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Arizona by Motorcycle

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I thought I knew what Arizona was all about – cactuses, rough mountain peaks, and wide plains of desert… but it’s so much more than that. When we traveled from San Diego to Quartzsite, AZ in November, we made a…
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Colorado is closed. Part 2

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Closed campgrounds, closed roads, closed parks, closed mountains, closed shops. Seriously Colorado! What is open?Great Sand Dunes National Park. That’s what. And it was spectacular. Not even closed a little bit.The dunes were huge, the tallest in North…
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Colorado is closed. Part 1.

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Having spent far too long faffing about in Utah and Nevada our time in Colorado was short. (That was about the only thing that was short in Colorado—everything else appeared to be of record-breaking height.) After visiting Dinosaur National Monument…
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From Sea to Shining Sea: The Great American Roadtrip

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26 March, 2013 – Leaving Columbia 6:00 AM—up and at ‘em! Ok, one snooze, then I’m really getting up. We were supposed to leave yesterday, but you know how that goes. Days behind most recent thinking, and months behind our…
Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park

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The deepest, and perhaps bluest, lake in the United States is a brilliant sapphire in a dry mountain. We look down from the rocky edge where enormous pines have taken root, and Crater Lake shimmers in its caldera of pumice…
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Utah. Definitely another planet.

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Our initial plan to take a detour south through Escalante—Grand Staircase National Monument was foiled—by torrential rain washing out Cottonwood Road. We formulated ‘Plan B’ when a couple we spoke to in Kodachrome Basin State Park motivated us to pay…
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Monument Valley

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After the surreal landscapes of Utah, it seemed like an obvious choice to take a detour through Monument Valley. It turned out to be one of the most memorable drives of our journey so far.Wave after wave of storm…
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Utah. Possibly another planet. Part 2.

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Still not convinced that the landscapes of Utah would be more at home on another planet? Take a look at the slot canyons of Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument. These are deep, narrow canyons carved into sculptural forms by flood waters…
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Redwood National Park

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The old giants of the Sierra, the sturdy sentinels of this coast, the last stands of Sequoia… I’ve written about trees before (here & here). Visiting the Redwoods on our Pacific Coast Road Trip was a lot like seeing Sequoia…
Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah. Possibly another planet. Part 1.

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After spending some time driving aimlessly around Utah, we reached the conclusion that it is quite possibly another planet.Or at least that is the only way we can explain these landscapes:Utah has slightly more than its fair share…
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USA 3 – Utah’s remote wilderness….The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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May 2014 – In 1996, Grand Staircase Escalante became Utah’s newest National Monument.  Located on the Colorado Plateau, this huge and remote area in Southern Utah, spans nearly 1.9 million acres of sandstone canyons, plateau, colourful cliffs and unique sandstone…
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Adventures with Javier

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A lot of the time on this trip Emma is the chief Navigator. But sometimes Emma takes a nap and lets Javier, our Spanish-speaking, slightly scatterbrained GPS take charge of the navigational guidance.When we are in a big city…
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USA 2 – Arizona’s two great Canyons…….Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon.

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30th April – 4th May  –  Another freezing morning as we leave Flagstaff for our visit to the Grand Canyon, taking a scenic drive that takes us past Arizona’s highest peak…….snow covered Humphreys Peak  at 12,633 ft. followed by pine…
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Bryce Canyon

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Just outside of Zion on the way to Bryce Canyon is a tunnel. A long tunnel. A long unlit tunnel. A long unlit tunnel where we discovered our headlights didn’t work. Surprise! There was a little bit of panic as…
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The truth is out there

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The truth is out there… although it isn’t as interesting as we’d hoped. After spending time at Burning Man and in Las Vegas we felt we had probably come as close as possible to encountering alien life forms. But that…
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A Year in the World – 2014

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2014 was good to us. We’re one year older and a lot better traveled. Jesse and I turned 26 and 24, we lived together in Canada’s NWT, road tripped the length of Canada and the US, and saw 8 National…

The lowest point of our trip

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All trips have their low points. This journey is no exception.  Fortunately this particular low point is measured in altitude, not in how many hours we spent plotting to poison each other.  We arrived in Death Valley after the worst…
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Time Passes

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Christmas is next week. It snuck up on me this year, and I was a bit startled to realize it is already upon us. Mentally, we are so removed from the idea of acquiring things, seemingly the sole purpose for…
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No time to burn

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After a couple of months travelling with no set deadlines it was a bit of a shock to suddenly have to be at a certain place at a certain time. Fortunately that place and that time was Burning Man 2014,…

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