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March 15, Day 36 Monday, Sedona, AZ to Grants, NM

We got an early start by Sedona time but 7:15 by New Mexico time. I decided to take the I-17 interstate route rather than face climbing the Oak Creek Canyon to get to I-40. Although this route is 27 miles longer, the narrow winding SR89 and construction can easily take longer. It's a long hill up to Flagstaff on I-17 but there are no switchbacks. We stopped at Gallup for lunch and a visit to the Wal-Mart Superstore for groceries. We got to Grants, New Mexico around 4:00PM and stayed at the KOA. This RV Park is in the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field. The RV Park is surrounded by collapsed volcanic bubbles (see black lumps in today's photo). The snow covered mountain is about 7,100 feet high. There is no snow on the ground here but the temperature is going down to 20 degrees tonight. The coldest ever for us in the View. A friend told me about the La Ventana Restaurant in Grants and we were not disappointed. They serve a mix of steak, roast beef, seafood and Mexican food. In business for over 40 years they are surviving the recession in Grants where many stores and other restaurants have closed along Route 66.

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