|Happy to report that all went well this morning. Jim drove the coach to the gas station and then to storage. Shut down went smoothly and I was on my way north in short order.
I originally planned to take 89 to Winslow but I changed my mind and took Rt 17 to Meteor Crater - probably one of the last things for me to see in this interesting state. There is a spot on 17 when you come over a ridge and the entire Verde Valley lays before you - it's an absolutely gorgeous view. Today I hit it just right and the pink of the rocks was breathtaking. Further down the road I had an amazing view of the snow capped San Francisco Peaks.
After the turnoff for Meteor Crate I drove six miles to the Visitor Center. Thirteen dollars later I found myself staring at a hole in the ground made by a meteorite 50,000 years ago. The hole is so big ( 550 ft deep and 1 mile across) that you could play 20 football games at the bottom and have 2 million fans around the crater walls. The 10 minute movie was interesting and, tired as I was, I climbed the stairs to the upper observation area and the lower one as well. The terrain here is so much like that of the moon and other planets that it was an official training site for NASA Apollo astronauts.
I've passed through Winslow before but this is my first overnight stay. La Posada, built in 1929, is Mary Elizabeth Jane Coulter's "masterpiece" on old Route 66. Back in the day Howard Hughes, Bob Hope and Albert Einstein stayed here. Recently it underwent extensive asbestos removal but the historic renovation is wonderful. This old "Spanish hacienda" hotel is a real step back in time. Had to sleep on the couch last night - not too comfortable. The bed here looks terrific!