Day 24 - 240 Miles - Four States at once

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, August 18, 2008

OK my turn again. Joe here.I wonder if we will be able to top yesterday. Nevertheless we woke this morning and grabbed some breakfast at... you guessed it.... The local Denny's. Daniel won't admit it but he likes it too. After breakfast we gassed up and headed west on route 160 toward the Grand Canyon. About 40 miles from Cortez we saw some signs for 4 corners. We had been told about this location which is where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada meet. We were told there is a marker that you can stand on and be in all four states at the same time.... They were right. It's in the middle of nowhere but it's there and we paid the 6 bucks to see it and take a few pictures. We then bought a couple of cherry sno-cones and chatted with an Navajo woman making terrific sand paintings. She would smear some glue on a stone and sprinkle different colored sand acquired from local rocks in the area. She said it was easier for her to learn this than to learn to cook. It took her 8 years to learn to cook and only one to do the sand paintings. She was fun to talk to.
After 4 Corners we continued west. The terrain was vary different than yesterday. What a contrast. From the winding mountain roads to long, straight roads though a barren desert landscape. It was beautiful in a different way. Incredible rock formations seem to just appear out of the ground. As if someone planted them there and they grew. We continued along and noticed the clouds getting grey and darker as we rode. By now we know that is the sign of a storm out here. It was far off to the northwest but seemed like it would eventually cross our path. We picked up our pace and tried to get behind it before it caught up to us. It must have been 40 miles before we skirted around it. We did get a mile or so of rain but were past it and then it was sunny again. What was amazing is the distance we had to cover to get past it. It seemed the whole time like it was almost on top of us when in reality is was very far off. Very different than the East coast.
We passed through several small towns which were all part of the Indian Reservations out here. We stopped at McDonalds for a quick bite and were met by a local who said that he needed $8.33 to fix his car so he could get back home. We offered to look at his car for him and see if we could do something to help but it was conveniently not here. It was clear this guy was just begging for cash. We watched him from inside doing the same thing to 5 or 6 other people. Sharing this with the manager she said "He's pan-handling again?" and promptly went outside and ran him off. He obviously wasn't from "out of town" like he said.  After this minor drama, we were off again. Next stop was Tuba City which seems to be the largest city closest to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon which is where we are headed. Another  storm seemed to be approaching so we decided to find a room and stop for the night. Here's a tip for you. Don't come the way we did.... There are not many hotels and they are far costlier than they should be. We should have headed from the south and stopped in Williams AZ. There seems to be a bigger selection there. That was another 112  miles away and actually past the Grand Canyon. We opted to stay where we were. No Denny's here so we will make due with what we can find in the morning as we head to the big hole in the ground that attracted us here. This will be as far West as we go. We will trun around and start heading East from here so we can make it back to PA by the end of the month. Disappointing because I did want to get to California, but hey I guess I'll have to do another ride and go there.

Joe and Daniel
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