The Best of the Grand Canyon With My Son

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  1. dave6253

    dave6253 Pentaxian

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    Matthew and I would like to share our journey with you.

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    Follow along as we blast through the backcountry...

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    To see a special place in some of the least visited spots.

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    We share some wonderful camping spots...

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    and other fun things.

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    The views are sublime.

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    On the Road Again!

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  2. dave6253

    dave6253 Pentaxian

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    Day 1 will be Matthew's longest ride in a single day. The Grand Canyon is only 200 miles from home,
    but we are planning to wrap around the east end to reach the North Rim.
    I planned to take the full day off from work so we could take our time with frequent stops today.
    An emergency required me to work in the morning so it was about 1:15 PM before we left home.

    We shoot up I-17 to Flagstaff.

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    Matthew hangs tough, and we make good time with minimal stops.

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    The Bridge in Cameron

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    Matt keeps a death-clinch on my belt.

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    The scenery across the Navajo Nation is great, but boring for us since we've seen it all too many times.

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    Miles of Asphalt Zip Past

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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 Pentaxian

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    Our trip will be 5 days of riding and 4 nights of camping.​


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    We stop for a butt break at the Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon and the Colorado River, a great photo stop.​

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    Matthew has shown some interest in photography, so look for the watermark on the bottom of his pictures.​

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    It was windy.​

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    Vermillion Cliffs​

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    The Kaibab Plateau ahead promises to deliver cool forests and lush meadows. ​

    One of my Favorite Images from the Entire Trip. Never be afraid to point a camera towards the sun... You just never know.
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  4. dave6253

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    Halfway up the side of the Kaibab Plateau we stop for pics. I saw the sunlight on the Vermilliion Cliffs...

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    Matthew saw the homestead below.

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    In no time we leave the scorching desert behind for the forests of the Kaibab Plateau.

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    We are still riding hard as the sun slowly sets.

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    We just may make our planned campsite before dark. I have a friend/co-worker who has already set up camp
    just off the 22. It would be nice to spend an evening with them.
    I thought I knew the way....
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    We make it to the 22, aka West Side Road.

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    Excellent

    The north rim, and the ride up from Jacob's Lake in the pines are spectacular-
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  6. dave6253

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    I wished we had this sunset every night of the trip....​


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    Deer Abound!​

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    After racing all the way past the Big Springs work camp, I realized we had missed our turn.
    It was getting pretty dark, and Matthew was too tired for a lengthy backtrack/search.
    We gave up on making it to our freind's camp. We found a nice spot for our own as the stars came out.​

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    That's a long day for a 10 year old, all after 1:15 PM.
    The forecast calls for a low of 26 F. Brrrrr!​

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  7. KHVol

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    XLNT pics....gotta be a great time w/ your son...
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    Ks-Rydr from the land of Toto

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    Good start :lurk . It's great to be able to have some one-on-one time with your son ! :thumb
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    wish i had done a trip like this with my boy. he's "fourteeeeeen now" and won't ride pillion anymore.
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  10. slabm7

    slabm7 Been here awhile

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    Great report so far, This is the kind of stuff I look forward to with my son. I'm in!
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Your hittin' some emotional heart strings here...

    As the family spent today at our oldest sons college graduation. Oh the times us dads have with the youngin's. It's really never enough!!!

    I don't need to tell you, but I will. Do cherish every moment together, it does really go much too fast.

    To Matthew-what a dad you have, to expose you to so much that is out there.
    Have Fun.

    Great shots together. Thank you for sharing on 'this' dad's special day.
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    GB007 Been here awhile

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    Great pictures and report! Thank you so much for sharing those moments... It reminds me of my motorcycle and camping travels with my son.
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    Hi Dave!!!! :wave

    loving this ALREADY!!!!

    can you tell me about Mathhews gear - i see it's Joe Rocket but i can't find anything about kids sizes on their website...my son Jackson is also 10 and I'd love to keep an eye out for some gear for him....likley second hand on ebay or somesuch.

    can't wait for the next installment!!!

    Cheers mate

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    I think matt needs his own "handel" matt 6223 1/2 to post his front page pix----- the lad has the eye
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    Dave, Matthew,
    Beautifully photographed as always...Gorgeous country!
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    Nice pics both of you took.
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    Great stuff as usual!
    Tell Matt his pics are great also!
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    Thanks for the nice comments. We're glad to hear someone is enjoying it.


    I hear you. My daughter turns 13 later this summer. I figure this may be the last summer she will be interested in riding. We're planning a similar trip for her. As of today she is still very excited about the prospect.

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    Hi Shane! The riding gear Matt is sportin' all belongs to his mother. (Except for the helmet, which was purchased just for him.) I was surprised to find out the pants and boots fit him so well. The jacket is a Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh. He had a nice waterproof windbreaker and layers of sweaters to wear underneath when needed. The pants are women's Olympia Airglide mesh pants. The pants are the same as mine and come with a waterproof insulated liner that kept us warm on the coldest nights inside the sleeping bag. His boots are women's Frank Thomas (a Cycle Gear Brand) waterproof touring boots. The pants were baggy, but I like the fact you can wear a belt with the Olympia stuff. He didn't want to take the pants off even when playing in the forest with his friends. He said they were comfortable. He probably doesn't want anyone to know he was wearing women's clothes, but doesn't he just look soo MACHO!:lol3

    So, if you aren't finding kid's sizes, look for women's sizes that are not so feminine looking. This wouldn't have worked out if my wife's gear was pink.:D My wife, son and daughter can now wear the same gear, though this wasn't considered when we actually bought the stuff.




    Ha ha! I'm not sure of the rules about kids here on advrider. I've asked him to write down his own thoughts about each day. I'll just quote him here for you guys. There were some sections of trails we rode that were quite violent for a pillion rider. I'm sure he has some thoughts about that...
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  19. dave6253

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    The plan this morning was to move our camp to my friend's campsite. I know the road he is on,
    but the maps I brought and the GPS is no help. I know he was a little north of Crazy Jugs Point,
    so we head in that direction.

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    We spent alot of time on this trip blasting up and down the FS 22 "West Side Road".


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    We make it all the way out to Crazy Jugs Point without finding the turnoff for my friend's campsite.
    Crazy Jugs Point is a beautiful viewpoint of the Grand Canyon accessible through the National Forest (Not in the Park).
    You could easily camp right here.

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    We head back towards the West SIde Road and flag down this lady and her cute dog for a look at a better map.

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    We camped about 6 miles way from my friend's campsite, but rode 49 miles this morning looking for it. Doh! The riding here does not suck though.

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    My co-worker/friend and his family are set up with their RV down a dead end trail. Another co-worker/friend shows up and sets up a tent.
    Matt has a good time playing with two new friends that are his age.

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    In the afternoon Matthew and I headed for the National Park to see the sunset....
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    Cheers for the great reply Dave! :thumb




    now on with the fabulous show please:lurk:lurk
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