Only eighteen days to go until RAAM solo 2016 begins.
The road from Prescott Arizona leads to the Alpine town of Jerome via the serpentine switchbacks of Mingus Mountain. Alas, the early morning ascent followed by a spectacular drop down to Cottonwood could not be shared by the occupants of our campervan as the road is too narrow.
After nearly 600 miles, we dropped off the Coconino Plateau near Flagstaff into a giant wok of a landscape and entered the lands of the Navajo Nation. Shimmering, stratified pink cliffs framed the horizon, while mesas randomly dotted the surrounding plain. After passing through baking Tuba City, we drove adjacent to a freight train which from far away in this vast landscape had resembled a giant caterpillar.
The sun set in the West, the moon rose in the East, and, released from the heat of the day, a desert zephyr whispered its secrets.