Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    We finally did it in June 2012. We sold everything, quit our jobs, and hit the road to find freedom on our BMW F 800 GS and F 650 GS. It was 10 months from Vancouver to Panama City and then 4 more to get from Colombia to Ushuaia! The epic adventure continues in 2014 for another year in South America before we head to Europe.

    Photo review of the trip so far, BC, The Dempster, Alaska, USA http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030

    USA Bear tooth Mexico http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=2

    Mexico http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=3

    Guatemala http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=5

    El Salvador and Nicaragua http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=10

    Costa Rica http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=13

    Panama http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=15

    Colombia http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=20

    Ecuador and Galapagos http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=24

    Northern Chile http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=30

    Dakar 2014 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=34

    Ruta 40 south to Ushuaia http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=34

    Ushuaia and Antarctica http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=36

    Torres del Pines and the Carretera Austral http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=39

    Easter Island http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=40

    Argentina Moto GP http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=41

    Adventures in Northern Argentina Big dunes and white lava http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=42

    Bolivia and Peru http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=43

    Argentina and to Buenos Aires http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=52

    Buenos Aires http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=53

    El Salvador and Home for the summer http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=56

    El Salvador http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=59

    Buenos Aires Iguazu Falls http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=60

    Brazil mountains and canyons http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=61

    Minas Gervias State Brazil http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=66


    Rio de Janeiro for New Years at Copacabana! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=68

    The midwestern coast of Brazil. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=70

    Salvador de Bahia Brazil. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=71

    Chapada Diamantina a MUST SEE in Brazil! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=72

    Kite surfing in Cumbuco Brazil and the Amazon http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=75

    Uruguay country 18! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=77

    Summary of the Americas! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=78


    Spain http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=79


    Morocco http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=83


    Southern Portugal http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=94


    North to the UK via the coast http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=95


    South Wales and Ireland http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=97


    Isle of Man http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=99


    North Wales and The Lake District http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=100


    Scotland http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=101


    Netherlands http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810030&page=104


    Hello fellow inmates!



    Well we are little slow in getting things happening here on ADV. What can I say the riding has been fantastic and sitting in front of a screen typing falls very low on the priority list. The scenery has been incredible and the adventure has been better than we had hoped for in the Yukon and Alaska.


    We have already met a lot of great ADV riders in the three weeks we have been on the road and look forward to connecting with even more as we now turn south for Ushuaia. To cut the screen time we will be posting the links to our blog. The first few entries can be viewed here


    http://www.worldwideride.ca/blog



    A tad late, but welcome to our worldwide ride.....


    Daniel & Sara

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    6 month update


    Ten Countries Ten Months…..Just the start.

    In Canada’s North West territories this is the half way point at eagle Plains on our trip up the Dempster “highway”.


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    We were over the top of the world into Alaska and 19 other states.


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    Ten weeks in Mexico was just enough to scratch the surface.


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    Ambergris Cay Belize was just voted best Island on earth.


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    Guatemala has many hidden jewels, like the limestone formations at Sumec Champey.



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    El Salvador has lots of adventure riding starting with the road to El Impossible.



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    Honduras was a short but luckily uneventful ride.


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    Nicaragua has lots of great riding up north and historic beauty in Granada.


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    Costa Rica has beaches, lakes, and volcanoes.


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    Panama has a lot more than the canal at Miraaflores.


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    A ONE YEAR UPDATE FROM SANTIAGO de CHILE



    Back to Panama City pick the bikes up after 4 months and ship them to Bogota.

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    We LOVED Colombia!

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    We made it to the equator and finally found some freedom and unfortunately a fractured and dislocated toe for Sara when the stator of the 650 died.

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    Sights in Ecuador

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    Peru

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    Chile

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    Now for the Dakar 2014 Argentina!

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    Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate

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    The end of the road, but not the adventure. Just over 14 months and just under 70,000 km!

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    A dream come true was an expedition to Antarctica.


