or it would've been had it not been for a slow puncture!
27.05.2012 - 27.05.2012 36 °C
Room 212, Best Western, Wickenberg, AZ
4.10pm, Sunday, 27 May 2012
A quick Blog tonight to keep up to date. We have to pack to fly tomorrow so having to throw away all the dross you pick up when on the road.
Unfortunately, what could be a cactus needle sticking into one of the tyres is causing a slow puncture. Luckily, we were able to monitor tyre pressures as we drove and, having returned to Flagstaff to blow it up, we only needed to blow it up again on arrival in Wickenberg. We stopped twice on the way but it seems working air-lines are not a priority here. Luckily the gas station up the road is open 24/7 and the air-line works (but only after Bob went into the office and emerged with a bizarre machine with a big button on it which had to be pointed at the air-line equipment before it worked!). So will go first thing in the morning to get us to Phoenix airport where we drop off the car.
Sshhh, don't tell them about Schultz Pass yesterday!
Ignoring that aggro. We started early from the Hilton Garden Inn (sounds posher than it is!)
as we anticipated a busy drive because Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona are popular spots and this is a holiday weekend. Traffic jams are quite usual through the canyon on busy weekends.
We were amazed that we beat most of them to Oak Creek Canyon, which we loved, and Sedona, which was not our cup of tea so skipped through (sorry Marycon!).
Then on through beautiful countryside, gradually becoming hotter and drier and leaving the pine trees, then then the junipers behind until we made it to the Saguaro Cactus which grow round here.
Through quiet Clarkdale
Then through arty-f*rty Jerome, perched on a mountainside, once a silver mining town, now an artists' and tourists' haven.
and then on to Prescott, a town we'd been looking forward to and where we expected to have breakfast on a quiet Sunday morning. But it was heaving with bikers and would-be and actual cowboys. For today there was a splendid and enormous Western Art exhibition in County Court Plaza. Wow! We were in 7th heaven and bought a couple of pictures to bring home. We chatted to a young sculptor and artist from Spain who now lives in Colorado and another who was about to visit Spain.
We were lucky in finding a parking space and, after only a short wait for a table, had breakfast in St Michael's historic hotel.
John's eggs with Canadian ham (he did only have salad & fruit yesterday!)
and Bob's corned-beef hash. Better than Encore's in Las Vegas!
Finally a great drive through mostly desert and range land dotted with dude ranches, to little Wickenberg. Our view is not quite up to the one in Las Vegas but we can see and hear the freight trains going through (and have just seen a big jack-rabbit with enormous red ears nibbling weeds by the Stop sign.
A huge room in a pretty old Best Western, right in town. Bob has just come back from a short walk round town where he said it must be 100F and also found an air-line round the corner at the KMart store. Even better. These little things are important.
He also came back with a picture of Saguaros right here in town.
So tomorrow, we fly from Phoenix Arizona to Kansas Missouri (and Kansas: part of it is in Kansas and part in Missouri), to start the 2nd of our Just Drives! See y'all there.