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Where do I start

Gosh these past two days have been so much fun and jam packed I just don’t know where to begin… Before I started fighting with the video (and I still haven’t won that one!), we went to breakfast with some of the group to Nogales, AZ.  The Mayor, police, Chamber of Commerce and anyone else they could drag up met us at the border fence for a little ceremony.  Then a biker group (the Nogales Bikers) from Nogales, AZ and Nogales Mexico met us and offered to escort us across the border.  With some apprehension, about 20 of us crossed the line.  We stopped just inside the border entry for pictures and before we knew it, they had arranged for a police escort through town – complete with flashing lights and sirens.  They led us on a parade route of about 2 miles… just enough to get the locals out on the street and get us down the street!  We all made it back into the states, except one of the guys that had a restraining order on him.  They detained him at customs.  I’m sure they let him go but we didn’t stick around to find out.

Lots of really nice folks at this event.  As we left the hotel for our breakfast ride yesterday, a lady from Carmel, IN asked if she could tag along.  Then we picked up Howard behind her, then there was Collene.  I guess we look like we would welcome just about anyone.  So far we’ve made some pretty nice friends.  AND, I have met my idol!  At the “send off” bbq, one of our table mates was a 70 year old woman – no bigger than a minute (maybe 110 lbs).  So, so nice.  I found out that she had started the Hoka Hey Challenge 3 years and just this year, she and her husband finished 19th and 20th.  I know most of you won’t know what the Hoka Hey is but, in a nutshell, it’s an extremely long distance motorcycle challenge.  It usually is between 9 and 10 thousand miles that they finish in a matter of 7-14 days.  No GPS, no cell phone, no map.  The only thing you have is written turn-by-turn instruction from the race committee.  This is something that I would like to do but am afraid that it requires too much roadside sleeping (picnic tables, church vestibules, etc.).  When I asked her about this she told me they didn’t have a whole lot of time to sleep since they rode 800-900 mile days, every day, for 10 days!!!  OMG!  Not quite sure if I have the kahunas to try that one.  When the meal broke up, she told me she would see us in Canada.  I asked her if she didn’t think she would see us along the route???  She very politely, and oh-so sweetly patted me on the shoulder and told me “I’ll slow down for you hon!”  Guess she told me!

And you got part of the story about the a/c and having to change rooms.  We did get a room that was cool but none of us got more than a few hours sleep.  So tonight, whatever is written by bedtime is getting posted.  The rest will have to wait.

Our feet hit the floor before the 2:30a.m. alarm went off this morning.  It was warm in Tucson before we left – about 76 degrees.  So Suzanne and I left in long sleeve t-shirts.  We rode in the dark until we got to Phoenix and the sun started coming up and the traffic was moving.  We couldn’t get through there fast enough.  But by the time we were getting close to Flagstaff, the temperature dropped big time!   From 76 to 52 and we were still in tshirts!   BRRRRRRRRR!  A quick gas stop and all 3 of us re-dressed for the cooler weather.

Nothing else eventful until we turned onto highway 89A.  Another one of those sensory overload events!  The landscape was beautiful with rolling hills, dunes, cliffs and mountains of all different colors.  They appeared to be painted with ribbons of color.  The Vermilion Cliffs, Marble Canyon, Jacob Lake and the sweet smells of pine and cedar as we rode through the Kaibab National Forest.  We opted not to drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon since we were pressed for time.  But there were promises, spoken and unspoken, that we would return!

Our day ended skirting Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Our first checkpoint of the trip was Torrey, UT.   Total miles for the day were a bit over 650.  The pictures we have taken won’t do the trip justice but I will share when I can.  Unfortunately, you may not get to see video footage until I’m back home and can get some help!  Tomorrow should be a shorter day but another good one, I’m sure.

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2 Responses to “Where do I start”

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful day! Prayers for continued safety… I am envious of the beautiful scenery and cooler temps! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great trip thus far. Sorry you are being frustrated by the video/techno stuff but I can certainly relate!. Got a chuckle out of the little older lady leaving you all behind! I would be left after the first 150 miles.
    Blooming cacti…beautiful!

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