Four Corners/Four Days
by Joe Russo Photos by John Campbell
It was October, and I had just dropped off my paperwork with John and Iron Horse in Tucson for my 400,000 mile award. Things were beginning to cool off and I was thinking of the Arizona Four Corners ride. I gave my good friend John Campbell, a call. John is a retired ironworker from Local 75. John started working for the Local in 1969 and thus got his nickname; (Iron Canary) he was all “in” for a Four Corner ride.
November 1 - We left around 5:30 AM Monday morning; John on his trusty 2007 Harley Davidson Electra Glide which he purchased new and already has logged 92,000 miles; and me on my 1992 K100 RS BMW with 126,000 miles.
Taking Interstate 10 to Route 83 down to Sonoita, the temperature gauge was on the cold side. All the gas stations were closed because it was so early so we traveled on to Sierra Vista for coffee. Douglas was the first “corner.” Taking 191 north to Morenci, we had lunch and John a told me some stories about working in the mines here many years back. Leaving Morenci we saw five bighorn sheep on the hillsides. Another 40 miles up the road we came across some steers in the road and a short time after that about 10 mule deer as well. We got into Eager around 5PM, staying at the Best Western and relaxing with some Bud Lights and peppermint schnapps.
November 2 - It was a beautiful morning as we left Eager at 7:15; blue skies, crisp air and the temperature at 27 degrees. By 10 that morning, the bone chilling cold was beginning to get to me and we stopped in Chinle. Some green chili soup that was “two kinds of hot” warmed me up. The ride through Point Rock on Route 191 was scenic. Taking 160 East to Four Corners we found the monument still under construction, but open. We stopped for pictures and made sure to get pictures of John as a “Four Corners Virgin” at 64. Leaving the monument we blasted off heading west towards Page. Having ridden 450 miles we once again relaxed with Bud Lights and peppermint schnapps.
November 3 - Leaving Page just before 7 AM, our tanks and bellies full we headed towards Kanab/St. George taking Route 15 and 515 to the Spaghetti Bowl. Even at 1 PM it was hectic. We went over the new Hoover Bypass Bridge, proud of the work of our brother Ironworkers. A tailwind helped on down the road into Kingman and Lake Havasu. We spent the night in Parker, logging 500 miles on this leg of the journey. And once again we relaxed with Bud Lights.
November 4 - Stopping in Yuma for pictures on the last day and the last corner, it was time to head for home. The trip east on I-8 found us riding into a headwind the entire way. John headed north to Phoenix and I headed south to Tucson. Four days, 1700 miles and a safe arrival at home------------ A successful trip!