Day 595: Cottonwood to Las Vegas

Today we said goodbye to our dispersed camping spot near Cottonwood and drove North and West towards Las Vegas for Passover:

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We approached Flagstaff from the south.  The mountains just north of town, the tallest in Arizona, still have a bit of snow:

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We drove about 300 miles today and arrived in Las Vegas in the late afternoon, where we will be overnighting at my parents house for a couple days.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 593: Cycling Sedona

This morning we loaded the bikes into the truck and drove the 20 minutes or so to the Bell Rock Pathway trailhead:

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The trailhead parking lot was full, so I drove into town, parked, and rode back to the trailhead.  Not a bad backdrop for a strip mall:

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Riding the Bell Rock Pathway was surprisingly challenging in spots, and the scenery was amazing:

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We rode some singletrack on the way back:

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By the end of the ride I had bloodied an ankle, bruised a knee, and broken the clip that bolts on to the bottom of the cycling shoe.  M self extracted from his shoe an inch-long cactus thorn that went through his shoe and into his foot.  We can’t wait to go again!

Day 590: Tractors and Tlaquepaque

This morning we drove into Cottonwood for the Antique Engine and Tractor show at the fairgrounds.  Many vintage tractors were on display:

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This tractor is spinning a 1929 Case threshing machine using its PTO:

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At the tractor pull, drivers compete to drag a weighted sled the farthest:

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The sled has a water filled reservoir that slowly moves from the wheeled rear of the sled to the front of the sled, putting more and more weight on the sled plate until the tractor can drive no farther:

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The massive engine on this 1959 Farmall 560 had no trouble pulling the sled all the way to the end of the course:

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Dozens of antique engines were on display, most of them hit-and-miss engines like this 1903 beauty that produces 19 horsepower, which doesn’t seem like much for an engine weighing 6,000 pounds:

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This engine was used in Paris to drive a water fountain:

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A portable 2 stamp mill:

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This is one of two known 1910 Gibson model F engines in existence today:

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A tractor from 1905ish:

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Indoors, there were various vendors, including this fellow selling cottonwood bark sculptures:

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The local model train club had a couple tracks set up:

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Tractor toys made from old sewing machines:

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This hand cranked machine turns 16 strands of floss and a center core material into braided rope:

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This 1/6th model of a hit-and-miss engine runs on white gas:

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An antique fan operated not by electricity, but rather a propane powered Stirling Engine:

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M tried the kiddie tractor pull:

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Around noon there was a tractor parade:

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In the afternoon, we drove to Sedona and visited the upscale Tlaquepaque shopping village.  We visited dozens of shops filled with stuff we don’t need that we could buy with money we don’t have:

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On the way back to the RV, we visited the Coconino National Forest visitor center.  The red rocks of Sedona were visible in the distance:

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Smokey gets no respect:

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Trish has been working on beading around cabochons she made with polymer clay:

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Good Shabbos from Forest Service land near Cottonwood, AZ:

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