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Vacation to N.M., AZ., and Southern Utah

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Vacation time arrived again, starting on Sunday May 9th.

This year's plan was to use our two weeks to see some of New Mexico, Eastern and Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. These were all new places for my wife Kathleen and I. Again we would be two up on the FJR.

Unlike last year when we shipped our bike to Portland to start our trip, this time the trip would start at home in Midlothian (South of Dallas).

For the first six nights we had reservations at hotels and a B&B. In other words, the weather better cooperate and we better not have any problems.
The reason for that was that we needed to make reservations approximately six months earlier if we wanted to stay on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After that we would find lodging as needed late in the afternoon (no problems there).

Goals for the trip were to connect as many squiggly lines on the map as possible on our way to Alamogordo, Silver City, Alpine, Jerome, South Rim, Mexican Hat, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Canyon De Chelly.

I'll try to make this report more picture heavy than word heavy, however there wasn't much to take pictures of on our way to the first nights stop in Artesia N.M.

Made it through West Texas and about to ride through Hobbs.

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Arteisa was kind of neat little town with a number of bronze scuptures around town paying homage to the past.

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And my favorite.

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We stayed at the Pecos Inn, Best Western. We spent most nights at Best Westerns along the way and found them to be nice, clean and decent value.

It was cool and pleasant most of the way but we hit about ten minutes of rain near Snyder TX. It was the most rain we would see on this trip. Nearer Artesia the winds picked up and the temp rose to 93.

By the way, I now understand why everyone says to trailer your bike to New Mexico. 486 straight miles.

Link to google maps.
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Day two.

The goal for the day was to end up at a B&B near Silver City NM.

It was warm in the morning and the winds were already strong. The weather forecast called for winds out of the SW at 25 - 35 mph and gusts of 40 mph.

We headed West for Cloudcroft about 90 miles away on 82. What a nightmare that was. We hadn't ridden it that strong of substained winds before (only 38 years riding experience). Sometimes I had to hang off the side of the bike like it was a track day just to go straight. I swear if I had rearsets I might have drug a knee once or twice.

Finally we entered the Lincoln National Forest on the East side of Cloudcroft. Our first taste of twisty roads. We gained some protection from the wind and the cooler temps were nice too.

Do I look exhausted? I was, and it was only mid-morning.

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I didn't know how long it was going to take us to get to Silver City with the wind issues, so we didn't stop in Cloudcroft. The road was fun and the town looked like a nice place to spend some time. Mental note, try to come back sometime.

I believe Cloudcroft is at about 9000 ft. elevation.

We headed down the mountian for Alamogordo at the bottom. Very nice view with the White Sands visible in the distance.

We stopped at the New Mexico National Space Museum in Alamogordo and took in an IMAX movie on the repairs by the astronauts to the Hubble.

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The IMAX just down the hill.

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Next stop, White Sands National Monument.

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Kathleen has a permanent pass to the national parks so we get into all the parks free. Whoo hoo!

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There was a road grater maintaining the roads the day we were there. It looked like a full time job.

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The dunes get pretty big.

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A view from on top of the dune.

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Sand Angels?

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Its amazing what can grow out there.

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We took 70 West over San Agustin Pass on our way to Las Cruces. At Las Cruces we turned North on I-25. I hate the interstate but what are you going to do. Squiggly lines near Silver City were the 152, 35, 15 loop so thats where we were headed. The winds were beating us up pretty bad as we went northbound on I-25. We got off early at Hatch. Little did we know we stumbled across the Chile capitol of the world. They had both kinds too, Red and Green.

26 west out of Hatch and then 27 north. As 27 got closer to 152 it produced some great sweeping turns and nice views.

We turned west on 152. I LOVE this road!!! It was like a 20 - 30 minute roller coaster up, over, through and around a mountain in the Gila National Forest. Mostly 2nd and 3rd gear. Sorry, but I was having to much fun to take any pictures.

We turned north on 35 and 11 miles later we found our B&B. Pueblo on the Mimbres.

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Other than the wind it was a good day. 336 miles.

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Day three.

It was my first time to stay at a B&B. Our hostess Gabby was teriffic and our stay most plesant.

I had heard a lot about the 152, 35, 15 loop and yesterday on 152 was a highlight. We left on 35 towards 15. If we had turned right on 15 it would take us up to the Gila Hot Springs and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument where it dead ends. However we have many miles to go and not enough time so we turned left on 15 towards Silver City. 15 was a tight twisty road with no centerstripe going through the forest. Very scenic and ending down below in Silver City.

Passing by a lake on 35

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While getting gas in Silver City we met Ray and his two sons. They were on vacation from the Chicago area on their way to Yosmite. Every year they take a big trip. Ray was on a Ducati GT Classic and the boys on Buells. Its neat when a dad can do that with his kids.

Ray standing awfully close to Kathleen.

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We rode up 180 with them until we turned off on 78 near Mule Creek. We were both going to be riding the Devil's backbone (AZ 191). Them north to south and us south to north.

I wasn't expecting much from 78 as it enters Arizona but I was plesantly surprised. Very scenic with some fun twisties as it passes through the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest on its way down near Clifton.

Good pavement.

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Not the best picture but maybe a taste of the curves.

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View to the left.

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At 191 we turned north toward Clifton and Morenci (worlds largest open copper mine I'm told) to take on one of the best motorcycle roads in the U.S..

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191 is one heck of a road. As you climb out of Morenci you are on the edge of a mountain most of the time with zero room for error. Its hard to really have fun becuase you don't want to die over a little screw up. The more north you go its not so bad and a lot of fun.

Heres one of the safer corners leaving Morenci.

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Not to many pictures at this point, I was busy holding on.

As we headed towards Alpine it was starting to get higher and colder. I can't believe a we took out the liners out of our mesh gear near Morenci.

Gave a nice wave to Ray and his boys as we passed each other on 191

Took a break at Hannagan's Meadow for a bite to eat and put our liners back in.

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Had a beautiful ride through Alpine on our way to Eagar where we turned west on 260.

Up until now things were going well. We were staying in Show Low approximately 50 miles away. The winds hadn't stopped but it hadn't been a problem until we turned west. Reports later had the gusts up 60 mph and I believe them. That was another long ride hanging off the bike and hoping the bike wasn't lifted off the road. I have since redefined what I think a windy day is.

Due to the wind, no more pictures for the day. 359 miles.

