Cruisin’ Route 66 – Arizona and New Mexico

Sunday was going to be a busy day, so we started with a full breakfast from Mr D’z Diner, Kingman, Arizona, which is a gorgeous 50’s style diner with tonnes of character.

Mr D'z Diner, Kingman

Mr D'z Diner, Kingman

Looking forward to pancakes and french toast!

Looking forward to pancakes and french toast!

First stop of the day was the Hackberry General Store, which is more of a Route 66 museum and possibly one of our best stops yet.

Hackberry General Store

Hackberry General Store

Corvette at Hackberry General Store

Corvette at Hackberry General Store

After that it was a long, beautiful drive along Route 66 to Peach Springs, Arizona where we stopped at the Grand Canyon Caverns.  These are a series of caves 200+ ft under the ground, well worth a visit.

Beautiful Route 66 between Hackberry and Peach Springs

Beautiful Route 66 between Hackberry and Peach Springs

Grand Canyon Caverns - for $700 a night you can actually stay in their cavern suite!

Grand Canyon Caverns - for $700 a night you can actually stay in their cavern suite!

Then some more beautiful Route 66 driving and a quick stop in Seligman…

Route 66 between Peach Springs and Seligman

Route 66 between Peach Springs and Seligman

The Snow Cap in Seligman.  Their neon sign says "Sorry, we're open".

The Snow Cap in Seligman. Their neon sign says "Sorry, we're open".

…before diverting off the Mother Road to the Grand Canyon!  This was a must-see, obviously, and it was really amazing.  Although that was to be expected, really, I guess they wouldn’t call it the “Grand Canyon” for nothing…  We had a quick look at Mather point and then went around to Grandview point which is aptly named.

It's a canyon.  It's grand.  You get the picture...

It's a canyon. It's grand. You get the picture...

And this was the last we saw of Nathan...  Just kidding!!

And this was the last we saw of Nathan... Just kidding!!

After that it was a spirited drive via Flagstaff to find our Route 66 accommodation for the night – in the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook!!

Our car in front of our (concrete, replica) wigwam.  It was cosy and fun.

Our car in front of our (concrete, replica) wigwam. It was cosy and fun.

Words can't even express how cool this place is.  Can you see why we liked it?

Words can't even express how cool this place is. Can you see why we liked it?

On Monday I was back at the wheel, so I decided to start the week with a famous Route 66 icon: the Jack Rabbit Trading Post.

Here it is!  I found it!

Here it is! I found it!

Lance looks amused.  Jack Rabbit does not.

Lance looks amused. Jack Rabbit does not.

Then, I drove through the fascinating Petrified Forest National Park, and saw the stunning “Painted Desert”, before working on my “Driver’s Tan” on the way to Gallup, New Mexico for a lunch stop at the El Rancho Hotel.

Petrified Forest - ancient trees that have turned into rock.

Petrified Forest - ancient trees that have turned into rock.

The Painted Desert - really gorgeous, photos don't do it justice.

The Painted Desert - really gorgeous, photos don't do it justice.

El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, New Mexico

El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, New Mexico

Inside the El Rancho Hotel.  Lunch was lovely too.

Inside the El Rancho Hotel. Lunch was lovely too.

Nathan took the wheel and after a quick stop in Albuquerque (a much bigger city than we expected!!) we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a well-earned night’s sleep at the Silver Saddle Motel.

Good night, time for a rest!

Good night, time for a rest!

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5 Responses to Cruisin’ Route 66 – Arizona and New Mexico

  1. Lyn says:

    Love ‘travelling’ with you. thanks so much for all your efforts to keep us up to date

  2. Andrew says:

    Albuquerque’s home to our atomic weapons program– hence its size and population.

    Now you’ve seen the Jack Rabbit…but keep an eye out for the JACKALOPE…

    (Too bad it’s not Jackalope hunting season.)

  3. David says:

    Tracey you write so well we almost feel we are travelling along with you. We are enjoying every mile. The Grand Canyon brings back special memories for me. We hiked to the bottom slept under the stars and then hiked back the next day to Indian Gardens and slept the night there and then climbed to the top and collapsed in our tent utterly exhausted. Like you we then went to Flagstaff and after camping for over a month stayed in a motel and enjoyed a welcome shower on October 14 1977. I can remember the date because it was the day Bing Crosby died and that night the TV was saturated with Bing.
    I am looking forward to the further adventures of Tracey, Nathan and Lance as you ride East into unfamiliar territory to me.
    Keep the reports coming.

  4. Graeme Hetet says:

    Awesome pic’s guy’s – keep posting!!

  5. Michelle Robinson says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for all the descriptions and the photos 🙂

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