Grand Canyon Loop; 2-Up

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  1. laramie LC4

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    been dreaming of doing a big grand canyon loop since moving to arizona. finally got the bike for the task and will be leaving beginning of next week. my 14yr old daughter will be coming with me and we plan on making this an adventure to remember.

    here is the plan...

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    day 1 - Tucson to Woods Canyon Lake (181 miles)
    day 2 - Woods Canyon Lake to South Rim (243 miles)
    day 3 - South Rim to North Rim (195 miles)
    day 4 - North Rim to Grandma's House, Leeds UT (129 miles)
    2 day liaison
    Day 5 - Leeds to Tucson (601 miles! :eek1 )

    the first 2 days will be a majority of dirt roads except for the occasional bast down the road. the rest unfortunately are limited by time and availability. the last day is gonna be a butt killer, but by then i'm sure we will both be ready to be home and sleep in our own beds. plus, there are several options to shorten the day, i just wanted to avoid as much of phoenix and I-10 as possible. we will see how we feel when the time comes though...

    my biggest concern has been gas and making sure that i'm not stuck on the side of the road with no station to be found. i believe (cross fingers) that i have it solved assuming all the gas stations are actually open and have gas.

    second concern is that i have everything we will need. i have built a list over the last few days with supplies that i know i will need. now the trick is to make sure there is room for everything on the 990. we have done a couple mock runs and believe that we should have enough room but until we actually do the deed, you never quite know. theory is one thing, practice a whole 'nother.

    so wish us luck. i will do my best to take pics and upload them as i can assuming i have decent cell coverage.

    words of advice and caution of course are appreciated.

    thanks,

    laramie :beer
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  2. FakeName

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    Here are some of the places you'll see.
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    Try to find the time to walk down into the canyon on the Kaibab or Bright Angel Trail, if only for twenty or thirty minutes. You will get a perspective you can't get from the rim. pk
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  4. laramie LC4

    laramie LC4 crash test dummy!

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    nice pics, looked like you had fun.

    i have been to the GC before but it has been years. my daughter went once on a school trip but i have no idea what they did while there, so info like this is great. thanks.

    laters,

    laramie :beer
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    Oldone One day at a time!

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  6. laramie LC4

    laramie LC4 crash test dummy!

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    Thanks. The wife is still a little freaked by the whole thing bug what ya gonna do? Stay at home and die in your sleep? Gonna take it slow, no rush, and avoid as much stupid tourist traffic as possible.

    laramie :beer
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    Nice RR! great pics!
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    This will be a trip for both you to remember, don't forget to allow your daughter to take her own pics , even with those throw away cameras, she will have something to start her own scrap book.

    That 990 will haul all you need. Wife and I did a 7 day trip to SE Utah on this 99 LC4 ADv R , camping all sleeps ,pics available if you wish.

    Best of luck , you will have lots of awesome memories . We all look forward to your RR

    ride smart
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    Sounds like a great father/daughter trip! Be safe and possibly look at a aux fuel can for the longer distances between fuel stations
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    hopeing to see gc in october, so i'm taking notes :D
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    Looking forward to following along. Have fun.

    Edit, Monday's forecast is for 108F. Be safe and start hydrating over the weekend.
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  12. laramie LC4

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    does beer count as hydration? :lol3

    been obsessing over the route double checking everything and think i may make some changes to day 2. i got this route from another guy and have been modifying it to fit my needs. i think i'm going to drop the stretch along I-40 and just head north instead. this will save us probably 50 miles and make it a little easier on the kid. still be able to do almost all dirt and come out at the same point just before the south entrance, but will give us more free time when we get there. i don't want to be rushed and want to have plenty of time to explore and find a good camp spot for the night. if we have spent all day on the bike, that will probably be the least of our worries.

    thanks for the good wishes. keep ya posted.

    laramie :beer
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  13. laramie LC4

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    update:

    day 2 has been modified. i think this will make life a little better for the kid. don't want to kill her and make it so she never wants to ride again. :D

    also acquired a tank bag. i was worried that i was going to run out of room, this will ensure i don't.

    departure date is still set for sunday. can't wait to hit the road!

    laters,

    laramie :beer
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  14. laramie LC4

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    hitting the road this morning. wish us luck!

