We have to thank Pat for the hospitality both times. She made us feel right at home. And traveling with Sherm has been awesome, as usual. We're looking forward to sharing again in Eureka Springs in September. After tallying the books, he will have a $19.17 head start on the cost sharing there.
It rained again overnight in Kingman and the streets were wet as we left about 7:15 and drove through town to I-40. There was little wind this morning as we started east, making the truck a lot happier than it was yesterday. It hummed along as we climbed and descended the long grades. The monsoon wetness translated into a green hue to the desert.
East out of Flagstaff, the highway was pretty good with some really ugly patches. We eventually left the mountains in favour of the high flat land of the Colorado Plateau. We skipped the Meteor Crater because we saw it the last trip out here, but right around the Crater Road we started to see the first signs of the red rock formations. The winds were out of the north and the grades were gradual so the driving was relatively pleasant.
Today's Route (239 Avalanche/trailer):