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June 22, 2010 / Amy Lucas Photography

Tuba City, AZ – Mesquite, NV

Change in plans! We were originally going to visit the South rim of the Grand Canyon, but because of the forest fires in Flagstaff all the traffic from rt 40 was being rerouted through the South side of the Grand Canyon. So we decided to see the North rim and avoid all the traffic. We started out going Southeast on 160 and then took 89 North. From there we got on 89 A where we crossed the Navajo Bridge and saw the Vermillion Cliffs. Then we had to head south on 67 to see the Grand Canyon. In the end I’m really glad we got to see the North rim because while on 67 we had to drive through the Kaibab Plateau which was absolutely beautiful. It was just open meadows surrounded by evergreens. It was also a cool 66 degrees, which was a nice break from the hot desert. Then we got to the Grand Canyon at Bright Angel Point. I actually wasn’t expecting the Grand Canyon to be so grand, but I guess it’s named that for a reason. After stopping and checking it out we got back on 67 and took that North back to 89 A. That’s where we entered the desert again. From there we got on 89 and then 9 West to see the Zion National Park. Zion was amazing. I am so glad we got the chance to see it. It had so many interesting red rocks and cliffs. It was also a fun drive. Very curvy with lots to look at. The only downfall was that they were working on the road, so by the time we got out of Zion my mouth was full of dust and dirt that had been kicked up by the other cars and motorcycles before us. After going through Zion we got on 15 South and ended up in Mesquite, NV where it was 96 degrees at 8 P.M. I was so hot and in so much pain from riding all day that I just laid down on the pavement as soon as I got of the bike.

Echo Cliffs

Navajo Bridge

Southwest view from the Navajo Bridge

Northeast view from the Navajo Bridge

Vermillion Cliffs in the background

Kaibab Plateau

Looking into the vastness of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Standing infront of the Grand Canyon

Burned trees in the Kaibab Plateau

Zion National Park

Going through a tunnel in Zion

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Driving west into the sun


Today’s Mileage: 349.5
Total Mileage Traveled: 1100.5


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  1. kelsey / Jun 24 2010 11:18 am

    absolutely beautiful! gorgeous pics.

    zion=life changing.
    the grand canyon=life changing.

    i bet via bike those spots are extra fun to drive through.

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