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Oatman

I drove to Oatman along the former Route 66 (now Highway 10), passing such oddball sites as Ed's Camp, Shaffer's Fishbowl, and the Big John Lacy Memorial Guitar. Oatman is a former gold mining town which now features many old-west tourist activities. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 35.02042, -114.3835 

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Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City is a beastly-hot oasis of water, and apparently a haven for huge flashy cigarette boats. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 34.4744, -114.3499 

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Swansea Ghost Town

I visited the Swansea Ghost Town, about 40 miles southeast of Lake Havasu. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 34.15555, -113.8321  I made a loop, entering by Swansea Mine Road, on which I crossed the Central Arizona Project Canal). Swansea had many remains to explore, including various ore processing buildings, workers quarters, and a mine entrance guarded by a snake.

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After spending the night camping near Swansea, I continued northeast to the Bill Williams River See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 34.22782, -113.7783 , then turned southeast on a gas pipeline trail, before taking the Alamo Dam Road back to Highway 60. The gas pipeline itself was very interesting, with an elaborate crossing at the Bill Williams River, and various stations with huge cut-off valves.

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At Route 60, I filled up on supplies at the store at the tiny town of Wenden. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 33.82312, -113.5417 

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