Next Motorcycle Adventure

Readers of the blog may remember that in late July, 2017, my buddy “S” and I rented Harleys in Salt Lake City, Utah, and rode to and through the “Mighty Five” National Parks of Utah over five days and six nights, covering 1,244 miles of absolutely spectacular scenery.

This indeed was a “crazy-awesome adventure” as documented on this blog with stories, photos, and videos.

I had been dreaming/planning to return for a reprise of this ride to see some more of this great land. I had a ride planned in summer 2020, but, well, that didn’t happen.

However: soon, “Crazy-Awesome Adventure II” will begin. When? Where?

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

On 6 September, my buddy “S” and I will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada, to start our journey. Learning from last time, we are flying in a day before our motorcycle rental will be ready just in case the plane is late. (I hate Las Vegas, so after grabbing a bite to eat for dinner, it will be early-to-bed for me to try to deal with jet lag.)

After picking up our Harleys the next day, the following points of interest will be on this two-week journey:

  • Lake Mead, Nevada (what’s left of it)
  • St. George, Utah
  • North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Marble Canyon, Arizona
  • Monument Valley, Navajo Nation
  • Bears Ears National Monument, Utah (what’s left of it)
  • Four Corners Monument (where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet)
  • Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado
  • Canyonlands National Park (South), Utah
  • Moab & Arches National Park, Utah
  • Middle Nowhere, Utah
  • Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah (no rain please!)
  • Capital Reef National Park (no rain, either!)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Zion National Park, Utah

With many, many, many stops for photos and video along the way.

I am bringing a really good digital SLR camera that my husband bought for me last year as well as my GoPro helmet-mounted videocam. I have stocked up on memory cards, batteries, and chargers.

Here is an image of most of the route: Note: road miles on the map indicate 1,277. That does not account for riding on interior roadways within national parks and monuments as well as inevitable side trips for scenery. I estimate we will put closer to 2,000 miles on the bikes by the time we are through.

We will do all we can to remain in the open and not in enclosed spaces, except at night when we will be in hotel rooms. We are bikers, not hikers, campers, or socializers (that is, no bars or indoor restaurants.)

This trip has been in the planning stages since February… LAST YEAR! Though indeed we are expecting “unplanned” things to happen. We’ve got Plan B, Plan C, etc. I think we’ve got it covered. (including the rain gear.)

A friend asked, “why aren’t you riding your new Harley for this ride?” Ummmm… no. I have my limits. With my health condition, I can’t ride more than about 200 miles per day. Since Las Vegas is about 2,400 miles from home, it would take at least 12 days (and nights) to get to the start of the journey. Double it to get back. I do not have the strength, stamina, or interest to ride that far, especially alone. Not to mention the expense of 24 additional hotel room nights. No way… uh-uh.

Between now and the start of our trip, I am completing vaccination duty this week (having administered over 25,000 Covid-19 vaccinations), and then taking a week before the trip to prepare, pack, double-check, and get ready.

Life is short: dream again and make it Awesome!

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