OK, on my last post, I was tired, so I kind of rushed through the day. Briefly, the day in AZ was great, the ride out of Sedona on the 89 north is one of my favorite. the red mountains combined with the trees and the river is hard to beat. the dirt road that I talked about, and put a pict. or two on the post was an unexpected joy. Both Kirk and I are (were) dirt bike riders, we still have our wr 450's in our garage, but it's been a while since we actually took them out and abused them (us). so we really liked the "off road", now those big GS's aren't by any stretch of the imagination a dirt bike but the beauty of the gs is just that, when you see a dirt road, you can go. deep sand and large rocks are no fun on the beast, but that ride was fantastic.
Last night when we came out of the Grand Cyn. after a mass attack of bugs, wind shield and face shield covered from just a few miles, little buggers managed to get inside our helmets, even with the face shield down.
we ended up stopping in Cameron, thinking that it would be a little shack, next to a gift shop. turns out, it was a "find" the trading post has been there since early 1900's and the restaurant and hotel were added much more recently. it was really nice and at a reasonable rate. the Navajo Taco and fry bread was a hit.
out of Cameron, we headed to the Four Corners. for those that don't know it is where AZ, UT,NM, and CO all come together, the only place in the country where four states come together. took our obligatory tourist pictures and got back on the road.
stopped at the UTE Casino for lunch, and then back on the 160 toward Cortez CO. that's where Kirk and Lynn separated from us to start their way back home via Arches National Monument. we split at the 160 & 491 junction.
the terrain from southern CO to just a few miles east on the 160 changes dramatically, from "barren desert" to rolling hills with farms to Mountains with snow. we got into Durango CO. at about 5ish, with the time change we lost an hour. we really didn't put that many miles on the bike today, much like yesterday, but they were quality and that is what counts. so we pulled into town and found a great old Hotel, the General Palmer Hotel, it was built in 1898. the wife loves old hotels that have been restored, so if she's happy....
Tomorrow, the plan is to head south through NM.