Downhill to Peach Springs and the Grand Canyon Caverns/RV Park
Day 46 July 18th Williams, AZ to Peach Springs, AZ (Grand Canyon Caverns/RV Park) 69 miles Total Miles – 2,455
Weather: Partly cloudy, cool, 80 degrees, soaking rain late in day
This morning we had a few things to take care of before we took off. Peter went to the post office to mail a package home (yes more beer glasses) and Tracy was working on getting us a car rental from Kingman AZ to San Bernardino, CA. We have decided to drive across the desert after talking with local bicyclists, checking our maps and the local weather forecast.
This time of year the temperatures are well into the 100’s and we will not have services(water and food sources)in sections for over 60 miles – that is just too far in those conditions and we don’t believe we would be safe. So we have been trying to rent a car – not an easy task. We finally had to resort to renting a U Haul Truck – they just do not have any one way rentals from Kingman, AZ.
We finally got on the bike at about 9:00am and started our downhill ride to the Grand Canyon Caverns/RV Park near Peach Springs, AZ. Right outside of Williams we got on I – 40 and started a 13 mile downhill ride to Ash Forks. It was a great ride with beautiful views as we buzzed by. We got to Ash Forks in about 40 minutes – we were averaging about 30 miles per hour on the downhill.
Outside of Ash Forks we got off I – 40 and back on Route 66 – evidently this section of Route 66 is the longest continuous section thru the whole corridor. It was a nice ride with lots to see, including the rain clouds surrounding us. Luckily the rain held off for quite a while but after our break in Seligman it started to rain a bit – which actually felt good it was getting a bit warm again.
Unfortunately about 10 miles down the road the rain came down in buckets – we got soaked. We had seven miles to go to get to the Grand Canyon Caverns and were hanging out at the convenience store warming up and deciding if we should bicycle the mile up to the campground or stay at the Caverns Hotel. We decided on the hotel because we were soaked and Peter was feeling a bit under the weather. It was a good choice and allowed us to warm up and take care of some other logistical items.