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Old 10-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon Backcountry Adventure Ride






I've been dreaming of this trip for a few years.

The route is planned, GPS loaded...





and the bike is ready.





September 20th
I leave town around 11 AM.
I can't wait to leave the triple digit heat behind. I'm already regretting wearing the winter jacket and pants.





I have 11 days to get all the way around the Grand Canyon to as many backcountry viewpoints as possible.

But first, the super-slab.





At Tusayan I turn off the pavement and leave the regular tourists behind.





There are MILLIONS of visitors to the Grand Canyon each year. You may think getting away from everyone
would be more difficult, but I've heard of a place even here on the South Rim where you can be alone.

It will cost you though...





I cross the tracks for the Grand Canyon Railroad...





and get reacquainted with my bike in the gravel.





I haven't been able to ride much over the summer.





I enter the Havasupai Reservation.





I reach a gate and am contacted by a Tribal Ranger. Actually, he was a teenager wearing jeans, t-shirt, and an
unbuttoned official looking ranger uniform shirt. He was polite and asked where I was going.
"Havasupai Point" I answer. He asked for $25 and I handed it over. I knew this ahead of time
and was prepared (financially and emotionally). He tells me they have an elk hunt going on
and warns that all of the other roads are off limits and he opened the gate for me.





My $25 allows me access to about four miles of this "road".





At this intersection I turn right onto the South Bass Road.





The "road" went up a wash with heavy erosion damage. The trench and washouts crisscross the road requiring repeated crossings.
At times the entire track was washed out with loose sand and rocks making it interesting.





I leave the Tribal Lands and enter the National Forest...





and then into the National Park. No one asked to see my annual park pass.





The trail doesn't improve in the park.





I reach the Grand Canyon at the South Bass Trailhead. There were two SUVs in the parking lot, but the owners were off hiking.





South Bass Trailhead View





I head back a short ways and cross this puddle again.




I find the left turn towards Havasupai Point.





The trail gets narrower and it is obvious not as many people venture out this way.










This log wasn't to big so I decided to ride over my first ever log even though I could have gone around it.
I was surprised at how easy the bike rolled over it. This may have contributed to an over-confidence issue later in the trip...















I reach Havasupai Point on a different route than planned. The purple line is the intended route, but that
trail is now closed. You must ride almost all the way to the South Bass Trailhead before taking the squiggly
line over to Havasupai Point.





I like it here.





I think I'll be like this cactus and hang out at the edge here awhile.





The Colorado River flows thousands of feet below me.










I set up camp and make dinner plans...




while I watch the sunset.



















After dinner I crawl into the tent and read a book before going to sleep. It feels nice to be alone at the Grand Canyon again.





This place isn't even that far from home.





Day 1 Tracks in Google Earth






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Old 10-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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Another ride report from one of the very best photographers on ADV.
I'll be watching and following closely and frequently
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Yes, excellent photo’s. Can’t wait for more!
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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In early. Excellent Dave . . . I suspect you're coming my way . . . I'll be watching . . .
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #5
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Wow the tent photo is front page for sure amazing only thing missing is me i would love this ride looks amazing
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:04 AM   #6
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I was wondering where your next "most excellent" report would take us!
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:58 AM   #7
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GC backcountry route

Great pics as always Dave. I've looked at that spot on the rez on the South Rim on maps. Thanks for taking us there. Waiting to see where else you go around the GC. The West is the best!!!!
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #8
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I've been waiting for your next report! I've also had the Grand Canyon on my mind. I can't wait to read all about this one.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:36 AM   #9
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Day 2

I was up early to watch the sunrise at Havasupai Point.





I usually try to avoid lens flare, but this one turned out interesting.





I pack up and head back on the same roads. Everything seems easier the second time around and I was hungry,
so I made good time getting back to Tusayan where I had a McDonalds breakfast.





Havasupai Point is the only remote viewpoint I know of on the South Rim that you can ride to. The others are controlled by the Indian Tribes.




I've got a lot of pavement to ride if I want to get around the west end of the canyon.






I pass through a bad collision scene involving at least 2 commercial trucks.




I can only go as fast as the truck in front of me, but the guy in the yellow vest above is flapping his arm as fast as he can as though it will speed all of us up.
We were already doing about 30. He probably saw the camera in my hand and he began screaming at me to move along. I screamed right back, "F--k You"!










After a short run on I-40 I take the scenic route along the US 66.
It is Saturday morning so there are Hot Rods, RVs, Harleys, and one KTM out here today.
This Hot Rod driver gives me a big thumbs up.





Oh! I just realized I...




REALLY




LOVE




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Old 10-12-2013, 10:48 AM   #10
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Another ride report from one of the very best photographers on ADV.
I'll be watching and following closely and frequently
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Thanks for the very nice compliment, Hootowl. I hope you enjoy the report.

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Yes, excellent photo’s. Can’t wait for more!
Thanks for coming along, Mcgee.

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In early. Excellent Dave . . . I suspect you're coming my way . . . I'll be watching . . .
Hi RRR. I actually thought of contacting you when I found myself unexpectedly spending time in St. George.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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Wow the tent photo is front page for sure amazing only thing missing is me i would love this ride looks amazing
If you like tent photos, stand by. I have a few that are probably better than that one. Thanks F800ekelley!

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I was wondering where your next "most excellent" report would take us!
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Great pics as always Dave. I've looked at that spot on the rez on the South Rim on maps. Thanks for taking us there. Waiting to see where else you go around the GC. The West is the best!!!!
Thanks 2eddies. I almost didn't go to Havasupai Point as I thought it was ridiculous to pay $25 for access to about 4 miles of bad roads. I'm glad I did as it was definitely worth it. Havasupai Point is almost directly across the canyon from Point Sublime and has the similar spectacularly wide view.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:56 AM   #12
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Sweet!!

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:09 AM   #13
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Hiya Dave!

Great to see you on the KTM again! hey, you only recently blacked it out, right?

I'm looking forward to more gorgeous night sky photos...

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #14
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In! I just recently made the trip out to the GC from St. Louis but it was closed off because of our wonderful politicians... So I'm looking forward to seeing everything that I missed!
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #15
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