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This is great so far, and looking forward to the rest. So far, I'm reliving our Trippin' Connies ride from last year, lots of the same roads. 152 is one sweet road. I liked 35 and 15 as well, they are definitely off the beaten path. I really enjoyed 78 running into AZ. 191 just speaks for itself. :rider:

Once again, looking forward to the rest.
 

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Steve, great write-up and photos. Looking forward to the rest as we're reversing your trip at the end of June... North Rim, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Monument Valley.
 
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This is great so far, and looking forward to the rest. So far, I'm reliving our Trippin' Connies ride from last year, lots of the same roads. 152 is one sweet road. I liked 35 and 15 as well, they are definitely off the beaten path. I really enjoyed 78 running into AZ. 191 just speaks for itself. :rider:

Once again, looking forward to the rest.
+1

A buddy of mine and I did a similar trip last year except we went to the North Rim and through Colorado instead of Zion and Bryce. We did it in a week and passed by some things that I wished we had more time to check out. 152 wasn't much fun for us in the pouring rain last year.

Going that direction again the first week of July hitting Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef this trip.

Looking forward to the rest of your report
 
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Ray standing awfully close to Kathleen.

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Not to worry. She had all her protective gear on. As did he. :lol2:

Looking forward to the rest of this.

Cloudcroft is a nice place, or it was many years ago when I stopped there on the way to Alamogordo. There used to be lots of little stands that sold wonderful cherry cider.
 
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Day four.

The goal for the day was to reach Jerome where we had reservations at the world famous (allegedly haunted) Conner hotel.

We left Show Low to cooler temps and hopes that the winds would die down.

As we headed west on 260 enroute to Payson the FJR displayed temps down to 43 (not a lot of photos at this point). We were and would spend most of the days ride in higher elevations (like yesterday) and National Forest. I'd learned that there sure is a lot of Arizona that is not a desert or hot.

Obviously there had been a lot of fire damage in these parts in the last few years.

A view of the undisturbed forest and not what I used to picture when I thought of Arizona.

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At Payson 260 joined 87 as we turned north.

Trying to leave Payson, somebody saw debris on the track and threw the yellow flag bunching us all up. :-)

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This was one of the few construction areas that cost us any time on the whole trip.

We left 260/87 for just 260 enroute to Camp Verde and Cottonwood. 260/87 had been fun with some big sweepers and a rise in elevation.

Once on 260 we started a decent to Camp Verde with big sweepers while the surrounding area dried out.

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In Cottonwood, we turned SW on 89A torwads Jerome. Jerome is built on a hill with litte room for expansion. There is only one way in and one way out and its going to be on a hill with plenty of switch backs. Just a short climb from Cottonwood but heading to Prescott you'll get 158 curves in 12 miles. Not the greatest pavement and it looked like some fine gravel in a few corners but my tires never lost grip.

Going down please.

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Climbing into Jerome.

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Just atop Jerome.

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Jerome is a tourist town that I liked and my wife loved.

The Conner Hotel with the Spirit Room on the bottom right corner.

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We had a litte rain storm move through the area shortly after we got off the bike for the day.

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Various stuctures in Jerome.

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The last building on the right sticking out is the Haunted Hamburger. We had a couple of great burgers there for dinner.

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We arrived in Jerome about mid-afternoon. I had heard good things about 89A and 89 through Prescott so we thought we'd try them out.

In the Prescott Valley the terrain changed again. The rocks were now the focus.

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My FAVORITE ROAD OF THE TRIP belongs to 89 just south of Prescott. Approximatly 14 miles enroute to Wilhoit. Prepare to use 2nd, 3rd and maybe 4th just a little, as you ride along the walls of a canyon that is almost as much fun as a track day. Finish one way then turn around and race, I mean ride back. Sorry, no pictures as I was having to much fun!

Back in Jerome with 276 miles completed and time to shop.

Google map link.
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Day five.
(retry, just about had day five finished when my computer crashed)

We left Jerome with fond memories. Today would be a short mileage day up 89A through Sedona, then Flagstaff and ultimately the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

A last look back at Jerome. Its more of a hill then appears in this picture.

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We were really looking forward seeing the Sedona area. Again the terrain changed with the rock becoming much more red.

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We were hungry and ready for breakfast by the time we got into Sedona. Luckily we found the Coffee Cup restaurant on the main drag. The restaurant is named for the rock formation located just behind the building.

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Really, 101 omelettes?

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"24, no 32, no 96." This could take all morning.

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With our stomachs full we were ready to finish 89A. What a beautiful place to ride through.

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We'll be climbing out of the canyon just up ahead.

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A stop at the scenic area on top to see where we've been and buy some Indian made souvenirs.

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Part of the road out of the canyon we had just been on.

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89A is somewhere down there.

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After a short burst of I-17 and through Flagstaff, we took 180 going around the San Francisco Mtns.

Still snow on Mt. Humphreys.

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A right turn onto 64 and the next stop is the Grand Canyon National Park.

Lane 3 getting into the parks always ROCKS! Okay, I just made that up.

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Checked into our room at the Yavapai Lodge and ready to see some of the sights. From Mather Point to Hermit's Rest. Due to time we couldn't make them all but me made a lot. I would recommend using the park's shuttle buses to get around. They really work well besides you can't take your own vehicle into all the viewing points. Heck its free.

Mather point I believe.

Looking right.

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Looking left.

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Looking straight ahead.

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I'll use some from my wife's camera. The date is correct but her midnight is off so the date changes somewhere during the day.

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Hermit's Rest.

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The Elk hadn't lost their winter coats yet.

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136 plesant miles for the day and quite the views.

Google maps link.
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Day six.

This day we would only be riding to Tusayan (just outside the park) and back. About 16 miles round trip.

When we take a long trip I try to schedule a day off if there is anything interesting we can do. Seems like at the Grand Canyon there should be some way to spend the whole day? Who knows, we'll probably never be back so we better see all we can.

So at 6:00am we were at the Tusayan airport getting ready for a 50 minute flight over the Grand Canyon, touching down in Page AZ. 39 degrees at 6am. Sure was cold riding the bike to the airport in our tourist clothes.

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I'll mix Kathleen's and my pictures. I was seated looking into the sun and Kathleen was across the aisle with the sun on the canyon. We were seated in row 2 so you will see the prop in most of the photos.

our journey to Page.

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A stop sign might be nice.

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Powell Lake and the Glen Canyon Dam area.

