Route 66

After getting off I-40 at Newberry Springs, my first stop was, well, Newberry Springs. I was a bit amazed to see the Chevron station where I had had my tire changed in 1985 was still there, but naturally, it is a convenience store now. I guess you just can't find a gas station any more, but hey, why pay a gas station attendant $10 to fix your flat when you can pay a tow truck driver $1000?

Newberry Springs is not your typical desert back country dead or dying town. Because it's on Route 66 there's a bit of life to it, some greenery, and a general "desert oasis" feeling. Below are a couple of pictures of Greater Newberry Springs:

(Above) Newberry Springs Feed store. It looked like more of a general store, with groceries as well as hardware available.


(Above) The Newberry Springs watering hole, The Barn.


But make no mistake: Newberry Springs does have its desolate aspects:

(Above) Mailboxes, Newberry Springs.


(Above) While waiting to pull onto the road, I was passed by a large group of bikers. Not uncommon at all to see bikers on Route 66; after all they're part of the Route 66 culture as much as anything else. I didn't know where their destination was, but I was about to find out. Go to the next page for that story.