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    The hike to the very stunning Torres del Paines near Puerto Natales


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    The Carretera Austral


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    Isla Chiloe and another "end of the road" This time the Pacific Coast Highway from Lund BC and according to some the end of the Pan Americana from Alaska.


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    The first flat after 15 countries and almost 75000 km.


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    The magic of Easter Island



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    The Argentina Moto GP


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    The big dunes of Antafogasta


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    Salar de Uyuni


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    Machu Picchu


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    Canyon del Pato Peru


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    "Death" road Bolivia


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    We have riden up and down in SA so much this Capricorn has crossed the Tropic of Capricorn for the third time.


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    Iguazu Falls from Argentina


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    Brazil Country number 17!


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    The 100,000 km mark!



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    [​IMG]Day 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    All pack and ready for the flight to Madrid


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    Madrid



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    Morocco


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    Cabo san Vicente (lands End) Portugal


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    France


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    UK Land's End South


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    Ring of Kerry Ireland


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    Giant's staircase Northern Ireland


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    Isle of Man


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    Hard Knott Pass The Lake District


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    Scotland


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    Netherlands



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  2. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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  3. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Well its weird to be back at day one, but here it goes. Leaving the lower mainland on June 22, 2012.



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    And so it begins by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    We made it drop off some things for storage and then set off from near Kamloops, BC.

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    Horizons Start map by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Here are the bikes a loaded up.

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    Ready to Rock on the Ranch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    F800GS Loaded by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Starting odometer reading on the F800GS.

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    Here we are camped the first night at Lac la Hache

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  4. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    It seems weird to be riding north, but we had to get to the top so we can ride south to get to the bottom.How is it possible that we have never been to northern BC and the Yukon! This land is massive and spectacular. We followed the Gold Rush trail thru 100 mile, Burns Lake, and Dease Lake.

    Camping by the lake in Vanderhoof.

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    A Palace for Two by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    A frequent sign.

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    Into the land of the moose by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The highlight has been the ride into Stewart, BC with the valley dripping in green and dotted with dozens of waterfalls streaming down the steep sides. The Bear glacier comes down to meet you at the bottom of WINDY hill. We visited Hyder, Alaska at mile zero then headed north to the Yukon.

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    Hyder Alaska Sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Sara & Daniel Bear Glacier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Daniel bike mile 0 Alaska hwy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Finally we were leaving Beautiful British Columbia for the Great North.

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    Sara Leaving BC by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Welcome Yukon Sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We met up with fellow RTW rider Deb Hewson returning from Deadhorse, while on or way to Whitehorse.

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    Sara Daniel, Deb, Coffee time by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This rider was travelling with two german shepherds in his side car.


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  5. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Step one get a fishing licence.

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    Yukon fishing lic by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We set out from Whitehorse on a three- hour tour………

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    Sara & the Mirror Craft by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    well we drove 90 minutes with a stop at Jake’s Crossing for lunch and a bear encounter.


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    Sara polar bear encounter by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Trolling on the Teslin River for the “big one”, Daniel landed an almost 20 pound trout.


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    The Big Catch 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We headed for the shore where our master guide/chef Daniel's Uncle Bruce whipped us up a 5 star meal over an open fire.


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    Now thats fresh fish by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    With the stunning Midnight sun still shining, we had time for some target practice.


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    Sara Shooting by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Whitehorse has so many things to do in the out of doors and in summer its light out all the time.


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    Leaving the comfort and hospitality of Whitehorse behind we headed north in the rain to the frontier town of Dawson City.

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  6. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Dawson city did not disappoint! We loved this friendly gold rush town. The buildings are as colorfully painted as the characters that live here.

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    Klondike kates by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    I am Indian by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This place is very biker friendly.

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    Motorcycle fiendly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    We toured the engineering marvel the Dredge #4, panned for gold, and ate Canada Day hotdogs.


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    Sara & The Mounties Dawson by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We stayed at the hostel across the river and used the free ferry to commute. Deiter is a bit crazy, but the wood fire heated shower house is so worth it.