The little blue things at the bottom of the picture are the inflatable boats we would be using for a 16 mile ride down Glen Canyon later that afternoon.

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Lake Powell.
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Page AZ.

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We next took a tour of Antelope Canyon just outside Page. Its a slot canyon and we had a great Navajo guide to walk us through.

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Formed by erosion.

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Looking up.

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Do you see the heart?

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Do you see the bear?

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And our great guide Leonard "Slow Horse."

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And if you order in the next 20 minutes, we'll throw in this cruise down Glen Canyon at no extra charge!!!

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Dinner will not be served on the Ledo deck today.

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And with that we exited the river at Lee's Ferry. A bus ride back to the airport and our tour was complete. Great day and a great way to see the Grand Canyon area.
 
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Day seven.

No more hotel reservations from here on out.

We had planned on making a big loop up to and through southern Utah hitting places like Zion, Bryce, Captiol Reef and Mexican Hat before riding back to Arizona on our way home.

After our flight over the Grand Canyon, a 90 mile round trip to the North Rim didn't seem necessary now. Besides we had seen it from the air and we saw snow over there. By the way this was the first day of the year that the North Rim was open.

We opted to head towards the Mexican Hat side of our loop. Two reasons, first with no hotel reservation on a Saturday, Mexican Hat seemed like a easier place to get a room than in the Zion area. Second, after our big day over the canyon it might be nice to have a couple of days to digest before seeing our next big sight (Zion).

So off to Mexican Hat we go but not with out seeing a few more sights as we left the canyon taking 64 east.

Good bye to the Yavapai Lodge.

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Kathleen's got it made in the shade.

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Slowing down.

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The last look, Desert View.

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And with that its audios to the Grand Canyon.

It doesn't take long to go from this,

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to this.

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A brief run up 89 then turned NE on 160. Gassed up in Tuba city on our way to Kayenta. At Kayenta we turned north on 163 through Monument Valley and ended up in Mexican Hat.

We stopped for a breather at a gas station in Kayenta and saw these bikes form California. Apparently the owners are into touring on older 4 clyinder bikes. Kinda cool, but it made me feel very pampered on the FJR. I don't think I could have shown my face if we were on a Gold Wing. :giveup:

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550 if I remember right.

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Into Monument Valley we go.

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From pictures I'd seen in the past, I knew the gray and maroon rocks ahead meant that Mexican Hat was close at hand.

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Mexican Hat Rock.

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We arrived in Mexican Hat in the mid afternoon. We got a room and decided to ride a little more. We made a loop out of 163 east to Bluff, 191 north to almost Blanding, 95 west to 261 where we would go south and eventually down the Moki Dugway just a few miles from Mexican Hat.

163.

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Bluff.

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191 north.

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Kathleen thought 95 was the prettiest road there though I have no pictures.

261, Moki Dugway.

A view out from the top.

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Going Down?

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And the view from a postcard.

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Really not to bad to ride. The u-turns are paved and the road is pretty hard pack with light washboard in most places.

Back at the motel we met a group of Germans riding from San Francisco to Las Vegas in a round about way.

Kathleen at the upper right and their leader on the lower right "Hanging Loose." San Juan river in the background.

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What struck me as funny was that the Germans were all on Harleys.

Just some of their rentals.

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But if you went to the other side of the motel you found about 8 Americans on BMW (GS's) and a KTM adventure. Our lone Japanesse bike was kind of out numbered.

After a cool adult beverage or two with our new German friends, it was off to dinner just up the street.

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And no its not like picking out your lobster! :-)

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The swinging steaks.

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A nice steak, adult beverages with new friends and 303 miles for the day.

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Day eight.

Woke up to a beautiful cloudless morning. Not sure how far we'll be going but I figure we will end up somewhere around Torrey UT.

The view of the San Juan river coming and going from the motel.

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Just after getting on 261, we turned onto 316 for a better view of the San Juan river.

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The road to Goosenecks State Park is approximately three miles long and paved with no entry fee. The river snakes back and forth about four times although you'll never get them all in one picture.

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View from a plane or a postcard.

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Back up Moki Dugway.

Oh yeah, there it is...somewhere in there?

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At the top of of the Dugway we took a ride out to Muley Point. Unpaved but hard packed. And its an open range.

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Muley Point looking over the San Juan towards Monument Valley.

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Kathleen making new friends.

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Back on pavement (read Kathleen happy again) we traveled up 261 to 95 where we turned west.

A short distance later we arrived at the Natural Bridges National Monument.

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Sipapu Bridge directly in the center.

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Sipapu Bridge viewing area.

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And we move on.

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Back onto 95 (Bicentennial Hwy) west. What a great road! A fair amount of big sweeping curves with drop dead gorgeous views around nearly each one. They just seemed to go on and on.

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If you take the RV off road, don't forget about the overhang out back!

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They were just coming out of the tightest section on 95 and they were really hauling!

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A quick stop in Hilte for a look at Lake Powell and buy some overpriced gas.

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Looking back after leaving Hilte five minutes earlier.

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I hate Tar Snakes, but the road sure was fun!

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At Hanksville we said goodbye to 95 and picked up 24 west towards Torrey. We did stop long enough to have a decent burger at Blondies before getting on 24.

Once on 24 the terrain suddenly became quite gray.

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The terrain changed again as we began to enter the Capitol Reef National Park.

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It was still a little early in the afternoon so we found a room in Torrey at the Chuckwagon Lodge. From there we threw our stuff in the room and went back into Capitol Reef. At the visitor center we took a scenic drive that goes back into the park about ten miles. We turned around and went back to the room and called it a day. A few pictures from inside the park.

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Another beutiful day to be alive and riding a motorcycle. 281 miles.

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Day nine.

The plan was to go down Hwy 12 through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument enroute to Bryce and end up somewhere in the Zion area by the end of the day.

It was a little cool out and it would only get colder as we crossed over the Fishlake National Forest. I saw of low of about 43 degrees near the top.

Only a few miles from Torrey and it looks like we're going up there.

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Coming down and out the other side. Again, the terrain's starting to change.

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12 through the forest sure was a lot of fun with plenty of curves and braking points. Like a lot of roads on the trip, I'd like to ride this one again.

Grand Staircase.

Usually on the trip you tended to only have this kind of view on one side. In just a little while the road would ride on a narrow crest (barely wide enough for the road) with the view surrounding you.

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Looking back at the road we had just traveled.

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Looking ahead with the FJR.

