"Get your kicks on Route 66."
Although Interstate 40 isn't the prettiest highway, it is way better than I-10 in California . Unfortunately, there aren't any alternatives between Flagstaff and Holbrook, but we did get to ride a little on Historic Route 66 in Winslow.
Remember the song?
"Take It Easy" - The Eagles
Well, I'm running down the road tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind,
Four that wanna own me, Two that wanna stone me,
One says she's a friend of mine ...
Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me ..."
I didn't see any girls in flatbed Fords, but I did get my picture taken.
The Wigwam Motel, the Jackrabbit Trading Post, and a couple of abandoned gas stations are still here! We made good time, despite my three flats (damned steel belted radials, anyway). A couple of miles from the hotel, Rich took off like a rabbit trying to beat his best time for a century ride (yes, 95 miles counts as a century by the US Cycling Federation, so it's official). He made it!
Rider of the day:
Big Al (63) from Michigan, a runner turned cyclist. Al is a world-class orienteering racer (look it up); you get a map and have to run through the woods, checking in at designated sites. So, he's as crazy as the rest of us. He joined the thoroughbreds today, finishing strong with Jack W.