North Rim

For as long as I’ve known my husband he’s always wanted to go to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The only time we went to the Grand Canyon time simply did not permit us to go to the north rim plus we were traveling with a 3 year old. That doesn’t exactly encourage you to take multi-hour in the car side trips. Open-mouthed smile This time though it seemed like going around to the north rim would be worth the time even if getting there was more than a bit of back travel. Then again isn’t that what the best two wheel touring is all about, going off the main tourist routes?


Some of the roads were through burn areas though you could tell that prior to the fire this would have been a really pleasant ride along a ridge. One thing if you are contemplating a trip to the north rim, pay attention to your gas gauge since there aren’t a lot of stations. Those that are there may not be open all year round and tend to think very highly of their products. Prices were comparable to California, higher parts of California at that.

sw-1-28Until you arrive at the north rim the view looks pretty much like above just with trees in some sections and burnt skeletons in others. Until you see a turnout to a vista parking lot.


With sweeping smoky blue vistas.

sw-1-26Punctuated by layers of exposed rocks as sections jut up.


Some of the turnout had info on what you might be able to see below.

sw-1-31Then it was off to the lodge for lunch which is positioned to give you some great views if you sit in one of the log chairs or benches on the flagstone patio.


When my husband and I do finally get a chance to go together I’m thinking one of these cabins would be the place to stay.

sw-1-33The  rest of the day was pretty uneventful though I ended up riding through “the rez”, aka Navajo reservation in Arizona after dark. Which can be a bit nerve wracking due to the number of critters including black sheep that are known to wander onto the road.  A major accident closed down I-40 eastbound so I ended up back tracking a bit to spend the night in Winslow. Arizona. Where some of the hotels seems to have decided to jack up their prices as a result. Quality Inn wanted $279 for a single night’s stay. Fortunately the Motel 6 next door didn’t.

Next morning my departure was delayed because the key bent unlocking my side cases. Why Honda decided to make the side cases only use half the height of the ignition key I do not know. Lesson learned, have a couple of spares cut and carry at least one with your in your wallet. Locksmith ended up carefully straightening the key since he didn’t have a blank to cut a new key. I tried later in Roswell, NM to get a key cut but dealership wasn’t open and Home Depot didn’t have the right blank either. Not wanting to end up stuck if the straightened key snapped it was pretty much straight home with just one more overnight. Even then I had repacked so I didn’t have to open both side cases when I stopped for the night in Abilene, TX. Once I got back to Houston I took the spare key over to a locksmith who did have blanks in stock and got two more cut. I think I’ll be following the suggestion from Genesis in his Make a key for gas cap and saddle bags thread.

This entry was posted in ride report. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.