BEAULIEU BROTHERS RIDE…Large blue skies, breathtaking pure surroundings, John Wayne’s wild west and the wealthy historical past of Route 66…Learn on…
BBR2016 had me driving my Chieftain out of San Diego, California early one Saturday morning again in June…Vacation spot: 375 miles eastward to Phoenix, Arizona to fulfill up with my brother Rocky.
Rocky had simply accomplished 2,000 miles driving together with his spouse and associates round Arizona, Utah and Colorado. He and I’d begin the second leg of our Beaulieu Brothers Experience and discover the American Southwest for an additional 2,500 miles. His bike of selection this 12 months was a brand new BMW K1600 GTL Tourer from Eagle Rider Bike Leases.
I have to say that the BMW Okay 1600 GTL is one high-end, stylish touring machine. It comes with a 6-cylinder engine that’s all energy on a regular basis…160 hp, 129 ft-pd of torque (1649cc)…pushed by a 6-speed tranny and shaft drive. That is one easy, luxurious motorbike. I knew that I would wish to push my Indian Chieftain to its higher limits to maintain up with my youthful brother on this BBR.
The journey via northern Arizona
Arizona is considered one of America’s most fascinating states to discover. The state is greatest identified for the Grand Canyon, the Navajo and Apache Nations, Monument Valley, artsy Sedona and Route 66 lore. We tried to see as a lot of it as we might on this roadtrip.
Flagstaff, Arizona was based in 1876. It’s a powerful large pine mountain city on the unique Route 66…at this time often called I-40. The railroad reached Flagstaff in 1881. The Mom Highway, as Route 66 is affectionally identified, passes proper via the middle of Flagstaff. Route 66 was 90 years previous in 2016. Town takes particular delight in its Route 66 heritage.
Winslow, Arizona…a Bucket Listing Merchandise for us
We rode into Winslow, Arizona all excited to expertise this historic railroad city on Route 66 made well-known by considered one of our favourite rock bands, The Eagles.
Our first cease was on the Outdated Trails Museum on Kinsley Avenue. The museum is stuffed with fascinating displays that includes tales and tales of Indian tradition, pioneers and explorers, cowboys and ranchers, merchants and features a full historical past of the Santa Fe Railroad firm.
We then headed for the “nook” in downtown Winslow. In 1949, the day by day variety of cars and bikes passing via Winslow averaged 3,800…that’s 3,800 automobiles per day! A lot of the automobiles had been touring west to California.
Think about if you’ll…the hustle, the thrill of being on Route 66 and the highway noise as traveler’s handed via this city. America was on the transfer after WWII ended and Route 66 was like a dream for a lot of in search of fame and fortune out west.
The Standin’ On The Nook Park is positioned on the intersection of Kinsley and Second Streets in downtown Winslow.
There’s a bronze statue and mural depicting the story behind the well-known Seventies Eagles track, “Take It Simple”. The track’s music was written by the late Glenn Frey. The lyrics had been written by Jackson Browne. The track’s success actually put Winslow, Arizona on the map.
The park space is paved with inscribed bricks bought by followers who needed a everlasting place “on the nook”. Search for the Beaulieu Brothers Experience 2016 brick if you go to.
The White Mountains of Arizona – Apache Nation
The White Mountain Indian Reservation is residence to 25 lakes and 400 miles of streams filled with rainbow and brown trout. Mount Baldy is the tallest mountain on the reservation at 11,590 ft. It’s a wilderness paradise.
There are over 1,000 campsites for adventurers to get pleasure from. Hunters love the place. In accordance with one of many roadside plaques, the biggest elk ever taken was on White Mountain and eight of the ten largest elks listed within the Safari Membership Worldwide Report E book had been taken in Arizona’s White Mountain vary.
Rising up in lumber nation, we had been fascinated by the world’s large logging historical past and ongoing lumber trade. The Apache Timber Firm, which has the logging rights to the world, is without doubt one of the high 50 lumber firms within the U.S.
The Nice Monument Valley
Monument Valley extends into each southern Utah and northern Arizona. The valley covers virtually 92,000 acres and sits 5,600 ft above sea stage.
