Route 66 - 2 Germans on Mother Road

Flagstaff, Seligman, the Burma Shave, Bikers at Hackberry, Daiquiries at Kingman

At this mornings "Continental" breakfast in Flagstaff - thank God - we where back to the good old styrofoam cups, plastic plates and knives. Original American Motel Feeling completely restored...Flagstaff, as described in yesterdays post is a Ski Resort in the Arizona mountains. It reminded us of Lake Tahoe with its rather European looking Downtown, less chain restaurants etc. Really a nice place. Only a few miles away lies the Red Rocks National Park in a truly breathtaking Landscape. The high content of iron has given the mountains their destinct looks and erosion has formed the bizzarre shapes. We joined a Nature Hike, guided by a Ranger and enjoyed the explanations about History, Fauna and Flora of the park. Driving further West, the landscape again changed every few miles. The further West, the more Desert-like it gets. The temparature constantly rose up to about 37 degres. Our first stop was the little town Seligman, where the Route 66 cult is celebrated with real enthusiasm. Restaurants, Bars and Souvenier Shops along the main street accompanied by a few restored Gas Stations and Motels. Driving through the desert, we repeatedly passed by old Burma Shave Advertising from the mid 1920's to the 1960's. In the old days parts of Route 66 where marked with small signs carrying advertising jingles by the Minneapolis-based Burma-Shave Company (Burma-Vita). The catchy short rhymes were written on a series of five, sometimes six small wooden signs, each placed about 100 feet apart. The last sign always said BURMA-SHAVE, which, in order to create a brand awareness, advertised the company's "new and revolutionary brushless" shaving cream. These Burma Shave signs were the precursor of the modern billboard signs. A few of the original signs remain on Route 66. Especially for the Marketers amongst us - really cool ! At Hackberry we met a few German Bikers who also drove 66 and enjoyed the atmosphere at this special place, decorated with old cars and memorabilia. It seems that especially the Germans are somehow fascinated by the whole Route66 story. We found a nice hotel at Kingman and went out to Dinner at a local Mexican Family Restaurant that offered good food and even better frozen Daiquiries ! Tomorrow, we will leave Route 66 for a short trip to Las Vegas. Lets see if we can get last minute tickets to one of ghe shows. Stay tuned.... Quote of the Day: "Don't lose your head to gain a minute - You need your head - Your brains are in it !" Burma Shave Ad

23.6.15 05:46

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