You Don't Have to Breathe the same Air twice...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

This morning I got out fairly early, again, having gotten up at about quarter to five.  Today was the celebration of the life of a dear friend, Don, from Helena, also known as the Byrdman.  As I’ve mentioned, he was enamored by the the sunrise.  I saw a good one today and thought of him and how positively he influenced all who knew him.


I took Dolores back on the same route that I had driven yesterday.  The breeze had started, but the road is quite bikeable.  The only real problem is the cracks in the road.  They’re spaced evenly, about every fifty feet and about three inches wide.  Made for a challenged for my “experienced” neck.  I let the beauty of this sacred place distract me from the annoyance and enjoyed the ride.  I saw no one, until I had ridden back nearly to the Visitors Center.  I stopped for a bit near Ruins Site II and just sat, listened and let my mind go.  It was a good thing.  I walked for awhile in the desert off of the trail, thinking, feeling and looking at the ground and all that there was on it.  The surface is soft and covered with small stones, some of which are quite colorful.


The ride back was a bit easier, dependent on how the “Windfast”, Arizona wind was blowing.  The total trip was over nine miles, but wasn’t difficult.


I sat outside and read and such until after lunch.  The I drove the five miles into Winslow, aka Windfast.  I stopped at the Flying J Truck Stop and gassed up Sooby.  With an RVers discount card I saved a bit on the cost.


I drove through town awhile and was impressed at how old and tired it looks.  I saw several corners, but didn’t stop to “stand on” any of them.  I went instead to the local Safeway to do a little shopping.  Nice store.  The clerk was a Navajo woman.  She hasn’t been to the Ruins yet, so I encouraged her to check it out.


Back at camp, I checked email and texted my friend Pete.  Then I took a nap.  That’s a good thing.


After dinner, I awaited the moonrise.  It was worth the wait.  It rose in the southeast right our of the window of the coach.  I had the Fuji on the tripod, so I went outside and got some shots of the edge of the sunset and the glorious moon itself.  We had some interesting clouds at the time, so the shots should look good.  I haven’t worked on them yet, but will include them with this.  I find that it’s easier to write in a document program and then copy and paste the Blog to the blog site.  It’s a more forgiving application, to me, anyway.


I’ll move to Bonito Campground, north of Flagstaff, tomorrow.  It’s a small Forest Service Campground, about twenty miles north of town.  The trip will be about seventy-five miles and the location will be again in the mountains.  It’s my first turn to true north for awhile.  Keep comin’ back and you’ll hear the rest of the story.  Gracias amigos!
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kenny on

cool

ferd on

Wasn't that moon something last night? Was obsured here until about 3am......amazing, really did look larger to me! You are getting some miles in on the bike, good on ya! Hugs,

mike noble on

Been away from the computer mostly due to a week of company and travel to Nashea's graduation but am home for a couple days before I head to Erica's graduation-Masters. Moon rise is cool....I will have to try that sometime...though it might be nice to do it with a more powerful lens than I have. So made it to Winslow-there actually is a corner with a truck and set up to look like the song by the Eagles indicates....but who knows. By now you are in Flagstaff....cool town with a nice downtown walking section Starting to warm up here finally (except today). Have a good Thursday...

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