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Day 5, VLA, Pie Town and Seligman, AZ

Oct 11, 2017 Wed
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Oct 11, 2017 Wed 5:07 PM MST Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie
Miles:471
Start Point:Socorro, NM, US
End Point:Peach Springs, AZ, US
Weather:Woke up to 41° outside and 47° inside. Most of the day was in the 60-70’s. The temperature drops like a rock as the sun goes down. The humidity is less than 10%.

The day started at 4,799 feet and ended at 5,520 feet. The highest altitude was 7,997 feet and the lowest altitude was 4,623 feet.



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We were on the road before sunrise again heading toward Pie Town. I took this route on my 40 to Phoenix motorcycle ride back in the spring and wanted to share it with Laurie. You can read about my visit to the VLA and Pie Town this spring here.

The first stop was the Very Large Array (VLA). The radio antennas are cool and the views are very nice. The air was clear and crisp unlike what we would run into the next day.

Next up was the Gatherin’ Place in Pie Town. I had a traditional eggs and bacon breakfast while Laurie had pancakes with a mixture of fruit. They were both very good. I then picked out a blackberry pie for the road.

These folks are also very fond of the 2nd amendment and both had pistols on their hips. The temperature was in the 60’s so it was a very nice day. When I was here in the spring on Ruby the Gold Wing, the temperatures were around 30 and snow was falling.

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Very Large Array, NM

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Very Large Array, NM

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Very Large Array, NM

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Very Large Array, NM

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Very Large Array, NM

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Very Large Array, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM
Laurie

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM
Bobby, Laurie

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM

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The Gatherin' Place, Pie Town, NM
I hope to do the 40 to Phoenix ride again next spring. Laurie will fly out to Phoenix again and spend several days with me. One of the things we want to do is to stay in the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ. So we stopped to check it out.

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ

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Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ
We blew through Flagstaff and stopped in Seligman, Arizona. This was a tourist trap but in a good way. The prices were reasonable. Laurie has a nice chat with Donna at the Road Kill. We also enjoyed talking with Angel and Vilma in their gift shop. Definitely check out both places if you are ever in the area.

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Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie

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Seligman on old Route 66.

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 5:07 PM MST Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 8:23 PM EDT Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 8:25 PM EDT Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 8:25 PM EDT Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.

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Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie

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Seligman on old Route 66.

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 8:28 PM EDT Alt: 5250
Seligman on old Route 66.
Laurie

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Seligman on old Route 66.
The campground at Grand Canyon Caverns was great. Only a couple of people there, wide open spaces, huge sky and the silence was deafening. We built a small fire and enjoyed the quiet and stars. I tried a little Milky Way night photography. I need to try a little harder, but got a decent photo that shows the Milky Way. Will definitely return someday.

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Grand Canyon Caverns CG. No one here and it was very quiet.

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 9:34 PM EDT Alt: 5373
Grand Canyon Caverns CG. No one here and it was very quiet.

Oct 11, 2017 Wed 10:48 PM EDT Alt: 5373
Grand Canyon Caverns CG. No one here and it was very quiet.

You may be interested in the next article, Day 6, Peach Springs, AZ to Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley.

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