Flying into Flagstaff

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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KOA Kampground Flagstaff

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Only 32 miles to Flagstaff today so we had a lazy morning at the campsite and set off at 9. There was a very strong wind and for once it was mostly blowing us along making us very happy. A few days ago we were promised a tailwind as apparently "Arizona blows – Texas sucks!" I would like this to be the case.

Although gently uphill, it was a very easy day. One puncture at 11 miles was swiftly dealt with and we were extremely happy when the Golden M appeared at 21 miles. It meant lovely icy drinks for us and with only 10 miles to go, I even consented to let Mikey pour away the 2 gallons of tepid/brown/foul-tasting emergency tap water we were lugging along.

The temperature has definitely greatly improved. When we arrived in Flagstaff, it was only 87F – lovely. Flagstaff is Arizona's 3rd biggest city with a population on 60,000. At nearly 7000ft it’s much cooler than the rest of the state and people come here to escape the desert heat in summer. The forests we cycled through were certainly very beautiful and we could clearly have camped at any point. As mentioned before however, we like our amenities so we headed on a further 6 miles to a KOA campground.

Cycling out of the city we saw loads of funny rodents living in holes by the edge of the road. They sit up on their back legs and look a bit like meercats. Obviously we tried and failed to photograph them, so when I’ve finished this I’ll look them up on the web and try and provide more info.

The campground is another lovely one. There are loads of shady trees and very friendly excited staff. They even have a camp kitchen from where we can order our eggs and hash browns tomorrow morning. We arrived at 1, and immediately settled down at our picnic table to finish our last two sandwiches and read our books – very relaxed. Mikey is totally gripped by 'Angels and Demons'. He told me the story today and it sounds EXACTLY the same as the plot of the Da Vinci Code to me. That Dan Brown is making a killing out of the same regurgetated trash.

We spent the rest of the afternoon planning the route. We’ve decided to keep heading due East and go through New Mexico rather than head up to Colorado as originally planned. This is mostly due to the fact that though The Rockies, although they look beautiful we have done some serious mountain cycling before and if we can avoid it we will. From Albuquerque we will keep heading east as Mikey is desperate to go through Amarillo just so that we can write “We’re on the road to…” on the blog and have a good sing-along as we go! We’ll then probably head up at Oklahoma and go through Springfield to St. Louis. Or maybe we might head through Memphis and Nashville. If anyone’s been to anywhere on either route they know is really special – let us know please.

I’m now writing this and supervising Mikey cooking tuna pasta for supper. He needs supervision as he had a catastrophe last night. The campsite is really busy because its 4th July weekend and everyone seems to very happy. A very friendly guy just came up and asked about our trip. When we said that we’ve done 10,500 miles he said it was “bitching!” Hmmm, yes sometimes…

OK – I just looked those meercat animals up and they are PRAIRIE DOGS!!!! We are laughing a LOT!

Miles Cycled:  39 breezy miles with the wind at our backs FOR ONCE!
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Lindy on

Just done the usual - added a comment and then the computer decided to give me the latest entry!!! Loved the "meercats" - am now off to look at the map - Amarillo sounds good - John has a version of the song which he sang in South Africa en route to Arabella!! Sun is shining here and garden beckons as does TV for the semis - keep routing (spelling!) for Andy.
Take care all love Lindy

triciagick
triciagick on

Great evening with Dan last night, but he did point out that our she (containing all your gear ) has a collapsing roof - don't be too long in retrieving your stuff - hate it all to get wer. Moral here - the shed was unbelievably cheap - say no more! X

triciagick
triciagick on

For she read shed and wer read wet!XX

sandra on

Are you going anywhere near Kansas as I have a penpal living at Wichita She would make you very welcome Enjoyed the blog as usual Keep safe Much love Sandra x x x x

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