Thursday, September 19, 2013

213 Miles to Home


The coach maintenance was completed late Tuesday afternoon. We departed Camp Charlies Wednesday morning. Wednesday night was spent at an RV Park about mid-way between junction US89 and Utah 20 and Kanab Utah. This positioned us for a 293 mile drive today leaving 213 miles to travel to home tomorrow.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2013, a landslide ripped through a section of US 89 along a mountain slope about 25 miles south of Page, buckling more than 150 feet of the roadway and tearing the pavement up in six-foot-high sections.


The buckling of US 89 near Page, Arizona caught us by surprise on our journey north in early June. We had to detour over 45 miles on US89A. This added around two hours to our intended driving time on that day. 89A was very crudely, narrow with several mountains to climb and descend. We were not looking forward to doing that detour on the way back home.

Luckily for us Arizona quickly paved Navajo 20 from Page to the town of Gap where 89T (the T is for temporary) rejoins US 89. 89T parallels US89 so it adds only a few more miles to the original route. Actually 89T is much nicer than the section of 89 that it replaces as it much more level and straighter. The current speed limit is 40 to 45 near Page AZ and increases to 55 mph for most of the way.

89T Going North Starts at The Gap AZ and Ends at Page AZ

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