Saturday, 10 May 2014

Day 6: Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome, Show Low 229miles/363km

Dick has taken Pete Zimmermann's advice and we are heading south to Sedona this morning.

Our final destination today is Show Low but let's see where the road takes us.

We leave Flagstaff and ride through the Oak Creek canyon - hair pin bends, stunning red rock formations, spring green cottonwood trees  accompany us to Sedona. 

Motorcyclists are on the road today.

Come and meet some.

 

 


Croft and Barbara from San Francisco. They are the same age as us and it is great to hear about their adventures.
Barbara and I share the joys of riding pillion and the all challenges of leaping on and off the bike and keeping our heads from bobbing off in the crosswinds.
Magnificent red rock mountains form the back drop to Sedona Main Street . 
We will miss out on seeing the sunset when these mountains glow red tonight. We have other places to explore.
Other riders tell us we must visit Jerome which is about 35km south.  
So, off we go.
We ride up the winding road to Jerome which was a thriving copper mining  town producing 1500tonnes each moth in its heyday.
Nowadays tourists are the mainstay.
We had lunch at Bobby Ds BBQ restaurant. We spotted Max and Peaches and their carriage. The wee dogs are a lot warmer today.
Meeting people who are also on journeys is stimulating. Everyone has a story to tell.


Meet Ashley from Bobby Ds BBQ in Jerome who served me the best meal I have eaten on this trip. Chipotle chicken salad. Smoked chicken thigh, roast cherry tomatoes, bacon, red pepper and onion on wedges of Iceberg lettuce with chipotle blue cheese dressing. 


We retrace our tracks and head SE to Payson and Show Low. 
We ride on what we thought was a back road. It is mostly dual carriageway and like all the roads in Arizona it is in fine condition. 
The landscape is forested with ponderosa pines and chapparal. I was expecting desert.
Show Low seems to be a prosperous town. 

 A Mormon temple welcomes us as we ride into town.

 This quirky note was posted on the bed head board at the hotel. I wonder what prompted it?

There is no restaurant nearby so we get a cab back to town. Steak and salad with ranch, blue cheese, Italian or thousand island dressing. I'll have  olive oil and vinegar thanks.

Another great day on the road.


2 comments:

Dave Browning said...

Loving your adventures. Not sure about the temperatures though! Not even that cold in Dunedin yet. Luv D & J

Diana said...

We think it is better than being too hot! People keep telling us it will be 90degF next week