Arizona to Vancouver, we left Arizona and went through Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington where we regrouped and headed out for a 2014 Baja trip.
We went through Lake Mead National Park, into Nevada, then Nevada, into Utah. The ride took us all day, but what awesome scenery and colors Being that it was winter there was very little traffic to deal with. We were basically the only ones on the road.
I had been through Zion National Par many years ago, but only in a car, and Rich had never seen it. I thought it would be really cool to ride through on our bikes.. I was right it was so amazing! The colors and the scenery were much more then I anticipated. Richard was in Awe of the beauty and we stopped and took so many pictures. We were even fortunate enough to see some big horn sheep up close and personal. There was an actual herd crossing through some rocks and they were so photogenic.
Next, was Brice Canyon and we were so lucky to have had a nice warm day considering it was October. It was so clear you could see across the range for what seemed like forever. No cloud coverage which made for amazing photography! We pulled over at the last peak and gathered our camera gear to take some pictures. I grabbed a granola bar like I always do, and I heard a click click click I looked behind me and my granola bar and I made friends with a gorgeous black bird. He let me hand feed him and even followed me back and forth to my bike with his little feet clicking behind me awaiting another bite of my granola bar. He was very friendly and talkative and let me take a very close up pictures of him.
A place that I have always wanted to see was the Bonneville Salt-Flats. It was October and the weather was still really nice but there were some frozen spots throughout the salt, which made a spectacular glisten, I have never seen anything like this. It was so pretty I could have stayed there for hours and took a million pictures..
Next, was Idaho where we weren’t so lucky with weather and unfortunately, we had caught the tail end of a nasty winter storm. It was so cold we could barely ride. Not only was it cold but it was also deer migration/hunting season so needless to say we had deer jumping out in front of us, which did not help matters at all. I have NEVER EVER in my life ever seen anything like this. The road was sadly, littered with so much road kill. Between that and the cold it took us all day to go about 100 miles so we finally stopped for the night ahead of where we were suppose to go. We just could not take the cold anymore that day.
The next day we peeked out the window and sure enough there was SUN yeah!!! I had planned a ride to the Craters of the Moon National Monument and with the weather change we were able to still go. It was really cool and because it’s winter there were no other people there, kinda eire but cool.
Next was Oregon, it was wet and kinda cold but not to bad, it seemed once again we were lucky. The greens were so so green and the fall colors were amazing. Being that it was still late October the season was just on the edge of changing, if we would have waited another week these trees would have been bare. We made it to Vancouver that same day, funny the minute we entered Washington it was downpour all the way there…
Time to regroup and then off to Baja in a few weeks……..