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We got another early start after breakfast and headed south into New Mexico and the Town of Aztec. We had noticed, when talking about this trip, a place called Aztec Ruins, and thought it might be an interesting place to check out. It was!
The name was a bit misleading. They aren't Aztec Ruins at all but so named by the Spaniards that …
Well we woke early and headed to the Balloon Fiesta and got there about 7.30am. They were just taking off. It was a beautiful sight -0 but also a sinking feeling in the stomach as we watched the balloon we were suppose to be on the day before.
The skies were full of hot air balloons - never seen anything like it. There were a few novelty …
... 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 ...