Notice how all the grass in this photo is being blown violently to the right... WOWFWL just loves a headwind!! We pushed a wall of 35 mph wind 75 miles from Kayenta to Tuba City, AZ yesterday through dust storms & past drivers who really just did not want us there. Show cyclists some love on the road and always give them plenty of room, we will really appreciate it!!! Also yesterday had us feeling like https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y6120QOlsfU
We've entered our fourth state--Arizona! We were welcomed to the Grand Canyon State by the mighty towers of Monument Valley. You may recognize this road from your favorite Tom Hanks movie about a man who also crosses the US and amasses a following, but on two feet rather than two wheels!
We had the opportunity to explore the Puebloan ruin Moon House within Bears Ears National Monument today. This place blew us away and is only one small example of why these 1.3 million acres of pristine wilderness, Native American sacred land, and historical sites demands protection and distinction as a national monument.
We know Friday the 13th is supposed to be an unlucky day, but aside from a cat popping an air mattress our day spent biking from Escalante to Boulder, UT was most serendipitous. Chance meetings with Grand Staircase National Monument Partners, waterfall chasing, warm meals, friendly vans, and random hosts; you can't ask for much more 🤗🤗🤗
Reggie (Alex's bike) was acting up (he fell over and broke a screw in his rack, naughty boy!). Alex visited lots of hardware stores trying to fix him with no luck... until we found The Desert Doctor! For 14 years, The Desert Doctor has been helping motorcyclists and bicyclists with repairs out of his garage in Escalante, Utah. In 1993, The Doctor himself was stranded in Escalante for a month when his motorcycle broke down. But he has since moved back to help others fix up their bikes to keep them cruising down the open road. Thanks, Doc!
The team arrived in Bryce Canyon National Park today & we were so filled with wonder (I mean look at it!!)! Public lands blow us away every day we are on this trip, every landscape is inspiring. You really can't find a bad view. We're looking forward to sharing more about what we learned and loved about Bryce with you all in our upcoming blog post! #keepitpublic#protectwildutah
It's #nationalpubliclandsday 🙌🏼 We love our public lands, but a lot of our time in Zion National Park was spent shuffling in hoards of strangers, all of us trying to see the most iconic spots... check out our most current blog post (link in bio) to read more about the threats of overpopulation facing Zion, and more about our journey!
Good golly Miss Molly, you sure look rather frosty!
Made camp at 9,500 ft in the middle of the Dixie National Forest last night, after 5 miles of off roading in the pitch black. Temps were low but spirits were high, because even when things don't go according to plan there's still plenty to laugh about😊
During our time in Great Basin National Park, we hitched a ride up to Wheeler Peak to see a grove of Bristlecone Pines, the world's oldest living specimen. These tough, gnarly trees grow high up in the mountains of the park just below the tree line, where they survive in the harsh, alpine climate. The oldest of these trees are over 5,000 years old!
I had the opportunity to bike up to 10,000' yesterday. It was a long & grueling climb, but the sense of accomplishment that came with the top made it more than worth it. Never underestimate where your own two feet or, by extension, your own two wheels can get you! - Alex #humanpowered#travelbybike
"Every place is special to somebody, but some places are special to everybody.” -Scott Burch, Acting Superintendent of Great Basin National Park. As we met with him yesterday on the Autumn Solstice, snow was falling outside his office window 😳🌨
We had the privilege of going on a tour of the Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park yesterday. Ranger Paul showed us the cave bacon and the cave popcorn (pictured) and all the cool rooms of this cave. Lehman Cave is thought to be somewhere between 2.28-5 million years old! Originally, the Fremont people used this cave as a burial site, until it was discovered by Absalom Lehman in 1885 who started selling tours, then it became a one square mile National Monument in 1922, and expanded to a 120 square mile National Park in 1986.