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And suddenly you're out of it as you near Escalante.

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Bryce ahead!

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Inside the park.

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Through the shuttle bus window right after we started.

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The view from Bryce Point.

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Rainbow Point. Elevation 9100 ft.

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Still a little cool up here.

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Our last stop was at Natural Bridge (really an arch). Good-bye Bryce.

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12 had one last surprise and that was Red Canyon. I quess I didn't do enough research. It was nice to drive through.

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And then we were at 89. We took 89 south until it came to a junction with 9 (goes into Zion). The winds had picked up again and we had bad cross winds the whole time we were on 89 (No pictures). We arrived at Mount Carmel Junction (89/9) and found a Best Western with a vacancy for the next two nights. We're set, Zion tomorrow!

A quick run into Kanab to the Family Dollar for supplies and back to the hotel.

A very interesting ride today! 262 miles.

Google maps link.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=37.770715,-111.758423&spn=2.16235,4.081421&z=8&msid=113583176119480680152.000487aeec31d952b0973
 
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Thanks, I'm really enjoying this. I can't wait to get back out that way. Every single mile I've travelled in Utah was beautiful. Can't wait to see your Zion pics. That place is incredible. :zen:
 
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You guys are really hurting me and my plans to make a run to the Smokies next week. Sheesh, I just really love those pictures and they bring back so many places I've ridden out there and some you did , I've not put a tire on yet. Decisions, decisions, and, thanks so much for the time and work to share your great trip.
 
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Thanks to those that have responded. I hoped that folks who have been to some of these places with get to look back fondly on where they have been. My other hope is that these pictures might inspire someone to do a part of or all of this trip someday. I know I have been inspired by previous reports posted here and elsewhere.

I did a lot of research on which roads and considering the way we went, I think we did pretty well. Also one of the reasons I included a Google Maps link. Couldn't hit them all though.

Achesley - decisions, decisions. Smokies sound like fun and I hope to get there in the next couple of years but as you know, out west is pretty good too!

KLB1122 - This is my third time to Utah and third different part of the state. Just for the record I have really fallen in love with Utah.
 
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Day ten.

You've heard it before and its been true on this trip but pictures (in this case specifically Zion) don't do it justice.

Today's goal is pretty simple, drive approximately 20 miles to the east entrance of the park and see what we can find in Zion. I also wanted to ride a little west of the park to the town of Virgin. From there we would take Kolob Terrace Road north for about 30 miles (reenters the park) until the pavement ends at Kolob Reservoir. I'm told that its a beautiful drive and not heavily traveled.

The weather forecast from the night before called for rain today as a front was moving through Utah. Luckily for us we were in about the only place in the whole state that didn't get rained on.

Hwy 9 was a pleasant drive.

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(Surprise surprise) The terrain is changing again, we must be getting near the park.

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What no lane three to enter through. But lane three ROCKS, or so I've heard. :-P

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We were now in the Checkerboard Mesa (6670 ft.)

See the checkerboard cut into the rock.

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Driving around saying to myself "I can't believe I'm here. This is so COOL!") Said so often on this trip and sorry for quoting myself.

Such a plesant drive. Its one of the few times I was so happy to just go slow.

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A tunnel but not THE tunnel.

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Waiting on the eastbound traffic to come through the tunnel we got a chance to look around bit. Its amazing where vegetation can grow.

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THE tunnel. I believe it was built between 1927 - 1930. One way traffic at a time.

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As the Doors once sang, "Break on through to the other side." Again the ever changing terrain. This place seemed to have a sense of Majesty about it.

What you can't see in this picture is the drop off on the right side of the road. the road zig zags back and forth down the side of the mountain until you're in the Canyon.

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After going down a zig zag or two we see the Arch of Zion just to the left of center in the picture.

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Turning away from the Arch and this is now you're view. I'm not preaching to anyone but it reaffirms to me that there is a God.

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Looking straight ahead.

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Glancing to the left.

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Before we left the hotel that morning I saw a group of about 40 Harley's headed towards the park. Quite impressive on some level. :rider: When we reached the Visitor Center we found this! Other than a Gold Wing or two it was the only non-Harley in that group. They had traveled all the way from Philadelphia. I never met the rider but they referred to him by his nickname, "Stinky."

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Notice the small puddle (just parked there a short time) near the center stand. Whats that old saying? If there's not oil under it then there's not oil in it.
Not exactly my first choice for a ride but God bless him, it's not keeping him home.

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From there we got on the shuttle bus to go up Zion Canyon. No personal vehicles here. The shuttles run something like every eight minutes and its quite easy to get up and down the canyon.

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The view from the shuttle bus.

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The path up to Weeping Rock.

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I could not get a good picture of Weeping Rock. Water that was captured inside the rock is being forced out due to pressure. So the side of this rock structure is weeping like a light rain. The water was tested and found to 800 to 1200 years old (how I have no idea).

Kathleen attempts a picture.

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Looking back from underneath.

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Looking across the canyon.

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Almost to the end and the canyon narrows. Big Bend stop.

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Looking the other way with the Virgin river flowing by.

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The last stop (trail goes further) Temple of the Sinawava.

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I'll bet that's neat when the waters flowing over it!

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Looking north.

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Looking south.

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Some of the sights from the shuttle bus near the Zion Human History Museum located just north of the Visitor Center.

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Altar of Sacrifice.

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In front of the Visitors's Center.

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With that we headed west through Sringdale towards Virgin where we would ride Kolob Terrace Road about 30 miles north through another part of the park.

However the skies were looking threatening ahead.

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Time to count your blessings. The entire rest of the Utah was getting rained on and we'd had a great day so far. Rather than riding through a possible deluge we decided to turn around and head back. I'd heard the Kolob Terrace Road was well worth the effort and I'm sorry we didn't get to see it but maybe next time.

Just a few more pictures going east.

Around the Springdale area.

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Just inside the South Entrance.

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A shameless tilt of the camera to make it appear like we're really hauling around that corner. Yeah I remember, dragging a knee there I was! :trust:

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The East Entrance seemed a lot busier this morning.

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No time in the morning so we took the mandatory shot in the afternoon.

Can't decide which one I like better.

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Halfway between the Park and Mount Carmel Junction. Looked like a neat resort/cabins place to stay.

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Mount Carmel Junction just below that rock out cropping.

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A bad picture of a good wife and the end of a great day.

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69 miles and zillion smiles.

