The West 2019 Part 9: California Route 66

The West 2019 Part 9: California Route 66


– We’re leaving. We’re leaving Havasu
towards California. (lighthearted music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free
in my RV, yeah ♪ Going across the London
Bridge one last time. That’s where we ate last night. (serene music) Since we’re going to
be sort of off grid for the next couple of days, we’ve decided to come to Walmart to get some
much-needed supplies. Good looking rig, huh? (lighthearted music) Now, onto the
Mojave Desert we go. It is first part somewhat kind of retracing our
steps from yesterday, at least until the
California border like a pro. We’re approaching the
California State Line. (lighthearted music) Hello!
– Welcome to California. – Oh, thank you so much. Okay, I have a quick quiz for
all of you long-time viewers. Do you know what
comes right after the California State Line? I’ll give you a hint. It is not a welcome center. If you guessed Department of Agriculture
Inspection Station, you guessed correctly. Hi, how are you? Arizona. – Yeah, have a good day. Thank you, sir.
– Thank you! Okay, that was a lot
easier this time. I think my screw-up last year was I said I was
coming from Florida. That’s when they
decided to inspect me and take my lemons that time. Arizona seems to be a
much more safer bet, so take notes. Who would imagine, right? California being the only
state I visited in our country, in the whole Union that
actually has a proper checkpoint where you have to stop
and explain yourself. Most other states
have a welcome center, which to be honest does
feel a lot more welcoming, but I digress. (jazz music) Okay, let’s make a detour here because I don’t
know if I told you, but today, the idea is to
take a segment of old Route 66 here in California. We’ve been on other remaining
segments of the mother road in Arizona, in New Mexico,
but never in California. Uh-oh, it looks like
this segment of old
Route 66 is closed! (sighs) We must continue on
I-40 for a little longer. By the way, isn’t this the
most amazing desert landscape? ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ (lighthearted music) ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ (lighthearted music) ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ So much empty land. For miles and miles and miles. ♪ Riding riding ♪ ♪ Oh riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ Pretty surreal to be out here in the middle of
the Mojave Desert. And still see snow capped
mountains in the distance. I think our exit is coming
up into Kelbaker Road which eventually intersects
with the Route 66. (lighthearted music) ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ (lighthearted music) (transitions to country rock) It’s truly surreal, these
vistas of the Mojave Desert. Here we are, the mother road. Then, you encounter
weird things like this. (upbeat guitar music) Let’s stop here by Roy’s in the ghost town of
Amboy, California, our first to Route 66 roadside
attraction of the day. (lighthearted music) Here we are, Roy’s Motel, another abandoned roadside
attraction here in Route 66. And it looks like they
left it just as it was the last time it was open. There’s an old piano. (mysterious music) The old reception desk. Sometimes it is a little
hard to see with the glare. (mysterious music) It is kinda creepy, isn’t it? The old rotary phone. (mysterious music) Let’s see what this is. (footsteps tapping) Dry lab. I guess they are trying to make
it like an art installation of some kind, perhaps? And this would’ve
been one of the rooms. The bathroom was not very clean. Here’s another one of
these rooms or cottages. (footsteps pattering) Let’s see one more. (footsteps pattering) It looks like perhaps they
are trying to maintain them but it also looks like
people have been using the facilities perhaps
or I don’t know. (techno music) Let’s see something on the
other side of the road here. That was Roy’s Motel and
Cafe and gas station. The gas station actually works, but it is five
bucks a gallon so, we don’t need to put to gas yet so we’re gonna skip it for now. Let’s see what this is. (camera clattering) Hmm, what do you think? A piece of folk art here in the middle of
the desert, perhaps? These people just leave
some junk here like whatever they decided but I
have no idea what this is. (wind whooshing) One of those quirky things
you only see on Route 66. Another piece of desert art, this sphere here made out of, I wonder what those are. Hmm, salad bowls, maybe? Let’s just go all around it. (wind whooshing) (footsteps pattering) Interesting. All right. Let’s continue. We’re driving to the west. ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Into the sunset ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Into the sunset ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Into the sunset ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Into the sunset ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ ♪ Driving to the west ♪ Well, we’re here. Let’s check out the Amboy
Crater here to the left which is an extinct
cinder cone volcano. I wanted to fly as
close to it as possible, on top of it preferably
but it is too windy. (lighthearted music) Check out that
lava field though! Pretty insane, huh? (lighthearted music) Let’s continue. (lighthearted music) Apparently those foundations, that’s all that remains
of the town of Bagdad. Well, there’s another Bagdad
where they have the cafe. That’s where we’re going next. (wind whooshing) Let’s continue here on
the mother road, Route 66. (wind whooshing) (lighthearted music) Uh-oh, this is no good. My tire pressure
