Wild wild west
30.09.2008 - 01.09.2008
Took about 6 1/2 hours to drive from Palm Springs to Williams. The roads are straight, long, straight, very few bends and long and they go on forever - straight and long. Its pretty boring driving as a driver and its real boring being a navigator you only get to say - look bend about every 3/4 of an hour. Bugger all vegetation - looks a bit like injuns in them thar hills.
Williams is a very small town - very very western and has made a revival as the last town to be bypassed off Route 66. Heaps of Route 66 memorabilia as well as many 50s style diners. We had originally thought about staying at the oldest hotel (which is called the red garter and used to be the local bordello) but simon wasn't allowed. The cost was about 130.00 and simon thought that may be because it offered other services! Where we did stay was very very average - but not too much to choose from.
We chose Williams because it was about 3/4 hour drive from the Grand Canyon. Before we arrived at the entrance gate we stopped in at the Imax theatre and watched a short film on the Grand Canyon - more a history of it. Very very interesting and highly recommended - awesome screen. We had a 10 percent discount but even then it was about 34.00 usd.
Entrance fee to the Grand Canyon for us was 25.00 (for a carload and included passengers!). We toured the southern side of the canyon by car - to the end and then winded our way back - stopping at every point we could - just breathtaking views and a camera can never do justice to it.
Brittany was a bit excited because we came across a road sign - a picture of a cougar - watch out for 20 miles. Well... can you imagine it - we're looking for cougars and surprise surprise we didn't come across a single one. We did however see a couple of squirrels and then on the way back through the park we saw some chipmunks on the side of the road.
Lots of big biker groups - with Harleys etc do the Route 66 thing. We saw a big group from as far away as Quebec! It isn't compulsory to wear helmets on motorbikes in the states!
We were very lucky with the weather - just stunning - although a little cooler when we woke up in Williams. Its about 6000ft above sea level.