Cortez, CO to Colorado Springs, CO (Day 12)

September 1st Miles 3800-4157 View Larger Map In three days I’ve gone from the scorching heat and mini dust storms in the Mojave desert to the green alpine forests (and rain) of the Grand Canyon to the sedimentary rock formations and deserts of a Navajo reservation and now finally up and over the impressive rocky mountains. One crazy thing of it all has been the shifts in weather; today, from one side of the Rockies to the other, I experienced an over 30 degree change in temperature in only a few hours, from the low 50’s to the mid 80s in Colorado Springs. The road I was on most today (and yesterday as well) was rt. 160, which has become by far my favorite road of the trip so far. It goes through lots of different scenery, from straight endless roads in the desert to windy roads in the mountains.
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Williams, AZ to Cortez,CO (Day 11)

August 31st Miles 3468-3800 View Larger Map No break from the rain today. Woke up this morning to a bit of drizzling on the tent, not too bad though so I was able to get ready and pack up without getting wet. Then I dropped my bike… It actually wasn’t anything that bad as I was pulling out from the area where I camped onto the dirt road that led to the main road. There was mud on the side and as I turned onto the road my back tire slipped out. I managed to get my leg out in time but with the mud too slippery and the bags packed on, I couldn’t pick it up on my own. So I ran to the main road and flagged down a car. A fourteen year old kid and his mom pulled over and helped me lift up the bike. Other
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San Diego, CA to Williams, AZ (Day 10)

August 30th Miles 2942-3468 View Larger Map There are two more things that a cross country trip across the united states can’t go without, they are driving down rt. 66 and the Grand Canyon, and that’s what was on the agenda for today. I woke up at 6:30 in the morning, and after a sad farewell to barrel roll, moosecharmer, and slappy (the trailnames of my friends) I was back on the road. I was fortunate to have some (rare for San diego) cloud cover as I left so the air was pretty cool. That didn’t last too long though as I moved up 15 towards 40 the air started heating up again. It wasn’t as bad as north of vegas (which I’ve now found out may have been as high as 120 farenheit!) so I just stayed hydrated and still made good time. When I got to a town
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San Diego

August 26-29 Miles 0 Time to take a few days to relax before heading back homeward. There was actually a lot to do though, things to take care of before I was ready to put another 3000 miles on the bike. If you look back through the previous entries of the trip you’ll see that I added pictures, maps, and streamlined things a bit. I also had to do laundry and groceries for the way back. One of the more important things I had to do was take care of the bike and make sure it was alright. Since randy from mile high harley suggested I have my back tire tread looked at, I brought the bike by the dealership in San diego. Turned out my tread was very low but the dealership was charging upwards of 200 for the tire and replacement and I also needed my oil changed.
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Toronto To San Diego Maps

Toronto to Sterling State Park, MI View Larger Map Sterling State Park, MI to Lincoln Trail State Park, IL View Larger Map Lincoln Trail State Park, IL to Lawrence, KS View Larger Map Lawrence, KS to Boulder, CO View Larger Map Boulder, CO to Grand Junction, CO View Larger Map Grand Junction, CO to Zion National Park, UT View Larger Map Zion National Park, UT to Las Vegas, NV View Larger Map Las Vegas, NV to San Diego, CA View Larger Map
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