Leaving the Cameron Trading post we headed to Northland Motorsports in Flagstaff to get new tires for my R1200GS.
I had ordered the tires ahead and they were there when we arrived about 10:00 AM. No problems and we were out of there in an hour.
Next was a short side trip south to Sedona. Highway 89-A is a nice road and I thought I’d have a chance to see how the new tires worked. That’s what I get for thinking… Even though this was a Tuesday morning the road was packed with people heading to Sedona who apparently had never driven on a road that was not perfectly straight. The pace was like molasses in January and here are darn few places to pass. Plus the temperature was rising.
We made it to Sedona about noon-ish and 98 F degrees. Found a place to park and immediately high tailed it the Cowboy Club, where they have outdoors seating area with misters to keep you cool. They work great. We had a very nice lunch and then got out of town.
The ride back up 89-A was much better than the ride down, but still a little slow.
Next stop – Winslow…
On the way into town we stopped at the corner made famous by the Eagles to check out the Waiting on the Corner in Winslow Arizona spot.
Our Hotel was the La Posada.
I had stayed there in 2010 and really enjoyed the entire experience. The hotel was an original Fred Harvey railroad hotel, opened in 1930 at the cost of $1,000,000. It was close to being torn down, but saved by a husband and wife. They have brought it back to it’s glory, including an outstanding bar and restaurant. This is still a stop for Amtrak and the original Santa Fe train depot is 100 feet from the hotel.
Check it out: http://www.laposada.org/hotel_history.html
We hung out at the bar, to drink some local Pilsner, for a bit. Here is where we met Clifford, one of the waiters. He was totally entertaining so we managed to get a table in his section a little later and laughed through the entire – very delicious – meal, which was accompanied by a bottle of Troublemaker wine from Paso Robles.
After dinner we wandered out to the train tracks to finish up the Troublemaker and watch the freight trains roll through. Now this might sound a bit goofy, but it is really a sight to be 15 or 20 feet from the tracks when a freight train that is a mile long or longer goes rolling through. We also meet some folks from North Carolina who were a lot of fun to talk with.
Finally we went back to our room to sit on the balcony and finish the last of the wine.
It was an excellent day in Winslow.