David Cole


David Cole

Motorcycle enthusiast, took a 10,000 mile cross county trip with two friends September 6 - October 8, 2012. Riding to Key West / New Orleans May 4, 2013

North America » United States » Arizona » Page September 21st 2014

2014 09 17 Day 16 Drove through southern Utah and northers Arizona desert to the North rim of the grand canyon. After getting up to the plateau the scenery change to lush meadows and forests. The GC is probably the most amazing thing I have ever seen. The other day when I heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I thought that must be what angels sound like. Today I saw where they must live. Breathtaking, spectacular, magnificent, etc. etc. none of these words can truly relate what we saw. Some of the pathways were frightening, but worth it. Took about a million pictures, would love to see it at sunrise and sunset. Took the longer route to page, our next stop. Glad I did, saw some spectacular scenery. I'm glad I got to see northern Arizona. Made ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Washington September 16th 2014

2014 09 16 Day 15 When we discovered that the temperature was going to be 100 degrees today, we decided to get to Zion early and see what we could see before it got too hot. We ate breakfast in the motel and drove to Zion. The scenic road in Zion is closed to traffic, you have to take a shuttle (free) provided by the National Park Service. The shuttle stops at nine locations along the route and you can get off and on as often as you like. There are a lot of hiking trails in Zion. We got off at a stop that had what was described as an easy hiking trail to Emerald pond. As we started up the trail I was having trouble breathing. Chris became dizzy about a quarter of a ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Midvale September 15th 2014

2014 09 15 Day 14 Ate breakfast in HIE, checked oil – was ok. Left at 7:53 Lot of traffic going in the opposite direction into Salt Lake City. I'm glad I don't have to drive to work anymore. Utah is basically a very pretty desert with lots of mountains. We arrived at Bryce around noon and had a picnic lunch before sightseeing. Bryce is a canyon – there is a road that traverses the top for 18 miles and then dead ends. They suggest that you go to the end and sight see on the way back – that way you are only making right hand turns. We spent about 3.5 hours stopping at 13 of the 14 viewpoints (places where you could park) and viewed the scenery. Bruce is absolutely gorgeous I took about ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Midvale September 14th 2014

2014 09 14 Day 13 We got up early so that we could see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform at 9:30. We ate a quick breakfast and left for Salt Lake City a little before eight o'clock. We had a little trouble finding a parking space, but were able to park and get to the tabernacle in plenty of time. Our seats were on the side behind the columns supporting the balcony, but we could see virtually everything and because the acoustics in the tabernacle are so incredible, we could hear perfectly. If you are ever in this part of the country, I highly recommend that you go see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday morning at 9:30. It was the most incredible choir I have ever heard, they performed for 30 minutes; I could have ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Midvale September 13th 2014

2014 09 13 Day 12 Salt Lake City While visiting Salt Lake City we are staying at the Staybridge suites, very nice suite with full sized refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, etc., very roomy and comfortable. Like the Holiday Inn Express, they provide a complementary breakfast bar. We ate there and then drove into Salt Lake City. When the map showed that we were only about 5 blocks from temple square we parked the car and began to walk to the square. It quickly dawned on us (as we became out of breath) that a Salt Lake City block is about the same size as three or four Philadelphia blocks. Of course it was uphill, too. We walked around Temple Square for a little while, taking pictures, then took a open-air bus tour of the city. The ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Midvale September 12th 2014

2014 09 12 Day 11 The morning was sunny but very, very cold. After breakfast at the motel, we drove to Craters of the Moon National Monument. The ride was a little over an hour and a half across very flat, very boring steppe. We stopped at a rest stop and when we got out of the car we were greeted with an icy blast of cold wind. We really liked the Craters of the Moon National Monument. By the time we got there it had warmed up considerably. Very nice, sunny, almost warm weather. The National Park Service has done a very nice job of creating walkways and paths through the volcanic remains with many markers explaining how what you were looking at was formed. After about an hour and a half of walking around ... read more

North America » United States » Idaho » Pocatello September 11th 2014

2014 09 10 Day 9 There was 4 inches of snow on the car in the morning. The roads and parking lots were clear, but there was snow on the non-paved areas as well as the cars. The low tire pressure indicator was lit, so we drove to a gas station to get air. The nozzle to the air pump was broken, but you don't know that until you try to put air into the tire, so all I got for my seventy-five cents was four pounds less pressure. We went to the gas station across the street, and for fifty cents, were able to add air to the tire. We stopped at Burger King for breakfast and headed into the park. The roads were clear, but the bridges were very, very icy. I started to ... read more

North America » United States » Wyoming » Cody September 10th 2014

Rather than searching for a place to eat breakfast, we ate in the motel. As expected, it was pricey and not really very good. Today was the day we decided to see Old Faithful. Unfortunately, a bridge on the road to that part of the park was closed for the season so they could repair it before the winter snows. The detour added an hour to the trip making it over 3 hours from Cody to Old Faithful. It was a beautiful ride, however, so I won't complain. We stopped at Canyon City to get more souvenirs. (can you ever get enough?) We got there about an hour and a half before Old Faithful was scheduled to erupt, so we decided to get lunch while we were waiting. As did everyone else in the park, including ... read more

North America » United States » Wyoming » Cody September 9th 2014

Because we would be entering Yellowstone three separate days, (two to visit and one on way to Grand Tetons) I decided to take the scenic Chief Joseph road north to the Park's northeast entrance. It was a quite a bit longer than entering through the east entrance, but we would see parts of the park we wouldn't otherwise get an opportunity to see. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't cooperative and we couldn't see very much during the first hour or so because clouds covered the mountaintops. The parts of the mountains that we were able to see were very beautiful. After we crossed the mountain pass the sky was clear and the view was breathtaking. We stopped at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone river to take some pictures. To get to the falls we had to ... read more

North America » United States » Wyoming » Cody September 8th 2014

2014 09 08 Day 7 We left the motel a 8:09 and stopped for breakfast in Spearfish. The first hour or so of the ride was the same flat, straight, boring ride that we had become accustomed to in South Dakota. The ride was made a little easier because we listened to the audio play “The Best Man” by Gore Vidal. I enjoyed the play very much and it made the ride much easier. After a couple of hours into Wyoming, the scenery became very un-boring. Approaching the mountains is an awesome experience. They begin as a small bump on the horizon that steadily increases in size as you get nearer, and when you reach them, they tower over you in overwhelming majesty. As you drive up the mountain, the land below recedes until you can't ... read more

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