Link to Google Maps
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=37.248914,-112.925034&spn=0.277662,0.526657&z=11&msid=113583176119480680152.000487d2c5c3a17cb99d4
 
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"Turning away from the Arch and this is now you're view. I'm not preaching to anyone but it reaffirms to me that there is a God."

And the views of Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Arches, is proof positive that he was having a good day when when he made Utah!

Great ride report. Very inspiring.
 
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Day eleven.

Well Zion sure was a highlight!

The day's goal was to get to northeastern Arizona. After Zion we didn't have any definite plans on how to work our way back home. I'd studied maps and message boards before the trip and knew we'd come up with something.

Along the way we'd heard nice things about Canyon De Chelly (pronounced "Da Shay") and it met our requirements that it could be on our way home. So off to Canyon De Chelly in NE Arizona we go and take as many new roads as possible.

After two nice nights we said good-bye to another nice Best Western.

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Oh yeah, our room was just off the 5th green of the golf course.

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Next stop on our way to Page was Kanab for breakfast.

On the way we stopped for a moment by a little park/pond.

Kathleen with a totem pole in the background.

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The view on the way to Kanab.

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After breakfast we were going to take 89 to Page since it is the shorter distance. I remembered from my studies that 89A was supposed to be the more scenic ride. A last minute decision and we were traveling south on 89A. Whats 45 more miles when you're on vacation?

Okay, so you're wise to the whole tilted camera thing. :yawn:

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After mostly open area for a while after leaving Kanab, we entered the Kaibab National Forest (sorry no pictures/I was having fun). The road rose in elevation up to Jacob Lake and then descended over several miles. The road was twisty, scenic and fun to ride briskly. Seems like we were climbing, descending and twisting back and forth about a half hour.

At which point things opened up again and left us with a nice view of the Vermilion Cliffs on our left.

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We took a little break at the Marble Canyon Trading Post and Restaurant. Other than a Chevron and a small airport across the street, that was about everything. Really what else do you need I suppose.

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A view back at where we had just come from.

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After the break we no more than got around the corner and we were traveling over the new Navajo Bridge. The bridge crosses the Colorado River before it enters the Grand Canyon and replaces the old bridge that looks just like it.

A picture of the new bridge taken from the old bridge.

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Looking north.

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Looking south.

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Let me squelch some rumors here. Kathleen could not be heard yelling, "Jump, jump, jump."

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Both bridges as best as I could capture them.

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89A came to an end at 89. We turned left to go to Page.

Nice newly paved road up a semi large and curvy hill overlooking some of 89A.

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Coming into Page on 89.

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We turned right on 98 going around Page. 98 was a great unknown to me and I don't remember seeing it discussed. Turned out to be a nice pleasant and often scenic ride through the desert.

Just outside Page is this electric plant.

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Close to the plant on the other side of the road we stumbled across Antelope Slot Canyon (parking). The same canyon where we were taken to after our flight over the Grand Canyon. In case you see the electric plant in your travels you may want to stop in and take a tour of the canyon. Well worth the time we think.

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98 came to a dead end at 160. This was the same road that we had ridden a few days earlier between Tuba City and Kayenta. We turned left toward Kayenta. Just a reminder but Kayenta is on the south side of Monument Valley. No pictures on the way to Kayenta.

Eariler on our way past the Vermilion Cliffs we passed two riders on Bandit S's. A 1200 and a 600. We struck up a nice conversation with them back at the Marble Canyon Trading Post before we went on our separate ways.

In Kayenta we were hungry and looking for a place for a late lunch. As we spotted a place to eat we saw our Bandit riders just taking off their gear in front of the resturant. They had taken a completely different route to end up in the same place at the same time. We stopped and had a nice meal with them. Gary and Robin from the St. Louis area. Seems they had a trade show in Las Vegas recently. They had thrown their bikes on the truck going to Vegas and they were now riding them home. Smart thinkers!

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With that we wished them well and headed a short distance father up 160.

Just over the hill from this one big rock on 160 we turned right on 59.

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59 was another unknown road that the map showed to be a secondary road. Turns out the road was very nice if a little remote. We don't like crowds so this worked out fine.

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In the middle of nowhere on 59 these houses appeared. There were a lot more of them I could get in the picture and didn't appear occupied. Weird?

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When 59 tee'ed into 191 at Many Farms we turned right. Approximately 25 miles later we arrived in Chinle looking for a room.

Lucky for us the offical motel of our trip was represented. I have no relatationship with this chain other than I have recently given them a lot of money.

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It was still a little early so we took a ride out to see some of the canyon. Okay north or south rim, decisions, decisions. Flip a mental coin. South rim it is.

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Okay its late in the day. "MAKEUP, WARDROBE chop chop!"

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To be honest I wasn't overly impressed. To be fair, If this had been one of the first canyons we'd seen instead of the last, I know I would have enjoyed it more.

Oh well, we'll probably never be back so we need to learn everything we can about the area. Back at the motel we booked a 3 hour 4x4 tour up the canyon for the next morning.

Very good day riding. 336 miles.

Google Maps link.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=36.668419,-111.005859&spn=2.238232,4.213257&z=8&msid=113583176119480680152.000487d6e68a7729e1033
 

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Along the way we'd heard nice things about Canyon De Chelly (pronounced "Da Shay")
Yay... a non-Arizonan that knows how to pronounce Canyon de Chelly. :clap:

The road rose in elevation up to Jacob Lake and then descended over several miles.
If you had turned right at Jacob Lake you would have been at the North Rim in under an hour.

Lucky for us the offical motel of our trip was represented. I have no relatationship with this chain other than I have recently given them a lot of money.
BW inked a deal with Harley-Davidson a while back; they are the official motel chain for either HD or HOG (I forget which) but they are motorcycle-friendly on purpose. Not every location is on the program but enough of them are to make it worthwhile to stay with them.

To be honest I wasn't overly impressed. To be fair, If this had been one of the first canyons we'd seen instead of the last, I know I would have enjoyed it more.
I was ready to smack you silly right about here.

Oh well, we'll probably never be back so we need to learn everything we can about the area. Back at the motel we booked a 3 hour 4x4 tour up the canyon for the next morning.
But then I read this part. ;-)
I'm ready for the next installment when you talk about the cliff dwellings; how the canyon was used in the movie Mackenzie's Gold; etc.

Steve, this is absolutely one of the better ride reports I've ever waded through. Good job.
 