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    laters,

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    Have fun riding but most importantly enjoy the time with your daughter :thumb
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    Safe travels and have fun! Let's her pick some of the routes too.
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  18. laramie LC4

    laramie LC4 crash test dummy!

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    touchdown. rolled back into home at 2:40 local time today. 1,438 miles in total and my ass feels like it. gonna take the night to stop vibrating, have a stiff drink, then i will post a ride report and some pics tomorrow. all in all a really great trip, one to remember for sure.

    laters,

    laramie :beer
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  19. laramie LC4

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    day 1

    once my wife finally decided that she was going to let us leave, we started off at 8am for the east side of tucson. we were heading for reddinton pass which was the old stage coach line into tucson back in the days. now it's a washboardy, graded road that normally has way to much traffic, trying to go way to fast on the weekends. luckily is wasn't bad this sunday and we made good time. after a quick 20 mile trip across the north of tuson and a quick stop and Bud's house, we hit the dirt. temps were already starting to hit the 90's and we knew it was going to be a hot day.

    the ride through reddington was nice, we met a few adventures along the way as we dropped down toward the san pedro river valley, they were on a day ride up to mt. lemon to get out of the heat. we stopped and said hi, then hit the road again to mammoth.

    when we got to mammoth the plan was to follow the old tiger mine rail line that supplied and hauled rock out of the old mines. there are several epic, old wooden train bridges that i knew my daughter would love to see. we stopped at the biggest and had a quick break. 40 miles in and we were feeling good.

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    the next bit of trail i was a little worried about due to some sand and rough spots. i almost bailed back onto the highway but i'm glad we didn't. we were making good time and i decided to just take it easy. turned out to be no problem as we made our way up to duddlyville. at this point we ha no choice but to jump onto the highway for the ride to globe. it had been a long time since i had done this route and it turned out to be a nice ride. being on a bike sure makes life a lot easy when it comes time to pass some of the slower traffic. we were able to blitz by everyone and cruise into town.

    in globe we did our first gas stop and decided to have some lunch. nice little local diner on the main drag, then we hit the road again. the next section was all new to me and i wanted to make sure that we weren't going to run short on time. i also did not want to kill the kid on the first day.

    we cruised out of globe and followed a small sate highway up to the salt river. after that, we were back on the dirt. this was a little slower going and the temps were really starting to climb. since i did not know the road, we were taking it a bit easier than normal just to be safe. it was amazing how the terrain and plant life was beginning to change the further we got from tucson. still had cati, but a lot more trees. after several miles we came across a river and decided to stop and rest our butts. the last few miles had take longer than i had anticipated and the gps mileage was nothing compared to the "actual" mileage.

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    after a little rest and some more pics, we hit the road again hoping that it was going to open up and we could make better time. just when it appeared we were in luck, the gps pointed us up a long, rough, uphill section. i knew this was the place Bud had warned me about and i had been to stupid to listen. since i wasn't sure where the other road went, we sucked it up, and up we went.

    this was by far the most challenging section of the entire trip. thankfully it looked like it had just been graded so it wasn't in to bad of shape on the way up. once we reached the top though, it got even worse. the decent back down was nothing but rocks, ruts, and more rocks. we were running behind and our behinds were really beginning to ache. finally after one last rocky decent it appeared we had made it through the worst of it.

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    looking at the gps we knew we still had about 45 miles of dirt before we got to our first camp site. we decided it was time to hit it and make some distance. after a small navigational error (gps was pointing me to someones ranch house and i wanted to make sure it wasn't the other road before i went threw their gate) we were back on track and the roads were getting better every mile until we finally popped out onto a major forest road. it was a short trip up to the state highway, then just a few miles to north canyon lakes.

    by this time we were both tired and grabbed the first site we found and set camp. what was supposed to be a 190 mile day had turned into 243 actual miles and we were tired. thankfully our packing and prep worked out well and we were able to set camp quickly, then have a wonderful, freeze dried, hot dinner. by 6:30 the kid was whooped and ready to crash. both of us were in our sacks before the sun had even set. thankfully the ground didn't have any rocks sticking in my back (we didn't have room for 2 sleeping pads) and we were both able to get some rest.

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    more to come....

    laters,

    laramie :beer
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