Day 1 in Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The first portion of our bike trip was to get from Flagstaff, AZ to Grand Canyon National Park, a distance of almost 80 miles with quite a bit of elevation gain & loss…especially for our Florida legs & lungs! We did the trip in 2 days, doing just 30 miles on our first day, Sunday May 20th (as we didn’t leave Flagstaff ’till almost lunchtime) and the remainder of the ride was done on the second day of our trip, Monday May 21st.

The traffic was pretty busy on the way to the park and we stopped plenty of times for 5 minute Swedish Fish & water breaks (and to catch our breath!) and we were delayed by a frothing-at-the-mouth free-range bull, who seemed to consider the road his own. A nice police office spotted our plight and came to our aid, driving his SUV in between us and the bull while we passed “his” territory.

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Making coffee at camp
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Elk greets us in the park
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Sandra watching elk cross the road in the park
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Elk chilling in the park
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Our campsite in the park – this is the Hiker/Biker campsite – there was 10 of us on the first night here, 3 other bike tourers (& us) and 5 hikers on the AZT. Our tent is the Big Agnes – Copper Spur UL2
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A great lifted VW Vanagon in our campground, with solar roof panels
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View of the canyon from the South Rim
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Some fellow bike campers from Quebec in their Zpacks Duplex tent
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Sandra hiking on the South Rim Trail
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Sandra taking in the view
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We’ve been here quite a few times…it never get’s old
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Busy week here at the park and only getting busier with the onset of Summer
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Kaibab Trail in/out of the canyon
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Tough lizards at 7,000 ft elevation
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Abert’s squirrel in the park
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Enjoying lunch at our campsite in the park using our DZO Stainless Cups
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Assessing our dry goods, before we head towards Page, AZ. The grocery store in the park has fresh produce etc. so you can supplement this stuff.
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Dom enjoying our chairs…no, we didn’t carry these with us on the bikes, these were being abandoned by campers heading home so, we’re gratefully making use of them during our 2 night stay in the park

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2 thoughts on “Day 1 in Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

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