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Day 7, Amarillo to Moriarty, NM

Slow day today. One segment of Old Route 66 I had planned to ride had a “Dead End” sign. And my drone did not cooperate to get footage of the gravel road out of Glenrio. But I hit some favorite spots. I always stop at Adrian, TX at the Route 66 Midpoint.
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Day 8, Moriarty NM to Springerville, AZ

Wow! What a day. I checked my weather app during the day and the wind gusts were in excess of 50 MPH and they were a cross wind. I had dust storms and fire smoke. Signs on I-40 warned of 0 visibility and advised drivers to now stop in the travel lanes. I had a tumble weed hit the windshield. So I am a little tired tonight.
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Day 6, Route 66 El Reno OK to Amarillo TX

I’m still not feeling well and I did not get any killer photos. Last year I skipped out on the dinner at Pablo Doro Canyon and I was determined to go this year. I goofed and about the time I got to the canyon my fuel light came on. Uh oh! I figured I would be fine. Once in the canyon I caught up with another group and I assumed they knew where they were going. I was wrong.
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Day 5, Route 66 in Oklahoma

The photo above sums up this day. Extremely windy, very cold and just a crappy day in general. 41 to 43° does not sound very cold but without my heated gear, I don’t think I could have handled the weather today. And I have a bad cold.
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Day 4, Dickson TN to Conway AR

The goal today was to simply get to Conway without getting drenched. The forecast was for strong winds and a 100% chance of rain by the afternoon. I left this morning at 6:30AM to beat the weather. I even got off I-40 in Memphis and rode US64 so I could travel slower and avoid the traffic when the rain hit.
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Day 3, Dickson, TN

My Mom spoiled me with some good home cooking. I had a great visit with the folks and got on the road about 7:00AM. I was riding through Menifee County when a sign caught my attention. I had all day to get to Dickson TN so I made a U turn and went back to check it out. While taking some photos a fellow parked across the road and approached me. I yelled “Howdy” and struck up a conversation.
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Day 2 NC to my Folks

So many things tried to derail this trip. A major project at work kept me insanely busy for the last three months and prevented leisurely planning for the trip, boots proved to not be water proof, gloves were not warm enough at less than 30°, electrical gremlins hit my new trailer, software problems at work kept me up until midnight last night, Laurie had a toenail ripped of by her doctor for testing that proved to be nothing, my WiFi internet router died at home, etc, etc, etc.
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Route 66

We love traveling the American West and especially old Route 66. We have visited many Route 66 sites on various trips and this blog lists them all on a single map.
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Day 20, Dewey Readmore Books the Cat, Strong Winds and RV Troubles

This day was going ok until we discovered that both rear tires on our RV had severe wear on the inside. That could only mean the rear axle was bent. I check the suspension often when we are traveling and I had noticed no problem the last time I checked. I did not know if the tire wear happened slowly and therefore we could limp home or if the problem happened in the last day or so and hence we would not make it home. The left rear tire had worn off all the tread on the inside third of the tire.
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Day 19, Black Hills of South Dakota

Laurie had never been to Mount Rushmore so we took US 16A through a couple of tunnels with grand views of Mount Rushmore. With no crowds this time of year we had no problems getting in and parking. Mount Rushmore was nice but we really enjoyed the Crazy Horse Memorial and spent several hours there. They have a very extensive museum.
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Day 17, More Yellowstone, Beautiful Vistas and Old Homestead Buildings

Today we went back to Yellowstone under clear skies and moderate temperatures with no crowds. We spotted a wolf walking down the road like he owned it and late in the day we saw a moose. A couple of the roads in Yellowstone were closed because of snow so we could not make the traditional circle loop around the park.
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Day 16, Beautiful Big Sky Country and Yellowstone

Last night we stayed in a WalMart in Butte, Montana. We stayed in this same WalMart in 2012 during our last big trip with Tucker. It had a very nice view of the snow capped mountains. We were able to hit Hardee’s (one of my favorite biscuit places) this morning and they had the loaded omelet biscuit which is no longer available in NC. Oh, it was good.
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Day 14, Snow Capped Peaks

As I said yesterday I was bummed that I did not get to drive to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park to see the snow capped mountains. But we could see some of them from the WalMart where we camped last night. We will just add Hurricane Ridge to our list of places to return to sometime (when I retire). I did not want to drive south and then north again through Seattle to get to the Cascades so we took the Port Townsend ferry to Coupeville. I had called the day before to make reservations. An 18 wheeler pulled in behind me on the ferry. It was a fun ride of about 30 minutes.
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Day 13, More Pacific Coast and Olympic National Park

This morning we said goodbye to Kathy and Gary and headed to Olympic National Park. After a couple of hours on the road we stopped for a quick break at a rest area and went into the camper. I said to Laurie as a joke that I would like to have 2 eggs scrambled, bacon and toast. She grabbed her skillet and in a few minutes I had a very nice breakfast in a rest area someplace in Washington. We love traveling in a camper with all the comforts of home.
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Day 11-12 Laurie’s Friends Kathy and Gary

Today we continued up the Pacific Coast and ended the day at Laurie’s friends home in Washougal, WA. They were the perfect hosts and had wine waiting for us. The next day Kathy treated us to the Pompeii exhibit in Portland which we loved. That afternoon Laurie and Kathy caught up while baking cookies while I took a nap.
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Day 10, Pacific Coast

Today we headed for the Pacific Coast and actually got a campsite on the beach at Tillicum Beach not long after lunch. On the way to the beach we hit another wonderful roadside cafe in Elkton called Arlene’s Cafe. The breakfast was great. The owners were from Murphy, NC.
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Day 9, Crater Lake, OR

Today was all about getting to Crater Lake. We could see the snow capped mountains long before we got to the lake. The weather was perfect and the scenery made up for the sights we missed in Death Valley because of the smoke. I was here when I was 24 years old and it still looks the same.
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Day 8, Smith Valley, NV to Susanville, CA

We had a very nice visit with Cousin Judy. The sky gets dark at night in Smith Valley, NV. Judy and I got some photos of the Milky Way. The photo above is my best attempt. The vertical haze in the photo is the Milky Way. We can’t see that from Raleigh, NC.
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Day 7, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley to Cousin Judy’s

We had high hopes for Death Valley. We planned to stay 2 days and 3 nights in the middle of the park at Stovepipe Wells. We were going to ride Ruby in the mid 80° weather that was forecasted and get some great sunrise and sunset shots. The fires in California cancelled our plans. I have been to Death Valley several times and the air has always been very clear. When we arrived the smoke was so thick there was not much to see. I did not take a single photo.
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Day 6, Peach Springs, AZ to Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley

A continental breakfast was included in the campground fee so we had coffee, juice and bagels before we left. Old Route 66 leaves I-40 near Seligman and loops north of I-40 through here to Peach Springs then back down to reconnect with I-40 at Kingman. I’ve read that Peach Springs was the inspiration for Radiator Springs in the movie Cars. We stopped to photograph a couple of abandoned motels on old Route 66 west of Peach Springs.

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