Nip and I rode out of camp by 9:30 to another ideal day. We made the first 30 mile destination to Kayenta, and stopped at MD's for breakfast and a bit of internet catch up.
We agreed to go our separate ways for the day and meetup tonight at the campground at Canyon De Chelle.
It was 45 miles of pavement out to Mexican Hat so I towed out there thru Monument Valley. Lately I've been there 3 or 4 times, but I took pictures again as I rode. Pictures thru there are always different due to cloud and sunlight conditions....so here are my latest.....
I was struck with how much this one looked like an Indian maid.
I unloaded in Mexican Hat and started out on the V of G road about 10 miles east of town. The road is only 16 miles long going over to 261....
The road is ride-able by any bike, but there is a lot less stress on a lighter DS motorcycle.
This is BLM land so dispersed 'free' camping is allowed out there. Lots of rock fire rings show evidence of over nighters. It's very clean with no trash of any kind.....and lots more natural monuments.
Almost to soon I find myself at Hwy 261 looking at the cliff that hosts the 'Moki Dugway'.
From the top....That building down there is the 'Valley of the Gods B & B'.
Once on top I had to make the 6 mile ride west to Muley Point. Camping here is also possible with all of MV in the background.
That's the San Juan River down there. See that little bit of water there on the right?
Well at a 10 power zoom you can see folks having a ball down there.
That's John Brown road there below the cliff. I won't get there this trip, but I will someday.....
Note the fire ring...
I headed back to Mexican Hat. Along the way I got off the main road to capture the MH rock.
Behind the rock hides the San Juan River as well as that magnificent patterned hillside.
I went back thru Monument Valley toward Kayenta. Note the different colors of the scenery later in the day.
The wind kicked up again on the road from 160 to Many Farms (Many Farms is an Indian Town). There was quite a bit of blowing sand, but it was only 60 miles long.
I was happy to be in the shaded campground of Canyon De Chelle. The large trees provided shelter from the wind. Nip showed up shortly, and we went into the town of Chelle, and enjoyed Burger King's finest for dinner.
Did I mention that it's a free campground.....?
Tomorrow we'd explore the Canyon Rim.......