Lori and Little Painted Desert sunset.

Because we love food we’re sharing some favorites including a few things available at Lori’s world famous Mercantile.


Corn tortillas: We don’t sell them but here’s how to make your own:

You take dry corn, soak it in lime and water overnight. Rub the kernels together to remove the loose hulls and rinse well. Grind the corn until it’s fine and reintroduce small amounts of water until the dough is soft but not sticking to your hands or the bowl. Next, mash it flat and put it on a hot (350º) surface. Turn it in about a minute, cook it another two, and flip it again. Let it puff up and if it doesn’t don’t worry, just let it cook for another two minutes. Finally give it to the person closest to you and do it again…or buy a bag of masa and follow the instructions on a bag.


Fresh red and green cayenne peppers in dish with whole sage leafs.

Any chilé, they’re all good really. These are my recent obsession. They are fresh Cayenne peppers grown at Coffee Pot Farms in Dilkon AZ. We met Cherilyn and Mike vending at the Winslow Farmers Market and we’re buying for our own consumption and now offering Coffee Pot Farms fresh produce at the Mercantile!

These dried New Mexico chilé pods will be ground for enchilada sauce.


Rinsed dry beans in an old aluminum colander

Anasazi® cave beans are my personal favorites since discovering them at a date stand seven or so years ago. Pictured here is Moki Mix. Moki Mix is a blend of Anasazi®, Bolita, Lima, Kidney, Northern, Pinto, plus green and yellow peas. We buy them direct from the mill to eat and sell in the Pantry.


Joshua Tree Coffee is our favorite (it’s way better than what I roast). Their five varieties are all organic including the full flavored Mountain Water process decaf.

Lori’s favorite is Espresso Roast prepared in a Moka pot while I drift between roasts and pots. This week’s binge is Mellow Ethiopian in a Presto electric percolator.

Good Times

Hiking with family
A date with the Jeep
Partied with the King
Flying with Harold
Driving around in David’s Cougar
Taking pictures of Lori playing guitar
Cruising Clear Creak
Lori and Little Painted Desert sunset.
Little Painted Desert sunset

There it is, not quite as much mileage as 2017-18 but the search for good times starts every day.

Not Winter, but Kinda Like It.

It’s 25° outside, Ted and Jennifer are out at Clear Creek in their camper and we’ll join them in ours today…not sure why camping seems fun but I’m determined to find out. Tune in later for updates.




Motor Palace and Motorcycles go together like Bondorella and stains on a garage floor. The problem was most of the motorcycles were in California until the last couple weeks. We still have a few loads to go but it sure feels good to fire one up and go for a little ride. It’ll be even better when I find my warm gloves. It’s cold here!

‘69 Jawa Speedway and ‘74 Yamaha MX 250 in pickup bed
Lazy motorcycles
‘69 Jawa Speedway on shop lift.
Settling in with a carb swap.
‘74 Yamaha MX250 standing on a corner with Glenn Frey statue.
The MX bonding with Glenn’s statue.


Kit at Christmas parade
There’s Kit, she’s not a motorcycle, but she likes them.
Benny and Kit in Christmas parade
There’s Kit and Bennie!
Santa on fire truck Winslow Christmas Parade
Santa was in town and took a tour on the fire truck.


Roy’s in Amboy threw a relighting party and camp out in celebration of their sign’s restoration. About thirty planes (mostly taildraggers) attended and put on quite a show in the morning.

Neon sign at Roy’s Cafe in Amboy California
Piper Pacer on Route 66 in Amboy
Hot-Rod Piper Cub flying over Roy’s Cafe


Old brick building in fresh snow.  Winslow AZ
We put a new facade of old bricks and bridge timbers from 1928 on the Carriage House. Doors coming soon!
Airstream in fresh snow next to Winslow Motor Palace
I love this thing.


Motorcycles in Winslow AZ parking lot.
It was 17° when we unloaded these motorcycles and they were pissed.
Motorcycles at the Motor Palace
The City of Winslow’s Motorcycle Parking is handy.
Harley-Davidson FatBoy at Motor Palace Mercantile
Still cold at Motor Palace Mercantile.
Train from BMW R50 on Route 66
It was cold here too
‘55 BMW R50 Motor Palace Mercantile
and here
Motorcycles in Winslow Motor Palace. Can-Am, Yamaha Honda
These things are worse than cats.
This one’s pretty cool, definitely not worse than a cat.


Zundap powered Rickman Matisse
The little Matisse is waiting for you to come visit.


Girl in western hat leaning on red wall in Winslow Arizona

Pre-dawn Winslow is a wonderful time of day.

