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A mini Route 66

A mini Route 66

Welcome Center, Conway, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 theme, rest area, motorhome parking, travel

Our trip from Milwaukee to Vegas for Christmas was tight and long.  We had to arrive by a certain day; with the deadline and weather issues, there was no time go out of our way to sightsee.  But we did have to break periodically for diesel or to walk the bark babies.  It was on one of those quick stops that we discovered a mini Route 66 at the  I-44 Welcome Center at Conway, in Missouri, at Mile Marker 110.

Welcome Center, Conway, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 theme, rest area, motorhome parking, travel

Welcome Center, Conway, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 theme, rest area, motorhome parking, travel

There are picnic shelters with Route 66-related “storefronts,” including a barber shop and a diner.  An information area inside the main building near the restrooms and vending machines is staffed to provide tourist information and features more Route 66 memorabilia.  With 75 truck parking spaces on each side of I-44, there was plenty of room for our RV with the Jeep behind it.

Welcome Center, Conway, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 theme, rest area, motorhome parking, travel

Welcome Center, Conway, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 theme, rest area, motorhome parking, travel

Although we were only there for a few minutes, it was a fun stop on a no-nonsense trip.  It would have a cool place to take goofy period pics in nicer weather if you lived nearby.

Pulled Pork and Tunes on Route 66

Pulled Pork and Tunes on Route 66

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Famous Route 66 runs through Williams, Arizona.  While on a quick getaway from the heat, staying at the Railside RV Park, Mike and I had a chance to check out this little stretch of history and grab a bite outdoors while listening to live music.

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Cruisers Cafe 66 is probably nice inside, but we couldn’t say.  With Meeko and Sadie in tow, we took full advantage of the outdoor dog-friendly patio.  A lone musician with a guitar and his own canine companion serenaded us during our meal.  One song he played, “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills, really resonated with Mike since he’s a pilot.  He’d never heard it before and downloaded it to his iPhone on the spot.  The food was satisfying, the music was nice, and the dogs were well-behaved.  It was a good time.

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The coleslaw had apple slices and walnuts!

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I have no idea if the pizza is any good, but the slogan is terrific!

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Railside RV Ranch (Williams, Arizona)

Railside RV Ranch (Williams, Arizona)

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The blistering heat was unescapable.  We had jumped from the Vegas frying pan into the Phoenix fire pit, because Mike was training the service techs at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.  At the end of the week, as we headed out of town toward home, worries about the coach’s a/c and a strong desire to cool down led to an unplanned stop in Williams, Arizona, at the Railside RV Ranch.

Pulling into the Railside, the first thing you see is the Covered Wagon Grill.  I immediately got excited, mouth watering at the thought of burgers and BBQ.  I had to wipe the drool off my face because the grill is an event venue for special shindigs only.  Bummer! Still, it gives the park a nifty wild west movie set feel.  The office, where you check in, is opposite the grill and is stocked with friendly staff and a few sundries.  There are plenty of pull-through spots with full hook-ups as well as a dumping station if you don’t want to stay.  The dog run is compartmentalized, so you can bring your cat on a leash, too, if you – and the cat – are so inclined.  If you’re wondering where the Railside RV Ranch got its name, look no further than the line of Grand Canyon Railway train cars adjacent to the park.  It’s a lovely view.

The town of Williams, located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet, is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon.  Besides train tours to the Grand Canyon, it has a lot to offer, including seven fishing lakes in the area, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area, and cross country ski trails.  Unfortunately, we didn’t partake of any of those things during our brief one-night stay. Just not enough time.  We did, however, explore the charming downtown, enjoying a yummy meal and live music at Cruiser’s Cafe 66.

Our stop in Williams was a great break from the heat, and we hope to visit again when we have more time to spend.

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