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Grand Canyon South Rim

I can't believe this trip came into fruition less than two weeks before it actually started. I mean, really, the Grand Canyon was always on my bucket list. I knew I was going there, but just not when. That's how it is sometimes, in today's busy schedule. you know you’re going there, but you just don't know when. Until you meet Mark. Then things change. Mostly in rapid succession, and sometimes all too much. Just hang on, cause the bull is blazing a trail, and your along for the ride. Yeah, it's like that. No fear and all gear. We were just sitting in the Sloughhouse Inn after a 1,200 mile red bull fueled blazing run Through Death Valley, Trona, and the El Paso Mountains when Mark And the Bartender started in on me about the praises of the Grand Canyon.  I'm like "hell yeah I’m gonna go!, Didn't you guys see the Ken Burn's National Park series?!? Of course it's on my list!!" But not Now, "I've got shit to do the next few weeks!!" Well, that was the last thing I should've said. Now they were grinding on me insistently that I go NOW! I tried to change the subject but it was obvious what was going to happen in the week to come. We were going to the Grand Canyon, and we would do it in 4 days including the Grand Canyon National Park, and also Grand Canyon West, to visit the mesmerizing  Skywalk.


One Thousand and Eighteen Hundred miles would be the total, including two day hikes in full gear, with two nagging men. Three if you count me. Ok, so three nagging men. We’ll do a large breakfast and a large dinner and no lunch to save time on the road for photo's and hiking around. We will not take any breaks, to or from any destination other than the destination itself. (unless were filling up with gas) In other words we'll ride like bats out of hell, when were not site seeing.


We would also camp to save money, but that Idea gets thrown out of the window when it's 24 degrees with a wind chill of -2degree's. To say that it was cold is an understatement. Everything seemed logical to me, so off we went on a sunny and windy Friday morning to tackle the southbound traffic of highway 99. Which to say, is not my favorite highway. I have seen some very scary stuff on this road. The last time we were on it I noticed a semi truck getting on the freeway on the off ramp going the wrong way into traffic into what appeared to be a suicidal move, and a homicidal one if we were just 20 seconds earlier. Freaking crazy, right!?! But such is life without a cage. Besides the semi-traffic, this stretch went by fairly quick. A few gas stops and we were heading up Tehachapi pass, were the dessert starts to come into view, is always when I start to get excited, and a few red bulls usually helps as well because by now we've been on the road for about 6 hours and were only at the halfway point to Kingman, Arizona which will be our stop for the night after we of course head up old Route 66 to the very old mining town of Oatman. This was the original East to west route before hwy40 was built. This should still be your original route. You don't want to miss Oatman and its rich mining history, and it's old tales of Route 66. But preferably, do take this trip in the day time. But if you like adventure you'll do it after dark when the burrows and steer are on the road. Note to oneself, Burrow's eyes do not glow in the headlights like other animals, They will come up quickly on you, and won't move one iota. Just one long creepy stare. Did I mention the curves on the mostly barrier free canyon pass?? It was so twisty, your lights never even rested on the road. Curve after curve of darkness, Burrows, and steer with huge horns not looking very happy as we come into their territory blazing by. But dam if we didn't finally make it down that mountain and finally into Kingman Arizona after a long 14 hours in the saddle. Leg one finished, over 600 miles traveled.


Leg two was the big day to the Grand Canyon, and our first push was to Williams Arizona Close to 4,000 feet higher in elevation than Kingman so it was mostly an uphill split highway, straight and light truck traffic with automotive traffic sparse and brisk this was our chance to finally make some good time. And we did. I'm completely blown away by the power of the 990 motor in high revs at a high altitude. Just simply amazing. Thank you KTM. Thanks to you, that roughly put us at the grand canyon 'round 9:30 am, and no, you cannot have my start time, that would simply be silly. Speaking of the Grand Canyon as John Wesley Powell put it;


"The  wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray it's features. Language and illustration combined must fail" Simply put, you have to see it to believe it. But really, you actually feel it. It's that powerful. After a day of light hiking, view finding, photo & video shooting, and just simply being "stunned" we were off to Williams for the night as there will be no camping on this chilly and very windy 24 degrees night. To hell with that, I'm grabbing a steak and a shower.

Leg three we were off to the Western Grand Canyon Experience over at the Skywalk, with was still quite a ways from Williams but closer towards the Vegas side. The dirt portion of this part was fantastic, but unfortunately will be paved soon. But man, it sure was nice to get off the tarmac for a minute.


This was no National Park, but there is no experience quite like the Skywalk experience. You have to do this at least once. Walking on a glass floor 3,000 feet above the dessert floor is something everybody should to at least once. Even if you have a fear of height's like myself. JUST DO IT!!!


Leg four was preceded by a long ride to Barstow and the you know what happens after that,…….the even longer ride back home proceeded by some very Strong north winds alllll the waaaayyyy baaaaack. To The Sloughhouse Inn of course!!!


