My tour guide estimated 211 miles, but it ended up being 245 and I don’t even remember any wrong turns. Something must be wrong with Goggle Maps. Hard to believe. So day two is here.
Our road, US 160 has more traffic than usual because 89 North suffered a “road fell off the side of the mountain” event this last winter. First stop was at Mexican Water Trading Post because, well, I needed to stop.
Tuba City had several hundred residents, Cortez, Colorado has over 8,000.
Spontaneous Stop #3 / Four Corners Region
Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado share borders. Don’t let the openness and lack of people deceive you. Dozens were in line for photos and the booths all held handmade Native American items for sale. Car license plates were from across the country.
Spontaneous Stop #4 / Brewery
Mesa Verde National Park
Well worth a trip. It is spectacular and the photos from a little iPhone do not do it justice. Tomorrow we’ll learn more from a tour. Today there was
Spontaneous Stop #5 / Overlook
The sign said on a clear day you can see 160 miles from this point, but the bad air very often now trims that to 20
If you do go to Mesa Verde consider staying at the Far View Lodge. It is in the park, high on a mesa and every room has a view. And there is a first class restaurant, or a lounge, or a cafeteria style cafe. We opted for a bar menu and a lighter dinner.