I made an unplanned trip into the Navaho Nation today. I-40 was completely blocked after Grants, NM. I don't know what happened, but they routed us off the interstate and there was no detour marked for going west. After following the big rigs, we were told to turn around. I decided to see if there was any alternate route and since I couldn't look at my map, I called my daughter and her husband looked up a route for me. It worked, but it took a while. I went though Navaholand to the north of the interstate. There was a police woman at one intersection who was there to direct those like me who were taking this route. She told me how to get back on I-40 at Gallup. She also told me where I could get gas, which I really needed.
This is a very sparsely populated area. I did pass one mine, either coal or uranium, I don't know which and a number of empty ore-carriers. The state road was really good and the speed limit was 65. The Navaho road (N-9) was pretty good too. I'll have to do some research into the area later. The last time I was near there was in the 1970s when I visited both the Hopis and Navahos to talk about coal gasification.
When we finally got back on I-40 there was very little traffic. I decided to drive past Flagstaff to Williams. Stayed in a Days Inn there a couple of years ago. They are a very dog friendly chain. In Amarillo the fourth floor seemed to be the doggie floor. We met a Newfie and a Golden there. Izzie wasn't interested. Right now she's sound asleep.
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