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Vacation at the North Rim, Grand Canyon(25 posts)

Vacation at the North Rim, Grand CanyonBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 12:49 PM
Took the bike along so it wouldn't get jealous. A couple of early morning rides with hardly any cars. Here it is taking in the view towards the Grand Staircase (Vermillion Cliffs).
re: Vacation at the North Rim, Grand CanyonBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 12:50 PM
Managed fire that escaped in 2000.Brooks
Sep 8, 2003 12:56 PM
Wild turkeys along the road. Saw several times.Brooks
Sep 8, 2003 12:57 PM
Tree doing what it can to surviveBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 12:59 PM
Yucca bloom going 20 feet upBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:01 PM
It's amazing what you see (and can stop to photograph) while on your bike.
That's a Century plant.eyebob
Sep 9, 2003 12:13 PM
Known to shoot that growth up once in it's life time and then slowly die. You can see the other spent shafts lying about.

Close-up of spent yucca with morning sun lighting it up.Brooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:02 PM
Bike with The WindowBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:07 PM
In the afternoon, the top of the window is crowded with people. Don't they know that early morning and evening is the best time to view the Canyon?
Self portrait near top of window.Brooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:08 PM
Haze from various fires to the south.
Out at the end of the roadBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:10 PM
Late afternoon thunderstormBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:11 PM
Followed by a double rainbowBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 1:13 PM
That's all, folks!
Dude, the gods smile on you. Awesome photo. nmKristin
Sep 8, 2003 1:14 PM
And then they threw lightning bolts. Had a great stormBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 2:18 PM
our last night, with thunder pounding all around and rain like a fire hose was turned on. Good thing we were sleeping in a camper van.
Nice photosTig
Sep 8, 2003 4:55 PM
It is almost impossible to capture on film (or memory) the same awesome views that create the incredible feelings you get in person when there. The depth and size of the canyon is difficult to comprehend even in person.
Nice picstmotz
Sep 8, 2003 7:57 PM
I lived in Arizona for 15 years and never saw the canyon.I know I missed out.
Sampson huh?No_sprint
Sep 8, 2003 1:31 PM
You've got just the second one I've seen. Small CO builder. The only other I've seen is one of my teammates. His is pretty std. butted 7005. Yours looks very unusual with that tubing build. Nice pics.
I haven't run across another Sampson yet. This is a modelBrooks
Sep 8, 2003 2:25 PM
z7 Pro Road from fall of 2001. It's a titanium frame with large down tube and ovalized top tube, supposedly for larger riders (I'm 195#). Upgraded wheels, Cane Creek Aeroheads, and DA components. I've really enjoyed the bike.
Is that a downtube in your pocket...Spiderman
Sep 8, 2003 3:01 PM
I was going to say that that is one of the largest down tubes i have ever seen.
Grand Canyondave woof
Sep 8, 2003 4:50 PM
I rode the south rim of the GC about a month go, early in the morning. The road is closed to car traffic - it's only a few other riders and a few busses. The view was fantastic. Forgot the altitude though. I think it's 7800 feet or so..

How is the road conditon in the north rim? The S. rim is pretty crappy in places, either the weight of the busses or just disrepair.

Grand Canyon - ride the Rainbow Rim MTB trailpedalAZ
Sep 8, 2003 7:08 PM
On the north rim. Multi day potential.
Road conditions on the north rim..Brooks
Sep 10, 2003 7:18 AM
were very good out to the entrance station, Point Royal and Cape Imperial from the campground. Outside the park, the road through the Forest Service land was newly paved and sweeeet all the way to Jacob Lake. I live at 7000 feet so the altitude wasn't a problem. North Rim is about 1000 feet higher than the South Rim.
re: Vacation at the North Rim, Grand Canyontarwheel
Sep 9, 2003 4:44 AM
I spent several days camping at the North Rim a few summers ago, as part of our vacation in the Four Corners region. It's amazing how few people make it to the N. Rim compared to the South. We were there over the 4th of July and there were empty sites in our campground. I did several long day hikes and saw very few other hikers. Something like 90% of the Grand Canyon visitors go to the South Rim.

Nice photos. I think the fire you mentioned happened right after we left that summer.
The South Rim has that overwhelmingly BIG viewRay Sachs
Sep 9, 2003 4:55 AM
I grew up in AZ and have been to the canyon many times (even hiked it a few times as a kid). The reason most people visit the south rim is that that's where the classic overwhelmingly large view is from, so that's where they built the tourist facilities. The north rim is beautiful also, but in a somewhat more understated way - you don't get quite the same sense of incredible unbelievable VASTNESS from the north that you do from the south.