Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Great South West

     We left Albuquerque and took Interstate 40 to Gallup, New Mexico.  At Gallup we jogged north to Highway 264 at Window Rock.  Highway 264 heads west through the Navajo Nation.  We spent the night in Tuba City.

The next morning we headed west to Lee's Ferry where we rode across the New Navajo bridge and walked across the old one.  From 1872 to  well after 1928, when the Navajo bridge was built, Lee's Ferry was the only place to cross the Colorado River between Needles, California and Moab, Utah.

       The Vermilion Cliffs extend for miles along Highway 89.  They are the second step of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau.  The five steps are Chocolate Cliffs, the Vermilion Cliffs, the White Cliffs, the Grey Cliffs and the Pink Cliffs.  Sounds like I'll be planning some more trips to see the other cliffs.  Don't worry I'll post the photos as soon as I take them.

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