Last weekend four of us departed on a three day motorcycle trip that we'd come to refer to as "The Meteor Crater Ride" Some of our planned route would also take us on parts of old Route 66 as well as the road that most of Route 66 became--Interstate 40. Though the original impetus for the trip was to see Arizona's giant meteor crater which lies about 25 miles outside the town of Winslow. However, we soon realized that we would see far more than that giant (and I mean GIANT) hole in the ground. We always plan our route around the terrific back roads available throughout Arizona. This trip was as excellent as any we'd done while staying within the state, and the four of us agreed that we'd readily do the same trip again perhaps doing it clockwise next time just to mix it up a bit. We stayed in Winslow the first night, visited the Meteor Crater the next day, then rode on to Old Town Cottonwood where we stayed our second night. Day #1: Tucson to Winslow 277 miles Mr. Sandi and I and our riding buddies, Russ and Ron, met up at our usual QuikTrip gas station and were on the road at 9:00AM. Our final destination for this day was Winslow, and our route would take us on some of our favorite roads, some of which I've posted about on this forum in other trip reports. The area known as the Salt River Canyon is spectacular and I think of it as sort of a mini Grand Canyon. We didn't stop at the view area this time 'round as we'd just made a coffee elimination stop in Globe about half an before. The ride to Winslow takes you through a wide variety of landscapes from the Sonoran Desert near Tucson to the river and canyons around Globe and the Salt River Canyon to vast high grasslands as you go further north and nearer to Holbrook and Winslow. The small town of Holbrook is known for having a large number of large dinosaur statues along main street. While they probably aren't life-sized, they're pretty darned big! I'd seen them before on a work-related trip and am quite certain (?? hmmm...) that I'd mentioned them to Mr. Sandi. But when he and I and Ron and Russ were talking later and the topic came up, both Mr. Sandi and Russ said, "What dinosaurs?" Ron and I were incredulous and laughed our arses off because, well, we truly couldn't understand how they couldn't have made note of them. And when they Googled Holbrook's dinosaurs, they couldn't understand it either! Here's an example of just a handful of the m-a-n-y dinosaurs that are part of Holbrook's landscape. Our first night was spent in Winslow--yes, the Winslow that the Eagles song, Take It Easy, made famous. "Well, I'm standing on a corner In Winslow, Arizona And such a fine sight to see It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford." Winslow has capitalized on this and created a draw for tourists who are traveling Route 66. There's a "Standing on the Corner" Park and a lot of tee-shirts and kitchy souvenirs to be had. There's even a flatbed Ford parked permanently in this spot. Mr. Sandi and Ron loved this big guitar since they both play so had to have photos with it. Day #1 to be continued.....after I get home from riding my motorcycle.