Day 12 – The Grand Canyon State

After spending the night at a Walmart in Flagstaff, we set out to find the visitor’s center to get our Arizona 66 passports stamped. Downtown Flagstaff was so cool that we decided to hang around a while and explore the area. We stopped at several little shops and picked up a few goodies to take back with us.

We hadn’t planned on eating out but we walked by a place called The Pita Pit that looked too good to pass up. The service was super friendly and our pitas were made fresh right in front of us, kind of like Subway but way better. I guess you could call them “Pita Artists” ;o) After lunch, we needed coffee. There is no shortage of coffee shops in the area so we stopped at the first place after the Pita Pit, an organic café called Flag Buzz. Jasmine got an Americano and I had a Mocha Latte. The barista even made a yummy looking flower in the foam. Starbucks never makes a flower for me!!

Day 12 - Route 66- Road Trip 2014

A priority for us today was visiting the local Camping World to get an oil change for Lady T and refresh our tanks. Unfortunately, the store in Flagstaff didn’t offer dumping or propane and had no availability for an oil change. We quickly searched the internet and found a Firestone service station in Williams, AZ that could take us right away. Heading west, we also found a KOA Campground to dump and refill our water and propane. We met a nice gentleman named Kevin who helped us and chatted for a while about traveling and blogging. More on him in our special post to follow.

The Firestone station was right off the highway. When we arrived, a nice kid named Chuckie hooked us up on the spot with an oil change and refilled our wiper fluid. More on him in our special post for today.

The town of Williams is considered the gateway to the Grand Canyon. We visited the Grand Canyon several years ago so we instead cruised the “66 loop” downtown. There was so much to see and photograph so we parked for a while and enjoyed a cool walk around town.

Between the next two towns, Ash Fork and Seligman, the longest stretch of uninterrupted original Route 66 carries road trippers all the way to California. This was excellent news for Lady T, as her stamina has definitely been tested this last week and a half!

Day 12 - Route 66- Road Trip 2014Our next stop was the town of Seligman, which is a pretty popular 66 area with lots of unique shops and restaurants. We arrived a little late for most of them but luckily, both the Snow Cap Drive-in and Angel’s Route 66 gift shop were still open. We got a passport stamp in the gift shop and had some “smiley” fries and a hefty helping of 66 kitsch as the Snow Cap. Look for more about the Snow Cap in our special post for today. From Seligman, we continued on Old Route and admired the stunning landscape at dusk. We took lots of pictures but unless you see it in person, you can’t truly appreciate what it looks like and how it feels.

The Kingman Flying J truck stop will be our home for the night. As we pulled into the lot, we noticed a few huge buses parked horizontally at the entrance. I commented that they must definitely have someone famous inside. Sure enough, we saw a man in the store who was wearing an all access pass for the 70”s band Earth, Wind & Fire!

We now have less than 80 miles to go before we reach the California border. We are amazed that we have come this far in only 12 days, with the promise of more adventure to the end of the Mother Road and beyond. We have seen so many wonderful places and have met so many nice people. Our hope is that our blog will serve as a tribute to those who continue to preserve this amazing experience for future travelers.

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