Posted on December 19 2022
Good 'ol Route 66!
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
It's the final day or our weekend ride with the Laidlaw crew, and time to begin the journey home from the beautiful hillside town of Jerome, Arizona. With a couple of very wet days prior, we were excited to get a break from the heavy downfall and enjoy some clear skies and the crisp, cool Arizona air. The goal for the day was to make it all of the way back home to our respective areas, mostly within Los Angeles which is just under 500 miles with some back road detours and time on Route 66 along the way.
We started off the day eating a quick breakfast at the Jerome Grand Hotel, then loaded up to make our way towards Seligman. The ride out of Jerome was a great one, and although there was some very heavy fog cruising out of town, once we got out of the canyon it all cleared up and we got some good time in the sunshine. There were some dark and gloomy sections along the way, but an enjoyable ride nevertheless.
We rolled into one of our favorite Route 66 Towns, Seligman just before noon and made our way to the RoadKill Cafe, which we covered on our "Route 66 Legacy" Docu-Series last year! It's a great family owned business with tons of great food to choose from and the group really seemed to enjoy their meals and break from the chilly weather.
Our next stop on the way to Kingman would be the Hackberry General Store, which is an iconic tourist stop along Route 66. We hung out for a while and showed the crew some neat history throughout the property then saddled up for the next stretch to Kingman!
We pulled into Kingman at 3:30pm to go check out the visitor's center and snap some pics by their Route 66 sign, making for a quick stop before the stretch to Oatman. One of our favorite stops on Route 66 is Cool Springs Station, which has tons of neat Route 66 and Native American history. We also had an episode on that section in our docu-series, so make sure to check it out if you haven't already!
The stretch between Cool Springs and Oatman, Arizona along Route 66 is known as the 'Arizona Sidewinder' and does not disappoint! Also known as Sitgreaves Pass, this 22 mile section of road is full of tight turns, elevation change, and has no shortage of mountainous desert scenery throughout. It brought us right into the unincorporated town of Oatman, where we would enjoy some beverages before our final 300 miles home. It was great to share stories from the trip with the rest of the group and reflect on an interesting weekend of riding.
We stuck together for most of the ride home, then went our separate ways when we hit Palmdale to take the Pearblossom highway.
Overall, it was a great way to end an eventful weekend of exploring Arizona on two wheels, and we were glad to have been able to make it out with a great group of dudes!