Most people dream of adventure but few fly by the seat of their pants to experience true adventure!

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Riders will be required to carry a valid U.S. or similar International drivers license with valid motorcycle license endorsement.
Riders must demonstrate solid riding ability.
Riders must be at least 21 years of age.
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Payment for the Tours is due at time of registration. There are no refunds 0-14 days before departure. If you do need to cancel, we would be happy to apply your payment to a future tour. There will be no refunds for unused services or accommodations once the tour has started. If you cancel a Tour 14 days or less prior to the tour date, there will be a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds if you cancel 72 hours or less prior to the tour, however tour fees can be applied to future tours. We rarely cancel or postpone a trip, but we reserve the right to do so when necessary: due to dangerous weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control. In the event of such an occurrence, we will refund your fees or apply them to another trip, but we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

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Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance.

Storing unneeded luggage or gear:
If you are coming in the region with more gear than you can carry on your bike, or possibly are on an extended vacation, it's commonplace to locate a place to store this extra gear. If you are renting a motorcycle, typically the rental facility will be more than happy to store your luggage or spare gear. This is also commonplace with area hotels. Arrive a day early at your local lodging facility and request they store your extra gear. They'll be happy to comply.

Meals are NOT included in the tour cost so please bring some extra money to be able to partake in the restaurant’s the group will frequent. What is commonplace on the rides is the participants all split the ticket, or simply get separate tickets.

Overnight Tours: Lodging is always pre-booked for you. However, you will be responsible for your lodging costs. Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours will reserve a block of rooms for our tour participants months in advance. Our lodging typically is in Best Western or Holiday Inn type motels that have a pool and jacuzzi, and typically are within walking distance to our dinner destination. Costs range $70-$150 per night depending on the region of California we are in.

Arriving early:
If you are arriving the day prior to the tour, refer to the tour description for a link to a local recommended lodging facility near the launch point for the tour. If you are traveling some distance to reach the launch point, arriving the night prior will ensure you're fresh and ready to ride Friday morning!

When riding in California, we highly recommend that you dress in layers, to adjust to change of weather. In addition, Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours strongly recommends you wear motorcycle specific protective gear while riding a motorcycle. Temperatures during California summers are warm, although the variety of terrain covered in your tours will experience a wide range of temperature and weather conditions.

Tour Safety:
Helmets are required by law in California and Nevada. Tour participants are responsible for any traffic violations they might incur during the tour. Alcohol or drug use during the course of the tour is not permitted under any circumstance or while riding the motorcycle. Over-consumption of alcohol during our evening stop-overs is discouraged also, though we want everyone to have a good time!

California Weather:
The weather in California is often rather predictable during the summer months, namely six months straight of sunshine. Our tour dates are chosen to take advantage of our beautiful summer days, but despite our best efforts, we cannot control the weather, so please come prepared for the possibility of spring/ fall rain showers or summer heat as we will be covering a wide range of climates from high mountain elevations, to coastal areas. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours reserves the right to make modifications to the tour at any time for any reason.

Bringing your own bike:
The majority of riders on Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours ride their own motorcycles. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours is by no means a brand specific company. We welcome all makes of motorcycles and tour participants from all walks of life. We only ask if you bring your own motorcycle to ensure you have a new, or nearly new, set of tires and have your motorcycle in excellent running condition. Please ensure your motorcycle is ready to make a week long tour or more. Also consider obtaining some type of road side service for your motorcycle prior to arriving for your tour. You also might find it convenient to trailer your motorcycle to our starting point. If you need a place to store your vehicle and trailer, we can accommodate you provided you're arriving the day before the tour date.

Shipping your own bike:
Often, shipping your bike to your tour destination will about equal the price of a rental bike- however, you'll need to be in California at least 7-9 days to break even. If you plan on riding for a month, it will be cheaper to ship your bike across the domestic United States. Shippers may also require extended shipping times. For example, here for a month? Your shipper may require 2 weeks on the front side, and 2 weeks on the backside of your trip. Motorcycles normally ship uncrated with minimal fuel and are transported business to business. Our rental facilities will be more than happy to receive your motorcycle and have it ready when you arrive. If you would feel more comfortable aboard your own motorcycle, our helpful staff is happy to aid you with this option. We have also seen shippers deliver to dealers also to add to helping you providing a commercial setting to receive your bike.

Renting a motorcycle:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours does not rent motorcycles. However, we are more than happy to aid you in your rental process. BMW's and KTM’s dual sport adventure motorcycles are readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area. To ensure you get the bike you want, reserve at least 3 months in advance. Call the rental facility of your choice direct to have them familiarize you with the rental process and costs. Riders will typically pick up the bike the day before the tour date, and arrange to drop it off the following morning at open of business to return the motorcycle. Contact us for questions about rental options.

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You must have your passport with you at all times when renting or touring with us if you are not a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

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Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours does not, and cannot, make flight arrangements, nor is the cost of your flight or travel cost to the starting point included in the tour price.
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