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Texas T. Remember I'm computer stupid so forgive me for not quoting you.
I would have turned right at Jacob Lake if we hadn't flown over the Grand Canyon. 90 mile round trip seem excessive at this point to some scenic overlooks on the North Rim (as great as I've heard they are).

Canyon De Chelly was nice but the Grand Canyon (and several others) is a hard act to follow. The tour was nice and I left with a much rosier feeling afterwards.

I'm glad you've enjoyed the ride report. I'm a sucker for positive feedback.
 
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We took a little break at the Marble Canyon Trading Post and Restaurant. Other than a Chevron and a small airport across the street, that was about everything. Really what else do you need I suppose.

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They do have free WiFi and make a KILLER breakfast burrito. :eat:



I love the west so keep the pics coming :thumb:
 
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SeanFromTX, didn't need the WiFi but we should have delayed breakfast until we got there. The burrito looks great. If there is ever a next time thats where we'll eat!

Only two more days with any pictures, hopefully coming tomorrow.
 
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Day twelve.

Well it couldn't have been any easier. Just walk into the lobby of the Offical MacDaddy vacation hotel (Best Western :lol2:) the night before and told them we'd like a 4x4 tour of the canyon in the morning. They'd handle the details and 8:30 am was the earliest tour. That sounded great. After the standard three hour tour we could log a few miles in the general direction of Texas before nightfall.

First thing in the morning, we had a nice breakfast at the resturant which was only about 150 feet from the room.

At 8:20 we met our Navajo guide Daniel (Walks with the Great Spirit) in front of the lobby. We jumped in his Jeep Wrangler and headed for the base of the Canyon De Chelly. We passed the Park Ranger station and if you don't have an approved guide, you're not getting past. Yup, its the north or south rim drive and its viewpoints like the commoners use. You know, like us yesterday!

What's cool is you're taken up the Canyon in the Jeep or whatever but half the time your driving through the shallow river.

And if you're really quite, and the stars line up just right and you cross your fingers you just might find a U.S. Park Ranger who stuck his truck in the river. :eek2:

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They seem to use the same kind of vehicle removal system that everybody else does.

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For the folks that prefer pictures to text. :mrgreen:

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Sometimes the road looked like this,

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And sometimes it looked like this.

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A few shots going up the canyon just for the dual sporters.

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Now I know I've said some hateful things about not loving the canyon from the get go but remember we'd see a lot of canyons including that big one we flew over. The one thing that sets this canyon apart from the others we'd seen is that some of their dwellings are still mostly intact. Covered by the rock the early settlers built their living quarters in the side of the canyon wall including smaller buildings where they stored their harvested goods, etc...

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Daniel said that the river floor was about 20 feet higher back then which was obviously closer to the dwellings but they still had to use ladders to reach them.

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I think its a pretty weed?

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Look closely. The twins.

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Called the White House b/c of the building (faded over the years) at the top center where they stored their grain. There is also a trail down from one of the overlooks for anybody that wants a much closer look.

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I didn't realize that medium blue was such an unflattering color in that (any) light. :giveup:

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Whats that person taking a picture of?

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Oh yeah, the last dwelling we would see and as far as we would go on the north fork of the canyon.

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In case I got a little wordy. One last picture of pictures.

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If you noticed, the view on the way back changed. Seemed like we lost the rear axle bearings on the Wrangler. Oh well, we were rescued by Daniel's son in a Tahoe.

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And with that it was back to the motel to load up and go. Hey, I think we could make it the to Painted Desert/Petrified Forest.

191 south was kind of a boring ride to I-40. A short hop on I-40 west and we arrived at the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest Vistor Center and Resturant. Oh boy lunch! During lunch we received a call from our neighbor telling us a Tornado had just come through Midlothian. Our home was fine but they had some excitement (and cool first hand pictures).

One of the first viewing points in the Painted Forest. Looking right and looking left.

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Moving on.

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And into the Petrified Forest.

Dwellings on the Puerco Ruin Trial.

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Our first overlook where we found petrified wood. Notice the bird on the far left. I think he's used to being fed by people.

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I swear that bird was about 18 inches tall.

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I didn't use anything for scale in the pictures but these were like real size trees you'd find in East Texas. (Next time I'll use something for scale. Bad cop, no donut).

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Its was getting warm (okay hot) and we'd seen petrified wood! We didn't make anymore of the stops but managed to snaps a few photos as we went.

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I assume they don't survive on bark?

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Leaving the park (south entrance), cause I never get the picture the first time.

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Turn left and let the twisties begin. :rider: Whoops not this road!

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Well the road got a little better and its was a pleasant ride. Besides there weren't any hills or forests to ruin the view for a change.

We took 180 into Springerville/Eagar where we found a room at the...(drumroll please) say it with me.













Best Western.

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Very nice day again and we learned a lot. 202 miles.

Google Maps link.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=35.142371,-109.160156&spn=2.281806,4.213257&z=8&msid=113583176119480680152.000487edffeee2ccdb1af
 

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What was the cost of the guided tour?

That fence in front of the dwellings is new. Well... at least new in the sense that it wasn't there during my last trip.

In 1980. :trust:

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There were pamphlets in the lobby from two companies. One was for $140 and the other $150 for the 3 hour tour but could go longer at an addiitonal $40 an hour. B.W. contracted us with the $140 company.

Sometime after 1980 they decided to keep people from playing around the structures. Not saying it was you Texas T. :-)

Hopefully tonight I'll complete the last installment.
 
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Nice! You weren't kidding about being picture heavy. Took so long to get thru the first page that it signed me out! Very nice stuff.
 
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There will be a delay on the final installment. I had a computer issue when I was nearly finished and lost everything, including my sense of humor. Needless to say, I'm a little frustated at the moment and will finish when I get time. Sorry for the delay.
 

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There were pamphlets in the lobby from two companies. One was for $140 and the other $150 for the 3 hour tour but could go longer at an addiitonal $40 an hour. B.W. contracted us with the $140 company.
That's inflation for you... it was probably about $25-$30 for me and the wife back then.

Sometime after 1980 they decided to keep people from playing around the structures. Not saying it was you Texas T. :-)
I can't remember if they actually let us near the structure or not back then. I'd have to dig through a pile of photos to see if I have any shots.

Hopefully tonight I'll complete the last installment.
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You are my idol! I recently did a trip out to Torrey, Utah. I took two days to get there and a little over two days to get back. I stayed in Torrey two days only riding one of the two. I stopped very few places along the way for pictures because I had miles to cover.

