Mar 25, 2012

Distance today = 51.19 km; Total distance = 4000.39 km; Location = 11 km east of Tuba City (329 mile marker) – 36 09.572′ N, 111 06.577′ W; Start time = 0825, Finish time = 1555


Today I passed the 4,000 km mark. As you'll see from the photos, the scenery is stunning. It's part of the Painted Desert, and it's not hard to see how the region got its name.

I woke this morning with a few sore spots. When I arrived at Cameron yesterday afternoon, I slipped on some roughly-hewn stone stairs. I knew I'd hurt my left ankle and strained my right glute, but it wasn't too bad while I was warm. However, it stiffened up during the night. It took a little while to warm up this morning, but once I got going, everything settled down.

I was pleased I was climbing again today, after yesterday's long descent. It was much easier on my legs. The mobile phone reception was actually quite good, so the tracker worked well. Let's hope this continues through the desert, but who knows.

I expect to be at Monument Valley by Wednesday, ready to do the Forrest Gump thing.

I've had a few enquiries about the RWVQ, but haven't had anything to better the leading red wine yet. This isn't going to change for a few days at least. We discovered that we're actually on a Navajo reservation at the moment, and no alcohol is sold. Luckily we have some spares.