Again a day goes by and I haven’t cycled. I haven’t thought about water levels or tyre pressure or energy or pedalling.
I miss it.
It’s been three days now. Three days off the bike.
It’s a good thing, in the long term. My knee is feeling much better. Rest is my friend I guess. At least in some ways. But I have missed the road. For three weeks I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed different scenery pretty much every day. But for three days, I’ve had Williams.
Having said all that, there are worse places to be!
Williams – a small town off the I-40 in Arizona – lies on the historic Route 66. It’s also known as The Gateway to the Grand Canyon, being a hop, skip and a jump away from the famous gorge. Everything seems to be themed accordingly. There’s the Grand Canyon Railway and the Grand Canyon Hotel. And there’s signs for Route 66 all over the place, in every gift shop and diner and petrol station.
I’ve been staying at The Grand Canyon Hotel (http://www.thegrandcanyonhotel.com/). It’s absolutely lovely. It seems to have the wonderful double of being the cheapest hotel in town, and the best! All the guest-rooms are uniquely themed and it’s independently owned. All the staff are fantastic and friendly. If you’re ever passing through Williams (you never know!) then this is the place to stay.
There’s also a cowboy show every evening at 7PM. They close of the main street and do their routine. Every night! They close the main street! it’s great!
So yea, there are worse places to be I guess. But I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning when I’m back on my bike!
I’m taking a bit of a de-tour through Flagstaff, Arizona tomorrow. It’s not on my route but I’ve been recommended to check it out, plus I need a few bike things and Flagstaff has bike shops!
All in all, my break in Williams has served me well; I’m rested, re-energised, focused and ready to go. Bring on Friday!