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Old 07-13-2012, 09:33 AM   #16
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Welcome

John,
Welcome to our state- I ride it extensively and document the rides on my web site www.arizonaroadadventures.com. I hope you are able to avoid the rain- this is monsoon season so severe thunderstorms storms can be frequent.

Your pics are terrific and come through no problem on my pc. No so on my ipad.

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:41 AM   #17
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This is a great ride report!

Thanks for taking us along with you!
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:46 AM   #18
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If you can detour from your original map...visit Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, and Archs NP's. Looks like you're going to be close enough to hit all three and not detour too much.

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:57 AM   #19
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How can you experience a national park in one day?

I can spend a week in any of them and still not see half of everything I'd like to.

Americans spend too much time rushing around from point A to B to C.

In any event, I hope you have a great trip.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:30 PM   #20
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July 13, 2012 Tucson, AZ to Winslow, AZ



We left Tucson, AZ at 6:30 a.m. for an approximately 350 mile ride to Winslow, AZ. The temperature was 79 when we started out, but with the very low humidity, we were very comfortable.

For much of the morning, we rode on two lane mountain roads. These were the first really enjoyable roads of the trip, and I had a LOT of fun riding on twisty mountain roads again.

Our first (brief) stop was at the Biosphere 2. The stop was brief because the Biosphere 2 wasn’t open yet! However … at least we saw where it was!





Then came the twisty mountain roads and the mountain scenery!



The next stop was at the Petrified Forest National Park (http://www.petrified.forest.national-park.com/info.htm).



Since they lose (to thieves) a ton of rock each month, we were cautioned at the entrance not to take any petrified wood, and we were questioned at the exit gate as to whether we had followed instructions!

We saw many examples of very colorful petrified wood.







































In addition, Petrified Forest National Park has a lot of areas that look like the Badlands of South Dakota.









We also saw Newspaper Rock, a site where the ancient Hopi Indians left some cave writings.





Finally, it turns out that this National Park is a part of the Painted Desert.



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Old 07-13-2012, 09:50 PM   #21
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ArizonaRoadscout - thanks for the link to your site. I'll look forward to reading about your travels!

Sidney - thanks for the suggestions. In fact, I have aleady visited these National Parks - in the case of Arches National Park, for a week!

Yossarian - I agree, it would be nice to spend a week at each National Park. When I visited Arches National Park, that's exactly what I did. However, we have a group of five, all from the east, who will be on the road for a month. While we would like to spend an indefinite amount of time at each location, time simply does not permit.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:45 PM   #22
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Nice trip you've got going here. Enjoying your pics and commentary. Thanks. Keep posting!
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:17 AM   #23
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July 14, 2012 Winslow, AZ to Kingman, AZ



We left Winslow, AZ this morning at about 6:30, but not before stopping at “the corner” to have the mandatory Route 66 pictures taken! (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater) But we were soon on our way to the Grand Canyon.

The sky was overcast and threatening rain. Soon the threatening stopped, and the rain began! So we stopped and struggled into our rain suits (by the way, there’s a lot of money to be made by someone who can design a rain suit that is easy to don over riding gear, really waterproof, light, and breathes).

By the time we arrived at Grand Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm) the rain had stopped.



The sky was still heavily overcast, but what the heck! I took off my rain suit so that I could be more comfortable and get around better to take pictures. Wrong decision!!

First of all, the canyon was all but invisible due to fog and clouds which had settled down into the canyon. The best pictures were shot through fog, the rest showed dense clouds.











And then it started to rain. Hard! People everywhere were seeking shelter. Everyone in our group had their rain gear on so it wasn’t such a big deal – except for me! I got half way back to the bike and had to stop in a covered shelter. One of our group (an 80-year-old semi-retired English literature professor) went to his bike and got me a rain jacket. With that on, I then proceeded to my bike, got my completely soaked riding jacket, my rain gear, and went back to the shelter. My shirt was already completely soaked, so there was no reason not to put an equally soaked riding jacket over it. But then, for reasons I can’t totally understand, it was necessary for me to put my rain jacket on over my riding jacket (for warmth, actually)! Likewise with my pants. Put my rain pants over my totally soaked riding pants. What fun!

