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Oatman - Aside from the aesthetics when driving into Oatman, Oatman is a lot of fun. People just seem to leave their junk any old place here.
Oatman's Wild Wild West Gun Slingers
Ania about dropped over as they started firing blanks into the air as part of the wild west gun show, as you can see by the expression on her face, it was loud! Off to the distance you can see the small hotel and restaurant.
Great little shops to browse and pick-up a few small gifts like Route 66 souvenirs, leather goods, t-shirts, belts, hats, key-chains and so forth. I got a great XXL t-shirt for only $4.75! We picked up a nice pair of suspenders for about $9 as you can see hanging up behind Ania.
El Donkeys combing the streets looking for hand-outs. Vendors sell carrots to feed them. Warning they kick and carrots will choke the baby donkeys.
This mighty stead looks proud to be in Oatman.
The picture is a bit blurry below because I was being chewed out for taking photos in the small gift shop by Bob's employee... Anyways,
(Below) Bob from Tama's Rt 66 Biker Den, tells some interesting stories about the hwy we were about to traverse. He said, "Last month, 5 motorcycles went over the edge. People just get to looking at the sites and not paying attention to the road. There are 2" rocks on the road and different types of gravel that cause riders to loose their grip. Last Sunday 3 motorcycles in one day went over the edge including one Honda Trike. One motorcycle tour operator just got done talking to the group before the Honda Trike went over the edge. We've come to call this the Oh-My-God Road," instead of something with a term of blood in it.
Tama's RT 66 - Biker Den - (928) 768-9841
Past Lives In Oatman - Olive Oatman part of the Royce Oatman family members killed by raiding Indians of the past.
This hotel has thousands of dollar bills stapled on every single wall.
Oatman is just out-side of Laughlin, Nevada and a real joy to visit.
Below is a topographical image of the historical road, route 66 near Oatman that travels across parts of the Black Mountains, which is mostly desert. It requires much caution due to the hairpin turns AND switchbacks. So, this is the little road that will get us warmed up as we get ready to explore every type of road condition, every curve, every hairpin and switch back. It's not pretty but you'll find every bit of a your attention on the road.
ALL DAY LONG! - Isn't that right squinty eyes?
Historic Route 66 out of Oatman.
As you can see, the road is in need of repairs but not to bumpy. Below is a nice attempt of a wall to keep people from taking the plunge. Bob from Bikers Den, said "You have the mountain on your side headed from West to East". We noticed that instead of hugging the shoulder, we had the mountain to hug, which definitely made us feel a little safer.
Ok, Bob got us a little nervous, nevertheless, we enjoy the ride.
Here's a few more photos of Historical Route 66 and us hugging the mountain.
There's a spirit of this ole-mining town tour that's always fun.
Lets get this party started!
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