North from Wickenburg
on the original pavement of HWY 93 leaving Wickenburg this morning.
From Nogales to Wickenburg the old road has been buried under an
interstate. A few miles down the road survey crews are measuring and
marking the roadway. New signs ahead. "Future corridor of Interstate
11." HWY 93 will soon become extant. Replaced with a high speed
multi-lane interstate running border to border. Good to be experiencing
the old road as its known today.Morning light illuminates the ancient Joshua trees along the road. A forest of prehistoric beauty. The Joshua tree is a
yucca that grows as a tree and has clusters of spiky leaves, native to
arid regions of southwestern North America. Mile after mile they stand
as sentinels across the desert plains.
morning breakfast at the Wikleup Trading Post. Spanish explorers,
padres, and miners came to the area as early as 1550. Indian
encampments are dated much earlier. Flo and Milo Morgan came to the
area, gathered up discarded materials, surplus ammunition crates from
WWII, discarded railroad ties, and river sand from the Big Sandy River
to build their restaurant. Flo soon became famous for her tasty family
meals and delicious pies. It is easy to say their proud history and
tradition for good food and service lives on.
of Kingman a short detour from HWY 93 leads to the town of Chloride.
Following the discovery of silver in 1860, Chloride became the oldest
mining camp in Arizona. Dedicated residents preserve the once booming
mining camp. Digger Dave's Biker Bar is the classic spot in town.
Dave came to Chloride to dig over 350 holes and trench a ditch for a
water line. He decided to stay when the water line was completed. Dave
is a biker, family man, lover of all mankind, and owner/operator of
DIGGER DAVE'S BIKER BAR. In less than five minutes we were like a
couple of long lost friends sharing and working out all the problems of
is proud of his bar, his home, his Harley, and the special lowrider
bike he is building for his grandson. The world needs more people like
on HWY 93 fingers of Lake Mead began to appear in the canyons.
Mountains rapidly pop up from the plains. Lake Mead is the largest
man-made lake in the western hemisphere, contains 30 million acre-feet
of water, just over nine trillion gallons. It irrigates some 2.5
million acres of land in the US and Mexico. Hoover Dam just around the
Kickstand down near the dam. Looking for the big wedge of concrete in the morning.
be strong, be safe, Carlan