All the Way Around the Grand Canyon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Teaser Shots! Can anyone name this road?
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    Last weekend I circled the Grand Canyon...
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    ...solo, visiting some of the remote view points...
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    ...and some of the more frequently visited areas.

    Stay tuned for a 3 day 1100+ mile journey to places such as;:cromag

    Hoover Dam
    Lake Mead
    Elbow Canyon Road
    Toroweap Point
    Crazy Jugs Point
    Kaibab Plateau
    North Rim
    Cape Royal
    Angel's Window
    East Rim
    Burma Road
    South Rim
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  2. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    It's ashame that I've never been to Grand Canyon. My Wife has been with her friends but me, never. Been all around it going to and from but never there. Looks to be an awesome trip.
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    It's gonna be a long day, so I get an early start. I don't get 3 blocks from the house before I see the need to pull out the camera. What's the saying? "Red sky by night, Sailor's Delight... Red sky by morn, Sailor's be WARNED!"
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    Joshua Trees and Threatening Skies
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    I does rain for awhile, but it keeps me cool. The clouds hang around and chase after me the rest of the day.

    To the right is the new road that will take you to the new bridge over Hoover Dam. Don't go around the barricades yet...:yikes
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    Because the bridge isn't done. Maybe someone should build a ramp and jump the gap?:dunno
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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I hate the look of the cheap red farkle strapped to the back, but it was neccesary for the upcoming remote country.

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    I ride around the west end of Lake Mead in a beautiful desert landscape...
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    ...with nice sweepers...
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    ...and the occasional view of the lake.
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    I top up all of the fuel tanks in Mesquite then head out of civilization on Elbow Canyon Road. The gravel road turns back to asphalt at the state line.
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    ...but pretty quickly I head for the hills.
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  5. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    It starts easy enough, but with a couple dire warnings.
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    One last look back towards civilization.
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    The loose rocky climbs begin.
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  6. vmabuck

    vmabuck Clutch Killah

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    There is a lot of poop on them thar roads...
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  7. Timba

    Timba Luckiest Man Alive

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  8. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    And alot of poopers too.:lol3
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  9. PhilLynot

    PhilLynot Been here awhile

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    Killer shots. . . .great composition and bike. What kind of camera are you using?
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  10. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The long, steep, rocky, and loose climb was exhausting. It was difficult finding traction with the rear tire and I had a tip-over. :dunno

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    The scenery was nice.
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    After topping out at the pass I entered the Grand Canyon Parashant NM where the roads improved greatly.
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    I've heard these roads get pretty muddy when wet. The skies are still threatening nearby.
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  11. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The following photo will determine what type of rider you are;
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    If you are the type of rider in touch with your feminine side you saw pretty blue flowers.

    If you are tired of the desert you saw lush greenery.

    If you are a crusty old dirt rider you probably noticed the soil composition.

    If you ride a KTM you probably noticed the pretty orange flower.:smile6
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  12. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Gorgeous desert photos...gotta love it. More please.
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  13. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Perhaps I can show you a few places to visit by motorcycle off the beaten path?:type
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  14. Navajib

    Navajib Newbie.

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    That country is beautiful.
    Keep 'em coming!
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    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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  16. Ensey

    Ensey KLR Combat Touring

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    Excellent pics............thanks for posting
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  17. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Almost there Pantah!:wink:
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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Rough Remote Country:thumb
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    Do I see a hint of KTM Orange ahead?
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    KTM Orange, Yamaha Blue, and Kawasaki Green
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  19. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Awsome images. I need a new camera...:cry

    I've not often seen people capture the desert in bloom on film. You did good, mate!

    Keep 'em coming. Your back yard just has to be the best heavy dual sport country on the planet. Yah have to be careful of the weather, though...
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