A Dam, a Bridge and a Highway

After the bright lights in Las Vegas, we headed further into the desert for more of our Route 66 road trip.  First stop was the Hoover Dam on the Nevada/Arizona border, which is an amazing feat of engineering and example of the tenacity of the human spirit.  Plus it’s a nifty photo spot.

The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam

Finally I got in the driver’s seat, and it was off down the interstate along some great roads to Lake Havasu City, to visit London Bridge which was purchased in 1968 and reassembled in the Arizona desert.  Sounds a bit stupid, but it’s now a very popular holiday spot and is well worth a visit!  But boy, was it hot, hot, hot!!  96F apparently, which is around 35C.

Nevada Interstate 93 - I was driving!

Nevada Interstate 93 - I was driving!

London Bridge in it's new home in Lake Havasu

London Bridge in it's new home in Lake Havasu

Next, Lance took the reins and it was onto Historic Route 66 for the most epic part of our journey so far, and possibly full stop.  We drove the Oatman Highway from near Lake Havasu up through Oatman and into Kingman.  The scenery was absolutely incredible, it really defies description.  We stopped in Oatman on the way which is a genuine “Wild West” type town – it looks like a scene from a movie, but it’s all real!!

Historic Route 66 - This is what it's all about!

Historic Route 66 - This is what it's all about!

Oatman looks like something from a Wild West movie, except it's genuine!!

Oatman looks like something from a Wild West movie, except it's genuine!!

Oatman was a gold rush town in the 1900's-1920's but had nearly died out by the mid 1940's.

Oatman was a gold rush town in the 1900's-1920's but had nearly died out by the mid 1940's.

The Oatman Highway inspired many of the scenes in the movie "Cars" - you can see why!

The Oatman Highway inspired many of the scenes in the movie "Cars" - you can see why!

Cute retro gas station on the Oatman Highway

Cute retro gas station on the Oatman Highway

Then finally to Kingman to our rest stop for the evening and Taco Bell for dinner.  A good rest was needed for our next adventures…

Hill Top Motel in Kingman

Hill Top Motel in Kingman

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One Response to A Dam, a Bridge and a Highway

  1. Lyn says:

    Thanks for your blog Tracey…….just love ‘coming along’ Route 66 with you all.xxx

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