Before leaving, I added a new sticker to my bike. Women Adventure Riders! A fantastic group of diverse women on a Facebook group.
We actually decided to leave a day early and take a flower sniffing ride. Yippee! So, after a lovely sleep in, we hit the road about 10:30 am with our destination being Flagstaff, AZ, about 300 miles. We took UT-9/UT-59/AZ-389 out of Utah. Our first stop was at Pipe Springs, AZ. A little, tiny roadside stop. A tidbit of information for those who like to collect National Parks/Monuments, etc. stamps, Pipe Springs, a National Monument, has a fantastic visitor center and the old ranch and water stop is very interesting. They have several stamps including Pipe Springs and The Old Spanish Trail. I can't remember what other stamps they might have. So, if you're ever out that way, take a few minutes and look around. We just got gas, a snack and that was it!
Leaving Pipe Springs, still on AZ-389 to Fredonia, AZ where we picked up US-89A, we rode up, up, up to the Kaibab Plateau and stopped at Jacob Lake for lunch. This is where you take the turn for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. That road is still closed but should be opening soon.
We made a quick photo op stop at Navajo Bridge. Again, another awesome visitor center and more stamps! This is where they have the California Condor program so you can get a special Condor stamp along with The Old Spanish Trail and Navajo Bridge. We didn't linger, just a quickie stop here.
We arrived in Flagstaff around 4:30 pm, quickly located our motel, University Econolodge. Wow, nice surprise, the rooms have all been updated, are clean and have microwave & fridge. Nice!
Now, we're off on foot to locate some dinner. Tomorrow will be an easy couple hundred miles into Phoenix and we'll hook up with the Maximal Tours peeps so we know where and what we'll be doing. I'll post tomorrow or the next day and let you know where we'll be and hope, if you're in the area, you'll stop by and say hello!
Yup, had a great ride today. I'm tired and my bad left shoulder is sore. I'm a Candy Ass not an Iron Butt. I need to ride more ;-)