Sacred Canyon Lodge
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Proseguimento per Chinle, Arizona, dove arriviamo in serata dopo circa 560 km di strada.
Riusciamo a visitare velocemente il Canyon de Chelly, South Rim, che secondo il ranger all'ingresso e' il lato migliore da visitare a quest'ora...
Sistemazione al Thunderbird Lodge, che con i suoi 61.29 $ si rivelera' il piu' caro di tutta la vacanza.
... Monument Valley. Fingers crossed for the weather. We've seen loads of awesome dark thunder clouds around today but nothing has come of it, at least not where we have been. Temperatures started a cool 19 degrees C today but have risen up to 28 during late afternoon. Air a lot fresher here compared to our time in Vegas.
Afternoon round trip 152 miles.
... Canyon de Chelly visitor centre to have a quick look around. We've already got a guided tour booked for tomorrow morning that takes us into the canyon but a ranger suggested we drive the south rim trail which we then did.
I should have said earlier that the weather had started to change the further east we've come. Clear sky gave way to isolated white clouds that quickly turned to massive banks of black clouds. The wind got up too ...
... so we reach Alpine in Arizona, then picking up the 191 to Sanders. It's a much cooler day and riding is far more pleasant under these conditions. We fill up in Sanders and grab a cold drink while resting our weary backsides - everyone is now suffering from advanced SAS (Sore A**e Syndrome).
The last 85 miles or so on the 191 are mostly straight, the road arrowing out ahead of us. We're still at altitude, around the ...
... when the rain gods took notice, because somehow the only rain we saw throughout the rest of the park was in the distance. The light peeking through the clouds cast gorgeous shadows on the painted desert, and the colors were more vivid because the clay was wet. We couldn't have asked for anything better! We even took a fabulous hike up close and personal with the blue mesas of the painted desert. It was like being on an alien planet! We ...