, Route 66 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by MrZip66

After twin Arrows, I realized I was running out of daylight and there was thing I wanted to see.    I spend alot of time in flagstaff and have ridden it a dozen times, so I stayed in 1-40.   Doing so, I bypassed winona as well.   No biggie.   I’ll come this way again.   I seem to always find a way to get down this way.

Parks Arizona, Route 66

Parks Arizona, Route 66

So I ran through Parks.   Parks is an interesting place, as its chock full of route 66 alignments going all over the place.   At least 3 different ones.  My family and I come down to parks fairly often with the RV because it’s close to flagstaff, and the weather in always nice and cool and in the forest.   I love parks.   It’s just got a good feeling, and although I know that “I wasn’t born to follow” video from easy rider was filmed 30 miles south of here, that song always goes through my head because the scenery looks the same.   Parks is just cool and I never bypass it.

The store in parks is especially interesting.   I’ve seen it go from abandoned, to used to now being abandoned and for sale again, but it’s always survived.   In 1931 route 66 went from one side of the store to the other, and so they just changed the frontage and front door.    Not far from here theres other alignments from the 20’s with some pretty cool culverts I’ve taken pictures of from 20 years ago that I’ll scan and post sometime.   In the meantime, I love this section of route 66.   It just feels like home somehow.