I drove an extra car to Ohio and also to rake leaves, mow grass, etc... Having previously driven direct routes that takes one through TX and the other through northern TX/NM, I decided to add a few hours for a scenic alternative. I head north through Phoenix and then farther north, there is the hint of Sedona to the west (pink rocks).
I head east on I-40 and pass through Flagstaff.
Now headed toward northern AZ/southern UT and Monument Valley but first.....
.....make it through Tuba City, AZ and the scenery really is great.
In the middle of no where, there are these two prominent features.
The road continues while passing amazing rock formations and then....
....a glimpse of the awesomeness to come, to the north the first view of Monument Valley.
Wow but then.....
...wow cubed to the 5th power. The pics don't do it justice.
Now north of MV, the strip of asphalt follows the route back from where I have come but I have miles to go before I sleep (apologize to Frost).
I pass through Mexican Hat (note the flat rock on top of the pillar). I wish I could have stopped. There was a cool looking open air restaurant there. Actually, no good reason why I could not stop but wanted to reach CO before I stopped for the day.
I reach I70 and go east toward Ohio but first stop just west of Denver for the night at a Holiday Inn Express.