The side driving light on the hack is also out, and while troubleshooting it this morning, realized the multimeter I carry with my tools wasn't working right. Sigh. It'll have to wait till tomorrow when I can purchase another meter and a soldering iron.
I hit the road and was to stay on US160 westbound most of the day. The major spots along the way were Four Corners (which I skipped), Kayenta, Tuba City and finally Flagstaff, Arizona. There were some interesting rock formations along the way but for the most part it was dull slab riding through desert country.
Just west of the town of Mancos, CO, the big arrows attract a driver's
eye to the Hogan Trading Post.
The above is near the entrance to the Mesa Verde Park
At the junction where US160 turns West and US491 continues South
there was this interesting rock formation visible from the highway.
Naturally I turned off and got a bit closer to it.
I found what appears to be an old jail ... curious.
The above Mesa brought back memories of my first overnight road trip
on a motorcycle back in October of 2007, this same rock formation got me published for the first
time on the BMW Owners Association Magazine: LINK
Just to the East of Kayenta which is the gateway town to Monument Valley
is this group of strange looking rock formations. To me they looked like
tight queues of people exiting the main rock formation.
Church Rock, to the west of Kayenta on US160.
From this point on, it was straightforward riding into strong headwinds and rolling desert terrain. I was truly the slowest vehicle on the road due to the headwinds. Still, I was doing pretty good apparently, as the ladies and my sons didn't catch up to me until after I had transited through Tuba City, AZ!
I got to the rental place about 30 minutes after they did, quite a nice vacation rental place if I do say so myself. We'll use this as a base for the next four days to explore the area around Flagstaff.
I covered 494 kilometers today in 7 hours of riding and shooting photos, for a total on the odometer of 21,974. It'll be soon time to do Valencia's 22500 Km service. Valencia once again did great, nothing fell off the sidecar but Murph is right, I need to get better straps. My father-in-law comes to join us tomorrow and we'll come up with a plan by then I am sure.
Today's travels: LINK
Today's travels: LINK
Previously: Prelude to Alaska - Spring Break: Day 1