Truck driver Norma Bradford, her two-year-old grandson, Trystan, and dog, Atlas, had a day of Route 66 pit-stops to make Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Ricca)
ANTARES POINT, Ariz. – The Antares Visitor Center is one of many landmarks and pit-stops for photo opportunities along Route 66.
Trucker Norma Bradford, her two-year-old grandson, Trystan, and dog, Atlas, stopped for one of those breaks along the way Thursday. The family road crew stopped for a brief rest at the art gallery, gift shop and diner near mile marker 75 northeast of Kingman – mainly to snap a couple photos in celebration of Atlas’ tenth birthday.
Trystan and the dog posed in front of Giganticus Headicus (the big, green Tiki Head) with a sign that read “Today is my 10th Birthday.” Atlas maintained his composure. Trystan, like just about any two-year-old, had trouble concentrating, but ultimately held still long enough for a few photos.
“I do this every year wherever I’m traveling,” said Bradford, a truck driver of 40 years. “Atlas was raised in a semi. He’s been to every state except for Alaska and Hawaii and we’ll be headed to Alaska in June.”
As for Trystan, this was his first trip in a semi-truck for a trip from the Mohave Desert to Texas.
“I used to travel this road with my parents when I was a kid,” Bradford said. “When I became a truck driver, I decided to take Route 66 whenever I could.”
Bradford had no town to claim as home and said she’s been a resident of the road for nearly five years after selling a house she owned for nearly 20 years. She takes some downtime with her mother in Florida and with friends in the Mohave Desert.
She had a few more stops planned throughout the day. The trek included a drive down Old Highway 66 from Kingman, through Seligman, back onto the Interstate 40 outside Ash Fork and on to Winslow where they’ll be ‘Standin’ on a Corner’ before the journey east.
“I love taking this old road,” Bradford said. “You can just slow down and see the small towns. It’s like stepping back into a simpler time.”