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Oct 2 - Sedona to Winslow to Holbrook, AZ

Route 66, The Eagles, Winslow

sunny 25 °C

At dusk last night in Sedona Jenny got this picture of the setting sun on one of the monoliths that dot the valley.

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We had a really leisurely start to the day, French Toast and Bacon, and then a slow prep to depart. It usually takes us 45 minutes to get ready to hit the road. We have a very solid routine that we go through to make sure everything is secured, and that TaJ is properly hooked-up. Today we took almost 90 minutes to do the job. We departed Sedona at 11:00am

Our day consisted of a 150 mile drive to Holbrook, AZ, mostly along I-40, with a stop in Winslow, which the Eagles made famous with a line from Take it Easy:

"Standing on a corner, in Winslow, Arizona, what a pretty sight to see, its a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowing down to take a look at me"

Winslow has made a park out of this line, with statues of Eagle Band Members Glenn Fry and Don Henley, and a flatbed Ford.

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Winslow is a sleepy town of about 10,000, with an original strip of Route 66 intact through downtown.

We arrived in Holbrook, which is a sleepy little town of about 5,000, with an original strip of Route 66 intact through downtown. We stocked up at the local Safeway and settled in at the KOA for two, possibly three nights.

We will go to Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks tomorrow, and had planned to head south towards Tucson on Wednesday. However the temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees F in the south for the next 5 days. There is little point in our heading into that kind of heat without air conditioning. So far we have been fine without A/C and we are happy with our decision not to get it, as we would not have used it in the last 124 days.

Our thinking is that we will stretch our time in the north half of the state until next Sunday when temperatures are expected to drop back into the 80's F. There are things to do up here in central/northern Arizona that we had not planned on doing, so they will likely get moved up the list. We do want to get to the Tucson area, like the Saguaro National Park, Tombstone, etc. so that will move to next week.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 18:15 Archived in USA Tagged winslow the_eagles holbrook

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The city of Flagstaff seemed cool (both in vibes and temps) when we passed through. Agree - avoid that heat!

by Karmen Reid

A really nice place is Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument east in Arizona & a bit north of the Painted Desert. Also, Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument is great, but back near Flagstaff.

by mary klimek

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