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    Sara led a historic walking tour of the old town.


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    We met up with fellow travelers Miquel (retracing the path of the great Spanish explorers) and Alicia (Attempting to be the first Spanish woman to circumnavigate the globe by motorbike).


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    Now we are off to conquer the mighty Dempster.
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  7. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Sara: It was all smiles and sunshine as we started out from the mile zero sign up to Tombstone. We had an amazing view from the campsite. We were such newbies on the trip we really didn't prepare food for the road. Luckily we had left over Chinese from Dawson City. We hiked up the Klondike river trail to see the ice still on the river. There had been some rain and we knew from One Wheel Drive that one should not attempt the Dempster after the rain. We naively said oh it's not rained much and it's stopped now. That was our first mistake. There will be no photos from the day up to Eagle Plains because it poured rain all day. The riding was challenging at best. The mud was 4 inches thick for several hours and was like trying to drive in peanut butter. Thank goodness for our rain over suits! I dropped my bike at very low speed in the thick mud. Later that day there was very deep mud on a hill and one minute I was ok and the next I was face down in the mud with the bike on top of me and spun 180 degrees. Poor Dan had to try and get off his bike and run back to help me while listening to me on the intercom. Worst minute of my life. Luckily for me the road got much better after this for the last almost 60 km. I did badly injure my right knee and I could not walk on it at all. I could sit on my bike and stand a bit. We had to spend an extra day at Eagle Plains so I could ice my leg. (update I hobbled on it for 4 months and it was mostly better by 6 months. At 10 months its 90%).

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    Daniel: A little note about Sara is in order here. Wow was the mud bad. Like hardcore for the big guy bad. Like OMG we may not make it and why are we doing this stupid Dempster highway bad. Okay with this in mind picture tiny Sara on a very big machine, loaded to the max and weighing over five hundred pounds. Wow what a trooper. My wife is officially a hardcore adventure rider forged out of the mud of the Dempster at its very worst.



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    Eagle Plains “lodge” is quite the place as some of you will know. The locals say being stuck here is like being stuck in a dentists chair. The sun was finally out though and shining almost 24 hours a day. Despite the pain in my leg we pressed on. I really wanted to get on a truck and go home at times. Dan did lure me with that option if I still felt the same when we got to Inuvik.



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    The first big landmark of the trip was crossing the Arctic circle. 50 km further north we entered the NWT.



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    This is what we called the good mud since it was not very deep or slippery.




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    We had 2 ferry crossings. Finally we arrived in Inuvik! We checked into the Arctic Chalets and the owner Olaf gave us his truck to get to the North Mart before it closed. There was so much mud on the bikes that both fans were so clogged they were not working. Thanks again to Olaf and his power washer.


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    Here is me trying to sleep with the midnight sun.



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    We toured the town sights, including the igloo church, the visitor’s center, and the Jak’s tower look-out. We went to the cloud 9 at the airport for musk-ox chili and dipped our toes in the Mackenzie River at the east channel.


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    sara east channel mckenzie river dipping toe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This is the end of the 10 km of paved road in Inuvik and where the dirt road back to Dawson begins. I had recovered enough mentally to drive the road back south. My knee was very swollen and painful, but I was actually most comfortable in the riding position.


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    We set off early to get on the road while the sun was still shining. Stopping for a snack we took in the glory of the vista.



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    Having travelled over 900 kilometers so far on the Dempster we had only happened upon six small rabbits. Disappointing to say the least. The scenery is amazing. We ran into a few of these unimog types up here in the North.


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    Sara & Daniel Arctic Cirlce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Daniiel Snack time above the Arctic Circle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    Just when we thought the northern highway was not going to reveal its wild inhabitants wow did we get treated to an arctic spectacle. Fifty kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in the gleaming sun and green tundra we happened upon a massive herd of Caribou. This day was adventure riding at its very best.



