We Found a Huge Hole in Arizona

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Korena's Spa
Mr. Liberty's Back Seat
What I did
No Dog's Allowed Saloon

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, September 21, 2012

In the spare time we had while staying in Geary we did quite a bit of research on the best way to get through the desert. We thought about taking the train, but that was too expensive. We thought about Greyhound, but that was pretty inconvenient. We tried to see if anyone knew a truck driver who was heading to California, but apparently Oklahoma truckers don't like to drive to California. We searched for days on different rideshare websites and found a couple promising rides, but they all fell through for some reason or another. We finally decided that renting a car was the best option. This way we could still visit parts of the country that we wanted to see, we wouldn't be on someone else's schedule, and we could make up some of the time we lost by staying in Geary for the week. We called around and found the cheapest deal we could, and ended up renting some kind of mid-sized SUV for the weekend. 

This morning, Eric drove us into OKC so that we could pick up our car. We got the keys and walked out to the parking lot and found a b.a. Jeep Liberty sitting there waiting for us. We were stoked to cross the desert in such a cool vehicle. We drove "Senior Liberty" back to Eric's and loaded up our bikes and panniers. After saying a sad goodbye to Eric (we already miss him!) we hopped in our ride and took off for the coast!

We were determined to make it all the way to the Grand Canyon by morning because we wanted to see the sun rise. Along the drive we stopped for a beer in Amarillo at No Dog's Allowed Saloon and in Walmart in Albuquerque. Besides that, we just drove like mad to finish the 900 mile drive by sunrise. By the time we got to Flagstaff it was already really late, and we still had over an hour drive to get to the South Rim. We were both exhausted and just wanted to get there as soon as possible. Once we got into the National Park, there were no other cars to be seen and we were ready to cruise! Unfortunately, the lack of cars made it quite comfortable for the entire elk population of the Grand Canyon National Park to run amok. We ended up having to drive at the crazy speed of 30-40 mph, for almost 90 miles!

We ended up making it to the Canyon by 4 in the morning, just in time to brush our teeth and make it out the viewing point. Oh. my. gosh. was that horrible drive worth it! The sunrise was the most breathtaking view, and the canyon was magical. We stayed at the Canyon until around 7 am and explored a bit. We got to see longhorn rams scaling the sides of the cliffs and huge elk milling around the visitors center. It was so cool! We took about a million pictures each to document it.

We left the Canyon and headed back towards Flagstaff where we parked Senior Liberty in a school parking lot, locked the doors, and conked out. We slept for a couple hours before having to hit the road again. We were headed to Chandler, AZ to visit Amanda's family friend, Korena. We got there and were greeted with a very warm welcome. We showered up and got ready for dinner, we even got to use real shampoo and conditioner and blow dry our hair! Korena's boyfriend, Hugh, met us for dinner. We went to a local burger joint and met Korena's and Hugh's friends, a really fun and nice couple. The food was delicious, and the company was great, but we had to call it an early night because we were tired from the long drive.  
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