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Headed to our next stop, Cortez, Colorado

Through Sunset Crater, Wupatki National Park and Page Arizona

Hello, we had a DAY yesterday. Leave it to us to turn a 5 hr trip into a 13 hr day. We started the day headed to Cortez, Colorado and went to visit the Sunset Crater Volcano --very cool National Park. Then we drove through the park to Wupatki National Park and visited adobe remains from Hopi Indians that lived in the area 800 years ago. Saw some really beautiful vistas of the painted desert and drove through more Desert to Page, Arizona where Rich was a Park Ranger many, many years ago. We tried to blog from the car all day but couldn't get a good signal at all. We did notice that the Sedona pictures made it to the blog when we logged on today...hope you liked those. Will post some Chapel on the Hill pictures shortly. Back to yesterday's adventure....when we got to Page, Arizona, we were already behind schedule... LOL.. imagine a clown car emptying EVERY SINGLE time you stop anywhere.... that is what happened yesterday. We had about 300 Miles to go on our 360 mile drive at 3:00pm in the afternoon, on a day that started at 8:30am. We raced from Page, Arizona on a one lane desert highway trying to get to the Four Corners before the park closed. Tricia and Rich made it before the other cars and bribed the gate guard to stay open for the rest of the crew. The were very nice to let us sneak in and take pictures on the Four Corners Monument (Pictures to come). On the way, the stragglers, Bob and Tom, thought that a tire on Tom's trailer had blown but when we pulled over to look we couldn't see any damage so we raced to Four Corners. It was when we headed out of Four Corners, with 2 hours left to drive at 8pm in the afternoon, we noticed that there was indeed tire damage on Tom's Trailer... our first clue? the rubber pieces flying off the tire at Pixie's car.... so, at sunset in the middle of the desert on the side of two lane highway we pulled over to change the tire. And yep, you guessed it...the spare was flat.. we were able to fix that thanks to "MacGyver" Rich, who had a battery operated air compressor. So, let's change the tire and go, right? Wrong.... had some lug nuts that were stripped and we couldn't change the tire, so we limped, and limped into Cortez, Colorado. Arriving at about 10PM to the nearest truck stop we could find. They managed to get the spare tire changed on the camper (thanks to an idea from Dad's heavenly spoon thump to the back of Bob's the head) but only had two lugs on the tire from that point on. Beer were raised in Dad's honor as we headed out and looked for a hotel for the night, but there were no vacancies anywhere so we headed to our campground and arrived about Midnight. So, yep... LONG LONG day. Today, part of the group, went to Mesa Verde, Tom and Terri went to get the Cafixed and Grandma and some others stayed and just chilled after the long day. Tomorrow we head to Alamosa, Colorado, a 250 mile drive and that ought to take only about 14hrs...LOL...

Posted by omg2012 20:53 Archived in USA

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