Started here:

Lake Havasu City, AZ
Missing States I
Day 9 - Sunday, May 14, 2006
Ended here:

Winslow, AZ

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In the interest of full disclosure, I gotta tell you that, although it states above we stopped in Winslow, AZ, we're not there yet. Right now we're in Flagstaff, AZ. I happened upon a great Free-Spot Wi-Fi connection and, since there's so many pix today, figured I'd get this updated for y'all. We'll drive to Winslow (50 miles) after that. You may be saying, "Gee, Charlie, why don't you just stay in Flagstaff tonight?" We could, there's a Wally World just down the street. Except, according to a fellow FReeper who lives here, camping in a van like we do is illegal here. An attempt no doubt to "deal" with the homeless problem. That's okay Flagstaff. I'm happy to "borrow" some free bandwidth from you and I'll wait till we get to Winslow to buy my supper.

The Navigator always has a trick up his sleeve. This morning, first thing after coffee, he asked me to pull over and close my eyes for five seconds. Knowing that trying to convince him otherwise would be impossible, I did as he requested. BLAM, we were in England looking at the London Bridge. Don't believe me? Check the second, third and fourth pix below. Then he asked me to close my eyes again and BLAM, we were back in Lake Havasu City and I was looking for a men's room to get rid of the morning coffee. That Navigator really outdoes himself sometimes.

We drove about 70 miles of Route 66 today. Very cool. This stretch in Arizona is the longest undisturbed stretch left. Mostly because it runs through nowhere over some pretty rugged terrain. I-40, which replaced 66 along here, is much better laid out. It runs to the South through much flatter terrain.

The Grand Canyon is certainly grand. All the pix I've seen of it did not prepare me for seeing with my own eyes. Breath taking!

There were a bunch of people from Italy touring the canyon. We had a nice conversation. Several of them fell in love with The Navigator. And I spent about 15 minutes taking pix of various groupings of them with their cameras. One lady had a Nikon D200. Now THERE'S a camera. Now THERE'S a price ($1700 for just the body, no lenses, no accessories), too :)

As you can see from the stats below, we've now driven more than 3000 miles on this trip. I expect we'll do around 5000.

Tomorrow we're going to view the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.

Oh, before I forget, June said she wanted lots of desert pix. Here ya go!

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Click on a pix for a larger view
Several of you McDonalds fanatics have emailed me asking if there are really Mickey D's in Arizona. Will this do for proof? The Navigator works his magic. You don't think this is real, do you? The genuine article... The London Bridge.
Somebody said this is where The Navigator should live. Hey, he agrees with you! IMHO, everything considered, we are so very blessed this didn't happen. Route 66. The undisturbed stretch starts here.
This is the highway sign for this stretch of Route 66. And that's the way the highway looks. No fancy white stripe down the side of the road or reflectors down the middle of the road. Just asphalt with a center line. It's interesting how things have changed over the years. Trucks and RVs longer than 40 feet aren't allowed on the road due to the tightness of some of the curves :) This sign is at the highest point of this this stretch of Route 66. No more comments. What can you say about the grandeur of the Grand Canyon? Except that my feeble attempts at photographing it suck.

Even my attempts at panoramic pix are feeble!

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 8:30am
End: 7:30pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 157,286
End odometer: 157,698
Net miles today: 412
Average MPH: 37.45
Total trip miles: 3,402

Gasoline: $0.00
Food, ice, etc.: $18.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

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From Hank in SC:

We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God.

If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I hope I am one of those. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends. Ya'll know who ya' are...

You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "One nation, under God."

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say "Christmas" instead of "Winter Festival."

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart and take your hat off when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if: You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

God Bless the USA!

Git 'er done!!

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From June in SC:

Contrary to what you may have heard on the news, Bird Flu IS here. Check out the devastating effect this disease had in this Florida trailer park. Just awful!

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