After the good performance of the Dodge in “the quest for the Onion (Rd)” it was quite unenticing to revert to the comfort of paved roads. In Moab -after filling it up- I decided to avoid the Arches National Park and to seek an alternative route southwards. The path from Castle Valley to La Sal appealed to my taste for randomness.
It wasn’t much harder than Onion Rd, but much longer. Starting with a very decent road -where I crossed paths with tourists in their jeeps- to enter into a winding road, steep and crammed full of stones the size of melons.
An unstable and changing landscape. Up and down the mountain depression. Until the point where a tree was blocking the road. I did not hesitate much -as there was no turning back for me- and used ‘brute force’ to pass through.
Then, the road became better and better. From then on, I only crossed paths with redneckish hunters that gave me some frowns.
I kept driving. Through four states and across the entire Navajo reservation. When I stopped at the Conoco in Kayenta the van started peeing. After a series of exhaustive and intricate tests, I reached a conclusion: “liquid green, coolant is”. I bought a gallon of coolant in the mentioned station and kept going. My goal was Page. It was quite late when I parked at Page’s Walmart.
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