Day 2 in Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Martin and his well-traveled GS (over 200K KM’s on his bike after 4 years on the road)
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Martins GS and Dominic’s Tour Easy at our campsite at Desert View Campground
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Martin cooking with us at our site at Desert View Campground
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Richard on his bike
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Richards bike for touring the SW
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Richard & Martin at Desert View Campground

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.

While at Desert View Campground, we explored Mary Colter’s historic Watchtower.

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Grand Canyon National Park.
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Sandra hiking the South Rim at Sunset – Grand Canyon National Park.
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Deer on the South rim – Grand Canyon National Park.
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Sandra taking in the view – Grand Canyon National Park.
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Mountain Lion Warning sign on Desert View Drive in Grand Canyon National Park.
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Our campsite at Desert View Campground in Grand Canyon National Park. Our tent is the Big Agnes – Copper Spur UL2.
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Figuring out our preferred cooking method; cat-food-can stove with alcohol and esbit stove combination in use here. We are using DZO Stainless Cups.
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Ramen Bomb in DZO Stainless Cups.
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Elk at Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park.
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View of the Colorado River from the South Rim – Grand Canyon National Park.
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Sunset at Grand Canyon National Park.
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Elk at Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park

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

  1. Kathy Bryant

    Your shades of gray photo of sunset at Grand Canyon is a real prize winner! LOVE all your photos and my very favorite piece of your gear is the cat-food-can stove!   You two are amazing–hope to see you both again!   Hugs and good karma from Flagstaff,  Kathy & Bruce

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  2. Pingback: Grand Canyon ride to Page, AZ – Roaming with the Romers

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