Route 66 Motorcycle Road Trip | Arizona Cowboys, Hot Rods & Diners

Route 66 Motorcycle Road Trip |  Arizona Cowboys, Hot Rods & Diners


Who are you? It’s the Vagabrothers. Welcome to Route 66, the classic American road trip spanning 2200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Nicknamed the Mother Road, this highway has beckoned countless adventurers to discover the heartland of America. But for us it’s just the starting off point to discover the best of the Southwest on two wheels, from classic Americana to natural wonders, ancient heritage and the bizarre and unexpected. As we explore the back roads to the Southwest, we’ll be staying at the redesigned guest rooms of Super 8 by Wyndham Hotels, our roadtrip companion to help us maximize value so we can spend more time exploring this beautiful corner of the country. In this two-part series, we’ll be riding all the way to Taos, New Mexico. But in this episode we’re exploring the heart of Route 66 and making our way to the Red Rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Let’s go Our first stop on Route 66 is the roadside town of Kingman, Arizona. And we’re here during the Fun Run, a classic car rally that happens once a year. There’s over 800 vintage vehicles here. Their owners are polishing them, making them look all pretty, and it really does add the atmosphere. It feels like vintage Route 66. Let’s go check it out. Well, it’s been a long hot day of riding, so we’ve stopped into Mr. D’z 66 Diner. It’s a classic Route 66 diner, and any road trip on Route 66 would not be complete without a stop at a diner. Diners really grew up around Route 66. This was the first paved highway in the country, and a lot of the locals were trying to figure out how to draw tourists in off the road. And so they started competing by making bizarre attractions, crazy colorful signs, like the Eat Sign, comes from here. And so the diner is really part and parcel of Route 66. And you know the 1930s, during the Great Depression, this became more of a way for people to get a better life from California that’s like Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. But this kind of aesthetic really comes from the 1950s when it was like the heyday of driving across the country in your brand-new American-made car. But things had kind of changed after that. In the 80s the interstate system came in, and Route 66 was no longer the principal road. So it kind of became a B road. But that actually makes it the perfect road trip road nowadays because you don’t want to be driving down a 10-lane super freeway. You want to be taking it slow on the scenic road, and that’s exactly what this place is. Take the road we drove this morning. It was a curvy.. 191 turns from Oatman to Kingman, and in the original days, they had to hire locals to drive that road. So it’s winding , but that’s great for motorcycles. Route 66 might not be the fastest way to get from A to B, but it’s certainly the best. And with a stop like this, definitely the tastiest. It’s been a super fun day, but it has been a long day. We’ve just arrived here in Williams, Arizona at 6,766 ft. I am just mind blown by how much the scenery has changed. We started out from the deserts surrounded by cacti. Now, we’re up in the mountains surrounded by pine trees. So we figured this is the place to stop for the night. We’ve got a big ride tomorrow, and the Super 8 is good value… won’t break the bank and a great place for us to rest up for tomorrow’s ride. So we’re going to go check out what’s happening in Williams. But first, I think we deserve a little nap. Totally.. Nap time? Nice to meet you. Good to see you. Hi, Marko. Nice to meet you. Sit down. Thank you. It’s dinnertime; we’ve come to the Wild West Junction, and we are joined by Mayor John Moore who’s also the marshal. Thank you for having us. Thank you for being here. What we’ve noticed is the cowboy culture is super strong here in Arizona. This is like when you think of the Wild West, this was it right? There’s no doubt that Arizona’s a cowboy wild west state. Here we have cowboys in our slew daily. It’s not unusual to see a cowboy or two riding a horse down the street. Can you tell us a little bit about the story of Williams? Oh cool. Williams is named after an old mountain man named Bill Williams. What about the history of Route 66? How did the town change when Route 66 came through here? When Route 66 came through, it was actually a plan of President Eisenhower. It was the Mother Road that started in Chicago and went all the way to LA. When a highway I-40 bypassed, it killed almost all of the towns along Route 66. Williams was the last town to be bypassed, and that was in October of 1984. The town really kind of sunk to a low point and then the last several years it’s been rebuilt, and as you can see now, there’s a lot of tourists, a lot of activity. Of course the Grand Canyon being sixty miles down the road doesn’t hurt either. What do you think it is that brings people to Route 66, especially from other countries? I mean, is it an idea? Is it certain places? Nostalgia? Nostalgia is part of it. A lot of it is, you know, back in the day they did a movie on Route 66, Easy Rider with Peter Fonda. That was part of Route 66 and Williams, Arizona. You guys ride bikes. It’s just what it is. Once you come here, you’ll come back, and we’ll drink a beer together. I love that. On that note, we should drink a beer together. Totally. So you’re also the marshal? That’s correct. I’m the marshal. I don’t put up with any foolishness. By the way, haven’t I seen you fellows someplace before? No , maybe on YouTube. I don’t think so. Well, we’ve just arrived to our third and final stop: Sedona and Red Rock Country in Arizona. Apart from being stunningly beautiful, it’s also known for its natural energy. Let’s find out more. My name is Allyn MacLeod. I’m the manager of the Sedona Crystal Vortex Welcome to the energy. The way the earth’s ley lines are set up in Sedona, we have a lava flow that flows under and over the ley lines. As it does, it creates an electric magnetic energy field. Masculine energy is pulling upward, the feminine is pulling downward. That energy actually affects the frontal lobe of the brain. It’s an amazing healing process. You can feel extremely emotional while you’re here. if you feel extremely emotional the most important thing you can do possibly is have a really good pride. It is so mportant. It’s releasing the negative inference that no longer serve our life purpose. If you feel incredibly wonderful when you’re in Sedona, that is the Divine Feminine. It’s the new energy that’s coming in to help heal the planet. What you see in the mountains around us is a really high iron content in in the Red Rocks It’s what creates the redness. The reason we use the crystals in healing.. our bodies are made up of crystals and minerals. The way it works is based on the chakra system. Each chakra is a different color. When you are specifically attracted to certain colors of the stone, that chakra may need attention. What an epic road trip so far. I cannot begin to describe how much Arizona has shattered my preconceptions. This has been such a fun road trip so far, and then to end it here in Sedona… one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty much speechless. Yeah, I mean, this is just beautiful. The scenery behind us is magnificent. People talk about this place as having a special energy. You can totally feel it. I don’t know vortex or not, this is just an incredible place. You can feel peace and tranquility that’s like the complete contrast to what we saw earlier in Kingman with the car rally and all of that. A lot of people, 800 cars, all the noise and the motors, and then now here, peace. We’ve seen so much Oatman, the Wild West, Kingman, vintage cars and diners, and now Sedona. We’ve seen a lot of Arizona so far, but there’s only the first part of a two-part series. We’re going to New Mexico next, so stay tuned for that next week. In the meantime, big thanks to Super 8 for making this trip possible. You can find all the links down below to their social accounts. Go give them a follow. And as always, stay curious keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road. Peace.

