After leaving Route 66 tourist town, Seligman. The road becomes a long stretch of beauty and solitude of the desert life — waiting to be discovered.
I put the SUV on cruise control, as the song “Hotel California” by the band Eagles began to play. I felt my heart lighten and a big smile spread across my face as I cranked up the volume and sang along at the top of my voice — looking forward to the unknown destinations ahead.
It was such an amazing feeling to drive aimlessly without a care in the world. With an occasional passerby, I was pretty much all alone out there in the hot desert sun — enjoying my freedom and the breathtaking vista around me.
I was pleasantly surprised by the change in the terrain on Route 66 as I continued on to the next town. The road went from flat and straight to steep hills and winding curves. The top speed I could drive with my SUV was around 30 miles per hour. As I carefully navigate around the curves, I thought how exhilarating it would be to drive the road in a convertible sports car with the top down. :)