Yesterday was an interesting day. I survived the wind, which did hit 71 a few times according to the folks at the motel. Apparently though the good Lord decided I needed a momento as I walked into a wood chair barefoot and think I broke my right pinky toe right after I posted the blog entry for the day. Man that smarted so I tied the 2 toes together with first aid tape and decided it was just the fitting end to the day, watched American Idol on the tube and passed out.
All the motels in Gallup are on 66 which means the railroad is across the street, Every 20 minutes or so you can hear the long blasts of the air horns as the train comes thru town. Just like in My Cousin Vinny. So I was up at 5:30 fully packed and took this pic of the moon and I think Venus
before sunup. I really don’t see all that well at night, even without the cornea problems, so I decided to wait till morning twilight to leave for Flagstaff and see if I could make Zion National Park. I was determined to make ZIon today if at all possible.
I saw this sign and stopped to record the Historic Route 66 sign then sped on down the road to Flagstaff, Wind was maybe 10mph which is nominal at the time I took off down route 66 Did hit some wind in a few spots which just served to keep me awake and focused crossing the desert.
Its like riding North Dakota, mile after mile of nothing, no houses, animals birds nothing but scrub. By 10 am I was gassed up in Flagstaff over 200 miles away (took this pic on the road into town just before the exit for 89) Don’t know the name of the mountain but from half an hour east its pretty imposing. Scooted up 89 towards Page At mile 77 out of Flagstaff I had to brake quickly for 2 wolves crossing the road. Did not want to hit one and have the mate pick on my carcass lol. Later I had to also brake for a big ugly deer.
Soon I took the temporary detour on 20 as there is a bridge out south of Page, Very nice road curves altitude changes and no cars at all In fact I did not see a car or truck either from Gallup to Holbrook. At Page I stopped for gas and took a walk to clear my head from the 300+ miles ridden, Had the orange juice/Water mix that I put in a water bottle at the motel and a banana and cruised to Kanab, Motel did not have had boiled eggs and they call that a hot breakfast?
The road (89) to Kanab carries past Lake Powell which is really low now. I followed a pick up truck and boy he was cruising it was 65 posted but we were well over that. We hit a spot of rain as this big old cloud just let loose but it felt good. Just after another pick up passes us doing over 100 and before you can say warp speed he was out of sight, Made me think of one of Detn8ers road runner posts.
I hit Zion;s entrance about 3 as there was construction on 9 with one lane closed and the road was dirt and gravel and the dirt was red like at Sedona. Zion itself was REALLY COOL. Brittman you knew I was going to make it there didn’t you lol I was disappointed in the GOPRO as the battery which I charged last night cropped out immediately, so I took these pics at different spots and a couple of movies. I made a second pass from the bottom of the switchbacks up to the top then did the scenic drive and it was now after 5 so I beat it to St George and got a nice motel room, bike parked right outside my door I want to give a thank you to my son Corey for his help with the map program today and Stacy for feeding me the weather, It snowed overnight in Flagstaff so maybe my getting stuck in Gallup was for the best,
At the end of this days post I am throwing up a youtube link to someone who ran Zion the opposite direction. Warning. It is speeded up so if you get dizzy its not my fault It happens to really show the full picture of the grandeur of the park. Someday I will return with Bonnie and we will spend time hiking some of the trails, like we did in Sedona