My 2007 Road Trip - 3rd Week
This is a brief journal of the third week of my 2007 road trip to the southwest. I'm dividing this journal into separate pages for each week to keep them more manageable.
Day 15 - Monday, February 26, 2007 - Henderson NV to Montclair CA to Henderson NV
Via I-15 to and fro - 461 miles round trip.
Cousin Ken and I took day trip to the Lazy Daze RV factory, known to enthusiasts as "the Mother Ship," to get a look at the current Lazy Daze Class C lineup, ask a few questions regarding the one I've purchased in Memphis TN, and hopefully get a tour of the factory. No luck on the tour which is reserved for purchasers but we did get a tour of their showroom and demonstrators with Ed Newton, patriarch of the firm, who answered a few of my questions about my 1992 MB as well.
Day 16 - Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - Henderson NV
Day 17 - Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - Henderson NV
Day 18 - Thursday, March 1, 2007 - Henderson NV
Day 19 - Friday, March 2, 2007 - Henderson NV to Williams AZ
Via US93 to I-40 to AZ 66 to I-40 to AZ 64 - 228 miles.
My tentative plan is to take a mid to northerly route eastward across Arizona and New Mexico, keeping to secondary roads as much as I can. The problem is there aren't many secondary roads in this part of the country. Tomorrow I might take a ride up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon and then head generally eastward toward Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM.
Day 20 - Saturday, March 3, 2007 - Williams AZ to Gallup NM
Via AZ 64 north and east to US 89 north to AZ 264 west to NM 264 west - 327 miles.
It would seem I've gotten away from the mild Las Vegas climate. It was in the mid teens in Williams this morning - time to dig out the longjohns for the first time since I left Tennessee.
AZ 64 runs along the south rim of the Grand Canyon through Grand Canyon National Park. That is one big canyon. It's a bit disorienting to look into it - everything in sight is so far down and away I found it hard to place it in scale. I suspect a walk down to the river and back (a rather tough two day walk at best) gives one a far different perspective of the immensity of the thing. There is well over a hundred miles of hiking trails in the canyon.
AZ 264 across the Navaho and Hopi Indian reservations from Tuba City to Window Rock AZ takes one across some of the most magnificant landscapes in the southwset. Take the ride if you get a chance.
Day 21 - Sunday, March 4, 2007 - Gallup NM to Santa Fe NM
Via US 666 north to Indian 9 east to NM 44 south to NM 4 north and east to NM 502 east to US 84 south - 322 miles.
Once again a beautiful ride across the desert. NM 4 north through Jemez Pueblo and up the canyon into the mountains west of Los Alamos is gorgeous.