I really enjoyed UT-12 out of Torrey with a side trip down the Burr Trail. That was the only day I took many pictures. The last day I was in Torrey, the wind was blowing the hair off the frogs so I just hung around and visited with friends. I tried to come home through Monument Valley, but turned back north out of Bluff and headed up into Colorado to avoid the dust storms to the south.

Besides my final day from Austin home, the shortest day I had was probably Santa Fe, NM to Austin on the way home. The day was capped off with riding through the rain, lightning and dark between Brady and Llano.

I will one day take my time and see the scenery you saw. I just don't know when.

Thanks for sharing all the pictures. Letting me know what I missed!
 
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Day thirteen.

The goal today was to try and stay in the nice cool forested poritions shown on the map as we traveled in the general direction of Texas. Our first road would be the only recycled road we did. All others were new to us.

I felt bad that we didn't stop in Cloudcroft on our way west some 10 days prior. It looked like a neat place to spend some time. So on this day we decided we'd shoot for Cloudcroft as our final destination.

Leaving Eagar we enterd the National Forest. We'd figured out a route that would keep us in the woods and cool for a while. We took 180/191 south toward Alpine. The trees were a little sparse leaving Eager but filled in nicely by the time we reached Alpine.

Traveling to Alpine.

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Things are getting more fun.

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Getting close to Alpine now.

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Coming into Alpine (elevation 8046 ft) looking to the south. The Devils Backbone (191) climbs into those hills.

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At Alpine we turned east and stayed on 180 when 180/191 split.

Looking south again in the direction of 191.

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One thing I noticed on this trip concerning the forests. I don't know if they do controlled burns or what but there was very little old growth type debris on the ground (and the trees are spread far apart). Made them look very clean.

An example off of 180.

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A few pictures of 180. Very nice road with plenty of sweeping curves and elevation changes.

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I was enjoying 180 quite a bit however our route had us turning left on 12 and riding through Reserve.

Very pleasant with little traffic and great weather. A few from 12.

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If we stayed on 12 east we'd end up at Datil on 60. But we'd break out of the forest to quick. We instead turned north on 32 at Apache Junction. 32 would take us over the Gallo Mountains and eventually over to 60 where we lost the forest.

We stopped at Apache Junction for a few minutes to strecth our legs. They have pretty much anything you could need in that little store and a nice lady running it.

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Well except for gas.

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This was interesting. Not sure what the story is behind it but lets leave the Arizona type politics out of it. :-)

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12 was another nice road (redundant I know) that skirted the canyon floor until climbing up, out and over the Escondido Mountain nearby (9854 ft.).

12.

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Just a little more climbing. But fun climbing.

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On top.

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I thought I was on top.

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Getting closer to Quemado and 60

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At 60 we turned east. One surprise stop for Kathleen (shush, don't tell her) on our way to Socorro.

Any self respecting TWT'er would do the same thing. Stop in Pie Town (near the Continental Divide)!

There are two restaurants in town. The Pietown Pie Cafe and the Daily Pie Cafe. I'd heard good things about both and wasn't sure which one to go to. It was an easy decision after driving by.

I chose the Daily Pie becuse of the sign out front. I still have no shame.

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And Kathleen after having her arm twisted a little.

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A plug.

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Apparently the prices are subject to change.

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We both had a piece of Cherry.

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Then we shared the New Mexican Apple Pie. If I remember right, it's your standard apple pie but with Green Chili and Pinon Nuts. Pretty tasty.

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Shortly after Pie Town things heated up and the trees went away. Oh yeah, the wind was back too. I thought that was a last week thing.

Just a couple from 60.

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Luckily back at the cafe I had the foresight to put tin foil over both our helmets. Can't be to careful around Socorro you know. (Didn't see Jodi Foster either)

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From this point the winds were semi-brutal and temp rose to 95 by the time we got into Socorro. From there we turned south for a few miles on I-25 until getting off at San Antonio/380 (read no picutures here). 380 took us through Carrizozo (now 97 degrees) on our way to 37. At 37/48 we turned south towards Ruidoso in hopes of cooler temps and twistier roads.

Coming into Ruidoso and life was getting good again.

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I'd been to Ruidoso once about 25 years ago skiing and didn't remember it very well.
I was surprised riding through that it covered so much ground. Finding a room looked like it would be easy too. We learned later that some type of poker run or something had started in Cloudcroft and ended in Ruidoso. There we (mostly) Harley's everwhere. It was packed (and loud) there. I'm not so much a lifestyle kind of guy so we were happy to keep going.

Leaving Ruidoso we took 244 to Cloudcroft. Nice road that got even more fun close to Cloudcroft. It was also a nice treat on 244 to come out of a corner for a change, on this trip, in front of law enforcement, and not have him flash all his lights at me to slow down.

Taking a break on 244.

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We got to Cloudcroft and found a room at the hotel right on Main Street. Got settled in and even managed to hold down a stool at the Western Bar for a little bit before consuming a nice Mexican dinner.

Other than that hot and windy part in the middle it was a good day. 387 miles.

Google maps link.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=33.651208,-107.589111&spn=2.32282,4.213257&z=8&msid=113583176119480680152.00048814ae44319a5e07c

There will be one last short installment.
 
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Day fourteen.

The goal for the day was to see a little more of the area around Cloudcroft, then head back the way we'd come, through Artesia again. A last minute goal now was to turn south at Artesia and go to Carlsbad and take in the Caverns. We'd heard good things about the caverns and thought we should have a look. After that we'd figure out what we'd we do next.

Most of downtown Cloudcroft on a quite Saturday morning.

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The Hotel where we stayed.

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We rode west down the hill on 82 towards Alamogordo. On the way out the first time I didn't have my camera ready. I wanted a picture of the tunnel and besides, it's fun to ride.

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The White Sands in the distance.

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Still traveling west/downhill.

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After turning around and traveling east.

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From there we took 130 south and then 6563 even souther(I know not a word). Very nice and fun 2nd through 4th gear road with very few staights or level pavement.

The view out and over Alamogordo from the Haynes Canyon Vista.

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Kathleen reported having briefly touched her foot down in a corner on the way. A first!

I thought our final destination, Sunspot was just a scenic view. Turns out they have an observatory there.

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We didn't stay long but we gave ourselves the Readers Digest tour of the grounds.

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On the way out to Sunspot we saw temps as low as 57. The wind was picking up too.

