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Lots and Lots of Kicks on Old Route 66

Old Jul 18, 19, 2:32 am
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Lots and Lots of Kicks on Old Route 66

Tour of Duty 5th June 2019 to 9th July 2019
Part I: 5th June to 10th June


Last time I was home I passed my DOT Physical so I was good to drive commercially for another year. I got word of a trip from southern California to Joplin, Missouri. The Trip Board said the shipper was in Bloomington but when I got the address I found out it was actually within the city limits of Rialto though that part of Rialto had a Bloomington zip code.

Wednesday afternoon the 5th of June I took Uber from where I live to the shipper and the ride was in excess of an hour. I checked in and learned where to go and found that the truck assigned to me was actually in Fort Worth, Texas. I contacted Dispatch and was assigned another truck and another Trip Number. I loaded my gear into that truck and did the safety inspection and alas I found that a marker light on the top front was burned out so I had the shipper replace the bad light. Then I was good to go.

Trip: Bloomington (Rialto), CA to Joplin, MO 1,500 paid miles
Make: 2016 International
Model: Road Tractor, Day Cab
Transmission: Standard, straight 10-speed
Governed Speed: 70mph or 112 km/h
Route: Interstate 10 to Interstate 215 to Interstate 15 to Interstate 40 to Arizona 66 back to Interstate 40 to Interstate 44 to Oklahoma 66 to US69 back to Interstate 44
Highest elevation: 7,335 feet at Arizona Divide Interstate 40 5 miles west of Flagstaff, AZ
Highest diesel price USA: 3.339$ per gallon at Flying J Kingman, AZ
Lowest diesel price USA: 2.699$ per gallon at Big Cabin Travel Plaza Big Cabin, OK
Permits Required: AZ and NM Trip Permits


Fifteen Hundred glorious miles, all but a handful which were either on or paralleling old route 66. That is what awaited me once I was good to go. Because of the delays with the confusion of the truck originally assigned to me not there and getting assigned different truck as well as needing the bad marker light to be replaced, my departure was delayed at least an hour. As a result I got caught up in some traffic congestion on Interstate 215 in San Bernardino as well as Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. The Cajon Pass weigh scale was open but I was not pulled in for inspection.

I made it over the Cajon Pass and I proceeded to Barstow where i got DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) at the Flying J. I opted not to take on fuel there as I calculated I had enough fuel to make it well into Arizona. Instead I went over to the TA and had evening rations which consisted of Tri Tip at the Black Bear Diner that was located at that truckstop. The food was good but the service was quite slow. When I got to Barstow it was mostly cloudy and 96F but quite comfortable due to the low humidity. Afterward I started my run east on Interstate 40 and I shut down and spent the night in Needles, CA.

Thursday I took some pictures of Needles then crossed the Colorado River into Arizona and I stopped at the open Port of Entry where I purchased an Arizona Trip Permit. Since I had some extra time to play with on this trip I told the person at the Port of Entry that I wanted to take Arizona 66 from Kingman to Seligman instead of simply proceeding straight across on the 40 as I normally would do. Seeing that section of Arizona 66 from Kingman to Seligman was on my Bucket List. Arizona Trip Permits are route specific so I needed official approval to take my intended route. Permission was granted and off I went.

I stopped at Flying J in Kingman to take on fuel then the adventure began. I stopped numerous times to take pictures. I first stopped at a roadside stop outside of Kingman and took a few pictures. Hackberry was the highlight of this section of road with a historic store that is still open. I took about 30 pictures of Hackberry. I took a few pictures of Valentine but there was not much there. I took a few more pictures of Truxton and I took some pictures of Peach Springs. Part of Arizona 66 took me through a portion of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. I'm glad I was able to scratch an item from my Bucket List. I reached Seligman and took numerous pictures of that city before rejoining Interstate 40. I made a stop to take a couple pictures of Ash Fork then I made a pit stop in Williams at sunset. I continued east and had late evening rations in Holbrook before I stopped and spent the night for the first time in Chambers, AZ.

Friday it was not long before I entered New Mexico. Dispatch sent me the New Mexico Trip Permit on my phone so I showed it to the person at the booth and was cleared to proceed. I found a parking place in downtown Gallup and took 100 pictures of that city. In so doing I also got exercise through walking. Then I rejoined the 40 and encountered a delay due to construction and lane closure at the Jamestown exit. I saw a sign later saying there was going to be construction and lane closures in Albuquerque. I stopped at the Route 66 Casino on the west side of Albuquerque and I was going to go to the Buffet but I choked on the 34.95$ before tax price on the Friday Seafood Buffet and ended up going to another restaurant in the casino and had Fish and Chips for my evening rations. There was not much delay going through Albuquerque itself. I took on fuel at the Pilot in Santa Rosa and I spent the night in Tucumcari, NM.