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    Herd of Caribou by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Hunting Inuit style.


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  8. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Done with THE DEMPSTER, we were over The Top of The World!


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    top of the world sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    650 On top of the world by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We had a well-deserved spa treatment while camping at the Chena Hot Springs.


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    sara hammock at Chena by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This 90 km side trek provided 90% of the wildlife we saw in Alaska.


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    cow and calf moose chena AK by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sara and the moose butt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    mile 15 denali by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    bull moose Denali by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    There was no more stopping for photos after the 17 th moose. Denali National Park was a bit too &#8220;Disneyland&#8221; like for us, but our riverside tent cabin at the Grizzly Bear Resort did not disappoint. The mountain is not visible from the park, but you can see it well from the road to Talketna.


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    hobbit hut by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan riverdance Denali by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    On our way south the mountain views were spectacular.


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    tip of denali by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Arriving at Talkeeetna Air taxi at 104 pm to enquire about &#8220;flightseeing&#8221;. They said be ready at 1:15!!! We were so lucky as it was an amazing sunny flight with breathtaking views of Denali just before the clouds rolled in. The landing on the glacier was surreal. The town of Talkeetna is full of charm and lots of colorful locals.


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    TAT by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    denali reflections by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    glacier view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Denali summit by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    plane on denali by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan sara glacier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    general store Talkeetna by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan blogging in Talkeetna by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This is a sign you don't see too often.


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    musk ox farm? by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    During a 700 km ride to Valdez, there was 100 km with gusting wind blowing us sideways and 100 km in the pouring rain. That did not diminish the spectacular trip there over the high mountain plateau. What a gem this place is.


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    Dan at Worthington glacier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    valdez coastline views by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    glacier view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    high mountain pass &quot;skiers&quot; by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    fishing fleet in Valdez by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We ran into German bikers Anja and Torsten whom we had last seen at Tombstone.


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    Anja Christopher by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Torsten Hinrichs by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    We had an incredible day on the Lu Lu Belle seeing sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins, Dall&#8217;s porpoise, and Humpback whales. The highlight was the masses of ice flow and the huge icebergs.

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    valdez coastline views by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    fishing boat by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    lu lu Belle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dall's porpoise by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    humpback whale by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sea lions by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sea otters on the ice by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    ice burg by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara and iceburg by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan and sara at the iceburg by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    We stopped by the side of the road for a break and looked up to see this guy.


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    Bald Eagle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  9. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    After a whole week in Alaska we did not see a bear of any colour! We had incredible hospitality at Kluane B&B! Rabbit (Snowshoe hare) is delicious. What an amazing wilderness setting with all the comforts of home. We tented out by an old settlers cabin.


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    The museum at Burwash Landing has the &#8220;largest gold pan in the world&#8221; and an incredible natural history display for a village so tiny.


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    sara &amp; worlds largest gold pan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    We ran into the crazy Spaniards again there too.



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    Alicia &amp; Miquel at the tomb by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  10. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    On the way to Haines, Alaska we finally saw a small brown bear.


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    brown bear by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The drive there is also over a high pass and then meanders along the Chilkoot River. These contraptions are Salmon Wheels, which are essentially automatic salmon catchers.


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    salmon wheel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Haines is a very quaint town with a charming old Seward Fort area. We camped right on the seafront.



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    After 3 weeks in remote wilderness areas finally a Grizzly&#8230;.on the beach 2 km from the ferry dock.


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    Grizzly bear by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Grizzly bear by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The trip from Haines to Skagway is just 15 miles, but takes 4 hours including the pre-boarding checks, security, 1 hour cruise time, and complex loading and unloading of huge motor homes thru the side of the ship. They actually drive in and turn around inside and exit thru the same door. This town is tourist central with 4 huge cruise ships docked in the harbor. Now back to civilization for a few days of R&R in Whitehorse.


