Space prevents me from listing all places to stop off on the Route and I couldn’t anyway as I bypassed some of the major towns on the route because I just couldn’t face sitting stationary in the traffic jams. Filtering, or ‘lane splitting’ as the American’s call it, is illegal in all states of America, except California, so bikers end up sitting, and sweating, in traffic with all the other vehicles. Accordingly I totally bypassed Oklahoma City and Saint Louis. For me the ‘highlights’ of my trip were:
If there was no oncoming traffic cars could travel entirely on the concrete. If they met a car coming the other way each car had to put two wheels on the gravel. It was great to see the original roadbed!
Ten Cadillacs buried nose down in a field at the same angle as the sides of the Great Pyramid of Giza. People are encouraged to spray them with graffiti. Weird!
Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The reserve of the Santa Domingo tribe of native Americans. I received a very warm welcome and bought some hand made jewellery direct from Lester Abeyta, the jewellery maker, in his home. Highly recommended.
Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, Holbrook, Arizona
Two adjacent National Parks. The Painted Desert is a sandy desert where there are different strata of pastel coloured sand which make it resemble an artist’s palette. The Petrified Forest contains thousands of pieces of petrified wood (kind of like fossilised wood). Sizes range from thumb sized to whole tree trunks.