monitor is beeping so let’s stop right
here real quick. (tire pressure monitor beeping) We’re losing air quickly here
on one of our rear tires. It looks like I’m losing
air through the valve stem which is not something
I can repair myself. By the way, these
tire changing ramps are like the greatest invention. Oh well, I’ll put the spare
on and look for a tire shop which could be a problem being in the middle of
nowhere as we are. Only one person passed us
during the time it took me to change the tire. Very nice gentleman
with a truck camper who slowed down long
enough to offer help. The closest tire shop
seems to be 50 miles away in Newberry Springs. But I don’t know,
something tells me we’re gonna have to go
all the way to Barstow. Oh, we got a flat tire on
the mother road in Route 66. Nearest tire shop is
about 50 minutes away, so is lunch so we’re
probably gonna do both. (lighthearted music) Yeah, I wanted to stop
at this roadside diner called Bagdad Cafe made famous by a German movie
of the same name and it is Newberry Springs, so we might be able to kill
two birds with one stone and get our tire fixed
and our bellies filled. Now the question is are we going to be
able to pull that off? Here by the nearly
abandoned town of Ludlow, we’re gonna jump
on I-40 once again. (lighthearted techno music) Here we are, Newberry Springs,
and according to Google, Nash’s Tire Shop is
supposedly right through here. I don’t know, it
doesn’t feel right. And who knows? I might even get a brand new
flat tire on this bad roads and then I’m really
gonna be in trouble. (lighthearted music) Let’s check out
that Bagdad Cafe. (GPS beeping) – [GPS] Your destination
is on the right. – Okay. Let’s see what’s
up with this place. Doesn’t look too appealing. Go here on the side of Route
66, they have the Bagdad Cafe. – [Man] Go inside straight up. Go. I’m just saying just tune it up. (man chattering) – [Man] She going up Santa Fe. (radio chattering) – [Woman] Why’d she help you? (radio chattering) – Hmm, doesn’t seem very busy. Okay, maybe some other time. (footsteps pattering) Okay, Bagdad Cafe here, I’m sure the buffalo
burger is outstanding but I don’t know, there was no one there really. And I didn’t get a good vibe. Let’s just put it that way. So we’re gonna go
somewhere else. I still need to get
that tire fixed. And then we’ll try to make it to Calico Ghost Town, we’ll see. Yeah, at this point in the day, I still have this
overly optimistic hope we might be able to
see Calico Ghost Town which is near Barstow as the sun gets relentlessly
lower on the horizon. (serene music) Finding a tire shop here in
Barstow willing to help us has been kind of a challenge. These guys claim to be too busy and sent us to this other place which coincidentally
also claimed they were swamped with work. Well, third time turns
out to be the charm. These guys here,
very, very helpful. But at this time, it
is obviously too late to go to the Calico Ghost Town, so to the Walmart
Supercenter we go. (sighs) What a day, huh? Well, tomorrow will
be another day. (serene music) Calico Ghost Town was a bust because things
happen on the road but I think today
we’re gonna stay at this RV park, called Walmart. We have some neighbors here. It’s a beautiful,
beautiful afternoon. And they have this lot here
as well, so I don’t know. Maybe we should have gone there but I think that’s
reserved for semi trucks. Anyways, we’re gonna make some
dinner and work, good night. Good morning from camp Walmart. Well, the moon is
starting to shrink again and it is such a
beautiful morning. Anyways, it’s time to continue. (country rock music) Even though it doesn’t
open until nine a.m., we’re still gonna pass
by the Calico Ghost Town since we couldn’t
visit it yesterday, and then we’ll continue. (country rock music) Since technically
they’re not open yet, there’s still no one here
to charge for admission so we’re just gonna sneak
in for a few minutes. (country rock music) Well there you go. No drone zone. Well, here we are,
the Calico Ghost Town. Even though we may be
technically trespassing, we’re not really doing any harm. I’m just going to
take a few pictures and continue on our merry way. We’ll be back some other time. Maybe in the summer when
I return to California. From here at this
early morning hour, it just feels like
your regular fun tourist-trappy Old West town, perhaps similar to
Goldfield or Tombstone which means it is probably a
lot of fun when it is open. It’s really a ghost town today because there’s no one here. (country rock music) All right. Well, yeah. Let’s go before we
run into trouble. (country rock music) And we are switching gears here. We’re are heading south. (country rock music) Pretty interesting dry lake here as we are approaching
Lucerne Valley which is where we’re
going to have breakfast. (country rock music) Here at a 247 Cafe. Well, let’s check it out. 247. (bell rings) It is one of these places
with license plates from all over the country. I’m having the
breakfast sandwich. Ili is having a breakfast bowl. Simple, tasty, and filling. Well, that was pretty good. Now we continue
towards Joshua Tree. Wait a minute. Did I say Joshua Tree? Spoiler alert! Well, even if I didn’t spoil it, you would’ve figured it out once you saw all
these trees, right? (country rock music) The white dome is
called The Integratron and they do tours and
sonic healing sessions but it is by reservation only. Hmm, interesting. (lighthearted music) Well, I’m not gonna
tease it no more. On the next video, we are visiting Joshua
Tree National Park during the government
shutdown of January 2019, so stay tuned for that one. (pleasant music)

