It’s taken me about a week to recover from a 10 day road trip through the Southwest in which I’m still trying to decide if we were chasing a storm or if it was chasing us. Anyway, I’m happy to report that all parties survived and I’m still in one piece. Lexi is still playing catch up on her sleep. She’s currently snoring as I type this. Haha!
Heading out of LA, one of our first stops was in this tiny town called Amboy, CA. It’s along the historic Route 66 and, if you’re doing a road trip that takes you out of LA and to the Grand Canyon, you have to build in a few diversions. What better than checking a few of the sites along Route 66, especially when they have rusty old cars, creepy hotel rooms, and iconic signage that’s just begging to have it’s picture taken, right?
There’s something that I just love about the desert after it rains. Who’s with me on this? There’s a sense of freshness that just isn’t there on any other “normal” day of the year. Even car’s seem to have a new lease on life.
I’m not sure the same can be said for abandoned roadside motels though. They need a lot more than a little rain to bring them back to life. This place is in need of some pretty major TLC but I’m kind of glad they’ve just left it alone. There was a sense of a by-gone era to this place, which, ever since the Interstate 40 was completed in 1973, Amboy has been bypassed.
Amboy was first settled in 1858 by Lewis Kingman, a locating engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific railroads, who created this town as the first of a series of alphabetic railroad stations that were to be constructed across the Mojave.
It wasn’t until 1926 that Amboy became a boom town of sorts. Route 66 opened and not long after Roy’s Motel and Café opened and prospered due to it’s isolated location. Unlike many of the towns along Route 66, Amboy wasn’t completely reliant on tourists. Amboy also sits along the Santa Fe Railroad tracks over which high speed freight trains still run today.
You might recognize Amboy. It was in the 1986 movie The Hitcher, a 1999 Quest Communications commercial, Enrique Iglesias’s music video “Hero”, the filmf Live Evil and Beneath The Dark. Don’t worry, I haven’t seen any of those either. Haha.
Thanks @photodatura for this pic:
Does anyone have any Fall road trips planned? Where are you going? Any abandoned places on the itinerary? What about historical places?
More posts to come!