July 2nd Kayenta, Arizona
Extraordinary two days spent travelling in some blistering heat, but more importantly visiting two wonderful national parks in Utah and Arizona. I’ve uploaded a video about this. It’s at http://vimeo.com/69595677
Overnighting in Kayenta Township – part of the Navajo Nation County of Arizona, interestingly the first place where there’s a supermarket which has really poor stock and ‘value’ lines pre-dominating. A lot of unemployment here amongst the Native American population – really difficult land to work, most employment seems to be in tourism or selling jewellery to tourists. Also, my first dry county on the trip – serving alcohol in public places is banned.
It’s been fascinating to be in a landscape that I know (virtually) so well – if you’ve ever watched Stagecoach, How the West was Won, The Big Country, Bonanza, High Chaparral, or any one of many other Westerns you’ll recognise the barren redness of it all combined with some beautiful rock structures. However, it’s like the first time I went to New York in the early 80s – you know it through TV and films, but when you actually see it seems so different, as well as so familiar.
Pushing on tomorrow to Flagstaff; and joy of joys, going through Winslow, Arizona. I fully intend to be standing on a corner, waiting for a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford to slow down to take a look at me (if you’re under 45 ask your parents).
It also gives me a chance to ride some of the better sections of Route 66 as I continue to head west towards San Diego