I’ve got an incredible pillion, have I mentioned that before? With the thumbs-up from my wife, Stefanie, I’ve begun filling the panniers (with gear) for another trip west (prior ride reports here and here). This year, she’s flying round trip to and from Denver while I knock out the most boring stretches of freeway. From there, we’ll share one long day of interstate riding before establishing camp at elevation in southwest Utah. There, we plan to visit a number of national parks and monuments so we can fill the panniers (with stickers) when we return. This may be our last long motorcycle trip for some time (we’ve been checking things off the “cradle list” for awhile now), so we hope to make the most of it. With a bit of luck, we could find time to visit as many as five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, Great Sand Dunes) and three national monuments (Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Canyons of the Ancients). I’d say we’re getting the most out of the annual park pass we bought last August. For this year’s trip, expect some hiking, a fair amount of riding (mostly on pavement, though I’m sure I’ll find a little dirt), and—as required for any successful trip—a ton of good eating. A rough map of some of our potential riding is below. The trip starts tomorrow after work, and I can hardly wait! Thanks for following along!