Thursday September 24, 2020
It started with a beautiful morning sunrise. I just open the door and there it is. My mornings now start at 7am when it gets light out. I am no longer up hours before the sunrise. Since I am traveling I only walk Berkley when it is light outside unless I want to be somewhere really early. It is a nice way to start the day. We usually walk for a couple of miles then come back and have breakfast. Sometimes I am just finishing breakfast as late as 9am. It is so nice not to have to run around like a crazy person in the morning. To enjoy each day and not dread it is so lovely.
Today was just going to be a travel day from one point to the next. I had no idea all of the spectacular sights I was going to see.
First was the Navajo Bridge spanning the Grand Canyon. It was orgionally built in 1929, but was to narrow and not strong enough for the large vehicles of today. A second larger and stronger bridge was later built in 1994. The first one still remains intact and is open for pedestrians to walk across. It looked like it was going to be a little scary driving over it but it was really wide and non-scary for me.
Next it was Monument Valley. More unbelievable scenery. I did take a few pictures while driving but did not stop at any of the pullouts. I just enjoyed it while driving by.
Then it was Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River. This required a parking fee and a 1.5 mile hike to see, but was well worth it.
The grand fanally was a drive up a canyon wall. I am just driving along gazing at this canyon wall off in the distance. Then I realize that the road is heading stright toward the middle of it and it looks like it would be a hell of a long way to go around it. As I get closer I see where the road does indeed go right up it. OH MY!
Then imagine my shock when I see a sign that says the pavement ends. WHAT?!?! This is the way Google Maps is taking me! I shouldn’t be surprised. There are just as many dirt roads out here as paved roads. For the next 3 miles I climb this canyon wall on a dirt road with sharp turns and switchbacks and sometimes only enough room for one vehicle. The road did have some washboard sections, but for the most part it wasn’t to bad for a dirt road. It was definitly scenic and crazy fun. When I get to the top it is flat with a perfectly smooth paved road. I was thinking I was going to have to go down the other side, but nope. Pure bliss at the top.
Zoom in to see the sign that says “pavement ends 800 feet”.
Don’t tell Mom… I took some photos while driving.
View looking over the edge of the road.
Getting closer to the top.
For anyone one who would like to try it. It is route 261.
“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” ~ Babs Hoffman