Flying into Flagstaff
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Although gently uphill, it was a very easy day. One puncture at 11 miles was swiftly dealt with and we were extremely happy when the Golden M appeared at 21 miles. It meant lovely icy drinks for us and with only 10 miles to go, I even consented to let Mikey pour away the 2 gallons of tepid/brown/foul-tasting emergency tap water we were lugging along.
The temperature has definitely greatly improved. When we arrived in Flagstaff, it was only 87F – lovely. Flagstaff is Arizona's 3rd biggest city with a population on 60,000
Cycling out of the city we saw loads of funny rodents living in holes by the edge of the road. They sit up on their back legs and look a bit like meercats. Obviously we tried and failed to photograph them, so when I’ve finished this I’ll look them up on the web and try and provide more info.
The campground is another lovely one. There are loads of shady trees and very friendly excited staff. They even have a camp kitchen from where we can order our eggs and hash browns tomorrow morning. We arrived at 1, and immediately settled down at our picnic table to finish our last two sandwiches and read our books – very relaxed. Mikey is totally gripped by 'Angels and Demons'. He told me the story today and it sounds EXACTLY the same as the plot of the Da Vinci Code to me. That Dan Brown is making a killing out of the same regurgetated trash.
We spent the rest of the afternoon planning the route. We’ve decided to keep heading due East and go through New Mexico rather than head up to Colorado as originally planned. This is mostly due to the fact that though The Rockies, although they look beautiful we have done some serious mountain cycling before and if we can avoid it we will. From Albuquerque we will keep heading east as Mikey is desperate to go through Amarillo just so that we can write “We’re on the road to…” on the blog and have a good sing-along as we go
I’m now writing this and supervising Mikey cooking tuna pasta for supper. He needs supervision as he had a catastrophe last night. The campsite is really busy because its 4th July weekend and everyone seems to very happy. A very friendly guy just came up and asked about our trip. When we said that we’ve done 10,500 miles he said it was “bitching!” Hmmm, yes sometimes…
OK – I just looked those meercat animals up and they are PRAIRIE DOGS!!!! We are laughing a LOT!
Miles Cycled: 39 breezy miles with the wind at our backs FOR ONCE!