Day 25 - 315 Miles - The Grand Canyon

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


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We had a very interesting night. We called around and used all available resources to try to find a Motel for the night but were not able to. According to Hotwire and Priceline the town of Cortez, AZ doesn't even exist. It isn't even on the map. So we made call after call for a room in Williams, AZ with the excuse that it was the end of the season and every room in every hotel and motel was booked. So we were stuck with staying in this third rate motel called Dine (pronounced Din A) Inn Motel located in Tuba City, AZ. The toilet ran all night and we couldn't fix it nor turn it off. The "open all night" call to the front desk had no answer.  It was like they started building the motel and just stopped. The porch had tar paper on and they didn't finish the porch with carpet. They just left it undone. Light bulbs were out and it had a smell of old rags. It is not one of the best places to stay. No computer access unless we sat at table two under the Sonic roof and didn't have any big trucks in the takeout line window. Then it was ungodly slow.
 
We loaded up and went across the street to Sonic for breakfast. True. There wasn't a single Denny's around. From there we rode to the Grand Canyon. It was all along a very long straight highway 64 to the canyon. There was a cost of $12.00 each to enter the park for one day. It was beautiful and enticing to see this amazing view. We took lots of pictures. Later in the day the TV news stations said that the canyon had unexpected flooding and hundreds of people including hikers and people from rafts had to be evacuated by helicopter from the canyon floor.
 
We left the canyon and of course as it seems every day so far we entered the "let's see how much rain we can dump on the crazy bikers" day. Yes we found some refuge under an abandoned Indian craft stand. We quickly covered our bikes with our bike covers and hid through the main part of the storm. We were able to make a quick 4 mile ride to the nearest gas station and refuel. We were then able to make a quick run toward the East. Just barely keeping ahead of the storms.  We did make a refueling stop in Winslow Arizona and take a short ride on Route 66. Remembering that old TV show. That was a long time ago. It no longer looks the same.  Winslow rings a bell but neither of us could remember why. The part we rode was really rundown. So we did what anyone riding the Route 66 would do. We bought T-shirts. Along the way we were far enough ahead to stop for some dinner at KFC. There we met Bob and Vicki Sutton who work for the Sherriff's Dept. They ride and 05 Ultra Classic when they are off duty and told us about some of their rides and adventures. He arrests them and she puts them away. (A little inside humor).
 
We made a run toward the east and made it to Galoup NM. We both used reserve tank and squeaked in at about  130 miles. We stopped at the local Motel 6 for the night. Nice room with computer access so we can now enter some more into the blog.
 
Daniel and Joe
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ridewithjoe
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Re: I know where you all heard Winslow, AZ
YES!! That's it! I'm a big Eagles fan I just couldn't place it at the time. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I'm glad you are following along.

Joe

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