Chinle Arizona, 11:30 pm Sunday night we roll into the parking lot of the Thunderbird motel, and the unmistakable noise of the Rapha van and seven guys unloading gear brings our host, Dave Wyman out of a sound sleep to say hello.
After brief introductions Dave heads back to bed, Daniel, Cole, Hahn, Kansas and Pierre get into their jammies and Dave Christenson and I depart for the nearby Holiday Inn and a place to sleep.
The next morning we meet for breakfast at the Thunderbird cafeteria wherein Kansas frightens us all with the amount of food on his tray. Amidst the chewing Dave outlines the day's loop over Navajo land to the Canyon de Chelly and Buffalo Pass AND back some 100 miles total across a searing hot high desert landscape.
I'll leave the storytelling to Daniel on the Continental site but here's some of the imagery I captured on a spectacular ride that had dust storms, numerous flats, delicious Navajo tacos and plenty of reservation dogs like the little guy who raced us along a little bluff overlooking the road.
When I'm back next week I'll post a more complete gallery. Large format prints are available of any image.