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dave6253 06-11-2011 07:01 PM

The Best of the Grand Canyon With My Son

dave6253 06-11-2011 07:29 PM

Day 1, Wednesday June 1st, 2011
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.

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

The Bridge in Cameron

Matt keeps a death-clinch on my belt.

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

Miles of Asphalt Zip Past

dave6253 06-11-2011 07:41 PM

Across the Desert
Our trip will be 5 days of riding and 4 nights of camping.

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

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

It was windy.

Vermillion Cliffs

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.

dave6253 06-11-2011 07:54 PM

Kaibab Plateau

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

Matthew saw the homestead below.

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

We are still riding hard as the sun slowly sets.

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....

We make it to the 22, aka West Side Road.

Signal 06-11-2011 08:02 PM


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

dave6253 06-11-2011 08:03 PM

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

Deer Abound!

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.

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!

KHVol 06-11-2011 08:18 PM

XLNT pics....gotta be a great time w/ your son...

Ks-Rydr 06-11-2011 08:25 PM

Good start :lurk . It's great to be able to have some one-on-one time with your son ! :thumb

Dorzok 06-11-2011 08:29 PM

wish i had done a trip like this with my boy. he's "fourteeeeeen now" and won't ride pillion anymore.

slabm7 06-11-2011 09:11 PM

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

sealsam 06-11-2011 10:54 PM

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.

GB007 06-11-2011 11:00 PM

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

Shaggie 06-12-2011 03:48 AM

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 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


BELSTAFF 06-12-2011 10:53 AM

New adv rider
I think matt needs his own "handel" matt 6223 1/2 to post his front page pix----- the lad has the eye

2eddies 06-12-2011 11:10 AM

Dave, Matthew,
Beautifully photographed as always...Gorgeous country!

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