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Arizona Route 66 Fun Run Tour 2015


A total of eight members participated in this years Arizona Route 66 Fun Run held on May 2nd and 3rd 2015. This year Bonnie and I flew into Palm Springs and started our tour with three days in Los Angeles. Scott Piotrowski gave us a wonderful 8 hour tour of four of the five Route 66 alignments in the city using our rental car, rapid transit, and walking tours. We also discussed the upcoming 2016 International Festival. It looks like it is going to be a great event. Our base camp was the WigWam Motel in Rialto. Always a great place to stay. 

We visited with Jim Conkle at the Summit Inn, the California Route 66 Museum, the Barstow Route 66 Museum, Elmers Bottle Ranch, The Calico Ghost Town and Peggy Sue’s Diner. We stayed a night at the Route 66 Motel in Barstow before setting out across the desert to Bagdad, Ludlow and Amboy. Had a nice visit with Kevin and then detoured to the Kelso Train Station and then on to Needles for lunch. We continued on to Kingman for the night staying at our favourite motel, El Trovatore with Sam and Monica. 

The next day we headed for Hackberry, Truxton and Seligman and after short visits continued to Flagstaff to have diner with members Sean and Karen Evans. After diner we headed to Williams for the night.

Friday morning laundry duty and then off to Seligman to pick up our registration goodies. A short visit with Angle (playing in the band again), more visiting with Seligman folks and then back to Williams for a group diner.

Fun Run Day 1: Drove back to Seligman and watched as the parade started. Jim Conkle and his video crew interviewing everyone for his next Route 66 Show. Waited for the crowd to depart and then headed out on Route 66 to Truxton for lunch at the Frontier Motel with Lynette and Allen who was very busy on the BBQ.  Continued to Kingman for another night at the El Trovatore, Car Show on Andy Divine and Beale Street followed by diner with Jim and Judy Hinckley, Mike and Sharon Ward and many others. Back to the El Trovatore where a party was in full swing in the parking lot.

Fun Run Day 2: After a hearty breakfast at the Hot Rod Cafe we set out for Cool springs and Oatman. Lots of Burros in Oatman this year. Parking was tough as always. After a nice visit we headed down the road to Golden Shores for lunch and the Awards Ceremony. After the ceremony we headed for Needles to visit the partially restored Harvey House Train Station. Most of the building has been restored but there were no tenants inside yet. After a quick stop we proceed to Laughlin to meet up with our other members.

The next day Bob, Lorrie, Markus, Dave, Lynda, Bill, Barb, Bonnie and I went on a road trip to Lake Havasu and Parker. That night we all met up at Bubba Gump's for dinner and goodbyes.

The next morning Bonnie and I headed to Needles and back to Amboy continuing on to Palm Springs for our last two nights before flying home.

Another Fun Run successfully completed. I think I can safely say everyone had a great time.