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Rapha Continental -The Navajo Nation Ride

It was my privilege to serve as the "host" for the Rapha Continental ride, which wound its way around, through, up and down Navajo country, in North Eastern Arizona.

The route began from the parking lot of the Thunderbird Lodge, at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. We rode through colorful red rock country, past a variety of Navajo communities, including Chinle, Many Farms, Round Rock, Tasile, and Lukachukai.

Much thanks to Jean Ray, who both drove much of the way to and from Arizona, and who served as the support vehicle/photography vehicle driver.

Technical Note: All photographs made with a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 digicam, which was compact and offered a terrific zoom range, from wide to telephoto.
Riding with Members of the Rapha Continental Team
Riding with Members of the Rapha Continental Team
Dying Technology
Dying Technology
Sunset Over Route 66
Sunset Over Route 66
We Stop at a Navajo Rodeo
We Stop at a Navajo Rodeo
Along Highway 191
Along Highway 191
Big Sky Reflection at 60mph over Jean's Windshield
Big Sky Reflection at 60mph over Jean's Windshield
Sunset Over Navajo Country
Sunset Over Navajo Country
Dawn Breaks over the Rapha Van
Dawn Breaks over the Rapha Van
Dominick
Dominick
Rapha Continental Coordinator Daniel Wakefield Paisely
Rapha Continental Coordinator Daniel Wakefield Paisely
Velodramatic - The Team Photographer
Velodramatic - The Team Photographer
Velodramatic Revealed
Velodramatic Revealed
Dave - The Videographer
Dave - The Videographer
Unleashing the Rapha Steeds at Thunderbird Lodge
Unleashing the Rapha Steeds at Thunderbird Lodge
Rapha Van
Rapha Van
First Things First - Breakfast
First Things First - Breakfast
Time to Ride
Time to Ride
Early Morning Thunder Clouds at 25 mph
Early Morning Thunder Clouds at 25 mph
Riding by One of the Local
Riding by One of the Local
Flat Tire Repair
Flat Tire Repair
Flat Tire Break
Flat Tire Break
The Road Turns East
The Road Turns East
Past the Mesa
Past the Mesa
Approaching the Round Rock Trading Post
Approaching the Round Rock Trading Post
We Meet Another Local
We Meet Another Local
He Should Have Been Riding with Us
He Should Have Been Riding with Us
At Tsé Nikání (Round Rock)
At Tsé Nikání (Round Rock)
Cole Purchases H2O for the Van
Cole Purchases H2O for the Van
Round Rock Trading Post
Round Rock Trading Post
Bruised Cyclist's Legs
Bruised Cyclist's Legs
Approaching Lukachukai
Approaching Lukachukai
In the Tatsoh Trading Post, Lukachukai
In the Tatsoh Trading Post, Lukachukai
I Am Revivified with a Navajo Pickle
I Am Revivified with a Navajo Pickle
Dave
Dave
Pierre
Pierre
Departing Lukachukai
Departing Lukachukai
Beginning the Climb to Buffalo Pass
Beginning the Climb to Buffalo Pass
More Locals in the Chuska Mountains
More Locals in the Chuska Mountains
Pines Instead of Sagebrush
Pines Instead of Sagebrush
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Navajo Food Stand Just Below Buffalo Pass (8,400 Feet)
Navajo Food Stand Just Below Buffalo Pass (8,400 Feet)
Navajo Chef
Navajo Chef
Kansas Attacks a Navajo Taco
Kansas Attacks a Navajo Taco
Daniel
Daniel
Hahn
Hahn
Runt of the Litter
Runt of the Litter
It's a Dog's Life
It's a Dog's Life
Diverting Ourselves with a Little Climb
Diverting Ourselves with a Little Climb
On the Sandstone
On the Sandstone
Pierre, Albert and Kansas Hanging Out at the Totsoh
Pierre, Albert and Kansas Hanging Out at the Totsoh
New Navajo Friend
New Navajo Friend
Dominick in Front of the Ice Machine - Temperature in the 90s
Dominick in Front of the Ice Machine - Temperature in the 90s
Pierre on the way to Tsaile, AZ
Pierre on the way to Tsaile, AZ
About 35 Miles or So to Go
About 35 Miles or So to Go
On Indian Route 12
On Indian Route 12
Roof Butte from Tsaile
Roof Butte from Tsaile
West Toward Canyon de Chelly
West Toward Canyon de Chelly
Posing at the Antelope Ruins Overlook
Posing at the Antelope Ruins Overlook
Junction of Monument Canyon and Canyon del Muerto (Canyon de Chelly)
Junction of Monument Canyon and Canyon del Muerto (Canyon de Chelly)
Riding toward the Thunderbird Lodge - the End of the Trail
Riding toward the Thunderbird Lodge - the End of the Trail