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    Mismaloya ferry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan on the ferry to Skagway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Skagway harbour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    good stuff guys, looks like you are in Mexico according to your blog...check out my RR on here, lots of info on Central America border crossings, they are not difficult just confusing if you haven't done them before...have a great first christmas on the road :freaky
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  12. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Thanks Paul we will!!
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  13. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Daniel did a major bike cleaning and maintenance and changed the oil in the Walmart parking lot. We were then ready to head south from Whitehorse.


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    sara changing the oil by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    We stopped at Watson Lake for the obligatory photo at the sign Forrest.



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    Watso Lake sign Forrest by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Liard Hot spring was nice for a relaxing soak, but the mozzies were voracious. The campers across from us never left their car. We packed up in the morning fully dressed in our gear and helmets.


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    Liard Hot Spring by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Sara at Liard by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Muncho Lake Provincial Park is teaming with wildlife. We saw moose and lots of Bison. We had said that we were not going to stop again to take a photo of a moose unless it had twins.



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    Sara at Muncho Lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    moose with twins by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Bison by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara and the Bison by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    dan and the bison by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    The mile zero sign is in Dawson Creek, BC on the other end of the highway from Hyder, Alaska.



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    mile zero alaska highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    There will be no photos from the day we road to Jasper since it poured for 7 hours. What an amazing test for our gear though. It was incredible when at one point we were driving over a pass with the clouds super low and at 11 am it was almost dark. It was like driving into Mordor. We had planned to camp, but no way. The rain was so hard it was shooting out of the culverts and straight up in the air. Luckily it cleared up that evening and we had some nice views of the mountains. The Elk here just walk thru town.



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    We toured the sights at Maligne Canyon, Athabaska Falls, and the Columbia Ice fields. We hiked up onto the glacier and had lunch. It is so weird because it is not slippery at all. Some people were walking up there in flip flops.



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    maligne Canyon by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    dan at Athabasca falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Rainbow Athabasca falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    dan and sara columbia icefields by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara crossing the glacier melt stream by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara on columbia glacier hike by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    columbia icefields glacier river by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Camped by the Bow River we were lulled to sleep by the rushing water.




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    Bow river Campsite by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    The route south thru Kananaskis and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is incredible. Here we saw Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep and mountain goats. There was a freak hail storm. We came upon the deep hail on the road and luckily some cars had passed so there were tracks. Unfortunately some guy on a Harley was not so luckily. His bike was in the ditch and his gear was spread all over. We got off to search the ditch and under the bike to make sure he was not still there. Someone must have seen him crash a taken him to hospital.



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    Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep Peter Lougheed Prov park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Our first UNESCO world heritage site was Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.



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    Head smashed in Buffalo jump by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    head smashed in Buffalo jump by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Thanks so much to Stan and Shelly Davey for the 5 star hospitality at the Broken Rail Ranch! We headed for Montana at the Chief Mountain crossing. The border official only asked me one question "when did you leave home?" And I was worried they might have an issues with us wandering their country for months. We were sitting in the sun at our campsite in St mary's when ash began raining down on us. There was a huge brush fire near by requiring a visit from the volunteer fire department.



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    koa fire by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The next day we were lucky to have a sunny day and a totally unimpeded ride on the Road To The Sun. This is unheard of since usually it is a traffic jam all the way from the east gate to the west.



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    We were disappointed to learn that bikers are not welcome at the National Bison Range. They told us bikes are not allowed because they have unpaved roads&#8230;&#8230;do they know about the Dempster?


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  14. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    If you&#8217;ve never been to Coeur d&#8217;Alene in August you should. This place is stunning. Silverwood&#8217;s Amusement park in Athol (don&#8217;t say that too fast) is a great way to spend a hot summer day.

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    We needed to have our new sprockets and DIG chains mounted. We can&#8217;t say enough about the service we had from the Honda dealership in Coeur d&#8217;Alene. Thanks Randy (ex BMW master) for your help!