100 comments

  1. Route 66 in Arizona is one of my favorites for sure! However, for me, nothing beats Jerome! Such a fun, quirky town that is not quite as touristy as Sedona! Plus, the history there is crazy!

  2. Yay, vagabrother duo is back! Great intro. Someday I’ll get my kicks on a Route 66 and drive the whole thing. I used work by the Chicago end and passed the sign daily. Nice Super 8 is sprucing up, I had the worst stay at one (very rowdy). Look forward to the next segment. Oh! A friend is currently on vacation in Uzbekistan, thought of y’all.

  3. When I spent 3 months crossing your country in 1992 my favourite part was new Mexico. I enjoyed alberquerque, santa fe and taos. In fact the taos pueblo was my favourite sight around here.

  4. The Route 66 starts in Virginia I use to drive there on daily basis. Tysons Corner, Vienna, Fairfax, Manassas, Warrenton and so on.

  5. Love that you guys are venturing out on your own adventures but it’s so great to see you guys together again

  6. Another awesome video dudes, I was lucky enough to do some of the 66 a few years back, one of the greatest roads in the world. Love how Marko manages to wip out an awesome hat even on a bike trip. You guys should do a road trip around the British coast 👍🏼

  7. Awesome video!!! I've always wanted to travel all of Route 66. Such spectacular scenery!!!

  8. Sedona is a beautiful place but all the energy stuff is a bunch of pseudoscience bunk. And the crystal stuff too.

    Sedona also has a lot of cults who are into weird shit but the place is great to spend a day or two. You should go off-roading on the dirt road behind the red cliffs and it joins up to I-17 and you can find your way back to Sedona through AZ 179 and 89A.

  9. I was waiting for the scene to develop at the start and when you pulled the helmets off for the boy to shout "its the Milky Bar Kids' 🙂
    Did you feel the power of the crystal in Sedona one wonders? Question did you have a drone moving in the shots where you were both photographed on your bikes from the front or another rider? Enjoyed the video, thank you.

  10. Route 66 looks so much fun. I think a lot of people dismiss the US as a travel destination because they just think it's Disney Land, Manhattan and LA but forget about everything in between, the national parks in particular look amazing.

  11. Koodoos to yos for capturing a better part of US Route66 had a blast watching from cafe central, saved last eight minutes f Saturday night !!

