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Old 08-05-2011, 11:51 AM   #16
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Enjoyed the RR and the great pic's.

Next time when you have more time, drop down in the state and enjoy some of the great roads in W. Va.
Thank you! I'm sure WV has the great roads and much to offer, just didn't have much time to explorer. But it's not that far from me so it's on my list.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:00 AM   #17
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Route 89

Finally I started making shorter trips, 200 miles or less on beautiful scenic roads. Today at last I reached the road Iíve been thinking about from the start, RT-89:



Last year I planned on traveling across the road, it goes from Mexico to Canada passing through numerous national parks: Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier NP and so on.



This road needs a time commitment of at least 2 weeks not including the time it takes to get there from my house, 3 days each way. So I had to make a compromise. At least now this mountainous road will take me to my destination. Itís magnificence cannot be put into words.

Next Antelope Canyon awaits me ahead, near Page, AZ.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:09 AM   #18
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Route 89, AZ

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Old 08-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #19
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Lower Antelope Canyon

In the morning I left from Winslow, AZ to the Lower Antelope Canyon. The Upper Canyon has wider passage and a flat terrain while the Lower Canyon was the exact opposite. Even though the upper area was easier to get through you are constantly rushed and itís overcrowded, once again the lower canyon was the opposite.

The Navaho tribe separated itself from the government and my annual national park pass was unfortunately not accepted here. To enter I had to pay an entrance fee, tribe fee and a photo permit. On the up side I got to take my time and enjoy myself.

From the top the canyon is indistinguishable from the rest of the surroundings, you can pass it without realizing. Its opening is a small narrow passage and in some cases the canyon required you to move sideways to get through. It could be an issue for someone with claustrophobia.

The Antelope Canyon entrance looks as follows:





Very often had to use a ladder:









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Old 08-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #20
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The canyon is very prone to flash floods it can fill its high of 60ft within 30 minutes! Can you imagine? By the way it is rain season right now but Iíve been very fortunate with the weatherÖnot including the wind.
On my way to the canyon it was overcast and I was very upset that I wonít be able to see the sun rays piercing through to the canyon floor. This only happens between 10:30 and 12 and I was specifically rushing to get there during that small window of time. But by the time I got there the sky had cleared up.



I even had time to play in the sand:



By the way I built my itinerary going by what time I need to be in what park with regards to my photography. If anyone is interested, I can share my information.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:59 PM   #21
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amazing....

What amazing scenery, I just returned from Utah but I had the wife and kids with me so I couldn't do much exploring. I wish I'd gone here on my trip to Utah and Arizona last summer.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:19 AM   #22
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What amazing scenery, I just returned from Utah but I had the wife and kids with me so I couldn't do much exploring. I wish I'd gone here on my trip to Utah and Arizona last summer.
These places worth to come back. I hope you'll find time for that.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:32 AM   #23
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Glen Canyon Dam

My next destination was Glen Canyon Dam and saw yet more scenic views. I couldnít take a step without seeing a scenic view.



The temperature rose above 100F:



Scenic View:



Glen Canyon Dam:





Take a look at the expenses ($145M+$70M) and Income ($2.7B). Maybe it's a good idea to build a small dam on my own?

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Old 08-08-2011, 11:21 AM   #24
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Page, AZ

I stopped in Page, AZ - a small cozy city. There are more tourists than locals due to the great geographic location. Everything is near here: Grand Canyon (North and South Rims), Glen Canyon, Antelope Canyons, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell and much more.

For the first time I had a normal meal overlooking Glen Canyon Dam. My previous meals consisted of beef jerky, trail mix and anything that I find along the way.



While having blissful meal, I sat outside and overlooked sunset:



Sunset came very quick:

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Many sources recommend photographing the Horse Shoe Bend in the afternoon - only then is the light ďrightĒ for pictures. You canít trust anyone, except me

The best light is during the sunrise if you arenít lazy to leave your bed. You can also capture it during the sunset when the sun is in front of you.

Horse Shoe Bend, 5:30am:



I always carry a compact camera as a backup so I can capture my work in progress:



The drop here is at 90 degrees and 400-500 meters deep. A great place to BASE jump or with a strong gust of wind my camera would have experienced freefall:

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Coming back to a parking lot. Whose rose is that between all the thorns?



I was so excited about seeing the Horse Shoe Bend that I forgot my keys in the ignition. Turns out I forgot them in my top case:



These smoke-stacks are like a guiding star, you can see them from everywhere. They are located near the Antelope Canyons so you canít miss them:



Many tourists started taking pictures with me and my bike, many of them are from France. I felt like a celebrity. Apparently in bandana and sunglasses I look cool or maybe itís my bike?

There are many solo bikers on the road and most of them on BMW GSís. Looks like Charlie and Ewan started the trend of traveling the world on this bike.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:27 PM   #27
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Thak for the great report and pics Freefallen...I'm heading west from Va in a few weeks and you've given me a few ideas.
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dude! I just caught up with this RR and have thoroughly enjoyed!
awesome pictures and great writing. Thank you!
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:15 PM   #29
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Thak for the great report and pics Freefallen...I'm heading west from Va in a few weeks and you've given me a few ideas.
Great! I'm so glad, this is what about.
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dude! I just caught up with this RR and have thoroughly enjoyed!
awesome pictures and great writing. Thank you!
Thank you, Bro!
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