Grand Canyon Trip

My daughter, Amy, and I decided that while I was in Phoenix working, we should take advantage of that and take a motorcycle trip to the Grand Canyon. I rented a 2000 Honda Valkyrie Interstate from CruiseAmerica for the weekend of October 7th and 8th, and off we went! The bike performed flawlessly as expected, and we rode 509 miles in 2 days. Below are just a few of the beautiful and inspiring sights along the way. I had many thoughts of my Asheville trip along the way.

Sunset Point

Our first stop, a rest break really, along I-17 called Sunset Point. We can only imagine what a sunset would look like from here. It's truly amazing, the distances between things here. The mountain ranges across the valley are over 30 miles away!

Rich and the Bike

SF Peaks

Another stop, many miles north. We had to stop to put on our jackets here and I walked a score of steps from where we had stopped and snapped this beautiful picture of the San Francisco Peaks. We had a cold ride through here coming back from the Grand Canyon later this same evening. Az. SR 180 reaches an altitude of 8048 feet along the shoulders of these peaks!

Grand Canyon

Can you believe only 5 pictures? In a way, I feel even these somehow steal a small part of the indescribable beauty of this place. We only had a couple of hours here, but I think even a couple of weeks wouldn't satisfy.

Desert Sunset

After sadly leaving one of Mother Earth's most precious gifts to us, our trek took us back along Az. SR 180 at sunset. Both Amy and I spied this sight in our rearview mirrors and had to stop to watch. This photo doesn't do justice to what we saw and felt. I had the feeling as if we were being bid farewell. I also felt as if Mother Earth were promising me that all my dreams someday will come true.

Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma's Castle. As you can see, it's not a castle, not in the tradition European sense. Neither did Montezuma ever live or visit here. It's named for the legend that people traveling west made up, probably around warm campfires after a long day's trek. Actually, the residents of these ruins are called Sinagua Indians. It's said that no one really knows what happened to the Sinagua after they abandoned this oasis in the desert.

That's it. One can never take enough pictures, and I feel I didn't take nearly enough. But, that just means I'll have to return someday and take more.

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