Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn doesn’t just take road trippers on a few pleasant scenic drives, it takes them on full-scale adventures through some of the Southwest’s most spectacular and historic places. For travelers who want their journey to be the adventure, this is a great guide to these two states.
I received a free copy of Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips shortly after it was released in order to review it. That’s a really nice perk, because I quickly realized that this is a book I really need for my next trip to the Southwest.
Book review: 25 scenic side trips in Arizona and New Mexico
As should be obvious from this website, I love a good road trip. And the farther the road diverts from the well-traveled path into the heart of the place I’m exploring, the better.
Quinn’s Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips fits the bill perfectly.
Most routes in the book are designed as one day (usually one really long day) drive for those who just want to see some great scenery or make a few quick stops on their way from point A to B.
However, with detailed information on the route and the sights along the way, many of Quinn’s scenic side trips could be broken into shorter segments that allow a few hours of in-depth exploring along the way OR extended into a multi-day trip with plenty of time to explore.
And, for those of us who just hate being on the Interstate, Quinn clearly shows how each road trip links to others. This makes Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico a great resource for developing an epic southwestern road trip that avoids the Interstate highway system entirely.
About the author
Author Rick Quinn comes off as an affable and knowledgeable guide with a passion for history, culture, and geology.
He’s an Arizona native, but has traveled extensively in North America and South America. (As in more than half a million miles between Tierra del Fuego and Alaska, according to the publisher’s biography). He sounds like a road trip fanatic, with trips that sometimes last for months. He’s a professional writer and photographer (among other things) with a degree in anthropology – all of which come together beautifully in this guidebook.
Despite his familiarity with the region, Quinn put considerable time and effort into developing and researching the routes in Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips. And, once he had identified the routes and sites featured along each, he then spent a summer and fall traveling 11,000 miles through Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Texas and Utah to test it. A lot of thought went into developing this book.
The result is a guidebook that not only takes you to some of the most scenic and historic spots in the southwest, but helps you understand the people and land you are traveling through.
I take a deep dive into all there is to know about the routes and destinations that I feature, and I’ll give you context, in terms of history, geology, and unique aspects of culture. – Rick Quinn
You can follow Quinn’s travels on his personal website, which features his travel blog, photography, and lots of trip planning information. (Warning: most of the pages load extremely slowly, so be patient.)
What you’ll find inside Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico
Each route in Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips provides all the information you need to follow the route (including safety and driving tips). At the same time, it helps you locate some of the best sights and activities along the way and understand the history, culture, and geology of it all. Beautiful color pictures provide inspiration, boxed text provides contact information, and notes on linked routes allow you to extend your exploration almost indefinitely.
It would be easy to skip over the book’s introduction to get into the details of a route that interests you, but don’t. Besides providing some basic “how to use this book” information, the introduction is a super-short primer on traveling in the desert and on isolated roads. It has a few good reminders for anyone, but it is essential reading for anyone not familiar with the desert and mountain driving.
The book is organized around the Interstate highway system. Sort of.
The idea is that these scenic side trips are alternative routes to major points along the Interstate system, but some of them stray really, really far afield.
I understand why Quinn organized it this way – he wanted the book to be used by people in the region who might want to take a little more time to get to some place that have to go anyway. For example, the Phoenix family that needs to attend cousin Billy’s piano recital in Flagstaff and wants to see a few sights along the way. Thus the routes are intended to get drivers off the Interstate and then return them there at or near the final destination. It’s a not a bad plan, but I just have a hard time seeing very many of the routes used that way.
This structure doesn’t really hurt, but for most routes it doesn’t seem particularly useful either. I think it would have made more sense to organize them geographically, although that has its own drawbacks.
The good thing? The organization doesn’t matter because the Scenic Side Trip Locator Map is so good.
Scenic Side Trip Locator Map
Don’t bother with the table of contents.
Instead, open the flap inside the front cover and identify the general area where you want to travel. Each side trip is color coded and numbered, so it’s easy to look up the ones near your intended route.
This map is also ideal for planning longer trips. Because the scenic side trips are all one way, it’s easy to link them together to form longer trips through the Southwest or loops that begin and end in the same spot.
While this seems like a no-brainer, that’s usually more difficult to figure out because most books have shorter, isolated segments. Quinn’s routes were clearly developed by someone who loves extended road trips – if you have a few months you could use Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico to see much of the region without ever diverting from his scenic side trips!
As for me, I am pretty confident that my future holds a multi-day trip that combines scenic side trips 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in southeastern Arizona!
Each route has its own section
The book has a separate section for each route, all of which are presented in the same, easy-to-follow format.
Each Scenic Side Trip is numbered and named based on the start/end points and major points along the way. This is listed at the very top of the page and makes it fairly easy to understand at a glance where the route will take you. I say fairly easy because several of the routes are not particularly intuitive and many of the reference points will be unfamiliar to travelers who have not spent a lot of time in the area.
Scenic Side Trip 17: Gallup to Grants via Farmington and Chaco Canyon
I have a pretty good idea of where Gallup and Chaco Canyon are located, but Grants and Farmington? But don’t worry – it will all make sense as soon as you get to the map!
This basic identifying information is followed by the total mileage and the time it takes to drive the route without any stops.
While the route’s mileage is straightforward enough, I find the drive times amusing. Drive time is hard to estimate, especially on narrow, twisting roads where some drivers will slow down much more than others. But Quinn rounds drive time to the nearest quarter hour, which seems silly. Just say about 8 hours or 8 ½ hours, not 7 hours and 45 minutes!
313 miles, 7 hours 45 minutes for drive time, more time for optional routes, stops, and sightseeing
But again, it doesn’t do any harm. Just keep in mind that estimating travel time is not an exact science and give yourself plenty of time if you actually have to get somewhere by a specific time.
This section also includes a cute saying that gives readers a feel for the route. It’s one of the places where Quinn’s personality comes through.
Bisti in the morning, Aztec in the evening, Chaco at supper time
(Can’t you just imagine him in the car with you, singing as you drive along? Wouldn’t that be fun!)
Each route has a map on either the first or second page.
I wish they were all on the first page of each scenic side trip because the maps make the route understandable in an instant.
(I think Road Trip America should address this in the next addition. It would be easy enough to add or remove pictures as necessary to put every map on the even number page facing the introduction for that route. )
But, aside from that quibble, the maps are great. They are clear and easy to grasp at a glance, but still have enough information to provide both context and specific location details.
(This is one of the simplest maps in the book, but it shows that some of the routes are significant detours suitable for a multi-day adventure. See below for more complex examples of the maps.)
Each route description begins with a little introduction that provides some idea of how much extra mileage and time are required to follow the route and what return you will get for that investment of time and fuel.
This is actually my favorite part of the book. I’ve never met Rick Quinn, but – having read these introductions – I sure hope to meet him someday. In a few lines he provides travel tips, history, or a story that capture the essence of the route. And many of them include just the right amount of humor to be serious and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.
For travelers headed east on Interstate 40, the stretch from Gallup to Grants is only an hour’s drive. If you’re in a hurry to get to Albuquerque, that’s the only way to go, but if you have a day or two to spare and you’re looking for an adventure, here’s a route that offers some of the most fascinating prehistoric ruins in North America, along with some of the strangest terrain on the planet.
From this introduction, Quinn goes on to describe the route, in this case beginning with a warning:
It’s not for everyone. This side trip will add 250 miles and nearly 7 hours of driving to your journey, and there are several sections of unpaved road that can become impassible in rainy weather. . . .
From there he provides a little information about the starting point, including a little history and a few things to see in the area.
The rest of the section walks through the route step-by-step. It includes detailed driving directions; information on road conditions, scenery, geology, and worthwhile stops along the way; a bit on the area’s history and culture; and a selection of color photographs. There are also driving and general desert safety tips (and warnings), as well as notes on Native American culture and expectations (several of routes run through reservation land where there are restrictions on travel and photography). He also provides a lodging suggestion or two for longer trips and/or trips that start or end far from a major city. There is also a note on what other Scenic Side Trips link to the trip.
Small boxes off to the side provide contact information for any site mentioned, as well as for the local Chamber of Commerce or tourist office. Occasionally a box is also used to provide more in-depth information on a specific site, providing more context for the information in the main text.
Except in isolated areas or where it is of cultural or historic significance, there is no mention of places to eat or shop. Travelers in the desert are always wise to have some food and water along. If you want to stop for something else, you’ll have to figure that out on your own.
A virtual test drive
Of course, the best way to see if a guide book is any good is to give it a test run on the road.
The second best way is to see what it has to say about a route you know well from driving it in the past.
Since I won’t be getting down to the southwest until next winter, I decided to travel virtually along the Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 17.
A closer look at itineraries: Alternatives to Interstate 17
Interstate 17 runs north/south through central Arizona from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Even beyond Phoenix, it’s a big busy road.
Quinn lays out three scenic side trips that more-or-less connect Phoenix and Flagstaff. Two of them generally parallel Interstate 17. The third is more of a side trip than an alternative to Interstate 17: you can get to Flagstaff using this route, but it’s not even remotely direct – and the side trip leaves you 100 miles from Flagstaff. (But it’s a straightforward drive from there.)
I’ve been on all three of these routes at least once in the last few years. I’ve been on some parts of them a number of times. Note, however, that I’ve never taken any of them the in exactly the form they are presented in this book – as a day trip between Phoenix and Flagstaff. My road trips in this direction usually include a stop-over in Sedona.
When I’ve driven these routes, it’s either been as a shorter day trip or a segment of a much longer road trip. But that is one of the things I really like about Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico – almost all of the road trips in the book can be broken down into shorter trips or combined to form longer ones.
Scenic Side Trip 9: The western route between Phoenix and Flagstaff via Sedona
As highway scenery goes, Interstate 17 isn’t bad. But it’s still a major highway, so we often avoid it on our regular runs up to Sedona. And, because we are usually starting from the east side of the Valley (the greater Phoenix is sometimes called the Valley of the Sun), our usual route is part of Scenic Side Trip 10.
But a few years ago I wanted to how the other side of the Valley has changed over the years. So I convinced my husband we should drive across the Phoenix metro area, pick up Arizona 89 on the other side, and take the western route into Sedona.
This is precisely the route presented in Scenic Side Trip 9.
Phoenix to Sedona
Scenic Side Trip 9 goes around to Wickenburg, through some dramatic scenery (with a shortage of places to stop and take in the grandeur of it all), up into Prescott, down to Jerome, and on through the Verde Valley wine region and the towns of Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Cornville before bringing landing on the western side of Sedona. After some sightseeing in Sedona, the route continues through the mountains to Flagstaff.
Quinn’s drive time for the full route is over 8 hours without any stops. With a bit of sightseeing along the way it becomes a very long day. That’s especially true if you are going all the way to Flagstaff, since that segment is a really nice drive.
When I drove this route we went straight through Wickenburg, Prescott, and Jerome without stopping to sightsee. (We tried to stop in Jerome, but couldn’t find a place to park by mid-afternoon). However, as Quinn points out, there are worthwhile stops in all of these towns. For those with a more time, any of these would make a good overnight stop.
Over the years we’ve spent more time in the Verde Valley portion of the route than the western end. This means we’ve tasted a few Verde Valley wines at Page Springs Cellars and Javelina Leap vineyards. We’ve also visited the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale. The museum has an impressive and enlightening collection focused on the end use of all that copper mined in Arizona. It’s one of the few attractions that Quinn along the route that Quinn fails to mention.
Quinn mention the Tuzigoot pueblo ruins, but not the Palakti or Honanki cliff dwellings and rock art sites just west of Sedona. Both cliff dwelling sites require reservations, making them a little trickier to visit as a road trip stop. However, we’ve visited Palatki and it’s a very worthwhile stop. Best of all, reservations are not required to visit the rock art, and that’s the most interesting part of the site.
To give you a feel for the scenery, here are some photos I’ve take of the scenery along the way to Sedona on this route:
Sedona to Flagstaff
Quinn includes information on Sedona sightseeing in this scenic side trip, although scenic side trip 10 also goes through Sedona.
While there are whole guidebooks just for Sedona, Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico does a pretty good job of hitting the best of Red Rock country for folks with limited time in the area. (Although, if you have time, I’d visit Red Rock Crossing from the other side of the river where the walk in is more interesting.) Oak Creek Canyon is always a great drive – and it’s even better when the spring flowers are in bloom or the fall leaves are at peak color. Slide Rocks is a fun stop even on a chilly day.
Quinn’s recommendation to try a Pink Jeep Tour is also spot on (take the Broken Arrow tour). And, while I haven’t stayed there myself, his recommended hotel is in a good location for exploring the outdoors and looks like a bargain for Sedona.
Although this route offers travelers the option of avoiding some of the traffic back-ups through and south of downtown Sedona by staying on 89A going north through town, Quinn directs travelers south to see more red rock and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
Unless you are really into churches or have a lot of extra time to explore red rock country (Sedona is easily worth several days of your time), I’d advise you to skip these sights and avoid as much Sedona traffic as possible on a single-day road trip. On a busy day (which seems to be most days now) the only road through town and on to the south becomes a parking lot. When that happens, just driving through Sedona to get down to the church and back again can add an extra hour of driving. Consider yourself warned.
From Sedona, both Scenic Side Trips 9 and 10 follow Arizona 89A through the mountains up to Flagstaff. Quinn doesn’t list any sights along 89A until you get to Flagstaff and I don’t recall any place that required a stop either, but it’s a nice drive.
Quinn’s western alternative to Interstate 17 makes sense as a scenic route and can be done as a (long) day trip with a minimal number of stops. The highway directions seem to make sense (that’s a hard thing to test without actually driving the route again) and his road notes are good. He notes some of the more exciting (challenging) spots for driving, which is helpful. However, not calling out the regular traffic slowdowns in Sedona is a bit of a shortcoming.
Quinn notes most of the scenic and historic stops I would recommend and recommends a few that sound interesting but I haven’t visited yet. However, I have a couple favorites he doesn’t mention. (I guess that makes us even!)
This scenic side trip really is a great option for travelers heading north from the western Phoenix area, whether you are headed to Sedona or all the way to Flagstaff. It provides a bit of the best of everything, with classic Sonoran Desert scenery, mountain drives, pine forests, and Sedona’s red rock. Along the way, there are also opportunities to learn more about the people who have lived in this area for generations.
However, as Quinn hints, it would be a lot more enjoyable with a night (or three) in Sedona. Those with more time could add a night in Prescott as well. That allows time to visit a couple of museums or historic sites, explore Prescott and Jerome, and do some hiking. It would also please any shoppers in the group, as Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona are all artsy communities with interesting stores and galleries.
Combining this route with either Scenic Side Trip 10 or 11 would make a nice three to five day itinerary for exploring north central Arizona.
Scenic Side Trip 10: The eastern route between Phoenix and Flagstaff via Sedona
Like Scenic Side Trip 9, this trip begins in Phoenix.
Unlike that trip, it begins with a couple of northern Phoenix highlights, including Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Taliesin West.
Aside from the fact that both require a fair amount of time to actually see anything, the implication seems to be that it is possible to wander around the outside of Taliesin without taking a tour. That’s not true. While there are few areas where visitors can wander on their own, no one is supposed to be on the property without a tour ticket. Nothing bad will happen to you if you drive in and look around a bit, but you may get stopped and kicked out. I’d save Taliesin for a day when you have time to take the tour, as it is an interesting place.
Quinn also includes a stop in Fountain Hills, a place I see no reason to visit. But that’s my personal issue. If you prefer boring green parks with grandiose fountains to the saguaro studded Sonoran Desert, Fountain Hills is an easy stop along the way.
North of Phoenix
Although the route beyond Fountain Hills is how I most often get to and from Sedona, I’ve missed quite a few spots on this scenic side trip. These include Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (somehow I’ve just missed this) and Fort Verde Historic Park (which was about to close for the day the last time I was in the area). I’ve never considered visiting the Out of Africa Wildlife Park either, because it sounded like a zoo. (Once you’ve seen African wildlife in Africa, zoos lose a lot of their appeal.) However, Quinn’s description makes it sound like a well-run, close-to-wild reserve, and a good photography stop. I may have to add all three of these stops to a future trip.
I have visited both Montezuma Castle National Monument and Arcosanti.
Despite the questionable name, Montezuma Castle is a worthwhile, relatively quick, stop.
However, to get the most out of Arcosanti, it’s best to plan ahead to catch one of the tours. While you can wander the grounds without a tour, you can’t enter most of the buildings and, in many cases, will have no idea what you are looking at! It’s a fascinating place though, and it should be a required stop for land use planners and those interested in sustainability.
The one notable thing Quinn misses along this route is the V Bar V petroglyph site south of Sedona. This is an amazing spot. Unfortunately, it is usually only open on weekends. But if you are coming through on a weekend, this is definitely worth a quick stop.
Quinn also skips Montezuma Well, which is a good choice. While an important site to the local Yavapai and Apache, there really isn’t much to see.
Here are few examples of stops along the way:
I’ve also posted a few pictures of the scenery as you drive into Sedona along this route elsewhere, if you want a better idea of what this approach to Sedona looks like.
Note that you will be traveling through all of Sedona on this route unless you are taking the Schnebly Hill Road, so allow plenty of time to sit in traffic.
From Sedona, Scenic Side Trip 10 follows the same road to Flagstaff.
This is actually a really manageable drive to accomplish in a day, even with a few stops along the way.
Once you are out of the Phoenix area, Quinn’s suggested sights to see look good, although I would not spend time in Scottsdale or Fountain City as part of this itinerary. It makes more sense to use that time looking around red rock country in and around Sedona. And, if you are traveling on a weekend, add the V Bar V to Quinn’s itinerary. It’ll add less than an hour to get there, see the rock art, and get back on your way again.
Scenic Side Trip 11: The far eastern route via the Petrified Forest
This side trip is what I’d call a Quinn classic.
It’s a 300 mile, 8 hour journey that adds (only) 60 miles and at least 3 hours to your route. And it leaves you 100 miles east of Flagstaff. But, as Quinn notes, the trade-off is:
Some mind-blowing scenery: three lakes, two canyons, and some truly magnificent roads.
Scenic Side Trip 11 starts in the Superstition Mountains then drops down to Globe and back up to Show Low before continuing on to Holbrook and Petrified Forest National Park. From Holbrook, visitors have a number of options, including continuing on to Flagstaff or east into New Mexico. As with all of the side trips, Quinn identifies other routes that link to this one.
This route includes the historic Apache Trail. It’s one of my favorite roads anywhere and provides world-class scenery, but it’s also a narrow, twisting, unpaved bit of roadway that’s not for the faint of heart
There are fewer stops identified along this route, largely because there aren’t a lot of places to stop. There are some scenic overlooks along the Apache Trail and several marinas along the way, but Globe and the Show Low area are the only real towns until you reach Holbrook. Quinn sort of breezes by Show Low, but there are stunning mountain vistas in this area and the relatively cool air is always a pleasure. There are also lots of places to get a bite to eat.
I’m a little surprised Quinn recommends the Wigwam Motel without saying a little more about Route 66. Holbrook has a number of original Route 66 sites besides the Wigwam. However, the Wigwam is a great recommendation – I wish we had stayed there when we were in town.
This is an absolutely gorgeous route and, while it’s a lot to do in one day, it is very doable for drivers who are up to the unpaved section of the Apache Trail and don’t delay too long at Tonto or elsewhere along the way. The route includes classic Sonoran Desert scenery, dramatic canyons, lakes, cliff dwellings, pine covered mountains, and endless vistas. What more could one ask?
Quinn wisely adds tips for driving the Fish Creek section of the Apache Trail, which is the only really scary section of the road. (It really is only one car wide.) This was also a good spot to add the reminder about brakes and steep downhill grades, although that should also be in included in the introduction to the book.
Quinn is an excellent photographer and the images used throughout the book are really lovely. However, this route features some real beauties, including the best bright sunlight and blue sky shot I’ve seen of Apache Lake. (The Monument Valley section may have the best pictures, with particularly beautiful shots of this spectacular landscape.)
Recommendation: Buy this book for epic Arizona and New Mexico road trips
If you plan to road trip in Arizona or New Mexico, you need a copy of Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips.
- Regular visitors to the Southwest will find hidden gems they’ve missed and roads they never thought to connect into a single route.
- Those making their first trip here will find all the information needed to put together a killer road trip itinerary. All they need to do on their own is throw the tent in the car (or book a room at one of Quinn’s recommended lodgings) and pack the cooler (or check online for the best dining options along the way.)
While you still need to apply some common sense (how many hours do I really want to drive on mountain roads in one day, what’s the weather forecast, is my car in good shape, and do I want to be at my destination in time for happy hour?), these scenic side trips are well thought-out and well presented. Just be conscious of your own abilities and the answers to those questions!
What I love about Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico
The best thing about Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico is that the routes are well thought out and can be linked together to cover most of these two states. (Attention Rick Quinn: Southwest AZ needs a little love from you.)
The next best thing is Quinn’s commentary, which covers most of the best sights in an intelligent and engaging manner that provides plenty of information without overwhelming the reader. It’s almost like having a private guide in the car with you. And the little stories he throws in – like how Show Low got its name – are perfect for travelers who don’t know the area or its history and culture very well.
I also appreciate the guidance on travel in Indian Country. I’ve generally avoided travel on reservation roads because I’m uncertain about procedures, etiquette, and expectations. I would have liked Quinn to provide even more information, but I feel like there’s enough info to get me started.
Since he isn’t actually in the car with you, I also appreciate the clean, easy-to-read design (layout, fonts, etc.) that allow a solo traveler to pull off the road for just a moment to quickly double-check the info needed to get to the next stop. With the exception of the larger text boxes (a small, thin font crowded onto an orange background), everything is really readable. Fortunately, the text boxes don’t contain directions or other information needed to drive the route!
Finally, while I haven’t had a chance to really test them, I appreciate that the RoadTrip America website has all the routes in Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips formatted as Google maps that can be used to create custom itineraries. The maps don’t include all of the attractions on each route, but those can be added. It’s an off-shoot of the broader services that RoadTrip America provides online and is a good addition to the book that eliminates the need to stop and consult the book while driving!
Other things to consider
Keep in mind that while all of the scenic side trips in this guidebook can be done in a day, most require a LOT of driving in a day. For a more pleasant trip with time to actually get out of the car, split the trip into couple of days.
Quinn’s interests seem to lean toward scenery, geology, history, and Native American culture. Those are interests of mine too, so that makes him the ideal guide for me. However, if you’re into shopping, food, or the arts, this book won’t identify the best places to stop for them. It generally won’t even mention them. What you will find are side trips to cool towns where you can search out those things on your own. But you will have to do some research.
While some may question the lack of restaurant recommendations, I think leaving them out was a good decision. Tastes vary too much, restaurants change or go out of business in a flash, and some folks just pack a cooler and bring along what they like. The best and most up-to-date restaurant information is online. There’s no sense putting it in a printed guide book unless you are going to update it every year.
I couldn’t test his time estimates virtually. Use them with caution and recall that they don’t include any stops along the way. Allow plenty of extra time if you really need to be somewhere by a specific time.
Get your copy now!
Rick Quinn’s Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips is published by Imbrifex Books, the publishing house for RoadTripAmerica.com titles. Based in Las Vegas, the publisher also has a series of Base Camp Hiking Guides, a Local Angler Series, and a bit of literary fiction tied to the southwest.
The Arizona and New Mexico publication is the first in a planned series of Scenic Side Trip guides. Quinn has set a high standard with this initial offering. If other authors can do the same, RoadTrip America should have a lot of success with the whole series. I know I’m looking forward to the next one.
And I’d like to see more books from Quinn.
I received a free copy of Roadtrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips for this book review. Despite that (and as you can probably tell) all opinions are my own and honestly reflect my response to this book.
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