Standing on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona....
26 Sep 2007
Well, I'm a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don't say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
Gonna save me
We may lose and we may win,
Though we will never be here again
So open up, I'm climbin' in,
So take it easy....
The night's sleep was punctuated by the mournful howl of the huge trains as they thunder through Flagstaff. Atmospheric, but irritating after a while, like the dawn call to prayer in Muslim countries, and Erica's quaint village church ringing the hour all night.
We had a nice breakfast in a classic diner, Flagstaff looking particularly fine in the morning light. And I think we have managed to plan out the rest of our time together, i.e. to Canyon de Chelley (pronounced Shay) via Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, then to Monument Valley, to Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Vegas and lastly Tucson.
So off we go further along Route 66, stopping first at Winslow, Arizona, 'famous' from the Eagles song Take It Easy, as above. Famous to cowboys and older surfers anyway. Further along Route 66 we past the interesting Teepee Motel, and then we get to the Petrified Forest. This is basically a desert area covered in petrified trees that have turned to multi-coloured stone through geological processes. We did a few short hikes, and another one in the Painted Desert nearby, quite pretty. Then mucho driving, into the Navajo Nation (i.e. the Navajo Reservation) and to our motel by Canyon De Chelley. It was dark by then, though a great full moon.