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Last time on this blog, you joined us climbing the hills from Flagstaff at 7,000 ft. to over 8,000 ft. , freewheel down to ~ 6,000 ft. & climb back up to ~ 7,000 ft.; after 2 days of that, we were ready for a rest and so, we stayed a total of 3 nights in Grand Canyon National Park.
Our first 2 nights in the park were spent in Mather Campground in the Hiker/Biker campsite; this campground is located conveniently in Grand Canyon Village (grocery & showers here) and the hiker/biker sites are non-reservable spots for folks hiking/biking into the park. Hopefully, we’ll find lots of other parks that have this kind of set-up.
For our 3rd night in the park, we cycled over to the Desert View Campground, a smaller campground located 26 miles East of the village (and Mather Campground). You travel via Desert View Drive. This proved to be another hilly day (per the image below) and after 26 miles, we were lucky to get a spot at Desert View Campground and call it a day by lunchtime.
While at Desert View Campground we met another bike camper – Richard from Quebec and we shared our site with Martin from Germany (on his BMW GS1200), 4 years into his travels around the world.
We have already found – as we suspected – that travelling via bicycle is far more social than traveling in the RV (as we did last year – check out that blog here – 12 mos on the road through the US, Canada & Mexico in our Navion RV). Wherever you stop, people want to ask where we are coming from/going to and Dom’s recumbent usually attracts some attention. We had a lovely girl stop and give us water on Desert View Drive and all kinds of people wishing us well on our travels.
Join us next time when we cycle across Navajo Country (27K square miles!), wild camp on the reservation and make it to Page in Northern Arizona.
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