Day 28: West and South of Phoenix
Lots of highway driving today (actually yesterday since I’m still a day behind). Which felt good after the crazy city driving — traffic and lights, crazy parking on sidewalks, etc. The heat continues. In the mid-afternoon, I turned on the A/C and all was well. But then — I noticed on the highway that at about 55 mph, the A/C all but stops working. So I called up the Firestone in Albuquerque where it was worked about a week ago. And I stopped at a Firestone in Yuma. One said it was most likely a blower motor — the other said it was probably a vacuum canister. Either way, a big project. But since the temps have dropped from 105 to a mere 95 — and I’m back to driving in stop and go traffic (small towns and Tucson), the A/C is working well. I’ll just take this A/C thing a day at a time and see if I can limp home & get it repaired there. I just dread the thought of sitting and losing a day’s worth of shooting. Folks took cross-country roadtrips without A/C — so I should just suck it up and keep driving. But if I see my companions tongues out for an extended period of time, I’ll have to stop and deal.
Let’s get to the photos because I’m falling asleep as I’m typing and I haven’t even started working on today’s photos. These two are from Wickenburg:
Up into the mountains to Prescott. I got pulled over for speeding on the only 50 foot straightaway there in the middle of nowhere. Complete speed trap. But got off with only a warning. No tickets yet! I hate this mountain driving thing — takes for-ev-er and I worry about getting stranded. But sometimes, it’s the only possible route.
This one is from Prescott. I’m stumped as to the when/what of this one. The shape and height are very 1920s. But then there’s that modern plastic. And I love that hole that functions as the period — very mid-century. And the who-knows-when of the tacked on message board. The whole thing could’ve been done in the 1960s I suppose — they must have had “retro” signs then.
Also Prescott. This one appears to be new — or a complete replica of an older sign. I’ve been seeing a lot of these A-1 beer signs — which is evidently an Arizona brand:
Still Prescott. This shape looked familiar to me. I went inside to inquire — and yes, the place was originally a laundromat — the sign was adapted. Checking my photos and others at Flickr though — the shape is not quite right. This sign has a much shorter bottom and no top — but maybe Launderama had other signs I haven’t seen or there was another company with a similar design:
One more from Prescott. It appears to be an updated and cleaned up vintage sign:
From Aguila — the Coyote Flats Cafe. Maybe not the original name:
Also Aguila — more saguaro pride:
From Harcuvar . Those squares read “motel” originally:
And on to Yuma:
A vacant department store downtown with some neat details. I couldn’t find a name — or a pedestrian anywhere to ask what this place was:
A former Denny’s sign sleeve. There must have been thousands of these things — now super rare:
From Gila Bend. The lower part of the sign must have been tacked on later — and an interesting solution to wrap-around that balcony:
And on to Casa Grande for the night:
Alright — now I’m going to try to catch up with today’s photos — or maybe not. 1:30 am here. How did that happen?