GCBAR Day 1, Sep 13, 2019: Our plan for Sep 2019 was to ride the COBDR but the snowfall during the past winter had Russ worried. In about July, Russ writes Rick and I to tell us about this route around the Grand Canyon he came across. It was mapped out by dave6253 on the Advrider forum. He tells us we can ride it instead of the COBDR and won't have to camp in snow caves. We are in. We quickly begin new preparations, planning out gas stops, and seeking backcountry permits from the National Park. During this preparation period Rick informs us that he has had a few family emergencies occur and can't make it. The three amigos are now the dos amigos for the trip. When the time arrives, we load Russ's trailer and drive to Kingman, AZ to unload and begin. We leave the trailer and truck at this storage unit in Kingman.