Day 6 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Grand Canyon to Cameron 130 Miles)

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Day 6 Route Map to Grand Canyon

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Cameron Trading Post sunrise over Old Swayback Suspension Bridge Photo by Larry A.

Today is day 6 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride. Today will be an easy ride, just 130 miles. We will be touring the south rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. We can ride only the eastern part of the canyon and see the western part of the canyon riding the shuttle busses. The western part, recently refurbished, is closed to private vehicles during peak travel periods.

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Courtyard Cameron Trading Post

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Cameron Trading Post main Building

We were up early. We took a few photos of the sunrise and the trading post. We had a good breakfast at the Cameron Trading Post restaurant. We stayed at the Trading Post last night and will be staying here tonight. If you are planning a trip to visit the Grand Canyon, I would suggest staying at the Cameron Trading Post.

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Riding Highway 64 heading to Grand Canyon

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Rolling down Highway 64 to Grand Canyon

Today is a beautiful morning with bright blue skies and just a few high thin clouds. It will be a great riding day. It is just a short scenic ride (32 miles) down Highway 64 from the trading post to the Grand Canyon’s east entrance.

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Scenery on Highway 64 riding to Grand Canyon

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Colorado River at Lipan Point in Grand Canyon

The ride to the canyon is cool but starting to warm up. It could be another warm one today. Though it is a desert area it was greener than I would have expected. The area was mostly flat with small pine trees lining the highway. At some points you could see small hills in the distance. We made a few stops riding to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

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Lipan Point in Grand Canyon

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Our bikes at Lipan Point in Grand Canyon

At Lipan Point we got our first close look over the edge of the canyon. This may have been our best view of the Colorado River from anywhere. Lipan Point is known for an excellent place to capture some great pictures of the sunset over the canyon. Today, with the sun high in the sky, we settled for some great shots of the canyon and river.

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Tusayan Ruins in Grand Canyon National Park

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Tusayan Ruins Museum at Grand Canyon National Park

I enjoy native Indian history, so the Tusayan Ruins is a great stop for learning more about ancient cultures. We enjoyed the walk through the ruins reading the signs describing the ruins and the people of long ago. As always I find myself imagining the people who once called this part of the world home. I wish stones could talk… There is a small museum at the ruins that I would have liked to visit, but it is closed. Maybe next time…

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Me taking in the Grand of the canyon…

Once at the Visitor Center we picked up brochures and checked out the displays about the Grand Canyon. From the Visitor Center headed to the western area shuttle stop and after searching a bit found a place to park our bikes. It was a busy day, with a lot of people visiting the park. It is a bit hazy today but still a great sight that must be seen. The views really can’t be described with words and pictures really can’t capture the majesty of the canyon. The panoramic views, colors, sights, depth, sounds of the wind and birds have to be experienced to be appreciated. If you haven’t been there, it needs to be on your bucket list.

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Grand Canyon Trails

It’s getting hot again today. The average temperature for June is the mid-80’s but today it’s in the 90’s. We stopped at most of the points in the beginning and took our time at each stop, but as it got warmer we spent less time at each stop. We skipped a few stops and headed to Hermit Rest for some lunch. There isn’t a lot for lunch there, sandwiches, snacks and soda is about it. When you are hungry, it fit the bill and got us out of the heat and gave us a needed rest. One couple there recognized the Larry’s (Larry T. & Larry A.) accent as being from their area (Tennessee). We had a nice time visiting with them before riding the shuttle back to the start.

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Greeters of the Grand Canyon

The ride back to the Cameron Trading Post was hot… again as in our previous days. At one point as we got closer to the trading post my air temperature on my bike read 104 degrees (F). It is nice to be back and cool off in the AC.

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Views abound in the canyon…

Tomorrow we ride to the Panguitch, UT (via Bryce Canyon) down US 89 & US 89-A… Because of all the canyons we are visiting on this ride I should have called it the canyons ride… Come follow along and enjoy the ride over the next 11… I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

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I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

2 responses to “Day 6 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Grand Canyon to Cameron 130 Miles)

  1. Fun area to ride. I remember enjoying a beautiful sunset from the south rim and had fun exploring the Panguitch area (my housemate’s home town)
    Thanks for sharing!

    • It was a fun ride but a bit warmer (due to a heat wave) than I would have liked. I love riding the western US… The west is the best…

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