Tuesday, May 1, 2012

5-1-2012, Winslow to Kanab

Time is confusing.  Winslow is on Pacific time, while Utah & the Navajo Rez are on Mountain time.  So we went forward yesterday & back today, all while moving further west/north.  We left Winslow early after a breakfast at the local McD's - you've heard of fast food, this was half-fast at best. A couple of locals appreciated the quip.  I-40 to Flagstaff, then US-89 north.  Stopped at a Navajo museum/info center in Tuba City, which is much larger than we expected.  Big surprise/small world moment - a familiar face said hello.  It was Dr. Terry Simmons, retired professor of tourism at UCM, also touring the SW.

Then, on to Page, via a long climb up the face of Red Mesa. After a break, we headed for Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, which is administered by the BLM.  BLM wasn't there at any of the ranger stations - maybe they were out on strike as called for by the occupy movement.

Arrived fairly early at Kanab, were upgraded to a 2-room suite, and had a great meal at Escobar's restaurant - we highly recommend it.  Today was 283 miles, 2029.1 on the trip. Avg mpg up to 29.1, mph to 48.   Tomorrow to Zion NP, and Cedar Breaks if it's not still snowed in.

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