Wild Wild West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freefallen, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. BuffaloAl

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    :clapWhat amazing scenery, I just returned from Utah but I had the wife and kids with me so I couldn't do much exploring. I wish I'd gone here on my trip to Utah and Arizona last summer.
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  2. freefallen

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    These places worth to come back. I hope you'll find time for that.
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  3. freefallen

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    My next destination was Glen Canyon Dam and saw yet more scenic views. I couldn't take a step without seeing a scenic view.

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    The temperature rose above 100 F:

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    Scenic View:

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    Glen Canyon Dam:

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    Take a look at the expenses ($145M+$70M) and Income ($2.7B). Maybe it's a good idea to build a small dam on my own?:wink:

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  4. freefallen

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    I stopped in Page, AZ - a small cozy city. There are more tourists than locals due to the great geographic location. Everything is near here: Grand Canyon (North and South Rims), Glen Canyon, Antelope Canyons, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell and much more.

    For the first time I had a normal meal overlooking Glen Canyon Dam. My previous meals consisted of beef jerky, trail mix and anything that I find along the way.

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    While having blissful meal, I sat outside and overlooked sunset:

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    Sunset came very quick:

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  5. freefallen

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    Many sources recommend photographing the Horse Shoe Bend in the afternoon - only then is the light “right” for pictures. You can’t trust anyone, except me :nod

    The best light is during the sunrise if you aren't lazy to leave your bed. You can also capture it during the sunset when the sun is in front of you.

    Horse Shoe Bend, 5:30am:

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    I always carry a compact camera as a backup so I can capture my work in progress:

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    The drop here is at 90 degrees and 400-500 meters deep. A great place to BASE jump or with a strong gust of wind my camera would have experienced freefall:

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  6. freefallen

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    Coming back to a parking lot. Whose rose is that between all the thorns?

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    I was so excited about seeing the Horse Shoe Bend that I forgot my keys in the ignition. Turns out I forgot them in my top case:

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    These smoke-stacks are like a guiding star, you can see them from everywhere. They are located near the Antelope Canyons so you can't miss them:

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    Many tourists started taking pictures with me and my bike, many of them are from France. I felt like a celebrity. Apparently in bandanna and sunglasses I look cool :rayofor maybe it's my bike? :ricky

    There are many solo bikers on the road and most of them on BMW GS's. Looks like Charlie and Ewan started the trend of traveling the world on this bike.
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  7. 4ad

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    Thak for the great report and pics Freefallen...I'm heading west from Va in a few weeks and you've given me a few ideas.:1drink
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  8. BrockEvan

    BrockEvan Brock Warwick Supporter

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    dude! I just caught up with this RR and have thoroughly enjoyed! :clap
    awesome pictures and great writing. Thank you!
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  9. freefallen

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    Great! I'm so glad, this is what about.
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  10. freefallen

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    Thank you, Bro!
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  11. njd

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    I am super jealous. You're setting the bar high for us NJ riders who'd like to head out west.

    Great job, and keep the awesome photos coming!
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  12. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    :clap
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  13. freefallen

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    Thank you! Yeah, lots more to come.
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    Spend the night in a camp. Good thing I made a reservation ahead of time, there were no free spots.

    I saw incredible scenery along Route 89:

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    Rt-89, didn't I see this on a postcard?

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    Who put these rocks here?

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  15. freefallen

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    A lot of construction caused me to stop often:

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    While I'm stopped and wasting time, here is a picture of my tank bag. I’m very happy with its convenience and functionality:

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    I kept my DSLR and other small items in the Pelican Case. I've also electrified the case so I can charge my gadgets while riding.

    Letter S:

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    As I started to ascend on twisted roads into the mountain the temperature started to drop fast again. But I prefer 60F than 100F.

    Altitude is 6,000 ft:

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    The higher I get the windier the roads got. Altitude is over 8,000 ft:

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    Narrow Winding roads? Oh yeah, baby. Though it's not on my way, I just couldn't skip these roads:

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  16. freefallen

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    After that I put up my tent and changed the oil, I road over 3k miles after all.

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    After that I went to see the north rim:

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  17. freefallen

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    A very nice lodge and cabin was located right next to it. There were some log cabins stood right on the edge with in incredible view.

    Inside the lodge was a fancy restaurant and I decided to go there. They looked at me like a fool because you needed a reservation months in advance. Rather than sit, wait and hope that someone won't show up I settled for a deli. My time is more important.

    I had time to fill my hungry stomach and did a photo shoot of the Grand Canyon during sunset. And with my saved time I'm sitting in my tent writing these lines.

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    The camp didn't have showers and it cost $1.50 for 15 minutes in the visitor's center, I decided I'd rather walk around dirty. Where do they come up with these prices? Never-the-less tourists will eat any cost. There were more foreigners than Americans there btw.

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  18. co-steve

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    Beautiful pics, I just finished up a local trip here in CO with my point-and-shoot, and was longing for my DSLR! Next trip, in a week or so...

    Living in CO sure has me spoiled when it comes to scenery! :D

    Steve
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  19. freefallen

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    Steve, you ARE spoiled:wink:. it took me 2,500 miles only to reach you!
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  20. robustus0007

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    Nice photography...Cool pics..:clap
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