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Flagstaff to Scottsdale (Leg three) and Mandy comes home.

Plus she gets to drive on the wrong side......

sunny 10 °C

An early start and breakfast in downtown Flagstaff. It is now Mandy's turn to drive this leg of the road trip. Flagstaff to Scottsdale Arizona is about 4 hours and at last Mandy gets a turn in the hot seat. Both hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and slow down will be my catch cry over the next 4 hours.

I've never seen in 24 years; Mandy concentrate so hard.

I've never seen in 24 years; Mandy concentrate so hard.

We stopped in Flagstaff at a diner. The old american icon and this one had everything from the "good ole boys", memorabilia on the walls and shitty food. It was like stepping back in time.

An american diner, guys at the counter and good ole boys in the booth

An american diner, guys at the counter and good ole boys in the booth

For a decent cup of coffee we stopped further up the road and a nice coffee shop and then hit the road. Again the scenery returned to that desert back drop interspersed with mountains and canyons. Mandy I have to say handled the driving better than me. Although she used the windscreen wipers more often than me, she didn't drive on the wrong side too often.

Mandy spent most of her time watching the mirror.

Mandy spent most of her time watching the mirror.

The trucks are a continual concern. So many and so quick....

Route 66 and trucks by the shit load

Route 66 and trucks by the shit load

The traffic was less hectic and we arrived in Scottsdale courtesy of our satnav at about 2pm. The intercontinental resort "Montelucia" didn't have our room ready until after 4pm so we sat by one of the many cafes and watched the world go around.

Clear sky and no traffic. Arizona is beautiful.

Clear sky and no traffic. Arizona is beautiful.

Cactus everywhere.

Cactus everywhere.

And then it was home. Scottsdale but not Tassie.

And then it was home. Scottsdale but not Tassie.

This was Scottsdale road on the way into town.

The room once we got it (after a journey in a golf cart to get to it) was very nice and located near one of the pools.

The sports bar at the Montalucia in Phoenix

The sports bar at the Montalucia in Phoenix

One of the pools with Camel Back Mountain behind.

One of the pools with Camel Back Mountain behind.

He that is obeyed.......I wish. Relaxing by the pool watching the god damns.

He that is obeyed.......I wish. Relaxing by the pool watching the god damns.

An early night, light dinner and a few drinks by the open gas fire was a nice end to the day. It has been pretty hectic to this point and we are both very tired. With an early start tomorrow for our 9am flight we thought a visit into downtown Scottsdale was probably not worthwhile. Scottsdale has no real site of interest and we are shopped out.

The suite at Montelucia

The suite at Montelucia

Our bathroom

Our bathroom

Kicking back outside the suite

Kicking back outside the suite

So for dinner we had a few ales courtesy of the resort for breaking our shopping at check in. Oh; I didn't mention this......whilst we were waiting for the room the bellboy dropped our package. The resort replenished the supply with a few freebies at the sports bar. So with the fireplace alit we enjoyed the night air.

The Arizona night air and Mandy. Maybe two of my favourite things in life.

The Arizona night air and Mandy. Maybe two of my favourite things in life.

Posted by mandt0413 20:25 Archived in USA

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