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    Honda by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    It was enough of luxuries and was now time for some back roads and gravel on our way to Moscow! The winding highway 12 follows the raging rivers and takes you thru Lewiston then east to Kamiah. The Old Spiral Highway outside of Lewiston is like driving down a corkscrew. We then followed the river south thru Grangeville to the rafting Mecca of Riggins. We needed our cooling gel neck wraps and a swim in the river to beat the 36-degree heat.

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    sara's gas station lunch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Moscow by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    gravel plus by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Old spiral highway lewiston ID by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    free beer in Riggens ID by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    rafting Idaho style by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The next mile stone was crossing the 45 th Parallel.


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    45 th by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    DSC01132 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Heading south from here we started to see the smoke of the many fires burning in the state. Several roads were closed, but luckily none on our route. There were active fires in Boise National Forrest, but fortunately highway 21 had opened to get us to Stanley and Red Fish Lake. We did get to see the famous Sawtooth mountains, but thru a smoky haze. The high here was 32 but the low 2.


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    Sawtooth Mountains at dusk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Sawtooth Mountains by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We were heading south- east to Arco and the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Following the Peaks to Craters Scenic byway we arrived in Salmon. Thanks Joe for the tip on Syringa lodge! FYI the Junkyard Bistro there is awesome. No more messing about&#8230;. Off to Montana and the Gravelly Range Road!

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    sunrise in Arco thru the smoke by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    DSC01150 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Ontop of the Inferno cone by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    North Crater rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    caves by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Indian Tunnel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  15. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Welcome to the BIG SKY of Montana! We followed the old west trail to Ennis. This might be the perfect town for Daniel they have auto parts and ice cream in one location.


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    welcome to Montana by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    old west trail by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    napa cone by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We wondered into a dive bar and were surprised to find the most delicious best rib eye ever.


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    22 oz ribeye by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This is a quirky little town.


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    hot chicken by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    quick draw atm by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    DSC01200 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    We rode just out of town to the lake near by.


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    Ennis lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Following the Varney road to the Gravelly Range we passed thru forests and alpine meadows. There were stunning views of the grassy valley and the Black Butte. We saw several herds of Pronghorn.


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    Pronghorn on Varney rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sign post by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Varney rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sara in mirror by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara on the Varney rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    primative road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Gravelly range rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    View off the Gravelly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Continental divide rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    primative road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    lulu on the gravelly range rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Gravelly range rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    wwr with view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Sara riding the Gravelly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We camped at the Eureka Basin Road junction. I was worried about bears bothering us, but I really should have been more concerned about the cows tripping over the tent. The sunset was stunning. The ride continued down the Continental divide road to end near Spencer, ID.


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    gravelly camp by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Camp site off the Gravelly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    290 sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sun set by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara on the continental divide rd by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara &amp; Lulu on the Gravelly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    F800 on the Gravelly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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  16. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Jackson WY is a quaint touristy town at the gate to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.


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    welcome to wyoming by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    shed arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We had a great camp spot near the river at Gros Ventre.


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    teton river by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    The smoke from Idaho fires was still there a bit, but we were lucky to get great views of the Tetons at sunset and the next day.



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    teton sunset by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Dan Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The visitor center here is incredible. There are very picturesque views along the Jenny Lake scenic drive.


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    Tetons tee pee by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Jenny lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara dan jenny lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Church of Transfiguration by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    speed roadkill sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sara mirror tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Then it was on to the famous Yellowstone Park to see the geysers, boiling pools, and mud pots. The upper falls were very impressive. We had several &#8220;wildlife jams&#8221; from wondering bison, but the best was the Bison pace car that luckily for us was in the oncoming lane as there were at least 50 cars and motor homes behind him.



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    welcome to yellowstone by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan at upper falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sara at upper falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    This led us up thru the north east part of the park to Cooke City, MT and the AWSOME Beartooth Scenic Byway. We met Robert &#8220;the Scot&#8221; at the summit.


