Friday, 2 May 2014
Meteor Crater - the most well known and best preserved on earth.
This is what happens when a piece of iron ore rock measuring just 150 feet wide slams into the earth at 26,000 miles an hour…..you don't want to be around here that's for sure!
The meteor crater is just off the I-40 between Winslow and Flagstaff and is literally breathtaking to look at and to climb up to edge of (note to self: must get back in the gym!).
It's three quarters of a mile wide and 700 feet deep. http://www.meteorcrater.com
It was used by the NASA space program to train astronauts that went to the moon on how to deal with craters.
We left the Meteor Crater just outside Flagstaff after a fine lunch (honestly) at the 'Subway' sandwich bar inside the museum, we shared 'A Foot-Long'. Our journey was now taking us North up towards Utah and Monument Valley but we would need to find a hotel for the night before reaching the valley tomorrow morning. At around 6pm we cruised into Tuba City on the Navajo Trail - HWY 160 North and found a room at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites.
What a unique hotel this is, on the 'dry' Hope Navajo Indian Reservation. Unique to us because it didn't sell any alcohol! And we were prohibited from quaffing our stash of rum - which we abided by of course (yeah right!)
Here we are enjoying our dinner, our alcohol free dinner! It's not right, and it's not funny, and it's certainly not British! "Never in the field of motorcycling conquests has so much beer been owed to so few by so many......!" But sadly not a drop was to be found for around 100 miles! Apparently that's Indian Reservations for you.....Native Americans are not renowned for managing alcohol well.
We won't make this mistake ever again!! At least we should rise early with clear heads.