Overland Expo Road Trip, Day Nine


I don’t know what my problem is with blog writing lately, although this one a day this is a bit of a chore (which its supposed to be, duh.)

I actually slept really well in the rest area, waking up around 6, packing and heading to the petroglyph national monument. My GPS seemed to be taking me in a different direction than the signs, so I followed to signs to the visitor center.

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As it turns out, my GPS had the right idea. There are no petroglyphes at the visitor center, though there were chili’s.

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The petroglyphes are spread out over a large area, so I picked one and headed for it. While technically free, there was a $1 parking fee, which I had to self pay.

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The petroglyphes were all over the rocks, and there were several trails to follow. I hiked a couple, and while the Pueblo people (and their predecessors) didn’t have a written language, they clearly liked to draw.

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I spend about three hours hiking, leaving as a school group showed up. I hoped on I-40, basically the only road I could take to flagstaff, and started west.

The winds were brutal, more or less right in my face and Curiosity, due for a valve adjustment, struggled to hold freeway speeds. I had hoped to camp at the Petrified Forest National Park, but learned there wasn’t actually camping there. After wasting a couple hours looking at private campgrounds I ended up in a state park, almost an hour away. As the wind beat at the tent I consoled myself I’d be riding with it in the morning.

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