We headed out, looking through our foggy, rain-smeared face shields, riding to every Grand Canyon overlook and finding them socked in with fog and clouds. We stopped at one overlook and took some pictures when the fog had dissipated some and the clouds had partially moved on.



























So I feel like I did see Grand Canyon – at least a little bit of it – maybe … However, we’ll be going to the North Rim in a couple of days, so maybe conditions will be better then.

We then embarked on a 3+ hour ride to Kingman, AZ. At least 100 miles of this ride was on the historic Route 66. And the towns along this route do their best to maintain their original historic appearance. The road is very well maintained, at least this stretch of it.

As you know, a lot of the country has been in drought conditions, and God was good enough to send more rain yesterday! Our group of riders was especially blessed! I guess the only positive that one can say is that it’s days like this from which adventures are made, and I can use this day to create a lot of stories for my grandchildren!

We arrived at our Best Western Hotel in Kingman at about 5:30. Thank goodness this is a nice hotel, and THANK GOODNESS tomorrow is a day off!!! This non-travel day came at the RIGHT TIME!

Right now my room is covered with wet things hung out to dry, but there’s a nice, big, clean bed waiting for me – and that’s where I’m headed!
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July 15, 2012 Sidetrip on Route 66 to Oatman, AZ



I slept 10 hours last night, and did I ever feel good when I woke up!! This particular Best Western Hotel has a full and excellent breakfast bar, so I joined the other group members for a leisurely breakfast.

After breakfast, one fellow did his laundry, another went to Walmart to purchase a camera, another watched the NASCAR race, and I caught up on processing my pictures and posting my trip log.

After lunch we went on an expedition to the abandoned mining town of Oatman, 30 miles away via Route 66.



This section of Route 66 is NOT as well maintained as that upon which we rode yesterday. There are five or six sections of road which are covered by floods any time it rains, and these sections of road are all covered with sand and gravel. The final 9 miles don’t even appear as a paved road on the map. The twisty quotient rivals Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina, but the road surface is VERY rough and there is lots of gravel and stones present. There are many 15 mph curves and some 10 mph curves (tight hairpins). All in all, the last 9 miles is somewhat of a technical exercise in riding rather than fun. And this was a main highway in years past!

Oatman is about 2 blocks long and looks like an old western movie set.















Wild burros come into town during the day to be fed by the tourists, and then go back into the desert at night.





Here's the entrance to the abandoned mine.



Last night, because of the rain, the exit roads were impassable due to the flash floods, and tourists were trapped in town for the night. Apparently the small local contingent had some difficulty in housing everyone that couldn’t get out.

It was an interesting side trip. Tomorrow we resume our tour.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #25
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Awesome scenery, pictures and report!! Hope I get to see some of those beautiful parks someday soon!

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Old 07-15-2012, 07:48 PM   #26
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Great pics, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #27
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July 16, 2012 Kingman, AZ to Hurricane, UT



We left at 7:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time to drive fifty some miles to Hoover Dam (http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/). The weather was pleasant with no threatening sky.

We decided to do the full tour of Hoover Dam,



which meant $7 for parking, $30 for the tour and an inflated price for lunch. Security was very tight, similar to what one goes through at an airport. My two total knee replacements required that I be individually searched! We joined the first tour of the day and saw the mandatory video about the construction (it was interesting to learn that the dam itself is over 700 feet tall, and the base of the dam is nearly as thick as it is high), and then went into the actual structure of the dam.



Although we didn’t go to as many places as I would have liked, we did see quite a few things. I was particularly interested in the power generators,





and I was quite disappointed that we were not able to see the water falling on the turbine blades. Power is generated on two sides of the dam, and each side has 8 generators. We were able to walk along a ventilation shaft to the face of the dam and look through the louvers at the new bridge.





