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Western Adventure, Days XXIX to XXXV – Oregon at East Fort Rock

These last days were spent riding at our favorite riding area: East Fork Rock. The kids were on top of their game and completely blew past Mom’s riding ability. I can officially say I am the slowest rider of the bunch… permanently. On the last day, Mike did say he needed the new CRF450X to keep up with Zachary. What a riot! The old man almost cannot keep up with his 13 year old son. Ha!

The kids didn’t miss home until the truck started its last leg of the journey and pointed north on I-5 passing Fort Lewis. They couldn’t sleep anymore once they recognized the area. Even Mac was up and standing in the back as soon as we got off Highway 18 in Covington. As soon as we let him out of the truck, he was blazing donuts all through the yard. Briana made the comment that our house was too big after she walked in. All of us were so happy to be back in our soft beds. Added a picture of the boys next to a rare car we saw at a dealership in UT. It was in its original condition. 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.

Over 9,000 miles and 5,000 pictures taken later, our Western Adventure for 2011 came to an end. Only 3.500 of those miles were spent getting from one RV park to another. The rest was the driving we did sight seeing. Wow! The times we shared on this trip will stay in our minds and hearts for many years to come. It was a rare opportunity not many get the chance to do. Thank you Mike for making all of this possible.


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Western Adventure, Day XXV – Utah at Casto and Limeklin Canyons with Dirt Bikes

Casto Canyon

Casto Canyon

Back to what we do best, we took off on an adventure on our motorcycles with lots of water, food and a map. In little time, we discovered the provided map of the area was pathetic. How did we know? Well, when you are supposed to be traveling on a nice dirt road, but instead you are driving through a field full of cows and you find a rancher staring at you with the face of what the heck do you idiots think you are doing, then you know the map is worthless.

Being off track immediately upon leaving, we ended up on a forest service road that took us in the opposite direction. It made sense with the map, but is sure didn’t look right when we moved a gate and was greeted by 40 cows. Over 20 miles later, a few turns here and there, we finally made our way into Casto Canyon. What a beautiful sight too! It was the best visually pleasing trail we had ever ridden. The landscape was copper in color with several crystal clear small streams to cross. Very fun! We continued through the canyon to a small town on the other side, filled our tanks up with gas and had a tasty pizza for lunch before heading back through a new canyon called Limeklin… a well named canyon too. The sediment layer of this canyon has copper in it so the ground was green. We never did stop to take photos, since we were short on time.

To make a long drive short, we did get turned around once when we crossed Highway 12. I suggested one way… Mike said let’s go the other. We went his way and spent a significant more amount of time riding into the cold night. Thank goodness the kids all got bigger bikes, so we could travel faster. (Briana has a 200cc, Zachary 150cc and Nathan is on my old 100cc.) The photo of Briana sums up how she felt about the ride by the time she got into her bed… lol. We plan on heading further north to Marysvale UT for more riding.


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Western Adventure, Day XXII, Arizona to Utah at Bryce Canyon with Dirt Bikes

What a dirt bike opportunity! Photo in front of a National Park

What a dirt bike opportunity! Photo in front of a National Park

We survived the winds and headed north to Utah. Our goal was to get to Bryce Canyon City. There’s the Ruby RV Park located just outside the National park and it has motorcycle trails all around it. After getting settled, we got the bikes out and rode around to explore the surrounding area. One of the trails took us right up to the Bryce Canyon National Park rim.

Where Monument Valley was terracotta in color, Bryce was peach, orange and white. Beautiful. We found the Bryce Canyon entrance sign. So we stopped by and got our photo in front of the sign with the bikes. Now that was cool!

Have to share a funny story. Nathan popped a wheelie across the park entry road right in front of a Sheriff. Then he proceeded to make a turn right in front of him in the parking lot. We all thought we were going to be ticketed. Lucky for us, the Sheriff just kept driving on. It’s okay to ride on the roadway in Utah, as long as, you are geared up. Thank goodness! Tomorrow we plan on heading down to Zion National Park.


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