Friday, 9 May 2014

Day 6:Flagstaff to South Rim Grand Canyon return 190 miles 304km

It snowed some more overnight.
And, just as in Queenstown, NZ, the new day looks glorious after the storm and the snow.
A perfect day to ride the loop road to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We ride through wide open country to Cameron and take a left turn and continue on highway 64 through Navajo land to our first stop.
Little Colorado River gorge where limestone country tells us that this was under sea millions of years ago.
Next stop, Desert view has a splendid watchtower designed by architect Mary Colter.
Come upstairs with us and see the views. It is the first time I have seen the Colorado river in the canyon from rim - it is on the centre right of the photo. A turquoise ribbon through the earthen landscape.
The view provokes wonder and amazement at the majesty of creation. People watch in awe... And like me try to capture it in photos.
Embedded in the wall of the watch tower is this verse from Psalm 66:4

On we go toward the Grand Canyon village.
Views from the motocycle on this clear day are inspiring.
The National Parks in the USA are very accessible. The roads take us to view points. Paved trails give people with disabilities equal access too.

Such splendour.
If you want to find our more about the geological formations take a peek at this Grand Canyon link.
Homeward bound in the long shadows of the late afternoon
As we ride through higher altitudes the desert becomes forest.
The silver birches stand, waiting for their spring leaves, amidst the ponderosa pines.

We arrive back in Flagstaff and rejoice in the day.


Stuart Burns said...

Great photos of the Grand Canyon, Diana. Andrea and I are looking forward to the same views in a few months but not on the BMW this time it's a Harley.

Diana said...

Glad you like the photos - you will
love riding through and seeing the grandeur of the Canyon with Andrea.