Finally getting on our bikes by 11:30 we rode the 30 miles into Window Rock. The road was busy with a narrow shoulder but the driver's were courteous and we had a nice gentle tailwind. Most of the route climbed and before we dropped into Window Rock, we were riding through beautiful pine forests that reminded me of the high Sierra. Just gorgeous.
We made our way out to Derrick's straw bale home early enough to hang out and enjoy the lovely spot. As evening rolled around people started showing up and we ended up having a wonderful meal together with about 20 or so people gathered in the still unfinished and very comfortable straw bale home that Derrick and his family are building. His mother-in-law, Linda gave us a gift of a beautiful small Navajo rug woven by a "very old woman". She and the rest of her family are incredibly gracious and kind. We so enjoy being with them! Derrick will be joining us on the ride when we leave on Sunday and we are thrilled. He knows the area and is such a fun positive soul we feel very lucky to have a chance to spend some time together with him.