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Road Runner's Retreat | by Noel Kerns
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Road Runner's Retreat

If Roy's Motel in Amboy, California is only ONE of the most remote, desolate spots along Route 66, it's because 10 miles to the east, the Road Runner's Retreat is THE most remote, desolate spot on the old road.

 

This long-abandoned diner / gas station complex must surely have been a mandatory stop for virtually every motorist heading west on 66...a literal oasis of food, fuel and shade in the middle of the harsh Mojave Desert.

 

An interesting note about the colors on the bottom edges of the two signs...while it probably looks like I changed gels to strobe the two different signs, fact is, I didn't. The condition of the bottom of the upper sign (heavily rusted, no paint left) versus the lower sign (little to no rust, sheet metal gray & teal paint) created two distinctly different color effects with the same pink-gelled strobe.

 

Large on Black

 

Night, full moon, 4 pops of a pink-gelled strobe, two per sign (one left, one right), fired while standing about 10 feet behind the right post of the sign, with the strobe itself carefully positioned to obscure it from the camera.

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Taken on November 16, 2011