I didn't take anymore pictures. We rode on 130 around the bottom of Cloudcroft to the east. Another great road that is just a little more open than 6563. 130 skirts the canyon floor and is a hoot!

Once on 82 traveling east towards Artestia the temp picked up quite a bit. The winds were blowing pretty stong too. The side/head wind that killed us on 82 going east and the beginning of the trip were now a side/tail wind. We were able to ride at 80/85 and still get 46.75 mpg.

At Artesia we made an executive decision not to go to Carlsbad. We would have had to turn into the strong winds that had been helping us allowing them to beat us up. Plus the temp was now at 94.

We stayed pointed towards Texas and didn't stop till we got to Lamesa where we spent the last night in a Best Western. Temps had been mostly a steady 97 with an occasional 99 while in Texas. 313 miles for the day.

Google Maps link.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=33.463525,-103.892212&spn=2.327871,4.213257&z=8&msid=113583176119480680152.00048827ef37eb98c8f60

Sunday morning we got out and battled strong cross winds all the way home. Arrived in the driveway at approximately 12:30 pm.

Another nice trip was now complete. 4133 miles.

Just a few random observations from the trip.

When packing for two people for two weeks, Space Bags are a Godsend. We also take our old T Shirts, socks and underware along and throw them away every night, leaving room for souvenir T shirts and refrigerator magnets in our bags.

Seems like 90% of the bikes seen were Harley's or other cruisers. I think I saw more Can Am trikes than Sport Tourers.

I love my Ohlins shock and revalved forks from GP Suspensions.

We also love our Russell Day Long seat. It made the trip very comfortable and easy to do.

Lithium batteries in the camera ROCK. Only changed batteries once.

Screw on tops for the water bottle stored in the top box. No flip up sports tops. Don't ask us how we know.

One last picture from Sunspot. Old Faithful.

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very nice trip, i'm trying to talk my wife into 2up touring someday, how does your wife like being a passenger on a long trip?
 
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No problems for her. She has no interest in riding by herself.

I was racing when we met and for about five years after that including three Baja 1000's. She says that watching me over the years she became confident in my ability (I guess that means I crashed less then the other guys).

If they doesn't work for you wife take her on a five day tour in Scotland and follow up a few years later with 9 days rin the Alps. It'll either make her or break her. :-)
 
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LOL, was smiling at your mentioning about after Grand Canyon, hard to judge other canyons. I have a note in my journal from years back when going up 550 in Colorado on the way to Wyoming. " Don't do 550 first, it sets the judging standard too high for other places" ;-)
 

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Very good! :clap:

:tab Some years back, I led a group trip through those same areas and roads, but in the reverse order you did it. Zion, Bryce and Hwy 12/24 were big hits with everyone, as was 191 between Clifton and Alpine! We spent the last few days of our trip in SW Colorado though. I love that whole area. We also got into some of those insane winds, often making it extremely hard to keep the bike in our lane. We stayed at Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell and the Ranger at the entry gate told us they had been getting sustained 50+mph winds all day :eek2: I was out in Cloudcroft last weekend (Mem Day weekend) and the locals told us they had experienced sustained 90mph winds a few weeks before we got there :giveup: There were a LOT of downed trees, even some really big ones. Your report really makes me want to get back out there on the bikes!
 
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Great report! :thumb:

I know how long it takes to put these reports together, so I appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing this with us. ;-)
 
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Tourmeister wrote:
Some years back, I led a group trip through those same areas and roads, but in the reverse order you did it.
I know, I read the report in preparation for this trip. I read as many reports about the area as possible. Yours had the best info and I adopted much of it. I had originally planned on traveling through Utah the same way you did but being a Saturday and not having a room, I thought I could perhaps find a room easier going the other way. Besides, after flying over the Grand Canyon, etc. I thought we should wait a few days for Zion. Let it all sink in and have something to look forward to.

Scott thanks for your help in planning (even though you didn't know). I hope my report helps/inspires someone else just as your report helped/inspired me.

one Wolf wrote:
I'd liked the pics of 180. Looks just like that coming through Mineral Wells.
Well I guess I better get out near Mineral Wells, cause that sure was fun.

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I know how long it takes to put these reports together
Yeah it takes a longer than most people think. At least for me anyhow. Sorry it took a week or so to complete but I spent several hours working on it. I almost cried when I lost one the longest days just before it was complete.
 

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I know, I read the report in preparation for this trip. I read as many reports about the area as possible. Yours had the best info and I adopted much of it. I had originally planned on traveling through Utah the same way you did but being a Saturday and not having a room, I thought I could perhaps find a room easier going the other way. Besides, after flying over the Grand Canyon, etc. I thought we should wait a few days for Zion. Let it all sink in and have something to look forward to.

Scott thanks for your help in planning (even though you didn't know). I hope my report helps/inspires someone else just as your report helped/inspired me.
:tab Cool! :lol2: I had no idea.

Yeah it takes a longer than most people think. At least for me anyhow. Sorry it took a week or so to complete but I spent several hours working on it. I almost cried when I lost one the longest days just before it was complete.
:tab Oh man... I totally know that sinking feeling when you lose a big section you were just working on... :twitch: In fact, I never finished the report you may have used to plan your trip for exactly that reason. After losing a BIG section of it, I just was spent and could not get motivated to rewrite what I had lost and finish it. After our time in Utah, which is where I left off, we hooked up with some Triumph folks in Montrose, Colorado for an awesome weekend rally. I've never made it back to that part of Utah again unfortunately, but I have been back out to SW Colorado, Northern NM, and Arizona again.

:tab My reports usually take a long time because I do them as a story rather than just presenting the pics with descriptions and giving some basic commentary. Unfortunately, in recent years the time to do such long reports has all but evaporated and I do well just to get the pictures posted nowadays :doh: This is perhaps one of my most recent "big" reports, pure adventure :doh:
 
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Hey McDaddy, Loved you sculpture shots at Arteasia so well , I passed by there today. Even met a guy whom explain to me the whole deal with them. Must of been on the city council or some ya think? LOL. Chilling near the white sands now. Went from 75 to 100 to 72 to 92 degrees today. Sheesh!
 
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achesley, yeah the sculptures are kind of neat and its a pretty little town. I didn't get the tour though. I'm guessing you saw a well or two on the way to Arteasia.

The White Sands are neat. I wish I was there riding with you.

I know a little about the cold, hot then cold and hot again too. Enjoy you're ride and be safe.
 
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