Williams Roaders Make It To Williams
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Canyon Motel and RV Park
On the road at 8.30 it was hot, although not ridiculous, however it was UPHILL! I feel like we’ve been going uphill for days and never get our rewards. We had 14 miles of the historic Route 66 to follow before we had to get back on the highway and so, despite the gradient, this made for a relaxing start to the day. By 10 we were ready for the first round of the four sandwiches I had prepared for us today
We were hoping for a straight forward 20 miles to Williams, but 2 miles in we saw the dreaded sign "Trucks keep right for 18 miles". For us this means 18 miles of uphill. A third ‘slow’ lane appeared and we prepared for the inevitable slog. It wasn’t great, but at least we didn’t have any punctures. Also for the first time since LA we saw clouds! This was very exciting and a couple even went over the sun for a few minutes and gave us some respite. It has been very strange to be in a place where the weather forecast proclaims 0% chance of rainfall. The landscape has also changed and we are now surrounded by pine trees.
Although at an altitude of 5600ft, Williams is a great little town and despite our fatigue we seriously perked up when we saw the Grand Canyon Train
That done we headed out and found this lovely campsite. The tourist office lady wanted us to camp for free in the woods, but we said that’s not for us, we need a pool, showers and internet. We haven’t actually been showering recently, deciding that swimming in our cycling gear kills two birds with one stone. Today however, in honour of our day off tomorrow, we went the whole hog and I finally took my plaits out after 4 days. I looked like I’d had a mad 80’s style perm.
The weather is so much cooler here, and we lazed around outside the tent after our swim and showers without me getting stroppy about the sun still being too hot. I’ve now even got a long-sleeved top on which is making me very happy. We’d better go to sleep so that we don’t miss a moment of the epic train journey tomorrow.
Miles Cycled: 42 and still mostly uphill!!!! (But at least no punctures)