Day 4: Amarillo to Scottsdale

700 miles.

1 Sonic Stop in Winslow, Arizona. Yes, the Eagles song is still stuck in my head.

No calls to dad.

Texas –> New Mexico –> Arizona

We did this day right; we planned stops and took our time, which was aided by gaining two hours through time changes. It was a day of transitions in fact; we went from the plains of Texas to the mesas and buttes of New Mexico and Arizona and from 2000 feet in Amarillo to 7000 feet in Flagstaff. We got lunch at a local brewery in Albuquerque and went to Petrified Forest National Park. Our descent from Flagstaff to Scottsdale was downright terrifying but we survived. This morning, we’re a little confused by the time and altitude changes (headache anyone?) but excited to pull into San Diego this afternoon.

I’ll run this afternoon since Scottsdale is already under an “excessive heat advisory,” with temperatures climbing towards 115.

Pictures don’t do yesterday’s journey justice but they are incredible nonetheless.

Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park

Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park

Elevation training? Even jumping jacks were hard up here!

Elevation training? Even jumping jacks were hard up here!

The Teepees, from mineral deposition over centuries

The Teepees, from mineral deposition over centuries

Oh beautiful for spacious skies indeed.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies indeed.

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