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Ride to the Canyon

Follow along as four friends, Jeff M., Pete, Tom, and Jeff C. chronicle their expedition from Massachusetts and Connecticut to AZ to peer into the Grand Canyon.  Like a reality tv program, we have much to accomplish in a short amount of time. 

Location: Mass, Conn
Members: 7
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2012

Check out our SPEED & ROUTE GRAPH summary of the trip.

View photos from the road in the PHOTO GALLERY

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Comment by Jeff Martini on July 5, 2011 at 8:29am
Grand Canyon proved to be beautiful as always. Everytime I've been there the canyon looks different. He'll, wait 15min and the light changes. The surprise attraction was riding through Monument Valley. The massive space and rock formations make for an ever-changing panorama.

We landed in Moab Utah last night and plan to stay a couple days exploring the surrounding sights. First stop this morning is the Moab Diner for sourdough frenchtoast, eggs & bacon.
Comment by RedRider on July 3, 2011 at 9:11pm

So I finally get to try my hand at this. I only own a dumbphone. My laptop is fired up and the trip has been long and great. The guys have been keeping everyone up to date so far. I don't think I have much to add. My best part of the ride was pulling up to the motel tonight and there is a little girl here, she starts school next year and she only speaks Dutch her farther said. Of course her eyes and pretty smile talked every language. I asked here if she wanted to sit on my bike and had the biggest smile, I thinks it will be stuck there the rest of the week. Right after her dad took a pic she was at the computer in the hall posting it for all the world to see.

As most of you know I have been riding many miles alone in many locations of this great country of ours. Being with the "Wild Hogs" has put a completely different meaning to "road trip". Tommy has already thrown 2 water bottles at me, kicked a piece tire off the road at me but of course having Jeff M. slide the "Bomb" down the road at me takes first place. Everytime Pete passes me he flips me off for some reason. Can I have them arrested for harrassing the elderly?

All in all it's been a fun trip so far but I have heard whispers of pushing me over the side tomorrow..... I wonder if the Jetman left one of his suits at the Canyon?

More tomorrow if I survive.

Comment by Jeff Martini on July 3, 2011 at 7:29pm
We've arrived in Flagstaff. Our journey is nearly complete. Tomorrow we will peer into the crack in the earth.
Comment by Jeff Martini on July 3, 2011 at 7:25pm
Passingthrough Albuquerque i was flooded with memories of my Grandparents place in the hills of Cedar Crest on the edge of town.
Comment by Tom on July 2, 2011 at 11:22pm
Observations from the road Dos

So much happen today it hard to find a place to start well after some breakfast we were treat to some nice cool temps for first hour or so then that when things took a turn south we lost our mascot the beef bomb burrito it was everyone mission to carry it on one leg of the trip well Jeff M. Had it and somewhere on rt 40 it jump to it's death spinning out on to the black top almost hitting my front wheel. After the three gas stop it was voted that I was going to lead the group......well what could wrong all I had to do is drive straight for the 100 miles or so well let me tell you mother nature is a bi*#h with temps dancing around 106-108 deg f it wasn't long for it to take its toll on me
But Jeff M noticed I wasn't doing so well and came beside me and took control of the ride and guided us in for much need break( Jeff big ups for looking out...this guy is the salt of the earth)from then on it was every 60-100 miles for water breaks which pretty much landed us here in amarillo next stop new Mexico here we come!
Comment by Jeff Martini on July 2, 2011 at 11:21pm
Today was arduous with temps well over 100 and the strong sun beating down on us. The only relief came in the last several hours before sunset when we enjoyed a cool down to 93. By that time the roads were empty and Pete & I each took our own lane side by side, cruise control set at 70 and leaned back in our saddles as we watch the sun set in front of us. Except for the whir of the engines, it was pretty tranquil.

We arrived in Amarillo around 8pm for a long awaited steak dinner at the famous Big Texan Steakhouse. None of us took the 72oz steak challenge. Instead we opted for more modest portions andhad lots of laughs.
We actually made quite an entrance as 4 road weary cowpokes rode into town on futuristic looking steeds turnings heads and stopping conversations as wedismounted feet from the waiting restaurant crowd.

Time toturn insince we have just as long a day tomorrow and will be approaching the wildfires in AZ.
Comment by Pete on July 2, 2011 at 8:14pm
Yea, what he said!
Comment by Jeff Martini on July 2, 2011 at 3:19pm
Hot! Damn Hot! Real Damn Hot! Averaging around 108 and no shade.
Comment by Tom on July 1, 2011 at 10:09pm
Observations From the road
Gas tanks was the word of the day today seem simple enough to me but being the rookie of the trip and this my first real big trip I tend to ask questions trying to better prepare myself for the travel the lays ahead so It went like this how Many miles are we riding today answer 4 tanks, how far is that exit answer 2 tank and when are we going to stop and eat answer finish this tank and we'll grab something then now
since my 2011 cross country gets almost 200 miles per tank you can see what type of day I was going to have! The crews battle cry was " we ride tank to tank" speaking of which mine empty got to go filler up......later
Comment by Jeff Martini on July 1, 2011 at 10:06pm
We finally moved Tom up from tailgunner position to blocker on our ride. Despite what he might say, he did great and was quickly getting into sync with group lane changes. I'm sure he'll be leding the pack sooner than he thinks.

The temps have slowly creeped up over the last couple days and spent much of the day in the mid 90's enough to zap our energy and require breaks every 150 miles. Luckily they are short and we endeavor to make"tank to tank" runs.

The bikes are running great with only a dead headlight bulb and questionable battery to speak of. Earlier in the trip we were stuck in stop & go traffic for several hours and that has been our only delay. The roads though WV and KY. were fantastic both being traffic free and newly paved.

We are alittke more than halfway to our destination but already we've met many friendly faces who, once they hear where we are bound, wish they could join us. Our travel time reinforces something that I've recognized on every x-country trip I've taken; this country is immense and the scenery infinite. The people that cross my path all have their own story and adds to my own narrative. Every mile we ride adds to own own story.

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