It was a chilly MC (motorcycle) ride from Williams to Sedona, about 60 miles. Much warmer in Sedona because it sits in a protected canyon. We took 89A into the canyon and it was a beautiful ride into the red rock area that surrounds Sedona. I couldn’t believe I was actually there. A photo just doesn’t capture the awesomeness of the scenery. I watched the movie Sedona before we left for our trip. If you want to see what the Sedona area looks like, the aerial shots in this movie give you a bird’s eye view of this stunning landscape. We didn’t spend much time in town: went to the Visitor Center for information and had lunch at a local diner, Café Jose. Ralph planned a loop though the area that took us along the Red Rock Loop and Scenic Highway, back roads in the Coconino Forest, past Stoneman Lake (which is completely dry), Mormon Lake and Lake Mary (which are both very low for this time of the year). Then back through Flagstaff (or as the locals say “Flag and back to Williams. A wonderful ride through the red rocks and pine forests of Northern Arizona. Very, very different than the desert areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale. We ended up on a dirt road for eight miles (not intentional) on the way to Lake Mary. The bikes and all of us were covered in red dust and it was somewhat bumpy. And by the way, we weren’t on dirt bikes! The guys did a great job getting us down this road safely. Ralph and John both ride Honda VTX1800s. Great bikes. Ralph has 150,000 miles on his 2002 and it runs and looks brand new. Of course he’s had four paint jobs on that baby. He made it very comfortable for me to ride on the back. I’m glad we didn’t bring my bike. It’s much easier for me to enjoy the view and take photos from the back. It’s a blessing that the trailer can only fit one bike.
We stopped in many places along the Red Rock Loop to observe and take photos. We went to Bell Rock a noted vortex area. Sedona has long been known as a spiritual power center because of the vortexes of subtle energy located in the area. These vortexes are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. This energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest. We chose not to climb Bell Rock due to time constraints. There are a lot of Elk in the area we had to drive through to get home and we wanted to be past that area before dusk. As Ralph can tell you from personal experience hitting a deer is not a fun experience.
The town of Sedona itself is a “girlfriend trip”. Spas, unique shops, great restaurants, art galleries…things girls like to do. I will be back to experience that in the future with some girlfriends. Anyone up for that? Just let me know and we’ll plan a trip.
We were all pretty tired when we arrived back in Williams. After showers to remove all the red dust we grilled Hebrew National hotdogs in our little garage (trailer). It was so windy AGAIN that Ralph couldn’t keep the grill going outside. So he just wheeled it into the trailer. Brilliant! We ended up having microwave S’mores. Don’t laugh! We decided they are even better than campfire S’mores.
Great day livin’ the dream.
Off to the Grand Canyon.