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  1. Great video Robert..I'll have to actually drive on Rte 66 next time I'm down there. As for the Joshua Trees..they are all over..didn't know that's what they were till I got to Joshua Tree..lol. The rocks are the interesting thing in my opinion in Joshua Tree..I spent a night at Jumbo Rocks CG and hiked all over. The drive up to the spot where you can actually see the Salton Sea is pretty cool too.

  2. $5 per gallon for gasoline! They are freakin out of their legal marajuana minds. Gas was like $2.30 per gallon here in the NYC area around late January.

  3. Yea, CA got some of my apples a few years back, The secret is to take that back road over the High Sierra Mountains, but then again you may not want to hull a trailer, lol To be fair CA is protecting their fruit crops. I believe several years back, infested fruits nearly decimated the CA crops, Happy Trails!!!

  4. We were there too 😍I really liked that area. It's so different than in Finland
    This is how we saw it: https://youtu.be/JtWZmtHK6P4

  5. hey robert at 23.26 minutes on video there is a white cone shape thing out in the desert , any idea what that is? we have one hear in ohio near were i live on i-75 near findlay, if you know thanks for the info if not no big deal

  6. They took your lemons!! Loving this channel, we are about to buy a caravan so ill have to go back and watch your Minny Winny tours!

  7. who the hell puts a "Thumb Down" on a cool relaxing video?????? I went to Calico a couple of times when I was living in CA

  8. Thank you for the new video Robert. As usual, you did a wonderful job. We always feel like you take us along with you in your videos. Keep up the fantastic work my friend.

  9. It was funny when you were asked where you were coming from! Obviously on I-40 that would have been Arizona!!

  10. 5:04 May be it's not that weird Robert, ancient Egypt had the Great Sphinx sitting out in the desert about 4,500 years ago.

  11. I remember the 'Lemon Confiscation Center' well. Wonder if they noticed your Florida plates as you drove off ….lol. Roy's appeared like a rather extensive estsblishment. Amazing how desolate Route 66 is now. Hard to believe it once was a bustling highway. So many Mom & Pop places went down the dumper. 😢 🌵

  12. Every time i drove between Vegas & LA i always wonder how the fuck Cowboys & Indians found there way between place. Its 100's of miles of nothing but mountains and high desert. Great drive tho in my opinion.