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    beartooth sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    beartooth summitt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    dan on beartooth summitt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    The route ended at Cody with a stay in a Teepee and an oil change in the Walmart parking lot. The Buffalo Bill Center is well worth the admission and plan to spend half a day here.


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    Cody tee pee by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    IMG_1106 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    oil change by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    sara at cody by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    DSC02090 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Turkey Vulture by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Next for a close encounter with the Devil&#8217;s Tower. We played the music and brought mashed potatoes, but still no aliens.


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    DSC02101 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    We came upon a huge mine with shovels so big you can drive onto them and the biggest dump trucks in the world.


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    DSC01326 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    DSC01330 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  17. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    You could spends weeks riding in the Blackhills of SD. There are lots of off road routes too (though we almost were killed by some moron going 100 km in his Subaru on the Nemo road). The town of Deadwood is a bit too Vegas for us and there were over 20,000 people there for Hot Deadwood nights.

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    deadwood saloon sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Mount Rushmore is worth the visit for sure. The film and museum should not be missed. The ride from the monument south thru Custer State Park is AWESOME! Wind Cave National Park lives up to itÂ’s name with the big gusting winds especially in the afternoon.

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    Mount Rushmore by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    mount rushmore by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    mount rushmore by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  18. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    328
    Location:
    Rolling on the RTW
    We were in Nebraska, but only for 3 hours.

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    welcome to Nebraska by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Welcome to Colorful Colorado! We had so much scenic driving here. Each road seemed better than the last.

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    welcome to colorado by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We headed out down a dreaded interstate 25 in super windy conditions, but luckily we headed west on 34 thru Rocky Mountain National Park. The Bighorn pass is incredibly stunning high mountain route.

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    sara at Bighorn pass chipmonk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    sara and dan at Bighorn pass by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    dan at bighorn summit by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The town of Granby is super cute and the food at the local bar is very good.

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    trailriders in Granby CO by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    It was then west on the 40 to go south on the 9 thru Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Fairplay. Then we rode on down the 285 south to Beuna Vista and east on the 50 to Montrose. This is where they have one of the original Mc Donalds with only 1 golden arch. We stayed at the KOA and had a great evening with the RV&#8217;ers Ula and Karl (Thanks for the beer and snacks). It was all good until the automatic sprinklers turned on FULL force for 45 min at 3 am. Our tent is waterproof, but not if the sprinkler head is shooting up under the fly.

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    one arch McDonalds Montrose CO by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    sara and wine with Karl and Ula by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The Black Rock National Park here is beautiful and there is a VERY steep VERY windy 5 -mile paved road from the rim to the bottom of the canyon.


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    black rock canyon map by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    black rock canyon sara and dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Dan at blackrock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We had heard about the scenic drive to telluride so we jumped at the chance to change up the route to Moab. At the end of Telluride town there is a steep and windy gravel route up to the falls and the old lodge. Utah here we come!

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    Telluride falls 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    telluride falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  19. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    328
    Location:
    Rolling on the RTW
    We set up camp at the Moab KOA and met up with Deb Hewson again. She showed up and cooked us up an amazing gourmet meal including smoked Cornish game hen, Morel mushroom risotto, and rose hip panacotta. The camper in the next site Calvin is a very cool dude so we asked him to join our BMW commune.



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    Welcome to Utah and f 800 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dinner by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Cheers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Sara talking to Calvin about feelings by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    It is pretty hot here after 11 am so we hit Arches National Park at 7 am for an 11.6 km hike to the double O arch. Then we had some time to tour the other sites including the delicate arch, balanced rock, and double arch.



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    Double O arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan in the o by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan on the Primative trail by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Landscape Arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    red rocks of arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Balancing Rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara hiking by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    morning at Arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Tamara at the visitor&#8217;s center told us how great the sunrise was thru the Mesa arch at Canyonlands, so I managed to convince everyone to get up at 5 am to see it. There was a full moon setting just before the sun -rise too. It was worth it for sure.