“Monument Valley is the place the place God put the West.” ~ John Wayne
Often known as Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park, it’s a really magical place. The panorama merely overwhelms the senses for each its distinctive magnificence and its huge measurement. The towering sandstone outcrops are masterpieces towering 400 to 1,000 ft. The formations are merely out of this world.
This part of the Navajo Indian Nation accommodates a few of the most picturesque and spectacular surroundings on this planet. Driving via this particular place on a motorbike places you in absolute awe of the vastness of this place of origin.
The monolith formed rock formations stand robust excessive above the desert ground, the wonder and enormity of the rock pinnacles, spires and buttes blow your thoughts. The place merely amazes your senses.
Journey Tip: Add Monument Valley to your bucket record. That is a type of areas within the USA it’s essential to see earlier than you die.
Twin Rocks Bluff – distinctive Utah Historical past
Based by Mormon pioneers in 1879, the group of Bluff, Utah makes for an fascinating cease. We’re speaking distant and desolate ranching territory simply north east of the doorway into Monument Valley. We visited the Twin Rocks Buying and selling Firm cafe for breakfast earlier than getting into into the Valley.
John Wayne and Director John Ford made Monument Valley well-known.
Legend has it that Ford found John Wayne whereas he was working as a propman round film units for then western cowboy star, Tom Combine.
John Ford was a perfectly gifted movie director. He’s famend each for Westerns reminiscent of John Wayne’s Stagecoach and The Searchers in addition to diversifications of basic Twentieth-century American novels such because the movie, The Grapes of Wrath.
John “Duke” Wayne motion pictures greater than any others, have made Monument Valley well-known. The “Duke” made 5 motion pictures there in his lifetime, “Stagecoach” (1939), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Rio Grande” (1950), “The Searchers” (1956) and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1959).
John Wayne (1907-1979) was considered one of Hollywood’s largest stars. My film hero, died of lung most cancers in 1979. He’s buried at Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Seaside, California. Search for his bronze gravestone plaque. He’s laid to relaxation on the grassy slope known as the “Bayview Terrace”.
At this time, the John Wayne Most cancers Basis is considered one of America’s most vital academic and fund raisers for most cancers analysis.
Exploring New Mexico
New Mexico has a various terrain encompassing the Chihuahuan Desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is understood for its attractive excessive desert landscapes, good roads, artist cities and native tradition.
Los Alamos is the location of the key Manhattan Project that developed the world’s first atomic weapon throughout World Conflict II. Are you able to think about dwelling the lifetime of the scientists charged with this world-changing process within the Forties?
At this time, the Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory is a extremely safe U.S. authorities lab that’s nonetheless answerable for America’s nuclear arsenal.
The 4 Corners Monument
The 4 Corners Monument is positioned on Native American land off US Freeway 160. Each the Navajo and Ute folks dwell within the 4 Corners space.
We discovered extra about Native People, their cultures and their lifestyle whereas driving on this space.
This area has been residence to native peoples for a whole bunch of years. Archaeologists have recorded quite a few historic Puebloan websites relationship previous to AD 1300 all through the 4 Corners space.
We stopped for an previous model shave at Jeffrey’s Barber Store close to Penasco, New Mexico
Southwest Colorado…merely wonderful!
Our BBR journey for 2016 initially started as a bucket record merchandise to go to the True Grit film areas to see the place the Duke filmed his well-known film scenes.
A lot of the 1969 western film, “True Grit”, was filmed within the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the film result in John Wayne’s solely Academy Award. The wonderful pure surroundings of Colorado’s southwest nook was an enormous a part of the movie so we needed to seize all of it on the seat of our bikes. Scheduling points prevented me from becoming a member of Rocky on this section of BBR2016 so it stays on my bucket record of rides to test off sooner or later.
Till the subsequent BBR…
My brother and me, we love the thrill and household bonding moments of our 2-wheeled adventures. It reminds us of the unbelievable freedoms we loved rising up driving Enduros/Scramblers within the distant lumbercamps of northern Ontario, Canada in the course of the Seventies. Driving offers us high quality time collectively yearly simply to be brothers. Keep tuned for extra driving adventures from the Beaulieu Brothers sooner or later.
Experience Protected Out There.
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Bonus BBR Photograph…Sierra Mountains on the way in which to Sturgis, South Dakota from San Francisco, California…BBR2001..16 years in the past.
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