I wore a helmet cam on this holiday of a lifetime, and whilst watching seemingly endless videos of scenery flashing by is no ones idea of fun I would like to share some with you.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride
Included in the tour was a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. The canyon from one mile up is an amazing sight. Here’s a quick video of us approaching the southern rim and flying above the Colorado River.
One of the most amazing landscapes we visited was Monument Valley. This area has been the backdrop of so many westerns and big budget films that it almost felt familiar. This was our ride towards this iconic scene.
The Moki Dugway is a loose dirt & gravel switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa.
It consists of 3 miles of steep, unpaved, but well graded switchbacks, which climb over 1,000 feet from the valley floor near Valley of the Gods.
I felt quite a sense of achievement riding a 111 cu.in. Vee-Twin American cruiser up this roadway. My Triumph Tiger 800 XRT might have been a better choice of bike to attempt this climb, but I made it. Look out for the cones at about the 4 minute 35 second mark where the road has fallen away…….
Zion National Park
Day after day we were constantly “Wowed” by the changing scenery. We thought nothing would beat the sights of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley until we entered Zion National Park. This video shows us driving through the 1.1 mile tunnel cut into the mountain emerging to a stunning canyon (the tunnel footage has been set to double speed) . The second half of the video (excuse the poor editing) is us riding through the gorgeous sandstone rock formations.
Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas
During our day off in Las Vegas we just had to visit the Bellagio and watch their famous fountains.
It took us about 90 minutes to ride into and out of Death Valley. The searing heat of 104 Degrees Fahrenheit and unrelenting sun made it hard work. As you can see from my video there is no respite and the ride is to be endured rather than enjoyed. Looking into the distance you can see the road disappearing. At least we can now say we have ridden through Death Valley…
Tioga Pass – Yosemite Hailstorm
In complete contrast to the previous days ride through Death Valley, 150 feet below sea level, we had climbed to 8000 feet above sea level and found ourselves riding through snow lined roads.
The weather changed quite suddenly as we rode through Yosemite National Park. Going from cool but bright and sunny to a freezing hailstorm. You can see and hear the hailstones hitting us and the bike.
Riding over the Golden Gate Bridge
Nothing more to say really… this is us riding over the icon that is one of the wonders of the modern world. It was cold and blustery riding over the bay…
Bixby Bridge – Pacific Coast Highway
There was one bridge that I was looking forward to riding over whilst travelling down the Pacific Coast Highway. And that is Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.
Unfortunately I completely missed it… I rode over it without it even registering. I even asked Vance the tour guide when we were riding over it and his reply was “we’ve already done it..” Probably a good job as Kate hates heights and curves, and this bridge has both…
But once I started reviewing the footage from the helmet cam I found this video of us travelling over the famous Bixby Creek Bridge.
I filled two 32GB memory cards with footage during our two week, 2494 mile journey and a great deal of it was through absolutely stunning scenery. My particular favourite riding was through Yosemite and around the June Lake area. Which reminded us so much of Snowdonia in North Wales.