Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More of the same.....R&R and Touring!

On Route 66 to Oatman, AZ.
On calm days, we like to take advantage of outdoor activities and on Sunday, we rode out to Oatman.  We had been there last year but it was still inviting to go back and check out the action.

Oatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Located at an elevation of 2,710 feet (830 m), it began as a tent camp soon after two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915, though the area had been already settled for a number of years. Oatman's population grew to more than 3,500 in the course of a year.
Love this restored stage coach.  Can't imagine riding for days on end - in the desert - in one of these.
We arrived on time for the gun slingers show.

And these burrows did not disappoint either.
We were surprised - pleasantly so - by the large volume of tourists.
From Oatman, we headed further north on old Route 66 towards Kingman.
This is the only restaurant on the route.  It's a beautiful setting in the rocky mountainous area north of Oatman.
Monday's ride was to Golden Shores and west towards Fort Mojave.
Our planned destination was to Laughlin, Nev. via the road to the AVI Casino in Mojave.  We were pleasantly surprised with the grounds here and how well the Mojave Indians run a good business.

The beach, along the Colorado River, in front of the AVI Casino.
From here we continued along Highway 95 north - on the west side of the Colorado River - up towards Laughlin, Nev.  If you are wondering about the different US states, it's true that where we were riding had us cross from California into Arizona, back to California and into Nevada, within a few  miles.
Laughlin, Nev. as seen from the west side looking east.
We rode into Laughlin and spent a half hour or so just motorcycling in and around the casino row along the Colorado River.
Colorado Belle Casino.
Jeanette caught this photo of a river cruise boat plying the waters and guiding tourists through the history of the area.  We could hear every word while sitting on the water's edge.
Bullhead City, AZ is seen on the other side of the river.
From here we rode back to our RV spot taking Highway 40 - on the west side of the Colorado River - in  Nevada - towards Needles, California.  Within 50 minutes, we were back at our RV spot.

With the daylight fading, we got ready to BarBQ our dinner...while enjoying the setting sun.
A sign on a store in Oatman, AZ.  Look out! ....and I didn't dare enter the premises!
Thanks for dropping by.


  1. glad you are enjoying yourselves!..rainy here at home so be thankful, I know you are...gotta love the sunshine in January!!

  2. Felt like I was on the ride with all the great pictures. Not a bad ending to the day either.

  3. What a fun trip! It looks like you two had a blast. I've always wanted to stay in the desert, but I've never made it out there for long enough to camp. If you're ever looking for campgrounds or travel destinations, check out RV123.com. They list RV camper information from all over America. You can find campgrounds, shows, rallies and even dealerships on RV123. Check it out, I think you'll like it.

  4. Haha I love that sign. I might have to get one of those. I would love to go for a ride on your Bike I haven't been on one since I was a teenager.

    Enjoy your travels and hope sometime you can make it to our part of the country.


  5. Hey I dealt poker at the Riverside Casino there in Laughlin! Oatman's a great time, too. Great job on the blog...

  6. Thanks for the tour and great pics. It was fun riding along with you.

    Brought back some great memories of our trips to Laughlin and Bullhead City just a few years ago.