Morning air in Winslow is calm and clean, the trains are rumbling, coffee is hot, and people are visiting with “Easy”, Glenn, and the girl in the flatbed Ford.

66 Motor Palace Winslow Arizona chandeliers in a dark room.
This is what the room is like while the coffee’s brewing.
Coffee poured from class percolator
Motor Palace Winslow Arizona 1948 Ford pickup outside glass garage door with blue early morning sky
Sunrise with Bondorella
Man standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona drinking coffee looking at Flat Bed Ford
Early-bird with his morning coffee looking for the girl.
Airstream coffee mug on wood table in Winslow 66 Motor Palace
Thank’s Corinne and Dani for the cool Airstream mug. I relive my month of urban camping in Old Town Orange with this.

Morning Blues with Tommy

Tommy Dukes sets up at the Arizona Trading Company around eight AM most days and jump starts the the corner with a few sets. Tourists’ love for him frequently results in spontaneous dance.

66 Motor Palace Winslow Arizona Tommy Dukes Bluesman with happy Standing on the Corner tourists.
Tourists trickling in.
Tommy Dukes playing guitar in Winslow Arizona
Tommy’s morning session
People on a corner in Winslow Arizona
Tommy and a happy dancer
Lori, Barry, and Valentina messing with Tommy's stuff.
Lori, Barry, and Valentina messing with Tommy’s stuff.
Tommy with our Singing Mayor Tom McCauley.

Living in Winslow

It’s been a few months in Winslow and I’m not sure life could be much better. We mess with stuff, hang out with friends, sit around, drink coffee, watch Lori’s feral cat “Babbitt”, and as always, we eat. The only things missing are our motorcycles, and a proper kitchen, that said, our motorcycles are in a top secret Southern California vault and our kitchen will have to wait.

Babbitt the feral cat, he’s cute and he likes Lori, eggs, cream, and ground beef.
Black Mercedes Benze 560SEL, Buick TourX, and Dodge B250 against old brick wall
Stuff parked and dirty next to the Motor Palace.
Two Ford F1 trucks parked next to brick wall of 66 Motor Palace Winslow Arizona.
Bondorella’s friend Jr. from New Orleans.
Lori on tall ladder staining rafters.
Standin’ on a ladder in Winslow AZ.
  • White Dodge Van at Richfield station where hotel scene form Easy Rider movie was shot. Bellemont Az
  • White Dodge Van "Dajibagn" on old Route66 60 miles wast os Winslow


Lori spends more time with her mom.
Old three cylinder Speedaire compressor.
Is this the worlds coolest air compressor or what?
Grey Corvette in front of the Motor Palace Mercantile in early morning Winslow Arizona
This Corvette is just what the Mercantile needs. More about the Mercantile later.
Lori in deep thought at Jack’s Canyon.
Free Range Ranchers with guide, DAVID HARTMAN.
Lori returns from a story for Winslow.Town.

That’s all for now, be sure to visit us often.


Lori approaching white VW convertible driven by David in parade Route 66 Winslow Arizona

The holiday season starts with Winslow’s annual Christmas Parade

I’m told, “Everyone should experience Winslow’s Christmas parade once.” It’s true because for a few hours the people of Winslow demonstrate what a successful community is all about. First of all, it’s diverse by default. Participation is open to everyone and there’s no registration fee. You can sign up and just walk.  Also, vendors line the streets offering food from generations-old family recipes. People return every year to see old friends and enjoy their favorite treats.

It’s best to arrive Friday or early Saturday and plan to stay ’til Sunday.  An estimated twenty-two thousand others will join you and parking is a challenge. Fortunately, the streets are closed to traffic allowing the parade to follow a loop over several blocks freeing the sidewalks.

Winslow Arizona Christmas parade 2018 Winslow High School Bulldog Band Route 66
The Winslow High School Bulldog Band.
Winslow Christmas Parade David & Elias in white VW Beetle Convertible Route 66 Rotary club
The Rotary Club, represented by David and Elias.
Winslow Arizona Christmas parade 2018 red vintage Farmall tractor waving and smiling Route 66
Winslow Arizona Christmas parade 2018 vendor.
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018  Mad dressed as Cat in a Hat from library.
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 woman with big smile Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 young girls passing out candy in Santa hats Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 kid in turquoise colored traditional native outfit Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 stylish kid wrapped  as package wearing leopard print Santa hat and cool boots Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 elegant woman smiling with turquoise jewelry Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 calm looking girl playing drums on a float Route 66.
Winslow Christmas Parade Kid in Santa hat passing out candy Route 66
Winslow Christmas Parade 2018 Sheriff's posse rider on horse Route 66

Winslow Arizona Christmas parade 2018 Lori Bentley Law Motordolls Route66
Lori doing her thing

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Thanks for looking, please check back for progress reports on The Motor Palace (lots happening right now) in addition to an introduction to our 1991 Dodge support van!