  13. If you drive from Nevada to California they seem to not mind putting a security checkpoint there. Although I drove from California exiting Edwards AFB.

  14. Interesting that in this ''peace of folk art'' there is the logo of my favourite soccer club from Germany, Borussia Dortmund. What a great surprise! I never expected to see the logo of borussia dortmund in the middle of the Californian desert! 😀 There must have been some germans around!

  15. I wish for restoration along Route 66…so many neat places just frozen in time or abandoned. I think RVers would patronize places along the way. Maybe it's just me. Thanks for the video! Mojave…very nice!

  16. Nice video. Like that retro stuff on Rt 66. Too bad so much is abandoned and in disarray. Sry, about the flat. You were prepared as always. Safe travels. 😊👍

  17. You seem to have a lot of tire issues. Have you gotten your axle fixed yet? Time for some Goodyear Endurance once you do.

  18. Thank you so much sir! I watched every minute of it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Also I ordered your CD album and saw that you shipped it, thank you! Can't wait to hear it everyday on my way to work and back!

  19. That scenery was beautiful! I just realized I started with this part 9! Oh well now to backtrack! Thanks Robert & wife!

  20. Oregon needs a SERIOUS checkpoint station, stop all the damn meth coming up from Mexico. Think of all the lives that could be saved!

  21. So timely as I was just in Gallup, New Mexico which got me investigating Route 66. . .saw a story on Roy’s and whalah! You take me there👍 love your vids

  22. Wow you drove right by one of the best Resturants out there in Ludlow California. Of course its been a few yrs since I've been there but they had this Breakfast Ham that you would walk a mile on your knees in a sandstorm. Nice Video.

  23. Good thing you didn't eat at Bagdad Cafe! I've heard bad things about it – lots of druggies work there. Woudn't trust the food. You have good instincts!

  24. No sabía que hay un volcán en del desierto de Mojave pensé que solo era en Yellowstone y siempre hay gente que no te presta ayuda paciencia saludos

  25. You only eat where a bunch of people are crowding the place? Remember, this is an adventure. You could have been window dressing to attract the next traveler! We love your adventures!

  26. Un desayuno para mí es pan tostado con margarina y café con leche lo que desayuno en Lucerna es un almuerzo prácticamente desayunan muy bien

  27. We traveled a section of Route 66 in New Mexico & we look forward to hitting others. After watching this we are putting this one the list. I love abandoned buildings.
    Lou💚

  28. Wait a minute..you didn't review any products,,,,try to sell me anything or even ask for money…i knew there was a reason i liked this video THANK YOU !!!.

  29. Thanks Robert, your best series yet ! The desert, the bright southwest sunshine, so much to see in the historic southwest US

  30. The background singing vocals seemed a bit much at tranquil moments in the video. Seemed more so than previous videos.

  31. Whoa! Mid-week video! Check this young man out. He's the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world and on his travels last year landed at Roy's on Rt.66; too cool that you were just there as well on your Driving to the West 2019 adventure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VLWOo2Jvb8. Matt landed on the dirt runway on the other side of the cafe. Many appreciations for the mid-week. Always a treat!

  32. Just saying – You often are in such a hurry therefore foregoing many an enjoyable site to visit. Since you’re already quite a distance from Miami why not just relax & enjoy the little oddities along the off beaten path as chances are you not apt to pass this way again. Just a thought…🌻

  33. do you trust completely in the double sided adhesive attachment to use your camera on roof? or you bolt it in permanently? it will be very useful if you show how you did it. Thanks.

