Route 66 Trip, 2009
Today it rained and snowed all day, so I pretended I was in Canada, and loaded black-and-white film into my Canadian-made Leica M4-P camera from 1980.
We drove from Needles into Arizona, where we happened into Area 66:
We made it to Kingman in heavy snow. Some of the group got smart and stayed at the motel while we marched onward to downtown Kingman to shoot in the slush.
Cactus in Snow, Kingman, Arizona. top
We crossed diluvian flows running through the streets to get from the museum to Mr. D's.
Leica M4-P, Gossen Digisix meter at EI 64, 21mm f/2.8 ASPH and 1A skylight, 1/8 second hand-held, Kodak T-Max 100, NCPS develop and scan. I didn't get enough light falloff in my lens, so I dodged the center and burned the corners to keep your eyes in the picture, using Photoshop layers, masks and curves. Tech Details.
After lunch we headed out on Route 66 towards Hackberry.
We braved almost certain death and forged on past Peach Springs to Seligman in the snow, just in time to catch the grand sign of the Supai Motel as dusk fell. It never stopped raining, snowing and sloshing all day.
On the way out to Seligman along Route 66 we were curious why all the heavy trucks were coming the other way.
We figured the I-40 might have been shut down, but we weren't sure.
It turns out the I-40 west was closed due to a cataclysmic accident, and everyone, now including us, was on Route 66 headed west.
It took us about four hours to make the short trip back in the deadliest snowstorm seen in northwestern Arizona in many decades.
It looked like this:
Snowy Road of Death, Route 66. top
Instead of being back for an early dinner, we returned at about 10:45. We had dinner at the last remaining barely open truck stop, and ten photographed Kingman's landmark Hill Top Motel.
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