The rain moved out but some clouds lingered over the Catalina Mountains in Oro Valley. Well, time for the 5 hour drive north but instead of the usual I-10/I-17 I took an alternative route that kind of parallels those highways. It added about an hour but the scenery was great.
Clouds lingering to the west and it actually rained on me north of Payson, a very cool town with some interesting villages north and south of it like Strawberry, AZ.
North of Flagstaff, with mountains to the west, grassy plains stretched far to the east.
I arrived at the Cameron Trading Post that has a hotel on the property which is not bad and located on the edge of the Little Colorado River.
Of course. as you head to the west, the LCR gorge deepens rapidly.
I stopped at an overlook and pretty cool views.
There below is the LCR. Doesn't look that far but it is and deeper yet, farther west where I will enter on the opposite bank. Can't wait.