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Old 10-21-2013, 07:15 PM   #136
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:03 PM   #137
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Looking forward to these GPS tracks.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #138
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Dave, great RR and photos. I have read many of your RR in the past and enjoy them all. What a great time you must have had. I am having a great time reading this report 35k feet in the air.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #139
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So great

read from pg 1
thanks for the trip - your photos are outstanding
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #140
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Terrific report.
I've been thinking for a long time about coming to the USA to do some rides like this, but I'm in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are opposite, so what time of year was this trip?
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Hi Pete. This trip started on September 20th. May-June or September-October are probably the best months to avoid temperature extremes and wet weather. If I had gone 2 weeks earlier I would have been in the wettest storm in years. The elevations here vary drastically. I saw temperatures well over 100 and below freezing. Most of these roads become impassable when wet. The higher elevations could see snow anytime of year. I once saw 2 inches of snow fall on the Kaibab Plateau on a day forecasted to be "75 degrees with a chance of isolated showers" in JUNE! Late June to early September are probably the wettest months.


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Nice. I've played with Photomatix a little but not attempted something that complex yet. Great work.
I started stitching panoramas and processing HDRs around the same time when I suddenly had the idea to try combining them. I'm sure other people do it, but I've never seen anyone else doing HDR panoramas. It's a lot of work, but with practice the workflow gets a little faster.

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I'm looking forward to getting back to the GC and doing some more exploring.
Me too. Thx!
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #141
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Day 9

I'm up before sunrise...






...snapping pictures like a madman.





On clear days like this the good light disappears quickly after sunrise.














Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in Arizona, is 67 miles away near Flagstaff.












Time to pack up before someone discovers me out here.





The photos have a tendency to make these grand views look small. This photo gives nearly a 180 degree wide field of view.

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:54 PM   #142
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I miss home..

thank you so much for this report. I've been away from home for about 7 years now and yearn to go back. I'm on my first bike, and can't wait until I get brave enough to try something like this. fantastic photos as well. Just a superb report.

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #143
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Day 9: Homesick

I promised myself only one more night, but when I got up this morning I had changed my mind.
There's a lot more to ride to make this a more comprehensive ride, but I'm done.
I just want to go home. I miss my wife, kids, and dog.

Before leaving Point Sublime I look across the canyon at Havasupai Point, the spot I camped on night 1.
If I could just fly 5.6 miles across the canyon I could save myself about 110 miles of riding.

This is almost better than flying anyway.





Point Sublime Trail is not a bad way to end a trip.






After this, everything else will be underwhelming.










I pick my way through the aspen forest again...






to ride the side hill around the tree.





I forgot how rough this trail can be in places. I can't believe I rode it 2up with my son when he was 11.





There were 2 other logs that will keep out 4 wheelers, but the motorcycle squeezed through, no problem.











Frosty










This sign lies. I wouldn't recommend riding 18 miles in one direction on this trail.

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I race down Highway 67...





for breakfast at Jacob Lake.





I cross at Marble Canyon and head south on the Navajo Nation.










Humphrey's Peak





In Flagstaff I dump an impressive amount of fuel in the tanks...





...and race home on the interstate.






Carbeques are a common sight around here.





Done









The trip is over. I made it home safe. It was an awesome time.
I regret not sticking around to finish the ride, but now I have a long list of reasons to return.

I'll be back for more information for the GCBAR like maps, tracks, and other places to visit.
If you guys have questions, fire away!
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:38 PM   #144
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Love it, love it, love it...

An inspiration on so many levels...
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #145
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Outstanding!
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:19 AM   #146
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Nice job Dave, just stunning pics!!
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:52 AM   #147
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Great report and greatly appreciated as always!
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:54 AM   #148
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Outstanding report Dave! Thanks for taking us along!

Love to see the GPS tracks.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:10 AM   #149
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Thanks Dave. I just had a nice coffee break going over your report





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Hi Pete. This trip started on September 20th. May-June or September-October are probably the best months to avoid temperature extremes and wet weather. If I had gone 2 weeks earlier I would have been in the wettest storm in years.
I believe I was lucky enough to be in the 'wettest storm in years' when I was north of that area last month. Had to readjust my route and plans.

Reading this report though, has made me realize that I can broaden the scope of my route big time for a future trip.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:40 AM   #150
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I started stitching panoramas and processing HDRs around the same time when I suddenly had the idea to try combining them. I'm sure other people do it, but I've never seen anyone else doing HDR panoramas. It's a lot of work, but with practice the workflow gets a little faster.
What is HDR?

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After this, everything else will be underwhelming.
I sure know what you mean. The return trip back to Kansas City from the west is the hardest part - I usually end up slabbing it just to get it over with.
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