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Old 10-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #76
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I Love Toroweap

I headed towards Toroweap on the familiar road. I think this is my 5th trip out here. I camped here 2 nights with my family last spring.




The old Adams Leaning Wheel Grader is a sign I'm getting close.















Because of the flat tire I'm running late if I want sunset photos from the overlook. I'm glad I didn't try to squeeze in the hike at Whitmore Overlook.
The campground had plenty of spaces left, so I rushed down to the overlook first. I had to whole place to myself.


This 171 degree panorama is the view towards Lava Falls... SCROLL RIGHT----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>





and this is the narrow section of the canyon with the river 3000 feet straight down below.
The view is dizzying. I love sitting here watching the changing light and colors.

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Old 10-18-2013, 12:45 AM   #77
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Toroweap Campsite #7

After sunset I head up to the campground and grab my favorite campsite.
There were only three other campsites occupied, and no one was near me.
Considering all of the other campsites during the trip, this area was crowded.


I had some hot and spicy noodles, which helps open the sinuses and drain the dust.





Then the stars came out.






This was the same campsite where I shot this photo in 2011 that made it on the front page rotation for a bit.
I missed having my son with me this time.




Without a fire and with the Milky Way in another location I didn't try to recreate the shot.

It was a nice night. The trails today wore me out, so I slept well.

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Old 10-18-2013, 12:56 AM   #78
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A view and experience you'll never get at the main viewing platforms.
So very true. I don't dislike seeing the canyon from any of the viewpoints, but there are so many great places to go to avoid the crowds.

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Absolutely fantastic! More please.
Hi RedDogAlberta. Thanks for joining in for another one.

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The Whitmore Overlook is beautiful!! Awesome!!
Yes. I had hoped to camp here for better photos and to hike, but it was to hot and I was behind schedule.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:02 AM   #79
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Good ride report! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Supahflid.

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Always fun to read your ride reports - might even inspire me to get off my bum and go for a decent trip on the dirt!!

Beautiful photo's and well-written, you have some stunning country to explore and ride in. Thanks for the effort of posting your RR's
You're welcome! I enjoy posting these, but it is definitely time-consuming.

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Really liked your pictures from Whitmore Overlook as I have never seen the Grand Canyon from that vantage point. It really is a magical place. Your trip reminded me of a story I read about a person with renal failure, Bill Peckham, who completed a 8 day rafting trip down the Colorado and he drug along a portable dialysis machine just because he wouldn't accept the limitations others placed upon him because of his disease.
That was my first trip out to Whitmore Overlook also. I think Toroweap is far more impressive though.
Renal failure!? I'm glad I didn't deal with that on this trip. I did have kidney stones within the past year. Does that count?
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:08 AM   #80
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Dang what a great Ride Report! As stated pictures are awesome..
I'm glad you are enjoying the report Reverend12. Thanks for commenting.

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fantastic photos . what kind of camera do you use?
Hi, jdunay. That's always a popular question. I would add the camera doesn't matter all that much.


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You're an impressive story teller and photographer ... and one heck of a gutsy guy, Dave6253. I'm loving this awesome report.
Hey thanks, byways.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:10 AM   #81
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Dave, thank you so much for sharing this. I absolutely love this ride report, and I fell so deeply in love with UT (Zion National Park area) when I went there for the first time. I have been back a few times, but am dying to return again. This trip looks fabulous, and your photography is stunning!
I know I'm pretty lucky to live so close to these places. I hope you can get back out here someday soon.

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He answered just a few posts up. Dave you are taking some great pictures on this trip.
Thanks much, Mike!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #82
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Day 6

I slept later this morning and made myself a hot breakfast.






I head back out on Toroweap RD. I only have 2 nearby points I'm gonna try to find today.
Son-of-a-bitch Point is on most maps now as SB point. I hope to camp at Kanab Point.





The 4x4 forums I researched indicated the obvious routes out to SB Point were now closed. I take the route that appears on Google Maps to be the most heavily traveled. It wasn't long before I found a corral built right across the original road. A faint detour was available. Parked near the corral was a commercial truck and flatbed. I could see a bulldozer working on the road ahead. I go through an open gate (probably left open by the bulldozer operator) and drop down a sandy bank into a wide sandy wash or lakebed. The bulldozer had been busy piling up sand into an elevated roadway through the wash. It was soft stuff. I realized I was probably not on a through route, so I back-tracked.







A short time later I found the road out to Kanab Point. Maybe the route to SB Point can be found off of this road?





Shoot. This is an easy road. I'll be to Kanab Point in no time...

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Old 10-18-2013, 02:41 AM   #83
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Great stuff. Really loving it.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:02 AM   #84
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Thank you for sharing another of your adventures and the photos along with it. I too have enjoyed reviewing your back catalog of reports.

An easy road huh?
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:03 AM   #85
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This ride report looks like it should be a KTM calendar. Well done with the photos.

I loved the cliff hanger. Of course; I read the whole thread this morning, so I didn't really have the suspense.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:21 AM   #86
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Shoot. This is an easy road. I'll be to Kanab Point in no time...


I'm sensing a mild cliff hanger...


Good job turning back after losing the fuel, hard decision I'm sure. You can fix a flat or a broken bike, hard to fix not enough fuel.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #87
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I've been doing Ride Reports for years, and of course just snapping pictures as I ride.
But I recently decided to make photography a higher priority on my trips.
I am enjoying your pictures very much. I see I have much to learn.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #88
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Wonderful trip -

And as others have noted, these are not your Tour Bus pictures!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:14 PM   #89
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Is there any way to get the GPS tracks for this trip?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #90
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The Lava Falls shot is outstanding.. Like the shadow of your hand in the photo of when you completed your flat repair..
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