Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Arrival home around 5pm on day 16 of the Greatest Road Trip I've ever had. I plotted, I planned, I replanned and went and saw what this country had to offer. Some spot were better than others. Some surprised me, some didn't.
The prize was California and the Goal was to make it home safe, so the trip was a huge success.
Thoughts? Would I do it again.? Oh hell yea.... would I change it? only because of what I now know.
Final mileage ? 8165 miles
Trip Cost? I have no plans on figuring that out. :-) but not bad, I dare anyone to take a 16 day vacation for less.
Any regrets? Not really, I hate we missed a couple things, but that gives us a reason to take another road trip :-) already in the works :-)
Next Trip? Florida 2012 Bike week with a few other stops, George already is schedule to drive a train south of Tampa :-)
Any other trips? of course. 2012 part 2: Michigan-Wisconsin-Iowa and everything in between.
jeez! any others? Of course 2013 another two weeker around the country, maybe even Canada
Ok, say what you will, but we took the train up to the top. For one, I couldn't possibly ride that road that goes to the top, my fear of fall to my death from high elevations would keep me from that. 2nd, when we got to the COG Railway, it was 23 degrees up top. When we arrived, it was 32, and with the windchill it felt like 9 degrees. George woulda had no problems had it been a warmer day, but he is a train guy, so, no problems taking the train.
Before this trip I had ever been above about 6k feet, and many times on this trip I was well above that, and now going up to 14k feet, it just did something to me, I felt funny after about 11k feet and didn't feel right till we were outta town. This was an ok stop for me, nothing too special other than saying, been there done that. Time to hit the road.
|i was not feeling well at all........|
After Pikes Peak, it was time to roll, I wanted a warmer route than a quicker route, so we headed due south. I liked New Mexico, I know I'll be back, there is a lot of old west stuff here I need to see. But not this trip....
Arches National Park: Much like the trek from Mexican Hat to Moab, this place was one of the highlights for me. These formation are just incredible. I would trade 10 "grand" Canyons for Utah.
|not my pic, did a google image search and found it.|
|I guess this is an ELK since they had signs everywhere saying, "this is elk country" It wasn't locked up, those fence are there to keep these animals out, not working to well I don't think|
On to the good stuff......and For me, Utah blew away just about everything else... Simply Awesome
Not quite to Utah yet, but this is a Bridge next to the Glen Canyon Dam, crossed that bitch twice
This is just a few miles away from the Glen Canyon Bridge, It's called Horeshoe Bend.... Besides the silly hike down to this spot, WOW! this was well worth the hike...... very cool deal here, a must stop.
On to Utah