Saturday I continued east into Texas. I was having an issue with a mudflap and the next location I could get it fixed was in Amarillo. But before that I made a brief stop on the west side of Amarillo and took some pictures of Cadillac Ranch which is considered an attraction on old route 66. I also took a few pictures of the Second Amendment Cowboy. I went to the TA in Amarillo and made query about the wait for having a bad mudflap replaced. I was told two hours. I phoned up Love's which was next door and was told three and a half hours. Then I phoned up the Petro and was told about an hour and a half so that's where I went. I checked in and since I knew it was going to be a considerable amount of time I went to the restaurant and had evening rations at the buffet. Instead of an hour and a half the time it took to get the mudflap replaced was at least double that due to the shop being short handed and other trucks ahead of me. I finally left Amarillo at sunset and due to the wait I did not get as far as I had intended. I ended up spending the night in Shamrock, TX.

Sunday morning it was cool and windy. I ended up going to Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Shamrock, TX for Sunday Morning service. The message was on Galatians 3 and the pastor was a Bootwearer. I encountered drizzle/light rain along with the strong wind all the way from Shamrock, TX through about Elk City, OK. I stopped in Clinton, OK to take some pictures and then I stopped in Weatherford, OK to take more pictures. I went to Sara Road Baptist Church in Yukon, OK where I attended the Sunday Evening service and a guest speaker who was a Bootwearer spoke on John 13:1-17. Afterward I stopped at the TA on the west side of Oklahoma City where I had evening rations at Popeye's. I then proceeded to the Flying J near Edmond where I took on fuel and after that I hopped on the eastbound Turner Turnpike/Interstate 44 and I ended up spending the night in Sapulpa, OK.

Monday I continued east and I made stops in Claremore, OK and Foyil, OK to take pictures. Then I took on fuel for the last time in Big Cabin, OK and had midday rations. After that I hopped on the Will Rogers Turnpike and proceeded to Joplin, MO for execution of delivery and conclusion of this trip. A friend of mine came and took me to Steak and Shake for evening rations. Then he took me to a hotel and I spent the night in Joplin, MO.


My ride from Bloomington, California to Joplin, Missouri
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Arizona 66 between Kingman and Seligman

Some pictures taken from Arizona 66 (old route 66) between Kingman and Seligman

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Valentine, Arizona

Truxton, Arizona

Truxton, Arizona

Peach Springs, Arizona

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Some miscellaneous pictures taken in the Land of Enchantment

Milan, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Edgewood, New Mexico sunset 7th June 2019

Moriarty, New Mexico

Moriarty, New Mexico

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Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Very interesting! Many things look morbide. Would be interested how "new" the color TVs are in the motel on one of the pictures
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Various pictures along old route 66 in Oklahoma

Clinton, Oklahoma

Clinton, Oklahoma

Clinton, Oklahoma

Clinton, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Claremore, Oklahoma

Claremore, Oklahoma

Claremore, Oklahoma

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Foyil, Oklahoma

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Old Jul 20, 19, 4:27 am
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Great trip report. Very limely as I am in the early stages of planning a fly drive holiday driving route 66
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Old Jul 20, 19, 11:21 am
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Great detail and great pics! I did Rt. 66 roughly from Santa Fe to Oklahoma City about 3 years ago and then continued through Arkansas to Memphis. I did my best to stay on Rt.66, even the unpaved sections. The rental car was filthy!

Interestingly enough, I had originally planned to start in Memphis and then drive west (late spring), airfare from/to the WAS area being roughly the same. The one way rental car cost, starting in MEM and finishing in ABQ, was outrageous. I checked a couple of other car rental agencies - same thing. I called my preferred agency and asked 'what's up with the pricing?'. Agent told me that the east coast customers took cars out west for the winter and it would be much less expensive if I were reversing the trip. So I did at about 30% of the originally quoted cost.
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Wow! Thanks for taking the trouble to share all that!
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Wonderful! It's like you took a time machine. This is going on my bucket list right now.
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Have made sections of this trip many times by personal auto. I used to live in Phoenix and worked as an education consultant on the Navajo Nation. I spent one week each month in Gallup and surrounds. The picture of Virgie's cafe (and the "adult bookstore" and more next door) brought back memories. Virgie's was the best Mexican food place in Gallup. All your pics brought back memories. Thanks for the report.
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