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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 14 AND 15

16 ottobre 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 14: Grand Canyon, AZ to Chama, New Mexico
Day 15: Chama new Mexico to Amarillo, TX

While I had all the kit for riding 13,000km (8000 miles) in three weeks- new Dainese Gator Evo Gore-Tex suit, old Dainese gloves and new Dainese Torq Tour Gore-Tex boots (the best riding boots I’ve ever worn) - I’d sorely under-prepared when it came to five nights camping scheduled for this trip. Instead of the air mattress everyone else had packed I had a cheap foam rollmat. I was used to nice, lush European ground, not the bare, cold, high altitude campsites of North America. I’d already chickened out of one night and stayed in a hotel (-6 degrees C didn’t sound appealing).

So, it was no surprise I didn’t get a good night’s sleep in the Grand Canyon campground. It was more of a relief than a problem to rise at 4.30am to ride the few miles to the South Rim to watch the sunrise.

After seeing the sun paint the valley a thousand shades of brown, there was a big day of riding ahead. Along the rim of the Grand Canyon, out of Arizona, through the Painted Desert, into the Navajo Nation, through Monument Valley and into New Mexico.

The buttes of Monument Valley are still beautiful and mesmerising despite feeling like I’ve seen them a thousand times in adverts and photographs. The road, as straight an arrow, bisects the red desert and heads towards Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet at a geometrically neat point.

After the heat of the desert, the last hour or riding in the cold and dark dragged. I was riding with the tour organiser, Nick Sanders, Ian on his old Triumph, Stewart on another Super Tenéré and the newlyweds, Alex and Jenny on their KTM Adventure. Speeds rose. All we wanted was a hot shower and hot food. We got it in the tiny town of Chama, New Mexico. The best steak of the trip.

The next day was split into two halves. The first was on the two-lanes of New Mexico, where we saw huge tarantulas crossing the road; the second half was 250km on the I-40 interstate, directly west into Northern Texas and the overnight stop in Amarillo, Texas.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 14: Grand Canyon, AZ to Chama, New Mexico
Day 15: Chama new Mexico to Amarillo, TX

While I had all the kit for riding 13,000km (8000 miles) in three weeks- new Dainese Gator Evo Gore-Tex suit, old Dainese gloves and new Dainese Torq Tour Gore-Tex boots (the best riding boots I’ve ever worn) - I’d sorely under-prepared when it came to five nights camping scheduled for this trip. Instead of the air mattress everyone else had packed I had a cheap foam rollmat. I was used to nice, lush European ground, not the bare, cold, high altitude campsites of North America. I’d already chickened out of one night and stayed in a hotel (-6 degrees C didn’t sound appealing).

So, it was no surprise I didn’t get a good night’s sleep in the Grand Canyon campground. It was more of a relief than a problem to rise at 4.30am to ride the few miles to the South Rim to watch the sunrise.

After seeing the sun paint the valley a thousand shades of brown, there was a big day of riding ahead. Along the rim of the Grand Canyon, out of Arizona, through the Painted Desert, into the Navajo Nation, through Monument Valley and into New Mexico.

The buttes of Monument Valley are still beautiful and mesmerising despite feeling like I’ve seen them a thousand times in adverts and photographs. The road, as straight an arrow, bisects the red desert and heads towards Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet at a geometrically neat point.

After the heat of the desert, the last hour or riding in the cold and dark dragged. I was riding with the tour organiser, Nick Sanders, Ian on his old Triumph, Stewart on another Super Tenéré and the newlyweds, Alex and Jenny on their KTM Adventure. Speeds rose. All we wanted was a hot shower and hot food. We got it in the tiny town of Chama, New Mexico. The best steak of the trip.

The next day was split into two halves. The first was on the two-lanes of New Mexico, where we saw huge tarantulas crossing the road; the second half was 250km on the I-40 interstate, directly west into Northern Texas and the overnight stop in Amarillo, Texas.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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