Route 66 Arizona 66 Motor Palace Oatman Harley-Davidson Museum Store Hotel

Winslow Window Photos

While sorting old photos and a few recent ones sent to us by friends visiting  Winslow, we stumbled on a bunch of old ones from FB & IG. Here are a few window shots from before paint and trim work, back when Aiden and Ava were little kids!
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Ford Woody
Bob & Laurie Welch, Hanford, Ca
Harley-Davidson Route 66 Motor Palace Winslow Arizona
Aiden on his first Harley ride
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Tommy Harkenrider
Tommy, Ava, and Emily Ivy
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace
Steve & Peggy
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Olas Creative Slider Magazine
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Bomonster Acme Speed Shop
Sticker Bombs
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Acme Speed Shop
Sticker Bombers
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace Roamin Rich
Jamie and Roamin’ Rich
Mark Edelstein
Winslow Arizona Route 66 Motor Palace
Only Cynthia knows…
Route 66 Winslow Arizona Motor Palace Ford Van
Greg was #vanlife before #s
Winslow Route66 Arizona
Lori, Wendy, and John.
Winslow Arizona Route66
Wendy, John and their friends from Missouri.
Kristin and Ethan Cline’s 1957 Ford
If you have photos you took please email them to we are unable to download some images posted on social media platforms, Thanks!

Then some California Stuff

Year one of our #vagabondlife concluded September 29th, we still enjoy the roaming and are “planning” year two.  Settling down is not part of the plan. In fact, we’re extending our range to include Long Beach, Airstream, places north, and more time in Winslow.  At this point, my only regret is we didn’t do this ten years ago.  We’ve met a lot of great people and I’ve grown to really appreciate Southern California.  We’ve only had one really lame AirBnB and one bad motel experience. In both cases, we left and were somewhere great in twenty minutes.  Anyway, here’s a few pictures and a link to Lori’s site.  She began documenting our stays when we figured out we were doing a “thing.”
Ma Pa Market Long Beach Belmont Shores California Motor Palace
UPDATE: While writing this and another post on the Winslow “Just Cruisin'” Car Show Lori blew up the internet with this…


Free Range Vagabond Route 66

Life on the Free Range

66 Motor Palace Route66 Road Trip grand canyon caverns
Grand Canyon Caverns golf course

According to the pictures found on egg cartons, Free Range chickens are happier.  So why not humans?  It turns out we are.  September twenty-ninth marks the one year anniversary of our vagabond lifestyle and we like it!

Vagabond chickens are right.

The plan was to settle somewhere within a month of selling our condo, but the months passed and we aren’t ready to settle down.  We don’t even want to look at places.  Bouncing to different locations every week and meeting new people is fun, and it’s a little less money than full-time rent (we stay at Two Crows on weekends), and I can’t imagine being tied to another mortgage and owner’s expenses right now.  We’ve settled into a routine and do a mix of new places as well as favorites we repeat such as the Hotel Peppertree (a Free Range favorite) conveniently located across the street from Vallarta Market and a few great Airbnbs.

Images of Hotel Pepper Tree.

See Lori’s post to read about its history and return from the edge.

Lori’s Christmas Present Lives

After many months of tinkering, the tandem bicycle is dialed in and we took it for a long ride around Orange. We had fun and didn’t get killed.

I rode (motorcycle) to San Diego and found this:

Harley-Davidson Livewire Free

This is Harley-Davidson’s Livewire.  It’s electric powered and really cool.  It lands somewhere between a Swiss watch and a sledgehammer.  Harley- Davidson’s release is planned for Q3 2019, giving their dealers time to build the charging infrastructure and train for the big day.  Livewire is compatible with existing automobile charging stations and will be released in limited supplies to markets with higher of existing E powered and other free-range vehicles.

Here’s a link to Harley-Davidson’s page with more info.

Our twentieth wedding anniversary week was spent in Winslow with an overnight stay in Wickenburg.

Lori’s brother and former vagabond Wayne returned the Can-Am in better shape than it left.  He did a cool ISDT style mod and it’s never run better.

Vagabond Can-Am TNT 66 Motor Palace

We spent hours cleaning and organizing over at the Emporium and added about fifteen hundred usable square feet of space.  Curtis Hardy is working on the masonry repairs and Motor Palace is looking even better.

That’s all for now but we’re working on a couple exciting projects and planning our next trip to Winslow. Be sure to check out Lori’s site for more details and better pictures of the vagabond life. She updates about once a week.  LINK to LORI seriously, I just looked at it. She’s way better.

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