We waited around until after 8 AM for it to warm up. Had breakfast coffee with an Australian couple who had come over for 2 weeks for a wedding. Their economy is doing great as unemployment is under 5% again and mortgage rates are on the way up.
Paid our $12 to Toll Troll and headed out east on AZ 64. First overlook we met some long distance riders, too. Mark is from Myrtle Beach, SC and riding a Harley.. His riding partner is much prettier than mine. Her name is Ann from Sweden, though I believe she lives in SC, also. She is riding Scoot's big cousin, a Ducoti, a fine Italian machine. Cruised on down the rim and took lots of pictures, but I will spare you the pain and just throw in a couple.
We turned on to US160 and headed for Kayenta, Az. and Monument Valley. In Tuba City we saw some old Jag's and I pulled in. This is a picture of Mark and his 1953 Jag. We could not get a better picture as the winds were trying to push Scoot over.
Back on the road it was another wild ride. Winds blowing 25 to 30 and gusting to 50. Visibility was down to 1/4 mile with blowing sand. There were some interesting pictures to be taken, but were missed as Scoot could not stand up on his own in the wind.
The plan had been to check into the hotel in Kayenta and then ride out to Monument Valley for the afternoon. After hours of sand blowing up my nose and holding on in the strong winds, the plan changed. New plan: stay upright until we get to the hotel and then go find some cold beer. Well, we did the first part, but we were informed that the reservation is dry. Well, it will be suitcase gin in the room. I found a corner to hide Scoot out of the winds and retired to my room.