Monday, April 18, 2005

Well, we are several days earlier than planned, but we are now at the Grand Canyon Caverns (map).

After some errands at Wal-Mart and Home Depot, we left Kingman and headed north-east on old route 66. We had spotted some BLM land near the community of Truxton, just outside the Hualapai resrvation, on our atlas. Unfortunately, after several frustrating loops around the dirt roads of Truxton, we concluded that the "road" shown on our map to the BLM lands was nothing more than an ATV track. After a brief but fruitless search for other access to the plentiful BLM lands in the area, we gave up and continued through the reservation to our current location.

We needed to be here by Wednesday night anyway, since the Bus Conversion rally will be here this weekend, and we have also volunteered Odyssey as a model coach for the week-long workshop that starts today (our tour will be on Thursday).

Right now, we are parked in the campground, which is next to the caverns and restaurant, but about a mile from route 66 and the hotel, where most of the rally activities will take place. Wednesday night we will move down to the motel parking lot, to be closer to the action. Odyssey is featured as the centerfold (yes, Miss May!) in the May issue of Bus Conversions Magazine, and there are supposed to be copies of the issue distributed at the rally. So we are expecting a lot of attention and are preparing to do a set of tours.

In the meantime, we will have a relaxing couple of days here in the campground, and perhaps whittle down some of the project backlog.

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