Sadly we leave Gold Canyon today, but are ready to see what is down the road, the wheels are a rolling. We have a short ride, just about 138 miles, about half of that to just get to the north side of Phoenix. Also remarkable in the change in foliage as we climbed in altitude and gave Big Butt the opportunity to show his towing stuff.
Our route was 60 NW to the 101 (loop). Took the 101 north and then east till we hit I 17 North. I 17 North to Camp Verde.
We did stop along the way at the Sunny Point Rest Area at Exit 252 on the I 17. Scenic view opportunity and stretch the legs (and, ya, potty stops). Looking down into a small valley of sorts I spied this. If you google Hourrelzy you will probably find, as I did, 6 hits. (I even tried a Bing search, one hit.) No clues will be found tho as to what this means, if anything.
Back in Big Butt, we made our way into Verde Valley, 6% grades, downhill of course.
|Above, you know you are gonna go down and quickly|
when you see that tell tale Runaway Truck Ramp sign.
|Above, one of our first glimpses of Verde Valley,|
and, way back, miles away, the red rock area that surrounds
Sedona Arizona, looking a bit pink so many miles away.
|And, it was good!|