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Flagstaff and the Painted Desert
By Darnell
September 3, 2009

Flagstaff is a fantastic little city whose character is still influenced by Route 66 which runs right through the center of town. There is also railroad station which also brings a nostalgic feel to the city. This old southwestern city is home to Northern Arizona University which makes Flagstaff a vibrant and fun city. Flagstaff also has a great old downtown with coffee shops, great restaurants, and theaters. If it sounds like I am smitten with Flagstaff, it is because I am. One nice bonus is that is that it is on average 25 degrees cooler than Phoenix. What a great place.

Our second afternoon in Flagstaff, Diane and John got out of work a little early and we rode out to Meteor Crater. As the name implies, it was formed by a meteor crashing to earth in Northern Arizona 50,000 years ago. It is huge. The impact was such that it not only drove the meteor into the ground but it forced the earth up around it. The crater is about 40 miles east of Flagstaff and we had a great ride out and back. We walked around the downtown and had a great dinner at a Thai restaurant.

The next day we were heading home, taking the scenic route. We stopped in Winslow for a truly wonderful breakfast at the La Posada Hotel. This hotel was built in 1929 as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway. It is like stepping back in time. If you are ever in Winslow be sure stop and visit La Posada. It is a beautiful grand old hotel. In fact, they had prickly pear bread pudding that I didn't order. Now, it is haunting me and I have to go back!

After breakfast we stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona made famous by the Eagles song, Take It Easy. We headed out of town with the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert as our next destination. The Petrified Forest National Park is an awesome ride on a motorcycle. We started in the Painted Desert section and rode down into the Petrified Forest. Both sections of the park are breathtaking and fascinating. We rode home through the Salt River Canyon, an absolute blast on a motorcycle. We had a great weekend that will not soon be forgotten.

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Comments on "Hit the Road with Harley-Davidson"

michael kors bags October 07, 2013 | 1:30 PM

You write very well!

Marlene August 22, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Hi, I hope you are planning a stop at the Coates residence on your trip to Vancouver!! We'd love to see you.

Paulette August 21, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Natalie, I don't know how you do all you do. I'm so glad you are a friend of mine. Tell Connie hi and congrats on the Ride! Love you!

Kim August 18, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I can't believe Stratton is awake in that picture. I pick him up, and he just nods off! Such a little angel : )

Deana B August 11, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I'm totally inspired. Very cool!!

Ella July 19, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Those Segways look so cool, Natalie!

harlowB410 July 07, 2009 | 2:49 PM

A new SheKnows baby! Congrats, Dianne!

Ariel July 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Congratulations, Dianne! So exciting to have a new baby in the family... and boy does he have a full set of hair, or what?!?

Mary June 19, 2009 | 7:06 AM

You're my hero, Natalie. Living life to the fullest - although it looked freezing on the last bike ride. Hope to see Darnel when she's in town. Let me know.

Kim June 15, 2009 | 6:53 AM

Di, I am soooo proud of you and glad you decided to do this project! I LOVE the blogs and can't wait to read more. I miss you (and the heat, and Johnny T., and Chloe, and the back yard). xo Love, Ms. Kim

Barb June 04, 2009 | 9:11 AM

count me in! love to see and hear about our adventures;

auntie gogo June 03, 2009 | 8:47 PM

Hi Darnell, Julie forwarded her e mail to me. Have you forgotten your cousin Sharyn" she has been riding for 21 years. A Harley for 19 years. and she also did a commercial for Cycle craft also years ago. I recently made 2 framed copies of Grandpa's picture. one each for Jimmy and robyn. Do you have the original.? I am surpised you did not acknowledge Sha. Say hello to Diane, liked her so much. Sha still has the turqoise Sporter. Love , auntie gogos I will try to follow your blog.

Julie June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Way to go Darnell. Love the picture of Pa on that old bike. Next time you come home... get my mom back on a bike. Enjoy! We are all waiting for the next blog.... keep riding! Love the picture.

Sandy May 29, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I can track you down and your bosses (not necessarily the work kind) can find out where you've been and where you're going!! Keep us posted! Great Photo Darnell. Hope to see you all over the summer.

Sue Sirois May 29, 2009 | 5:22 AM

Awesome! You both rock! Natalie, hope you come to MB next year! We missed you!

Marlo May 28, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Same here! This is really inspirational - what a cool idea!! Keep it coming, ladies! We're enjoying this :)

Nanci May 28, 2009 | 10:14 AM

This is a VERY cool site and very well written. It shows there's much more to women riders than meets the eye! I also cannot wait to continue to visit and read more.

Ella May 26, 2009 | 12:17 PM

This looks like it's gonna be cool! These women sound really interesting and I can't wait to read the next posts.

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