Eric and Adam had few options on where to sleep for the night. Our RV is really designed for just two people. They volunteered to sleep in the car but we insisted they could sleep on our couch or kitchen floor. The temp drops down into the low 40's here at night and the RV has a beautiful propane furnace. Everybody rises up at an early 0800. Katie whips together some chocolate chip pancakes and we all spend the morning just shooting the breeze. Eric has been a friend of mine for let's see... 18 years? Shit I'm getting old. Anyways, we've been best friends for a long time. In fact Eric and I bought motorcycles within a couple of months of each other so we could go out and ride. Fast forward nearly two decades and we still get together to cruise. I've got a Yamaha V-Star 650 and he's got a Yamaha V-Star 1100 and a Harley V-ROD. He's excited to take the small enduro out for his first ever off road ride.
Eric scoots out for some off road fun with my gopro strapped to his head. There's no better way to enjoy your day outside the grand canyon than riding through the forest service roads.
The time comes to say goodbye as Eric and Adam pack up to finish their vacation. Watching their car roll out of our campsite makes me realize just how much we give up to live on the road. That will be the last old friend I see for a couple of months. Katie and I look at each other as the realization sets in that we are alone once more with nobody else to break the silence.
We spend the rest of the day just sitting around and relaxing in the woods. The time has come to take our old boy Eli out for a walk. We go just down the road to grab a piece of gravel without any traffic Some flat forest roads will be a great place to get out and stretch our legs.
Huh. Those clouds are gray. Katie looks at me when the first rain drops hit us and we turn around. We didn't plan this well enough and the rain starts pouring down on us.
What a weird way to end our trip to Northern Arizona. A thunderstorm in the woods caps off our weekend excursion.