Arizona June 30-July 5, 2008
|I will start riding from
Sedona. We will just spend one day here seeing the area before I head off to
Heavy road construction makes getting around in Sedona....a pain!
|Pretty impressive red rock formations all
around the area. Every other business is named "Red Rock Something or
Few more photos below....
|View of Sedona from the airport lookout.|
|View from a restaurant patio.|
|Now I head out of the 105 degree heat of Sedona into the Arizona mountains and head East on AZ-260 for the almost 200 mile ride through the cooler 7000 feet elevation.|
|I stop off the Hiway to visit a State Park to see some natural stone bridges and a canyon.|
|A "Natural Shower".|
|Arizona has some pretty areas.|
|Right about now the wind really starts up, I
hear thunder, sky is darkening...
....but too late to get out of the way of an afternoon thunderstorm. I actually got cold...and wet. In a couple hours I went from extreme heat to ...shivering!
|Wednesday I ride a loop from Show Low to Springerville to Fort Apache to Show Low and then back to Pinetop. 196 mile
On the way to Springerville on AZ-60 I see this dirt road going up to this mountain that turns out to be an ancient cinder cone of black and red volcanic rock. Not a soul around.
|Looking the other way you can see I am in the middle of no where. Flat prairie-like scenery. Once I leave Springerville, the scenery changes to thick forest. I watch a big lightning storm to the South as I ride through the mountains. I only got a few sprinkles. I meet Evelyn at Fort Apache to see General Crook's quarters and how his troops dealt with the local Apache Indians from 1871-1913.|
|Thursday I find "my road". A 15 mile stretch of dirt road between Vernon and McNaly through the forest. Nice riding!|
|Off that deserted road I find this narrow road. No one for miles.|
|Can you smell the pine scented air?|
|There are many Indians in the area, and yes, they have a casino. Hon-Dah. I kept looking for Toyo-Dah. :)|
|On the way to Indio from Pinetop Arizona.|
|Yippee! We made it to Worldmark in Indio despite the 110 degree temperature.|
|A couple pictures of Worldmark's largest resort|
|Float down this lazy river.|