Holbrook Gateway Inn
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... is great, nothing is too much trouble, yes, they are working for tips, but across the board, no matter where you are or what you are buying, the service is great.
Friday 1st - Left Williams headed for Flagstaff and decided to head down to Sedona, what a great decision that proved to be. We left the interstate at 6500 feet and dropped over 1000 feet riding down through lush forest with 10 mph switchbacks, roadside creeks and massive pine ...
... immediate ominous hissing began, Chelle asked "Have we got a flat tyre?" and the car responded promptly by flashing on the "Check tire pressure" light. I pulled over immediately (the car did most of the work for me as the flat was dragging me that way anyway) and got out to inspect the damage. Totally flat, and hissing out its last breaths as we watched.
No problems - spare wheel in the trunk, so I busied myself whipping off the broken one and popping ...
... as we stopped for several photo ops at some of the scenic stops in the park and did some walking to see the sites.
I wish I had longer to enjoy it but we were on a mission to get to our hotel in the Grand Canyon at a decent hour plus I intended to start out early the next day on a hike. So our trip to the "painted desert" and petrified forest was rushed.
... Tucson to sight yet more rare cacti.
We had a stop at Tombstone and fell into "Big Nose Kate's Saloon" for lunch,great music and a beer.Then we just had to watch a reenactment of the gunfight at the OK corral in the very spot where it happened. What a great day!
We traveled North through more Apache country and (against advice) took the road through Salt River Canyon, we have renamed it Smoking Brakes Canyon, the hairpin bends ...
... the sight. A huge crater appeared before us covered in pink and grey rock formations, it was overwhelming, stunning and breathtaking.
We continued our tour stopping every mile or so to read the boards and take photos. The road through the Park crossed a derelict section of Route 66, the road itself is no longer visible and it's path is only identifiable by a long line of old telegraph poles marching off into the distance and a rusting, ...