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Fortunately, while on the Great American Road Trip (Summer of 2009), we made it a point to meander down many roads less traveled. That included Highway 191 from The Painted Desert to Wilcox, which parallels the New Mexico border through the White Mountains and follows part of Francisco Coronado's trail as he searched for the Seven Cities of Gold.
For weeks the searing conflagration consumed everything in its path with a furor, reminding us all that this *is* the Devils Highway, the southern portion of old Route 666.
Looking West From Old Route 666
This road wanders for several miles southeast of Route 666, gradually rising into the mountains and ended not far from where these deer are foraging.
TWC is grateful that we were able to enjoy it because it's forever gone. Be a century before it even remotely resembles what it looked like a month ago.
Fire Timeline (daily progression) here. Takes a moment to load.
Ajo, a Spanish word meaning garlic, is pronounced: Ah-ho (sometimes Ay-ho). The town is about forty miles north of the border crossing at Lukeville, where the nice green man with the M-16 told TWC he better not be takin' no pictures of him lest he obtained written permission from ICE ICE, Baby.
The town of Ajo seemingly has more Border Patrol personnel than residents. I kept wondering why all these BP officers were cruising Highway 85 from Gila Bend instead of, well, guarding the border.