Once an idea gets in my head that I think sounds awesome, I will fight and persist to do it. I guess I’m a pretty stubborn guy and I really hate the word no. Last year I saw photos of the 2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and instantly thought ‘damn I want to go’. A few months of talking about it with two of my friends from LA and I persuaded them to go with. So around three weeks ago I skipped university for two weeks and flew to California to start our trip. We decided to make it into a roadtrip and go LA, CA – Flagstaff, AZ – Farmington, NM – Albuquerque, NM – Phoenix, AZ – LA, CA in just under a week.
Driving through California to Arizona is one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever done. Being in the sunshine and driving through a desert but still being in the states is a weird feeling. You honestly see nothing for hours and tend to freak yourself out that you’ll run out of petrol and break down or some truck of hooligans will come and steal you away. It feels like you’re in a western movie making your getaway after stealing xyz amount of money from the popo.
We managed to do some of this first drive on Route 66 which is always awesome. Going through the old towns gives me flashbacks to Radiator Springs from Cars. We stopped off at Mr. D’z and it was really good. Our waitress was awesome, super attentive and definitely after a big tip. Apparently at Mr. D’z they make their own root beer so I had to get a root beer float (which was delicious). Root beer is non-alcoholic but it basically tastes like coca-cola mixed with jagermeister/liquorice and then the float adds ice-cream ontop.
After that we drove through another town in AZ and went past the Roadkill Cafe. I actually ate there last year when I went to the Grand Canyon (maybe I’ll do a throwback thursday post on that trip in a few weeks). Spoiler alert – doesn’t actually serve you roadkill.
I made my friends drive about twenty minutes out of the way as I really wanted to visit Williams, AZ and go to Bedrock. It is this little community/motel that is decorated like the Flinstones environment. There are little houses that look like rocks where you sleep and the cars and signs of the characters are dotted around. However when we got there they were closing which was pretty rubbish so all I got was a photo this sign and a tshirt.There were also bats flying around in the gift shop and the restrooms which was fucking freaky.
We started to get closer to Flagstaff just when the sun was setting. As the drive is through the desert the land is really flat. It makes the sunset so easy to see with only some mountains in the distance silhouetted against it. I realise these photos are pretty shitty but you get thejist; sunset in AZ = gorgeous. We managed to kill around two hundred bugs on our windscreen and get pulled over by the popo but alas day one over and out.