We stop at Amboy.
Amboy began as a salt mining place back in 1858. Her heyday was in the days when all he traffic came along Route 66. Nowadays there is a gas station and store and motels.
The Amboy volcanic crater is nearby. We had ridden through many miles of black volcanic rock and lava flows.
Sometimes Route 66 disappears. In this case it leads to road that is not maintained. Mella would have been fine but our Flower Power girl is not designed for rough roads.
Meet Jim. He is involved with the Ride to the Wall. Next week motorcyclists from all over the US will ride to Washington on a Veterans memorial ride.
Jim is organising the fuel and food stops along the way in California. We meet him in Needles. What an amazing effort volunteers like Jim put in to make things happen - here and at home in New Zealand.
Route 66 stops right alongside the Colorado river which forms the border between California and Arizona.
We find Route 66 again on the other side of the bridge.
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We stop at Seligman at the Route 66 Motoporium. Lots of memorabilia and useful things - including a zip tag which I can use to replace the interim padlock on my jacket. And a welcome hot cup of coffee.
Ladies beware. The restroom has residents...
We ride into the Kaibab National Forest. We are climbing up to 6000'.
The temperature is dropping.
I remember being in the Kaibab forest near the north rim of Grand Canyon on our 2012 ride. It was so cold then that I reckoned I was on the verge of hypothermia. No heated bike seat that trip.
Meet Max and Peaches. They are on their way to Sedona. They just snuggle down in their special box and keep out of the wind.