Both Pete and I slept badly, so we decided to leave the hotel in Williams at 7am to get to the Grand Canyon national park. We left the tree lines roads behind us quite quickly and the landscape became very flat just a few miles out of town. However, the thick forests returned as we entered the national park around 8am.
There are buses available to take visitors along the south rim of the canyon but we decided to rent bikes as the hills were "gentle inclines". We soon found that was a slight exaggeration in the literature. In addition, the altitude of around 7000 feet and thin air made the hills very difficult and the growing heat (it reached around 95 today) didn't help. As I type this, I was just listening to the weather forecast at 10.20pm and it's still 75 degrees here and 100 degrees somewhere else in the state!