The last day of one of the most amazing excursion one could hope for.
We had gone to bed early the night before, and were up and on the road before 7 am, 3’C. It was so dark, and very challenging because we were driving in the canyon areas of Utah. I am sure the locals who were following me as I gingerly went around hills would have loved to be in front of me! The problem was there were absolutely no places to pull off- no shoulder, no gateways.
As always the visual experience was awesome as first the sky started to lighten, with the morning star bright in the sky. Then as the sun came up behind the mountains – there are no words. I will admit once the sun came up, I had over a half hour of blinding sun. It didn’t seem to help no matter where we put the visors. I actually drove with my left hand, holding my right hand up to block the sun. There was a break every once in a while when a mountain blocked it. If you have ever seen the rocks in the Utah canyons, you will understand why I have no description to do it justice. We experienced Bryce Canyon with its amazing rock formations – unbelievable colours and shapes.
Eventually we were in Arizona, and the beauty was the same. Finally we reached #17, and started the final lap. At the ‘rim’ of the valley where you find Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, etc., and of course Apache Junction, the temperature was 18″C, by the time we got to our place, it was 31! The total descent from the rim to the bottom of the valley is 18 miles, almost continuously going down – good brakes are essential!
We came around a corner, and there it was – a Saguaro cactus with its arms out welcoming us back! Then there were lots more as we proceeded. Finally we saw that beautiful sign “LaHacienda” welcoming us back! Nothing like a LaHa welcome!
We carried everything into our place, but that was mostly it for the day. We had stopped at the local Walgreen’s and bought milk, bread and canned soup. I had tea bags , so we were set for the night.
I cannot begin to explain what these last eleven days have been like. I thanked God each day that He gave us this opportunity to see some more of our beautiful Canada, even if it was just brief glimpses. We also saw two new states- Montana and Idaho, and saw another part of Utah. Each area was different, but gripping in its own way.
We will probably never do it again, but the 6336.5 km. we traveled in the last two weeks were a dream come true.
Thanks for making the trip with us.