Traveling down the old Route 66 and I-40, the new highway that replaced Route 66, you see some very strange and wonderful things.
Before you start down the long 18 mile stretch of road to the Petrified Forest, you see this huge shop, Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Company, full of petrified wood. This is our first encounter with petrified wood.
Inside the shop it’s amazing. You have never seen such huge displays of petrified wood. I’d even venture to say it is the largest collection, outside the forest.
They even have a 2.9 million year old fossilized alligator.
I’m certainly not endorsing this shop over another. We stopped there because we could fit the rig easily in the parking lot. It is a federal offense to actually remove any petrified wood from the Petrified Forest. So stores like this, where they get their petrified wood from private property, are a must if you’d like a piece for yourself. We picked up a piece that we will display in the rv.
On Route 66 you come across a lot of old cars. This one in the parking lot amazing me because it was still street legal. I say that because of the license plate on the front.
So onward to the Petrified Forest! The road is 18 miles long from Holbrook. You travel through nothingness, except cows. You see cows everywhere.