|Start Point:||Jerome, AZ|
|Start Weather:||At 6:00 AM the temperature was 41.0° with 60% humidity. The conditions were clear with a windspeed of 6.9 miles per hour.|
|End Point:||Kayenta, AZ|
|End Weather:||At 6:00 PM the temperature was 63.7° with 24% humidity. The conditions were unknown with a windspeed of 10.4 miles per hour.|
- Sedona AZ
- Walnut Canyon Bridge
- Sunset Crater
- Monument Valley
- Elevation Changes During the Day
- Track Log for Today
- Other Blogs About This Trip
We left Jerome AZ and traveled to Sedona and the canyon north of town. We were here with my brother and his wife in 2016. This is a beautiful area.
We stopped at an overlook for the canyon and Laurie bought a pot from a local vendor.
Walnut Canyon Bridge
In 1922, the United States Bureau of Public Roads undertook a 23-mile road-building project along the Winslow Highway that stretched between Flagstaff and Angel through the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. The largest structure built as part of the project was the Walnut Canyon Bridge, which spans the canyon crossing Walnut Creek one mile northwest of Winona. Soon after its completion in 1924, the road and the bridge became part of Route 66.
The bridge employs a straightforward design. It has a single span of 101 feet and a 19-foot-wide roadbed. The superstructure is of riveted steel and uses a five-panel Parker through truss. Truss bridges have a combination of members, usually arranged in a triangular configuration, to form a rigid framework. A Parker truss includes an additional element: an upper polygonal chord. The substructure has concrete abutments and wing walls. The floor is a concrete deck over steel stringers. The bridge has steel lattice guardrails with concrete curbs. The design and materials were efficient.
While the Walnut Canyon Bridge represents common construction of its time, it is now a rare surviving example on Route 66. The bridge is closed to traffic, but remains intact on a short stretch of abandoned roadbed. The National Park Service listed the Walnut Canyon Bridge in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
This info was taken from the National Park Service website and more info can be found here.
We took a detour to Sunset Crater National Monument
You’ve seen this photo on Facebook already but here is the story. My favorite mother in law bought me a bottle of my favorite wine for Christmas. I told her I was going to save it, haul it across the US during my 40 to Phoenix ride and drink it with the love of my life, Laurie, in Monument Valley. So after 3000+ miles and several bags of ice, we have arrived. It was wonderful. Thank you Dot.
Elevation Changes During the Day
The day started at 5,224 feet and ended at 5,574 feet. The highest altitude was 7,159 feet and the lowest altitude was 3,347 feet.
Track Log for Today
You may be interested in the next article, Day 9, Springerville, AZ to Phoenix.
The previous article is Day 7, Amarillo to Moriarty, NM.
© Bobby Daniel