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Mr. D'z Diner, on Route 66

At the Route 66 Museum

Dr. Who? Phone booth at the London Bridge English Village, Lake Havasu,...

Original London Bridge, now in Lake Havasu, Arizona


Today we left the high Colorado Plateau at Williams, Arizona at 9am. We are headed for Quartzsite, AZ, but more about that later...

After a couple of hours, we arrived in Kingman, AZ. Kingman is the de facto headquarters of the old Route 66, which used to be the main route between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Of course, now the route has been replaced by the Interstate highway system: just like in the movie, "Cars."

We had a great time in the Route 66 museum, followed by a shared banana split at Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner. Just like old times: good for old-timers like us!

Then, off to Lake Havasu, where Dawna's sister Vi and her husband Angus spend part of each winter. We discovered the original London Bridge, which had been moved here from London, England in the sixties and reconstructed.

Jim tried out the old time phone booth in the village square, but could not connect with Dr. Who.

Finally, after a couple of hours of desert driving, we arrived at Quartzsite. It's famous for hosting tens of thousands of RVers and others to the annual gem shows in the winter season. Right now, there isn't a lot happening - we checked into an RV site but had to self-register as the office is closed!

Jim was quite concerned that we wouldn't see any Saguaro cacti if we took this route instead of going through the Mojave desert, but we saw our first one in a shopping center in Parker, AZ so all is well!

Looking forward to hitting the road early tomorrow for our final leg to Anaheim. Disneyland on Saturday to Tuesday. Wahoo!

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