Excuse last night 8/23/13
Here’s a couple shots at the San Juan Inn I would have posted the 23rd.
About 10 miles out of Tuba City you turn left on Highway 89–on this trip towards the monsoons we’d been warned of all morning. Desert storms are pretty cool, you can see them for miles. The sky can be sunny with clouds or gray with clouds. The darker clouds that touch the ground are raining. You can follow them, be chased, and sometimes just miss them. Like a gray rainbow, as you approach them, they disappear. The wind will gust, the temperature will drop and you might see some lightning. Then the rain cuts loose and if you look in the mirror when Lori’s behind you, you’ll see her bouncing in her seat clapping like a wind-up monkey. This went on ’til well past the Cameron Trading post where the smart guys were hunkered down (Lori didn’t want to stop and I agreed). We kept a close eye on the water flowing beside the road and were careful of washes. About 20 miles from Flagstaff the clouds broke and all was bright and sunny. Then it began pouring harder than ever, apparently we were being stalked by a second storm. It cleared up just out of Flagstaff and the ride on to Seligman was perfect.
Reinhardt checked us in to the Elvis room at the Canyon Lodge and then we headed straight to the Snow Cap. John was working hard and cracking jokes as usual. Their 60th Anniversary party went off well and the tacos were epic. We stopped at Angel’s Barber Shop to see Mo. A year or so ago Mo and I were talking about Made in USA stuff and at the time he was making an effort to stock more. He’s done well! About 80% of their merchandise is now Made in USA. They put Made in USA stickers on things so the good stuff’s easier to find… and the customers buy it!!!
|The Canyon Lodge…could be the cleanest rooms in the world!|
|Order window at Snow Cap|
|A storm looking for us.|
|She loves these tacos|
|Storm found us|
After dinner we rode to Lilo’s for some Fruit of the Forest pie then walked around town a little before going to bed.
Saturday and Sunday
We left the comfort and hospitality of Seligman for mild temperatures and steady rain. The pace is easy on Route 66 and traffic was light so we rode through Oatman and didn’t touch the 40 until the California border. We met Barry (link) and Valentina at the Wagon Wheel in Needles for lunch. They’re on the way to Colorado for a couple weeks to visit family.
We didn’t have a plan other than getting off the 40 and stopping by Roy’s. We messed around so long we ran out of options. 29 Palms Highway to Joshua Tree. We stayed at the Safari Motor Lodge and walked to the Joshua Tree Saloon for dinner and entertainment. The Safari is a clean, simple motel run by one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and the food at the Joshua Tree Saloon is great! I had grass fed rib-eye, steamed vegetables, and fresh mixed green salad. All prepared perfectly. Good food with bar food prices. The Ghostlight Trio provided a perfect soundtrack for our last night on the road…sadly I haven’t had much luck with audio on my iPhone videos so you’ll have to go HERE to see them.
Home for Now
We slow roasted then froze some pork & beef before we left so we could have a nice meal when we returned…hatch green chile and shredded beef tacos on fresh tortillas.
|Bugs washed off ’cause the picture taken after monsoons.|
|That Buell cup on the right corner is full of our “The Drip Stop” secret blend…a very good reason to be home. Now we have to make it to Saturday without Grampy Pat’s Bread!|