Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sedona Arizona

     We left Laughlin and the plan was to tour northern Arizona.  At Kingman we caught the old Route 66 and  spent the night in Prescott.  From Prescott we went through Gerome an old mining town high in the mountains.  I had been in Gerome as a child and at that time it was close to being a ghost town.  There were about five people living in the town at that time.  From Gerome we headed to Sedona.

     The road north from Sedona is really a nice ride.  Oak Creek Canyon, Hwy 89A, winds up the valley through some spectacular scenery.  We stayed overnight in Flagstaff. 

Planet of the Apes

The apes were out at Laughlin, and maybe it's just me but they seem to be getting a little wide as well as high.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Southwest Tour, The River Run

     Every year, sometime near the end of April we pack up and head to Laughlin, Nevada for The River Run.  Our plan was to head to the motorcycle rally and then take a little tour of Arizona after, so we headed for Laughlin.    
     April often has bad weather that makes travel over the Sierra mountains impossible.  This year the weather cooperated and we were able to take one of my favorite rides, Carson Pass (Hwy 88) to Hwy 395 which runs along the eastern side of the Sierras to Bishop, California.
     Home in wine country to Bishop is about 370 miles, a good if slightly long days ride.  We left around noon, which put us in the high country after dark.  John Muir called the Sierras the "gentle wilderness,"but he must have meant during the day because after dark it gets cold. 

     Next morning we left Bishop and headed south on Highway 395 to Lone Pine, where we turned east and headed to Death Valley.  Death Valley is a giant optical illusion.  Where ever you are in Death Valley, everywhere else seems to be down hill.  I think the illusion is because the place is so big that you can see the curvature of the earth so if you are at the north end of the valley the south end looks like it is downhill and visa versa.

     I usually stop at the 100 feet below sea level sign for a photo.  Death Valley Junction is not actually in Death Valley, it is east of Death Valley.  It's also a good place to stop for a photo. 

     It's another 370 miles from Bishop to Laughlin.  The weather in Death Valley was in the high 90's, hot but not crazy hot.  We went through Parumph. Nevada and Las Vegas and arrived in Laughlin around sundown.