Heading Home – Third Day

The journey and adventure is complete. I rode the final 745 miles in 12-1/2 hours, arriving home at dusk. Traffic through Alabama was heavy and the afternoon was hot and very humid. There wasn’t anything interesting to photograph along the route.

The total distance I travelled since leaving home at the end of June was 10,606 miles.

Thanks for following my journey. I’m going to go “off the air” for now, but will post more travel adventures from time to time.

Heading Home – Second Day

I spent almost all of today on I-40 East. There was a big storm ahead of me, but I never caught up with it. The morning clouds, however, kept things cool. The afternoon turned out to be hot and humid. I was on the road 13 hours and covered 810 miles.

I didn’t stop to take pictures, but I did snap this factory building next to my lunch stop. I was curious about what they preserve, so I looked it up. Take a look. Bryant Preserving Company.

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After checking into my hotel, I went downtown and had dinner at BJ’s on the Square in Holly Springs, MS.

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I should be home tomorrow evening.

 

Heading Home – First Day

This was the day to head home after being away for more than a month. I was up at the usual time and left at 6:15 am. before the sun was up.

The first part of the trip was through northwestern Arizona down to Flagstaff. I said goodbye to the mountains, mesas, and red rocks.

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Once I reached Flagstaff, I got on I-40 and just kept going. I hit a couple of 1-minute rain showers and some heat. This evening, for a couple of hours, I watched a large rain system that was north of the highway several miles. I stopped for the day about 8:15 pm somewhere west of Amarillo, TX. I covered about 860 miles.

Tomorrow is more of the same on eastbound I-40 to Memphis, then I’ll head southeast to the Florida panhandle.

Shark Week III – Day 3

Today was my day to lead a ride to Cathedral Gorge State Park near Panaca, NV. There were 13 bikes and 17 people on this ride. The gorge is about 100 miles from St. George. We scheduled a stop about half way at Beryl Junction. It turns out there are no gas station there, but one of our riders needed gas. Several of us had spare fuel, so he got a couple of gallons and a lot of razzing.

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The park features formations of exposed volcanic ash that have been eroded leaving spires that resemble those at Bryce Canyon, but much smaller.

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One semi-circular area resembles a cathedral and gives the park its name.

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The erosion has left tall columns rock and spaces that form caves open at the top.

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We had lots of fun climbing on the rocks and taking group pictures.

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We went to lunch at the Brandin’ Iron in Caliente, NV.

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Before dinner we gathered the sharks for a group photo.

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Dinner was in the ballroom of the hotel. The winning location for next year was announced. It will be in Maine.

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After dinner we had the Chinese auction and raffle for the items that our sponsors donated.

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Tomorrow I head home.

 

 

Shark Week III – Day 2

This was my “day off,” a day when I wasn’t scheduled to lead a ride. I joined a group of 8 to do a “medium” loop ride to Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. It turned out it wasn’t really a day off as I was asked to sweep the ride.

The hotel has two buildings. We have the rooms facing the parking lot between the two buildings. They have restricted access to the parking to just bikes and named the area, “Shark Alley.” We line up our rides in the Alley.

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We cruised up I-15 then turned to the east. We climbed to 10,500 ft. elevation at Cedar Breaks National Monument. I’m guessing the park gets its name from all the cedar trees in the area and the break in the ground.

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The viewpoint is on top of the mesa looking down into the canyon.

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Next we headed northeast to Bryce Canyon, where we had lunch.

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Bryce is a very beautiful park with hundreds of vistas. I took lots of pictures and it’s not easy to pick a couple that are “highlights.” It’s a park you have to see for yourself to absorb the extent of its beauty.

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From Bryce we headed down to Zion and went quickly through the park. Zion is another place that you have to experience to fully appreciate. The difference in viewpoints between the two parks is that at Zion you are on the canyon floor looking up, while at Bryce you are on top looking down.

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When we got back there were 3 presentations for us to consider for the location of Shark Week IV. representatives from Maine, Calgary, and Texas made their pitches. The results of the vote have not been revealed.

After the meeting a few of us went to dinner at a steak house nearby. The food was good, but the service was slow.

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Tomorrow I lead a ride to Cathedral Gorge.