A preserved section of "Old Route 66" runs from Kingman to the vicinity of Needles, California. It's desert here, but clearly subject to flash flooding. I'd encountered several other sections of Old 66 earlier on the trip, at Weatherford, Oklahoma and a couple other places where the old section not paved over by Interstate was a typical four-lane secondary highway probably dating from the fifties. But out here it was the real deal, original route with a narrow two-lane paved surface.
near Kingman, Arizona
The road passes through a stark, beautiful landscape. In places the hairpin turns are carved out of the hillsides and such tight radius that many call for second gear, some even first. At least there are frequent spots wide enough to pull off the road and try for pictures. The earth and rocks too had a reddish color, strange to eastern eyes and also quite a different hue from the reddish earth I'd seen in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.