  34. First, I follow you from time to time and always thought you traveled alone. That was until you had to turn around on the dirt road and a lady got out of the truck to help you. Second, just so ya know, being born in So. California, Barstow is pronounced BAR STOWE, with a hard 'O'… but thats ok, I can't pronounce some of the towns in Florida correctly and my daughter who lives there helps me out with that….Thanks for the memories of Amboy. You know if you would have made that first right before the Amboy volcano you would have seen some interesting stuff as you would eventually get to Twenty Nine Palms, where there is a Marine Base and in town where you could have gotten your tire fixed and also got to Joshua Tree National Park faster. Also when I was a kid, that road that leads to Calico and the road that goes through it was a dirt road and not really a big tourist attraction. But that was some time ago…

  35. That's another week of my partner and me singing 'riding in my rv' over and over again 😂
    Enjoyable watch as always 😁

  36. The last time I was in Ca. the inspection guy asked if I had anything, I said GLUTEN! LOL I got inspected, bummer. :/   I've been to Roy's a few times. Last time I came across a turfed up area in the sand & thought OMG some one wrecked. They just wrapped up filming a movie called BENEATH THE DARKNESS. A stunt car was there & had an accident for the film.  Also that's where they filmed THE HITCHER with Rutger Howard. Calico really is a lot of fun. I always like your vids. Thanks  for sharing, drive safe. 🙂

  37. Another great video, sir! I'll have to watch the videos again all at once when this trip is over. And it will be fun!!

  38. Imagine that?, an Illegal doesnt have to be checked , but is welcomed with no questions, Yet a U.S. Citizen is stopped and questioned! Thats Commifornia for Ya.

  39. You REALLY need a better microphone for your camera and a wind resistor. It's so hard to hear you and the wind is distracting. Nomadic Fanatic has a really good one. I would check into the one that he has. Love your vids!

  40. Hey Robert, the reason California has inspection stations to make sure we don’t get exotic pests that could devastate our agricultural industry. When people bring in fruit/vege/plants/animals they could bring in harmful pests that would force farmers to spray more to save their crops or disease that could make animals sick, etc. Don’t tell people that ca wants to take your lemons for the hell of it. Prevention is the safest form of pest control. Thanks for cooperating.

  41. Your videos make me miss being on the road it's been almost since 2 years since my last road trip. This year tho I'm heading out, so thank you for this💖😊

  42. Robert, leaving Lucerne Valley if you intersected with Bear Valley Rd. (which I live 1 mile from) That is called Dead mans point and was used in many old movies.

  43. Fantastic vlog Robert .love the night time time lapse .some great photo opportunities loving the new sticker with the new truck on it we'll have to buy another one to replace the old one we have our van

  44. There's nothing welcoming about California with the highest taxes in the country, stupid laws, and how did you like the Gas prices, $ 1.66 pr gallon in Texas, over $4.00 in California, you did not mention anything about it.

  45. Another great video! I discovered you by accident from one of your Amazon Prime videos and I am hooked, man! lol I also really appreciate your music as I, too, am a musician. Tire tip for you, if it helps. The tire valve stems often times will just loosen up inside and often just need a few turns of the inside valve stem with a valve stem tool. Pick yourself up one at Walmart. They are super cheap and can save you many headaches. I have a couple of tires whose valve stems need a little tightening every so often and it works like a charm. BTW, I really enjoyed your trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I have visited there many times since I grew up about 50 minutes East of Sandusky. I now live right near Lake Erie but it stays too cold up here for too long during the year. I think Miami, Fl is by far a better choice. Take care, Robert, and happy travels!

  46. Next time you are in Barstow, you can take 247 south 20 miles to the Slash X Ranch Cafe. They cater to all of the weekend warriors, racers (on race weekends) and the locals with 3 teeth and overalls. It is good food, though.

    Only go there if you want to get lost in the desert landscape. The 247 will take you to Lucerne Valley. From there you can head up to Big Bear in the mountains (Or Palm Springs). From there you can go to San Bernardino then OC or LA.

  47. Love your Detailed information Views! In recovery having Dental surgery is painful
    watch g your showing helps ease take mind off this temp bed rest
    Love your riding Song fits the Theme of your shows! Thank u for sharing!

  48. I wonder if it was a good decision to close this motel in Amboy. I mean it's still in good shape and I assume that there are a lot of people who want to explore Route 66 and who would like to stay there.

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