Wednesday, August 1, 2012
It was, after all, a Friday afternoon in July. I suspected we would not hit any slowdowns and I was right. Everyone was going the opposite direction.
We had gassed up just after getting on I-75 because I couldn't make it home on this tank.
We pulled into the drivway about 3:30 PM. We quickly opened the camper and Don's trailer and began exchanging the items we had been carrying of each others.
In the meantime, as I was gathering some more items, Don was downloading all his pictures from his phone and camera, onto our home PC.
We had all that done in less than an hour. Don had another 2-1/2 hours to ride to get to his place. We said goodbye and had a brief conversation about the trip and he took off.
This motel has an indoor pool. We weren't real keen on an indoor pool, but thought of the one from last night being outside in the heat. The one last night really wasn't refreshing as it was really warm. This one was just right, although the indoor temperature was unbearable.
We cooled off in the pool, then sat outside in the shade.
Fortunately there was a nice looking restaurant adjacent to the motel parking lot. We just cooled off more, had a few beers and ate a late dinner.
We could make it home from here tomorrow. Not much more to say other than ride to get home...
Unfortunately the reflecting pool was down for some repairs.
|View Of OKC Memorial|
This Wall Is At One End Of Reflecting Pool
|Stylized Chairs Representing Each Victim|
With Names Etched On Glass Base
Large Chairs For Adults, Small Chairs For Children
Columns Of Chairs Represent The Floor Victims Were On
Rows Of Chairs Arranged Alphabetically
|Corner Of Original Building Left Standing|
|View Of Reflecting Pool (Currently Under Repair)|
|Personal Items On One of Many Fence Sections At OKC Memorial|
|Entrance To Petrified Forest|
We saw rain on the horizon and about 10 miles west of Gallup, we suited up. Not 5 minutes later it came down. It was a combination of heavy rain and pea-size hail. We kept going and felt it better to endure and get out of it. It only lasted for 10 minutes, but seemed longer. There were severe warnings out for the area. We continued on to Albuquerque, and went to the Petroglyphs NM. It was different small and on the main road. Don got a stamp there, so he now has a stamp in NM.
|Sign Adjacent To Parking Lot|
Low-Budget Attraction Here
|Deluge In Albuquerque|
Wave In Drainage Swale Is On Other Side Of Fence
|Entrance To The South Rim Of The Grand Canyon|
|View From South Rim Looking West|
|View From South Rim Looking East|
|View Looking At Plateau Half-Way Down With Trail|
|Our Motel In Needles, CA|
|One Of The Fallen Giant Sequoia Trees.|
This One has Been Down For Over 100 Years
|One Of The Few Trees Not Blocked Off By Fencing.|
Walking On The Ground Around A Tree Will Damage The Root System
|The Giant Called Gen Grant.|
It is HUGE!
|Entrance To Sequoia NP|
|Park Police Investigating The Wreck|
Skid Marks Seen Immediately To Her Right Foot
|View In The Direction From Which We Were Travelling|
|The Bike Where It Stopped (now in the upright position)|
We Disconnected The Camper And Moved It Out Of The Way
We were surprised to see a tarantula crossing the road. We found out later, the area has thousands of them. Once a year, they all migrate elsewhere and cross the roads in huge swarms.
|Tarantula Crossing The Road|
Compare His Size To The White Stripe
|An Area Of Don's Rear Tire Worn Through To The Cord|
Do You Think It Was Ready To Be Replaced?
We awoke to another chilly morning in Guernesy campground. It was 38 degrees, but no wind was blowing. We had built a nice fire the night before, and I was able to get another fire going immediately, since we had stowed some spare wood just for the morning. There is something about an early morning campfire we both enjoy.
|Entrance To Yosemite NP|
|A Portion Of Yosemite Valley|
|The South Side Of El Capitan|
|View of Yosemite Valley From The Exit Road|
|View of Yosemite Valley From Tunnel View Overlook|
El Capitan On The left, and Half-Dome In The Distance
We had both forgotten about Mt Shasta on our way. We didn't stop at the mountain, but were pleased to be able to see it without clouds obscuring it.
|Great View of Mt Shasta|
|A Plaque Describing Mt Shasta|
|Entrance To Lassen Volcanic NP|
|Me Next To Some of The Firewood Don Had Gathered|
|Along The Oregon Coast - South of Waldport, OR|
|Me At An Oregon Coast Overlook|
|Don At An Oregon Coast Overlook|
|Updating The Trip Report in Potlatch SP - Hoodsport, WA|
|The All Too Familiar Welcome Sign|
|Paused Along the Road|
|The Sign Above My Head Reads "Avg Rainfall 137.92 Inches" and is Set At that Height|
|Snow Covered Mountain On the Olympic Peninsula|
|Lake Pleasant Campground - Bothell, WA|
|Mt Rainier From a Distance Travelling Up the Road|
To The Visitors Center
|Mt Rainier From The Visitors Center|
|Piles Of Snow In the Mt Rainier Visitors Center|
|Finishing Up Replacing the Alternator On My Bike|
At the Second Entrance to Mt Rainier.
|View Of Grand Coulee Dam|
|Whoa...Is This a Warning or What!!!|
|The Clearwater River Along US Rt 12 In Montana|
|On US Rt 12, Above Lewiston, ID.|
The Road Seen Below is the Old Road From the 1930's
|Steamboat Rock SP - Coulee City, WA|
|View of Banks Lake From Steamboat Rock SP|