  12. Just got back from 5300 miles motorcycle trip into American West and we stayed in Williams and drove into Sedona as well. Amazing places. We had fun evening in Williams and I do recommend that town to everyone. How hot wa sin Kingman? we did hit 114 in Needles on June 11. What saved us was swim in cold Colorado river right pass the border bridge on the way to Barstow. We had 119 week later in Death Valley . BTW i do enjoy your videos a lot. Great work. Keep it going

  13. I cannot believe you rode from LA to Taos on a Triumph with knobby tires. I bet the motorcycles were on the trailer for most of the journey.

  14. We drove 66 and it was fun, we started off in East Texas actually and the trees go from normal tall to baby bush trees back up to tall pines. So much diversity in the landscape.

  15. Yeah this video felt off for me, felt more like a commercial than anything else. Come on guys, where's the PASSION?!

  16. The cinematography is insane! Loved how well you mixed modern and 50s vibe. Mannn I need a motorcycle license asap

  17. Hi, I'am from Poland. I started to watch your channel a few weeks ago. It's the best travel channel I've every see. You motivates me to 3 things:
    1. Learn eanglish
    2. Start traveling
    3. And learn eanglish 😀
    You are the best 👍great job.
    I hope I will visit America someday 😊

  18. Great ride! You really hit the Arizona high points of iconic Route 66 with amazing video of moto riding (drones and rear-facing angles), fun story-telling, crystal-energy and classic cars. Well done!!!

  19. I drove from WV to Phoenix in 2015 for the first time and took the interstate all the way. I only ended up on Route 66 when I’d make a wrong turn or something. It was so much nicer than the long interstate stretches through all that flat land. If I ever take that road trip again, I’ll be sure to plan it specifically on Route 66 🥰👏🏼

  20. Am I the only person who has a feeling Marco gained some weight? Still awesome video, Arizona is awesome

  21. Great video once again. A fun and interesting route to take for sure. Because you enjoyed your trip, please check out this Route 66 blast from the past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCSgcpmIxyQ&feature=share – I came across it about six months ago. Hope you enjoy it. Hope to hear what you think.

  22. Sponsored by Super 8. I take a few motorcycle trips a year and I always search for Super 8. Never been disappointed. Clean, fair price, comfortable beds.

  23. A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on newcomers. When he finished, he found his horse had been stolen.
    He comes back into the bar, handily flips his gun into the air, catches it above his head without even looking and fires a shot into the ceiling. “Who stole my horse?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness.
    No one answered.
    “I’m gonna have another beer and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I’m finished, I’m gonna do what I dun back in Texas and I don’t want to have to do what I dun back in Texas!”
    Some of the locals shifted restlessly.
    He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town.
    The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, what happened in Texas?”
    The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home!”

  24. Love New Mexico ain’t nothing like stopping by Albuquerque and Santa Fe and all those mountains and canyons

  25. I love that you guys ride completely different bikes. Five years ago when I was shopping for a new bike it was between a Triumph and BMW. I went with the BMW GS but I have great respect for both. Great video guys!

  26. It gonna 😘 Awesome 👍 series😁😚my dream 😀 road trip 😘 mother road 66😘 love this there is something about route 66 😉☺️ get your kicks on route 66 😘☺️☺️

  27. Ah lads a BMW and Triumph on Route 66 ! two great bikes but not for the mother road ,Drove it in 2015 on a Harley and loved every mile of it ,

  28. I’ve been watching your videos for forever, I lived in the Basque Country last year and didn’t know what it was before I saw your videos… and it made me super happy to see you in my home state ❤️ bummer you didn’t make it to flagstaff though, a bit more epic stop on Route 66

  29. Going to Sedona, AZ in October, I’m so stoked to see it!! I have only been to Arizona once (Cave Creek, AZ), and it’s my dream to move to Arizona, a dream I’m determined to make a reality. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  30. Brilliant guys, you definitely captured it. I was just in that area a couple weeks ago myself. I went on a road trip from Oregon to Santa Fe and stopped in Sedona. One of the most underrated places in the world. It should really be a national park, but I'm glad it isn't so that you can explore more freely. What month were you there?

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  32. Good to see you two hitting the road on bikes. Maybe I'll have a filming car carry my luggage/camping supplies next trip.

  33. Great video. However – The Interstate System was started in the 50s under the Eisenhower administration – not the 80s. Also, Rte 66 was not the first paved highway in the country. But don't let the facts spoil a good story!

  34. Great video guys, more outstanding footage and quality cinematography. I love it when you get on your bikes, there is no greater way to travel.

  35. This makes me want to go to Sedona even more. It's the #1 place in the US that I want to visit!

  36. My friend and I drove from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon last December and eventually reached Williams, AZ. It was an experience of a lifetime to visit there. Surely one of the most beautiful places I have been to.
    Thanks for making me recollect those spectacular sights through your video.
    Great job boys. Good luck! (:

  37. Awesome Video 👏

    I have lived in Arizona for 10 years… I LOVE Arizona☀️☀️

    Lots beautiful memories ❤️

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