Myrtle Beach Bike Week Bound: Route 66 and Beyond in Photos

With the Laughlin River Run all wrapped up and the J&P Cycles mobile showroom packed up, Joe Sparrow and the J&P event crew have hit the road for Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

As with each major motorcycle rally that J&P Cycles attends, Joe takes the long way from rally to rally, meeting the truck on location just in time to get set up for the event. Joe assists customers at the truck during the event, and then after the show’s over, he’s off again.

He took off from Laughlin and headed east on historic Route 66, the Mother Road. His trip included stops in Oatman, Winslow, and Holbrook, Ariz., through Albuquerque, N.M., Texas, across Arkansas and into Alabama to check out the legendary Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum before making it to Myrtle Beach Tuesday night. While passing through Arkansas, Joe had the fortunate timing of being able to attend the inaugural Steel Horse Rally in Fort Smith, which filled Garrison Ave. with thousands of bikes, riders and spectators.

As a man who’s traveled over a million miles on two wheels, he hopes to use his photography and stories to inspire people to get out from in front of the television and see what this great country has to offer.

Photos speak a thousand words, and Joe sure knows how to tell a story.

On the road to Oatman, Ariz.
On the road to Oatman, Ariz.

Downtown Oatman.
Downtown Oatman.

Run it till the wheels fall off.
Run it till the wheels fall off.

Taking a break at Cool Springs.
Taking a break at Cool Springs.

Stepping back in time on the “Mother Road” in Cool Springs on Route 66.
Stepping back in time on the “Mother Road” in Cool Springs on Route 66.

That one corner in Winslow, Ariz. after a spring shower.
That one corner in Winslow, Ariz. after a spring shower.

Arizona has one of my favorite sections of Route 66.
Arizona has one of my favorite sections of Route 66.

Sometimes you have to suffer a little rain to reap the benefits.
Sometimes you have to suffer a little rain to reap the benefits.

This I can eat going down the road…A bowl of chili is a different story.
This I can eat going down the road…A bowl of chili is a different story.

The Wigwam Motel is a Route 66 favorite in Holbrook, Ariz.
The Wigwam Motel is a Route 66 favorite in Holbrook, Ariz.

East Bound in central New Mexico.
East Bound in central New Mexico.

Navigating Albuquerque.
Navigating Albuquerque.

So that’s who’s been doing all the tagging.
So that’s who’s been doing all the tagging.

Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Everything’s bigger in Texas.

Back when gas stations were actually service stations, this 1936 Tower Building featured a diner, barber shop, auto laundry and full service.
Back when gas stations were actually service stations, this 1936 Tower Building featured a diner, barber shop, auto laundry and full service.

Sights along Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas.
Sights along Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas.

Today’s exceptional Route 66 find is the Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, Okla. Harley the owner says it’s not a museum and it’s not a store. It’s just stuff he’s collected over the years.
Today’s exceptional Route 66 find is the Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, Okla. Harley the owner says it’s not a museum and it’s not a store. It’s just stuff he’s collected over the years.

A small look into the Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, Okla.
A small look into the Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, Okla.

One man’s windmill collection near Erick, Okla., is just a tiny part of his vast collection of everything mechanical.
One man’s windmill collection near Erick, Okla., is just a tiny part of his vast collection of everything mechanical.

One man’s backyard on Route 66.
One man’s backyard on Route 66.

No polish needed to have fun.
No polish needed to have fun.

Garrison Avenue is one of the widest main streets in America and the Steel Horse Rally used about 6 blocks of it for motorcycle only parking. By evening the street was packed.
Garrison Avenue is one of the widest main streets in America and the Steel Horse Rally used about 6 blocks of it for motorcycle only parking. By evening the street was packed.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

This is what Joe thrives on.
This is what Joe thrives on.

Made it to Myrtle Beach just in time to take a little breather.
Made it to Myrtle Beach just in time to take a little breather.

Be sure to follow along with Joe Sparrow’s adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at #WanderingSparrow and right here on the blog.

By | 2015-06-09T13:32:52+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|5 Comments

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  1. Kyler Carden May 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Where in Myrtle are you setting up? I’m looking for a part!

  2. Denise V May 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Love following Joe’s Adventures. We always have a door open for him!

  3. George May 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I didn’t see a picture of “The Blue Whale Swimming Hole” in Catoosa Oklahoma. It’s right on Route 66 and as a young teenager me and my best friend would regularly walk down the road to it, pay our $2.00 for a solid day of swimming, girl watching, and plain old fun.

    • J&P Cycles May 7, 2015 at 8:21 am

      George, thanks for the response! Hopefully Joe will add that to his list of “places to go!”

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