Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods & Four Corners
Trip Start May 01, 2008
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We took a LONG road trip from our temporary base camp in Tuba City East of the Grand Canyon. We had moved on from the nasty trailer park and found this one behind a hotel, but in a great location for us to do this long drive, the Eagle couldn't come along as some of it was off road.
Monument Valley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley is every bit as amazing as you expect it to be, the "self guided tour" road thru is in appalling condition (We think the American Indians let it stay like this to sell the guided tours), there were many rental cars being bounced over rocks and buried in sand as we drove around. Like the Grand Canyon, the pictures just don't do it..............
We moved on the Molaki Dugway which is an old road that leads over a high ridge, its very much like Omani Roads, gravel and sand and steep, but amusingly sign posted with many ordinary road signs (some of which passers by have "decorated"). The views all the way back to Monument valley were spectacular. We inched our way down, the heavy duty springs and hard tyres on the Beast meant that the back kept trying to pass the front on the hairpin bends.
We then headed into Valley of the Gods which is a smaller Monument Valley, and in our opinion far more arresting to look at. Don't miss this little side trip if you get to Monument Valley.
Finally back on proper roads we sprinted over the The Hovenwep Indian monuments http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hovenweep, which are a collection of houses and tall structures made of stone built in the 12th century, We only saw the ones close to the visitors centre because Toby refused to walk the 2 miles hike around all of them in the 95F heat!
The last point of the day was Four Corners http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Corners, the place where Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado all meet, this is the only place in the USA that 4 states meet together....
Time to head home, we had basically driven over 200 miles east, and had to the whole journey in reverse to return to the Eagle. Continuing our theme of bizarre weather, we drove thru and combined Sand storm and Thunder storm.
We managed to our surprise to do the whole day trip on one tank of fuel and we were very proud of the Beast for being so economical considering the hills and gravel roads. Having thought about it some more we realized that 400 miles on 30 gallons really isn't that impressive.... 13.5 mpg.
We are headed west again!!!!!