USA Adventures of Steve & Bronni 2008 travel blog












Day 10 Tuesday 22nd April, Red Rock State Park (Arizona pg 8 F8)

Tonight we are free camping overlooking the Red Rock State Park, a place true to its name – lots of red rock/granite.

We commenced our journey along the famous Route 66 stopping at Peaches Springs (part of Hualipai Indian Reservation) for morning tea; the town consisted of a Deli and one or two other shops. Our next stop was the Seligman where we bought a few souvenirs of Route 66. The terrain was flat, straight roads and little vegetation. At Ash Fork we left Route 66 and headed south to Prescott Valley on road 89. The terrain started to improve and the towns looked a little more prosperous.

The best part of the journey was heading north from Prescott Valley, passing over a mountain ridge about 7000’ high. The road reminded us of when we travelled in southern Italy with Richard, Jenny and Angela, winding narrow road (89A north) zig zagging up and down the mountain, only then we were driving a small car not an RV. We came across the little village of Jerome; an old mining town perched on the side of a cliff face. Right on the top we were travelling along the ridge of the mountain, there was the road, a house on each side then huge drops. Jen it brought back memories. The tourist shops were doing a roaring trade. Many of the houses had magnificent views of the valley and escarpments.

After descending the mountain, we continued northwards and were impressed with red granite rocks of Red Rock State Park with the late afternoon sun illuminating the side of the mountains.

We finished the day sitting outside with a glass of red and watched the setting sun on the rocks. We are just on the side of the road, and hoping we don’t get a knock on the door. It’s now 9.30pm, so I think we’re safe.

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