- Survival - Where am I?
- Inquiry - What time is it?
- Sophistication - Where's the bathroom?
Don't worry, I found it...
First port of call requires a retrace up US-89 to Sunset Crater. I mean, it'd be rude not to.
|Lenox Crater Trail, described as "Strenuous" and surfaced with volcanic grot to deter unfit dilettantes in flip-flops. It worked...|
|Lava, Arizona, Friday|
|Weather brewing to the south. It missed.|
|Iz mah bukkit! Probably not an original feature of the site.|
|Hullo clouds, hullo sky, hullo,trees!|
Being as it is not very far at all from Route 66, Sedona gets hyped to bits in the guidebooks so natch I feared the worst. On the Mr Larrington Nastiness Scale, where 1 is Le Puy en Velais and 10 is Aspen, it rates about 7, but gets an extra half-point for the naff faux-pueblo "architecture" that infests everywhere from west Texas to the Mighty Colorado on the California state line. Just stop it. Emily wanted to send me back the way I'd come to get to Eagar, but I told her "no" and was rewarded by some excellent Rocks south of Sedona.
Finally she relented and allowed as how AZ-260 might indeed take me to within a mile or two of my destination. The 260 can't make up its minds whether it wants to be up on the plateau or down in the valley, hence the temperature is never constant for more than two minutes, but if you ever wondered what Douglas Bader did after being liberated from Colditz, the answer can be found just outside the town of Strawberry.
Finally the road settles on "plateau" which in these parts is high enough to be thickly coated with Ponderosa pines. Until just beyond Show Low, where it turns into "undulating grassland that looks like some of the bits of Montana I crossed the other week". I happened upon some kind of Motor-Car Happening in Show Low; one lane was cordoned off to allow a procession of hot rods and muscle cars, with a few oddities thrown in. Loudest was this 427 Cobra:
|Sorry for the rubbish photo; he was doing right-on-red while I was stopped at the lights|
(Grams: "Rule Britannia" inna-Last-Night-Of-The-Proms-stylee)