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2011 Trip across the US
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Another windy drive, this time on AZ 264, then US 191to the canyon. Most of the time they were crosswinds, bouncing the trailer a little, but nothing too difficult to control. I did slow down a bit - from my usual 57 MPH to 50 - 55 MPH.
I have decided I'm a wind generator. Everywhere I stop they tell me the wind wasn't as bad yesterday & should be better tomorrow. Today the wind was strong enough that I couldn't hold the camera still for photographs on the north side of the canyon, and I've shot in 60 mph winds. I don't know how strong these are today, but they are full of sand/dust, which is covering everything. I'm not even sure I can safely clean my camera sensor - there is fine sand covering everything in the trailer.
I'm in site 55 in the Cottonwood campground. $10.00 for a nice level, paved but dry site. There are bathrooms with flush toilets about 50' away, but no showers, and with the dust I could sure use one!
I started out by driving the south rim drive & stopped at every pull off. After that I came back to the trailer, took a break, then headed for the north side. As mentioned earlier, it was a waste of time. I'll try again in the morning on my way to Mesa Verde.
Here are some photos of the valley, at least from the south rim:
Another 4Kbit, large (5.6MB) version of the pan at Spider Rock
So I'm back at the trailer typing on a gritty keyboard getting ready to post this. While I do have a Verizon signal, it is very slow (31.82kb) so I'm going to head to the local Burger King to post this (and maybe dinner since it is again too windy to cook.)
Until next time!
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