The drive to Toroweep Overlook on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is long and dusty. It is 58 miles of dirt road, one way. The last 6 miles require a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. I came across two disabled trucks. One had three of the five lug bolts sheered off and the other a blown tire. Another big problem would be to encounter someone going the opposite direction on the narrow road. I took over three hours to cover the 58 miles when the books say it should only take 2 1/2.
I camped out for three nights hoping for the haze, from what I later learned to be forest fires, to clear but that never happened. The days were too hot for exploring so for the first time I can recall, it seemed the best thing to do was to read a book. No house chores, computer or errands to distract me, simply move the chair around the tree, following the shade and read a book. I finally read “The book mentioned above, “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles.