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Old 05-29-2018, 03:39 PM   #41
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One thing you absolutely should do is let me tag along.
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Old 05-29-2018, 03:48 PM   #42
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One thing you absolutely should do is let me tag along.
By this time next year, I may have more people than Forrest Gump tagging along by the time I get to Monument Valley.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:23 PM   #43
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By this time next year, I may have more people than Forrest Gump tagging along by the time I get to Monument Valley.


For next year's ride you may want to move it up by a week or two as the temps really started climbing when you were out here. However, some sections of UT are higher elevations so it may not be as much of a concern.

And since you're going to be on the north side this time, you may want to hit the North Rim and that doesn't typically open until May 15.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:43 PM   #44
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Well, and I may cheat if we do this next year, & trailer the bike as far as Raton. That'll save 10 hours of heat & boredom.
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:28 PM   #45
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I don't think I've been at the North Rim since the 80s. Love it over there. I always wanted to walk the Canyon from the North Rim (I've done the South), but at 67 and with the clock still ticking, that's probably one of those bucket list items that got away.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:45 PM   #46
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I don't think I've been at the North Rim since the 80s. Love it over there. I always wanted to walk the Canyon from the North Rim (I've done the South), but at 67 and with the clock still ticking, that's probably one of those bucket list items that got away.
Your still hittin all cylinders, all two ha ha ah ah ha ha ah ha. Thank you, thank you very much.
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:34 AM   #47
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Nice report!!!

Last weekend I had 3 twtex guests come up to Phoenix and we drove up to Flagstaff for the Overland Expo West.

Friday in Jerome we unloaded my 2 CBR sportbikes and took turns riding from Jerome to Sedona to Flagstaff. And back down again Sunday. Makes me smile to live in a hellhole (that is what others tell me, I like it just fine) like Phoenix and have all this stuff in my backyard.

Time to do more exploring tho. You covered more ground in one trip than I have since I moved here 2 years ago. Thanks for the nice writeup and pics. First thread that I can remember that I forwarded to my wife for trip ideas.

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I don't think I've been at the North Rim since the 80s. Love it over there. I always wanted to walk the Canyon from the North Rim (I've done the South), but at 67 and with the clock still ticking, that's probably one of those bucket list items that got away.
It you go to the North Rim, bring some binoculars. Along the Vermillion Cliffs between Lees Ferry and the climb to the North Kaibab you might just see some California Condors.
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Your still hittin all cylinders, all two ha ha ah ah ha ha ah ha. Thank you, thank you very much.
Mentally, at least. To quote my favorite timeless book, "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." I walked the South Kaibab Trail to the river back in 2000, as a 49th birthday present to myself. Nearly 20 years later, I'm not sure I could trust these wobbly older legs to get me back to the rim.

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Time to do more exploring tho. You covered more ground in one trip than I have since I moved here 2 years ago. Thanks for the nice writeup and pics. First thread that I can remember that I forwarded to my wife for trip ideas.

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It you go to the North Rim, bring some binoculars. Along the Vermillion Cliffs between Lees Ferry and the climb to the North Kaibab you might just see some California Condors.
Good to remember. I've never seen the condors. You definitely need binocs (or a 250mm lense) at the North Rim, simply because you're a lot farther from the main canyon.

Oddly, my most vivid memory of the Vermillion Cliffs at last visit was seeing an oncoming pickup/trailer trying to pass a tractor trailer who didn't want to be passed. They were obviously well into a mutual road rage situation when they came charging at me, one passing, the other pulling out & blocking. As I stood on my brakes, they made contact, both skidded off the road to my right, the pickup ended up on its side, & that driver was crawling out a window & both drivers were winding up for a fight. Instead of offering to help, I got the heck out of there & found a phone to call the police! Thirty years later and I still can't un-see that one.
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Mentally, at least. To quote my favorite timeless book, "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." I walked the South Kaibab Trail to the river back in 2000, as a 49th birthday present to myself. Nearly 20 years later, I'm not sure I could trust these wobbly older legs to get me back to the rim.



I'll accept that as high praise. Thanks!



Good to remember. I've never seen the condors. You definitely need binocs (or a 250mm lense) at the North Rim, simply because you're a lot farther from the main canyon.

Oddly, my most vivid memory of the Vermillion Cliffs at last visit was seeing an oncoming pickup/trailer trying to pass a tractor trailer who didn't want to be passed. They were obviously well into a mutual road rage situation when they came charging at me, one passing, the other pulling out & blocking. As I stood on my brakes, they made contact, both skidded off the road to my right, the pickup ended up on its side, & that driver was crawling out a window & both drivers were winding up for a fight. Instead of offering to help, I got the heck out of there & found a phone to call the police! Thirty years later and I still can't un-see that one.
I hear you. Back in the 80's I was on 89 south of Gray Mountain when a motorhome passed me. He then went to pass a PU who didn't want to be passed, it was a drag race and the car coming the other way had to pull into the dirt along the side of the road. Neither the PU or the motorhome slowed down.
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Tim, just as well you hadnt stopped. You probably would have been part of the melee just because. At that point all reason had passed and it was Planet of the Apes.
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Glad you got home ok ole buddy! Yes, getting older is not fun! We need to talk soon. I bought a new axe last weekend, an Alvarez Baritone acoustic guitar. Tuned to B instead of E. Sounds great and easy on my hands.
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A baritone???? I'd love a crack at it. Say when & I'm there. I'll bring my Mayson backpacker guitar (bought it at the Dallas guitar show) along.
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Tim, just as well you hadnt stopped. You probably would have been part of the melee just because. At that point all reason had passed and it was Planet of the Apes.
True dat. When an expensive truck & travel trailer, and a tractor trailer valued at who knows how much, are willing to risk their property and quite possibly lose their lives over the honor of a pass, all reason is totally suspended. Beam me up, Scottie.
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A baritone???? I'd love a crack at it. Say when & I'm there. I'll bring my Mayson backpacker guitar (bought it at the Dallas guitar show) along.


You bet. Look them up on YouTube. Lots of videos of them. Mine is the brown sunburst with electronics. BT60 something or other.
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