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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Along the westernmost part of The Main Street of America,  Route 66 carves its way across the unforgiving desert of the Mojave for more than 230 miles between Kingman, Arizona and Victorville, California.

The opening of the final stretch of Interstate 40 between Kingman and Barstow sealed the fates of tiny gas stations and motels along the Mother Road, and their carcasses still dot the landscape for adventurous travelers willing to bypass the Bypass.

Though the section between Ludlow and Newberry Springs is rough, the remainder of Route 66 through the desert is drivable, and offers an insight into our past as the West was bursting with adventure, novelty and promise.

A few hard-scrabblers still hang on, waiting for that traveler braving the desert
 in search of the past.

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