We started with a quick breakfast, then saddled up for our Excursion to Northeast Az, and Southeast Utah and on the road by 8 am...ish.
In Arizona, when headed North or South and you are in the middle of the State, your only road option is I-17 (unless you are using dirt). So 17 North it was to 40 East (for 2 exits) then onto a nicer Rt. 89 (a nice scenic road) that goes by sites like the Sunset Crater, and rock formations.
We had little time for stopping because we wanted to get to Mt. Carmel Junction and go into Zion National Park before end of day. Just outside Bitter Springs AZ, we grabbed Rt. 89A that would take us by the Vermilion Cliffs Nat Monument.
After the Cliffs it was up in the mountains toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (that would be another trip in the future). Into the town of Kanab Utah, where we intersected with Rt. 89 again. After a stop for discussion, @Silver-Surfer led us back through Kanab for a quick bite to eat.
Then back 89 North to Mt. Carmel Junction onto Rt. 9 West to Zion National Park.
Thursday was up at 'em to a temp of low 40º's (that will surely wake you up). We headed north (again) on Rt. 89 towards Bryce Canyon National Park. A surprising little treat was a section called the Red Rock Canyon before getting to Bryce.
Once inside Bryce Canyon we made our way to the Amphitheater that is at Sunset Point. This place is so serene, it is spiritual! The views and massive rock structures are phenomenal. Everyone should visit this park. Unfortunately for us we had a long, long, long day in the saddle so we could only view the Amphitheater.
Continuing Day 2, we left Bryce Canyon then backtracked down Rt. 89. Once we came into Kanab, we stayed on Rt. 89 that headed towards Page AZ. across the bottom of Utah. In Page after some gas for the bikes, a bit of a situation (Yes @Silver-Surfer there was a few GWOF witnesses ), and some refreshments we picked up Rt 98. A long meandering road across mesas and valleys to Rt 160N. A few miles on 160 and outside Kayenta AZ we picked up Rt. 163 that runs through Monument Valley.
Crossing back into Utah, we continued to the small town of Mexican Hat. Which turns out they have a rock formation named for such.
Then it was onto Rt. 261 that goes up and around the Valley of the Gods, but also to the road that I (personally) was waiting for the whole trip. The Moki Dugway, which is only about 3-4 miles long but is dirt/gravel that raises in elevation above the valley floor with sharp inclines, and switchbacks. Makes for stunning photos, and sites. Once at the top....What do you do???? Turn around and head back down!!!! Awesome! Put it on your list to do.
Our final day on the road. We had some stops along the way but it was a relatively simple route. Leaving Bluff we got on Rt. 191 and headed south to I-40 West. After some fuel stops, and breaks we came to Petrified Forest National Park (and the Painted Desert). Also some Indian Petroglyphs.
Leaving the South entrance/exit of the Park we picked up Rt. 180 into Holbrook onto (Historic 66) and begs the question...Have you slept in a Wig-Wam, lately?????
Back on I-40 and headed to the next destination of the town of Winslow. Where we can be "Taking it Easy" and Stand on the Corner. Oh and look at the last pic......"It's a girl my lord, in a Flat Bed Ford." Although she doesn't appear to be slowing down of even looking in my direction.
Once done at Meteor Crater it was a burn run back I-40 West to I-17 South to Exit 244 and BCC.
jaNICE and I want to thank (immensely) our traveling companions on this extraordinary trip, Tom and Sue. Your perseverance, patience, and guidance was much appreciated and loved. We would be honored to share the road with you guys again.
Our Trip was 3 days of non stop action that covered approximately 1300 miles total and was AWESOME!
Awesome trip and adding some items to my bucket list. Big difference as the PA M&G was a couple of hours between attractions and there it is a couple of hundred miles. Beautiful sites. Love the gravel road with twisties!!!