After we returned to the surface, we saw the emergency spillway (which has only been used several times).



We looked back at Lake Mead,



and noted that the water level has fallen approximately 100 feet.



As we left, we noted large sculptures on the way back to the parking area.





After lunch we took a road which followed the shoreline of Lake Mead for some distance, and then headed towards Hurricane, Utah.

We arrived at the Comfort Inn at approximately 5:30 Mountain Daylight Time. I pulled in under the reception canopy, and I wasn’t even off my bike when a FIERCE wind storm arose, blowing over garbage cans and scattering debris all around. Some female bicyclists who came to the hotel for shelter told us that several of them had been physically blown off the road! The wind gusts must have been somewhere in the 50 to 60 mph range!

Tomorrow we ride through Zion National Park and then on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My lifetime National Park Pass has certainly been a good investment!
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July 17, 2012 Hurricane, UT to Mt. Carmel, UT



We left the hotel at 7:00 a.m. and headed toward Zion National Park. During the peak tourist season one cannot drive a vehicle into the park, due to there being insufficient parking. So the park service has set up shuttle busses to ferry people in and out of the park. One can get off at any of the 7 or 8 stops, hike and/or take pictures, and then board another shuttle. It seems like a nice system.

Zion National Park consists of huge vertical faces of red rock. By and large, these red rock mountains are so large that they will not fit into a single picture. The Mormons were influential in the naming of “Zion” National Park and the naming of the various mountains inside the park.





















It’s very big, very red, quite beautiful and very rocky!

We then rode to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.



In addition to the official Visitors’ Center, there are several roads along the north rim and 5 or 6 observation points along about a 25 mile stretch of narrow, twisty mountain road. The North Rim is almost completely undeveloped and uncommercialized. It is rare to find a guard rail along the side of the canyon – one could easily take one step and fall 5000 feet!





The tourists number in the dozens rather than the thousands. I was amazed that a geographic feature such as the Grand Canyon could have remained so natural in this day and age.

















































Visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is HIGHLY recommended!

Because we stopped so often for pictures, this 270 mile day proved to be a very long day, and we checked into our hotel at 7:30 p.m.
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July 18, 2012 Mt. Carmal, UT to Richfield, UT



We awoke this morning to learn some distressing news. One of our trip members, an 80-year-old semi-retired English Literature professor decided to leave us, and his bike was gone when we left our rooms for breakfast. He had had some minor mechanical problems, he found he didn’t like twisty roads, the days were very long and hot – I’m sorry he wasn’t able to complete his dream. He was an interesting and intellectually stimulating person, and I am sorry to see him leave.

Earlier in the trip we lost another member. This gentleman learned that his son had received orders to Afghanistan and he left so that he could visit with him before his departure.

We left the hotel at 8:00 a.m. heading for Bryce Canyon National Park.



The erosion that formed Bryce Canyon left spires of rock in all sorts of shapes. When one drives through Bryce Canyon, one drives on top of a ridge and looks down at the valley floor (as compared to Zion Canyon where one drives on the canyon floor and looks up at the rocky faces forming the walls of the canyon).























We then drove along side of Escalante State Park which featured sandstone terraces, in sharp distinction to the red rock we had seen at Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce.





Next stop was Capitol Reef National Park.



This is another park featuring a lot of red rocks and sheer walls.







We arrived in Richfield, UT at about 5:30 p.m. The temperature today ranged from 50 degrees (at 9000 feet) to 90 degrees. After 300 miles and two National Parks, we’re ready to stop for the day!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:06 PM   #30
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John, VERY cool ride report!

I was at the Park in Vicksberg and met the guy you were riding with I think (can't remember his name, but he was riding a BMW). We talked for a while at the Cairo.

Some day I hope to take a ride like this!

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