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Holy Grail of Route 66

It has been a long two days. Yesterday I ended up walking a total of 34 miles. But it was well worth it. I found what some describe as the “Holy Grail of Route 66”, the Painted Desert Trading Post. Dan Rice helped me get on the right track to find it. I want to thank Dan as he arranged for permission for me to stay the night there.

I have to say it was pretty hard to get there and once I did, it was scary. The road to get there was beautiful. The gorges were picturesque and the sunset was incredible.

I encountered a gate that I couldn’t get through. I had to empty my cart of all of its contents and lift the cart over the fence. Upon arrival at the trading post, it was pitch black. There is nothing around and all the weird noises. It kept me awake most of the night.

At daybreak, the area was gorgeous. To picture this place in its hay day must of been an oasis. There is nothing there.

I can see why people try and find this gem. It is beautiful and hard to find. I love that the Route 66 co-op is refurbishing the trading post. It will be something to see when they are done.

Today I walked 18 miles to Chambers. I got stopped by a trooper again today. It happened yesterday also. The officers are great, but I am going to have to reevaluate my route.

I am hoping to make the New Mexico border in two days.

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I have recently retired after 30 years in law enforcement and a few years in the private sector. I have always enjoyed walking form place to place.  One of my favorite assignments was working overtime in our tourist area.  It was a blast to walk around for about 7 hours throughout the Downtown area.

In 2016, I read a book, "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge.  In November of 2016, I decided to do my "walkabout" with God from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles.  I had a blast walking along the Pacific Coast.  It was a beautiful experience.  I learned so many things on this walk.  The main lesson was God was talking to me, I just was not listening.  He was there with me on my walk, I just was not realizing the signs.

I have always been intrigued about walking the PCT, AFT, the Continental Divide and Appalachian Trial.  The one trip that stuck out with me was walking across the United States.