306 miles this day!!!
20.08.2015 31 °C
It's 0630 this morning and we're writing yesterday's blog. We were supposed to travel 185 miles but we ended up in the saddle for nearly 11 hours and rode for 306 miles!!!
Instead of stopping at visitor centers we went off of Route 66 and took National State Park roads.
We left Gallup as 0825 and our first stop was the Petrified Forrest National Park. This was once a flood plain in the Triassic period leaving petrified trees and logs. The rock formations were spectacular. We took nearly 3 hours driving just 31 miles as we stopped, looked, photographed and videoed the scenery in 30/31 degrees of sunshine.
From there we rode to Holbrook for lunch. This is where the Wig Wam motet is located. These are cement hotel rooms with air conditioning. They became a National historical point in 2003 so they are not in use now.
From there we stopped for a rest at the Jack Rabbit trading post. As you can see from the photographs we swapped one Harley for another Harley (Rachel take note; Harley is now in training!).
Our last stop was the Sunset Crater & Wupatki National Monuments. This was a volcano with lava beads and Pueblo ruins which were occupied between 1100 and 1250 AD. This as a 35 mile route which again took us 2 hours to navigate.
We finally checked into our hotel in Flagstaff at 1845 hours, a real long day and the state park roads took us well off of our original Route 66. One benefit was that the clocks went back an hour so we are now 8 hours behind UK time.
Feeling quite tired we spent the evening in the Outback restaurant about 10 minutes walk from the hotel where we replenished our food and medicine.
Today our only stop is the Grand Canyon so we should be able to have a longer rest.