I knew today was going to be a long day, so I got up early and was on the road by 8am. A first for this trip. Just before I went to sleep I decided I would go to the Grand Canyon again. It was more than 80 miles out of the way, but I thought it would be nice to see it again.
The ride north on 89 went quickly. The road wasn’t anything exciting nor was the scenery. I was glad it was early and there weren’t many cars out and about yet. On the ride to the park I got a new highest elevation which was smashed later.
I arrived at the park about 9:30 and had a short wait to get in. I paid the $12 fee to get in. I must have paid it last time I was here in 2009, but I don’t remember paying. lol.
I stopped at all the lookout spots and points along the way to the east exit where I entered last time I was here. The views were good, and the crowds weren’t too bad yet. I guess there were all still sleeping. It was a bit chilly for my mesh gear, so I put my wind-proof liner back in.
The canyon was nice, but something was missing. I had the feeling most of the day. I couldn’t put my finger on what until now while I sit here typing this. I was missing my wife.
The ride on US-160 was long. The weather cooperated nicely with blue skies and comfy temps. There were some red rocks and a couple smaller gorges. I didn’t feel like stopping, so I didn’t. I just rode and rode.
I hit 10,000 miles on the trip today!
This was the scenery at 10,000
I passed the four corners; I saw it in 2009. I didn’t feel like paying the fee again to get a newer picture, so I continued on.
I was happy to get to Colorado. I wanted to see some real mountains again. I am sick of the brown desert. I set a new highest elevation again at 8,072 feet on the way to Durango too. I suspect it won’t last long tomorrow either.
I hope the weather cooperates tomorrow.
Video: Grand Canyon
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