Touring the desert

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today I took a relaxed tour following the Harley Davidson Dealer's advertising for a one day tour called "Red Rocks". The start of the our was Flagstaff another of the  Route 66 communities making a lot of tourist $ form the association. I rode through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, a nice winding road with many ups and downs. There was no traffic so I breezed through and enjoyed the ride without any difficulties. This was not true coming home were we were caught behind a truck that decided to play games with us slowing down to almost zero on curves and then speeding up where passing was allowed so no one could pass him. We were not pleased.

Sedona was a tourist trap of the first degree. You could have taken it and placed it in any of the numerous tourist towns on the south California coast. It was sad and I had absolutely not interest in it.  I followed the trout outline and visited Red Rock Canyon State Park which was a dismal experience that cost me $10 except for I saw a little exhibit on Indian Cliff Dwellers. Out site the Part I saw a sign pointing to the state park that held the cliff dwelling so I went there.
All you could do was take pictures of the outside of the dwelling. One interesting thing was that there was a volunteer sitting on a bench trying to start a conversation with people passing by. It was quite funny because he would ask where you came from and say that's nice then launch into his monograph about the cliff dwelling once he had finished he stopped talking....then the next person came along...I think you get it :)

 The temperature out in the desert had increased from 20C to 39C at one point and then down to 37C when it held. It was a tad hot! 

The next stop was a town called Jerome which bills itself as the highest town in north America. Along the way at Cottonwood I saw a TexMex Church and as it had the same name as out Stratford Church (Immaculate Conception) decided to explore it. You can see the photo's.

Jerome as it turns out is built on the side of a mountain 3/4 of the way up! I have been using my GPS to give me an idea of the road up ahead (bends, hairpins etc) and the was up to Jerome looked like someones intestines. At one point it was just a blob with a road leading in and a road leading out. Boy it was fun. Downtown Jerome was another tourist trap but it was not new and sparkly line Sedona it was old...19th century shops with dark original flooring but most of the stuff for sale were made by artisans living in or around Jerome so this made it interesting. Same with the streets winding up and down steeply to match the mountainside. Going down the mountain was just as much fun.

For supper I went to a Mexican restaurant that I visited last year and had a wonderful Mexican meal. This time I ordered their Ribs and it did not disappoint. Melt in your mouth meat that just fell off the bones. I only had to pick up the last rib to get all the meat off it.

Tomorrow I start heading for home with only one stop left: Santa Fe witch will take me a full day to reach.  I am looking forward to this as last year all the photo's I took indoors did not come out and I was so disappointed. Time to make up.

C-ya tomorrow.
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