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    sunrise thru the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sun hits the rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    red rocks by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sunrise gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    BMW gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Dan did a bit of diagnostics on the bikes and the boys did some bodge jobs to fix up some issues on Deb&#8217;s bike.



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    Diagnostics by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    debs new fashion mirror by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    One of the most scenic Byways in the USA is the Colorado Canyon from Moab north to the Interstate.



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    Dan and Sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    go pro riders by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan and Sara by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Deb joined us on the tour of the Utah parks&#8230;.. in summary Natural bridges (not worth the effort), Capital Reef ( very cool rocks and pioneer relics), Bryce Canyon ( wow the hoodoos are so cool), and Zion (most amazing park ever including a 1.1 mile tunnel thru the mountain).


    We got all our gear packed up and headed out south from Moab in the wide-open spaces.



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    breaking camp in Moab by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    GOPR5364 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The first stop was a detour to Natural Bridges National Park, which after Arches is disappointing, but we have park passes so we used them.


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    Natural bridges Nat Monument by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Then we headed north towards Capital Reef, with a stop for a swim and lunch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.


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    Riding to Capital Reef by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Glen Canyon Nat Rec area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Capital Reef Nat Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    Capital Reef is a cool park with more rocks, but also was the home of pioneer homesteads and there are still orchards there.


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    Fruta area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Glen Canyon Nat Rec area overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park ridge road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan on curve by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Sara video by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Grand staircase overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We camped for the night and Deb and I whipped up an apple crisp from the apples we had picked.



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    Apple crisp by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Bryce Canyon is really interesting and the hoo doos are just too cool.




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    sara riding to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    wwr heading to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    dan on the way to bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    natural arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    team BMW by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Lunch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Dan and Sara at Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




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    self portrait by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    The ride to and thru Zion National Park is WOW! The scenery and colors are amazing.


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    Zion Mount Carmel Highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    tree by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We hiked to the lookout and brave Deb dangled over the edge.


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    Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Deb at the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    over the edge by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    We drove thru the 1.1 mile tunnel and took the shuttles up to view the angel&#8217;s landing.



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    1.1 mile tunnel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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    Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Sara at zion by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We had a bit of a long day and ended up well after dark looking for a place to stay. In the end we got and shared a hotel.



    Heading to the Grand Canyon we drove thru the VERY HOT vermillion hills and hid in the shade at the gas station. I think our hotest temperature this day was 45 degrees.


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    dan riding past the Vermillion hils by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Vermillion hills by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    ride to tuba city by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  20. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    328
    Location:
    Rolling on the RTW
    What&#8217;s surprising about Arizona is how green it is. When you are driving down to the North rim of THE Canyon there are forests and meadows right up to the rim. If you have only a short time choose the south rim for sure.


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    welcome to arizona with 800 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    gang at Welcome to Arizona by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    us at North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    us at North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    dan at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    sara at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    gang at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We spent a very sketchy night camped at the Quality Inn &#8220;campground&#8221; in Tuba city. This is a horrible place and we were so worried about Deb with all the meth addicts around she slept in our vestibule.


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    Tuba city by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Then we parted ways with Deb so she could run for the border before her visa expired.


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    Saying bye to Db by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We toured the South rim on the bikes and via the shuttles to hermit&#8217;s rest. Luckily we arrived after the labor -day weekend so it was not mobbed and we camped at Mather point.


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    Dan at the South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Sara at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Sara at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    dan at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Hermit's rest by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    elk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Flagstaff is a nice town and Dan found the perfect hotel. First the price was an amazing deal and then across the street was Walmart, a huge Laundromat, a self car wash with air-dry wand, a jiffy lube for the oil drop, and a tripadvisor 5 star Indian restaurant. We hung out here to rest up and regroup. We rode to the Montezuma Castle thru Sedona and the Red rock Scenic byway.

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    Dan at Montezuma castle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Montezuma castle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    Now we are off to New Mexico for some bike service and new tires at Sandia BMW in Albuquerque.
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