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STORIES FROM A RECENT 3-month USA TRIP (shipped bike over from Australia)

Leaving Durango we really wanted to squeeze in Moab and the Arches NP then back track into Monument Valley to continue our way south

Still very warm… the ride was spectacular. Not so much for the winding roads, although there were amazing as expected, but the scenery and rock formations are mind blowing.

Moab is a cool place and we didn’t have a lot of time.. so a quick bite to eat and onto Arches NP ( 10 min away ) .. We knew we couldn’t do it all, as it was heading in the wrong way.. but thought if we could do a small part turn around and then make our way south to Monument Valley. A look back in cinematic history shows that Moab has been the set of well over 50 movies. Thelma and Louise, which was filmed 1990, as well as Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade which was shot in 1988. The name of Moab. In its biblical reference, Moab was a dry, sandy wilderness whose climate mirrored the arid climate of the Utahn settlement. The Kingdom of Moab, in modern-day Jordan, was Biblically significant for often being in conflict with Israel.

Sadly, Arches NP was one of the parks that needed a booking. It was practically empty and we pleaded with the gatekeep if we could just ride to the first look out take a snap and head back.. COMPUTER SAYS NO… I asked again and said we have come all the way from Australia and we would only be a short while as we had to get down south anyway showing her our booked accom at Kayenta .. there was no line up or very much traffic. COMPUTER SAYS NO .. This was the only time in the entire 3 months we faced a negative and an unshakable official and someone that didn’t want to help.. It was so disappointing and I always say ‘There is the Letter of the Law’ and ‘The Spirit of the Law’.. I think in this case and circumstances.. we should have been allowed to pop in and out.

So heading south to Monument Valley – Run Forest Run KODAK MOMENT , Mexican hat and the other cool sights .. it is everything every traveller and google says it is .. AMAZING ,JUST AMAZING Monument Valley, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, is known for the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This sacred landscape exerts a transcendent pull on all who set foot here.

We pull into a village called.. Kayenta…Kayenta is a U.S. town which is part of the Navajo Nation and is in Arizona . Established 1986, the Kayenta Township is the only "township" existing under the laws of the Navajo Nation, making it unique in this way. It was a Monday and hardly anything available to eat. The hotel room had no Wi-Fi, no TV and no fridge. We found a dodgy pizza place and walked back to hotel followed by wild dogs. It was a bit unnerving actually. all they wanted was our pizza!!

Until next time.. thanks for joining me xxx

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