When I eventually got up after a long sleep it was really bright and sunny already. Even after getting some food in us we were groggy from the day before. Dad had gotten up earlier and had eaten so I ate while he packed the tent stuff. When we got going it still wasn't hot out which was really nice. The sky started out completely clear then slowly filled with clouds of the white and fluffy type. We needed to do laundry so we stopped at a laundromat in Gallup to do washing and lunch eating. I had to sort which quarters we could spent and which I wanted to keep. Dad worked the laundry while I talked on the phone wishing Petra a happy birthday. He also bought a $2 burrito (made God knows where) from two kids for our lunch. A little while later we stopped and bought some lubricant for the motorcycle chain. Soon after that we stopped again at a grocery store, we got a couple things plus some mini scones 😋 for breakfast. We went the rest of the way to the cottonwood camp in Chinle,set up, and then headed out to dinner the place we wanted to go was closed for the holiday so we went to Denny's. We came back and listened to people setting off fireworks even though it wasn't dark out yet.Read more
I wake up at about 4 AM when the wind starts blowing hard. I manage to get back to sleep, but at dawn, the wind is still blowing, the sky is gray, and the temperature is about 60°. We bust out the jackets for the first time in three weeks. Because of the wind we grab breakfast out and then head south for Palo Duro Canyon. The canyon is pretty amazing, especially because you can't see it until you're there. On our short hike we find centipedes all up and down the trail. After a couple of hours of checking out the canyon it's time to saddle up and hit the road for Santa Fe.
Today turns out to be a long travel day and I'm getting sick of interstate 40 so when we get close to Santa Fe I head north on highway 3 to follow the Pecos River. Highway 3 is a pretty sweet motorcycle road until we come around a sharp corner and find a truck stopped in the middle of the narrow road. Unfortunately the reason the truck is stopped because the dog they have chained in the back fell out and got dragged. The dog doesn't look too bad but he's crying like crazy and the old man can barely lift him back into the truck. Shortly thereafter there's another truck coming at us in our lane. I brake and pull to the right and the driver finally figures it out and moves back into his lane. I'm starting to hear banjos playing here. We roll in to the campsite pretty late, grab some dinner, and then catch showers and crash. It's finally cool and there are no bugs except the stinkbugs which Gwen hates.Read more