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Old 09-05-2011, 07:58 PM   #16
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Day 3

The alarm awakens us at 4:30 AM. It rained some throughout the night, but has stopped for now.
We quickly wipe the sleep from our eyes, jump on our motos, and head back down the dirt road in the dark.

We are still a litle amped up about how lucky we were to
have such great light last night. We are hoping to have the same luck for sunrise.





We had a fun ride in the dark and the deer were still in hiding.
By sunrise we are waiting at Bright Angel Point.





Viola-tor Gawks at the Scenery from His Perch

























The trees had these weird fuzzies on them.






We walk up to the Visitor Center and wait a few minutes for it to open.
Once inside Diek gets a God-like view of the Canyon and begins to formulate a plan of attack.

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YOU ARE HERE





With nothing better to do today, we take the twisty road back out to Cape Royal, just for the fun of it.


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Old 09-05-2011, 08:01 PM   #17
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Thanks for joining in on another report Shane!
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:39 PM   #18
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Dave is getting ahead of me!

Wupatki Nat. Monument, a groovy stop! There were "natives" living here until the early 1970's!!!! But, as the story always goes, they didn't leave by choice, the National Park Service kicked 'em out.








Dave doing, uhhhhh, something to the "blow-hole." It's a vent to a large cavern underground, cool(er) air races out. It's purpose is a mystery, but I speculated that it is a cool-down spot for ball court competitors between matches. Or maybe it's to dry off yer bum???








Let's get to the Big Ditch!







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Old 09-06-2011, 09:30 AM   #19
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Great job, again!
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:12 AM   #20
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You have some pretty amazing photography skills, I very much enjoyed your photos.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:30 AM   #21
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That lens is kewl!




Why is this man smiling?




Because this is about as good as it gets for a couple of moto-photo nerds!




And this is price you must pay for "golden hour" of photography: A ride down a dirt road at night on sportbikes...




We'll do the same thing in the morning for the sunrise!
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:49 PM   #22
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Dude! You got the eye. That first shot was a jaw dropper! Good shootin'!

I am sooo jealous of those pictures. Glad you're not afraid to ride in the dark and strange scary dark back roads. Thanks for sharing this awesome and inspiring ride report.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:33 PM   #23
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thank you (both of you)
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:16 PM   #24
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Sunrise sure is nice too!






Yes, my evil plan is taking shape. This over-view brings it all together in my mind... Epic-ness will abound!




But in the mean time, WE RIDE! The ribbon of pavement out to Cape Royal is indeed one of the nicest bits in all of AZ, and certainly one of the coolest in temperature!

Dave strafing window rock:







And then I'm honored with the opportunity to be at the controls of the Futura... This day just keeps getting better!


What a great bike! The engine is amazing (but I have a slight bias towards Austrian V-twins), the seat is comfy... Me like!

Dave takes a turn on the Ninja. Damn, that thing needs a new chain and sprockets BADLY, but other than that it's a fun, easy little bike that will do just about anything you ask!

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Old 09-06-2011, 03:04 PM   #25
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You got a lot of great shots of some awesome scenery but this one is my favorite because it's hard to beat the view of a twisty road running through great scenery

I really feel for Viola-tor for having to "settle" for a Ninja 500. I put 66000 miles on an 89 Ex500. It was one of the most fun bikes I have owned.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:26 PM   #26
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We play around on Cape Royal Road.




Oh these boring roads....








Diek Shreds the Asphalt near Angel's Window and




Shows off his most impressive stunt.




Angel's Window




We decide to head all the way back to the Jacob Lake Inn for lunch on the same boring roads.
Oh the drudgery... We swap bikes just to make the boring roads a little more bearable.



The Kawi is cool. Light, Nimble, Comfortable, but seriously lacking in thrust compared to what I'm used to. As Diek
gets more and more comfortable on the Aprilia I had to wring the Kawis neck to keep up. I realized I needed to ride it
like a 250GP bike keeping the corner speed up and getting on the throttle early. At first I was gently rolling on the
throttle being careful not to overpower the rear tire. Then I realized how stupid that was. You couldn't break the rear
tire loose with the throttle if you tried! It was a blast whacking the throttle full open as early as I dared.
Traction Control is great!







Hey! Wait UP!


The low seat height brought up another challenge. I needed to be careful to not scrape the roadway with the camera.





Okay. One of us needs to watch where we're going.




April Get's Viola-ted!



We made it back to the Jacob Lake Inn for lunch. I had another Grand Bull burger and a bowl of soup. The soup came with a fluffy white roll that was awesome.
That's when we learned the Jacob Lake Inn bakes all of their bread on site. Bring some more rolls please. Oh, and we'll take a few more cookies for camp.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:38 PM   #27
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Point Imperial


After lunch we HAVE to ride Highway 67 and Cape Royal Road all over again.





The bees are attracted to polyester mesh.





Diek took this one.
Bee and Polyester Mesh





We notice more thunderstorms in the area from the viewpoint of Point Imperial. Will our luck run out?





Point Imperial is the highest elevation viewpoint within the park.


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Old 09-06-2011, 07:25 PM   #28
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wow.....
YOU and YOUR photographic "EYE"
the Pentax K-5
YOUR post-processing abilities
a killer combination
thanks for taking us on this RIDE with you
simply stunning photographic gems
nice of you to share with us
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:42 PM   #29
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Incredible photo's gents, simply incredible. Thank you for posting those up!
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:37 PM   #30
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Thanks guys great report and pics. Was up that way a few years ago. Thanks for reliving the memories!
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