Riding from the Grand Canyon to Silver City
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
Back at it again with a brand new series, and we're excited to share this epic trip with you guys! On the road from California and Texas, there were endless landscape changes, and new things to see every day! From the sunny deserts of Southern California to the cool, vibrant plains and snowy canyons of Arizona, the roads were always accompanied by inspiring views. Although we left from our home base in Canoga Park, we began filming the trip in one of our favorite cities...Williams Arizona. The ride up there the day prior was a good one, and we got our first taste of colder weather while approaching Williams when it reached a chilling 27 degrees. The snow on the ground and the glowing neon lights of this historic town gave us a "warm" welcome as we prepared to hang out and enjoy our first nights stay out there. We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants in town, Rod's Steakhouse, for some big 'ol steaks to end our first full day of riding!
We woke up bright and early around 6:00 and headed out to have a delicious breakfast at Anna's Canyon Cafe to celebrate Gaylin's birthday, then headed off to the south rim of the Grand Canyon!
The south rim is about 60 miles away from Williams, so we got a nice ride in and had a great start to the morning on the way to one of the most iconic landmarks this country has to offer.
We've been there a handful of times before, but it was Josh's first time there, and he couldn't even believe what he was seeing! Seeing something like that for the first time is always mind blowing, and we were stoked to be able to share this with him, and everyone watching! We had some great timing, not only was there snow throughout the canyon, but there was barely anyone there. Usually, there's tour busses and full parking lots full of tourists, but we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Looking out on the vast canyon in complete silence is a truly unique experience and we were lucky to be able to see it in the conditions that we did.
We hung out for a bit, got some cool shots, then headed out on our way to the San Francisco Peaks. The Peaks are the remains of an eroded volcano just north of Flagstaff. If you are ever in the area with time to spare, there are tons of things to do out there in all seasons, like snowmobiling, skiing, and hiking! There was quite a bit more snow out there compared to the Grand Canyon, and we really enjoyed riding down the 180 through the pines and plains. Less than a year ago, we were riding through there filming one of our first vlogs, and it gave us a great feeling like we knew we were exactly where we were supposed to be.
Miles down the road, the snow started to thin, and we arrived in Flagstaff for a quick pit stop. We changed out of our cold weather gear and got on our way towards Alpine Arizona, where we would be meeting a new friend who found us on YouTube.
There's something about Arizona during this time of year that's hard to explain unless you've seen it for yourself, but rolling though all of these areas with vibrant colors wherever you look, and the crisp air flowing by is a feeling you'll just have to experience for yourself.
We hopped o the 40 and made our way to Holbrook to get back on the 180 on our way to the Devil's Highway! We passed through a couple more small towns before reaching the 191, formerly known as Highway 666. The route runs all the way from Mexico to Canada, but some of the most prominent sections run through Arizona and New Mexico.
We went from straight sections of road in the open plains of Arizona to some great canyon sections up in the pines with some nice elevation change throughout the surrounding mountain ranges. It was great to get to some more aggressive riding after all of those highway miles, and we were excited to meet up with Andy so he could show us around the area.
After a great time through Alpine, we pulled up to the Hannagan Meadow Lodge in the White Mountains, which is a historic lodge and restaurant buried deep within the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway. We hung out and met Andy for the first time, then got on our way to exploring more of the Devil's highway!
The four of us had a great time ripping on the 191 and we hit it at the perfect time of day. As the sun was setting, we stopped at a pullout to take a minute to enjoy golden hour and say our farewells to Andy before completing our last stretch of road on our way to Silver City, New Mexico. We had a great dinner and got some rest before another great day on the road to Texas!
Here' the route we took for our entire Texas Loop! It took us about a week to make our stops and enjoy the areas we wanted to see, but you could easily take three times that to see everything at a leisurely pace. Whether you're on four wheels or two, our goal is to inspire others to get out and explore this beautiful country and all of the great roads and destinations it has to offer! Google periodically alters the route that we input on here, so make sure to double check if you'd like to see specific stops.
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Our first leg of the journey was a success to say the least, and we were fired up for the miles ahead! We had a long way to our destination in Dallas, but that just meant seeing a handful of states and all kinds f history along the way!
We hope you guys enjoyed the first day of our journey, because there's a whole lot more where that came from! We're on the road enjoying the good times the open road has to offer, and we hope yo are too! Thanks for tuning in to another episode of 2LaneLife! See ya down the road..
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