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Grand Canyon Rim Trail & Hermit's Rest bike, AZ
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Grand Canyon Rim Trail & Hermit's Rest bike, AZ 
Grand Canyon Rim Trail & Hermit's Rest bike, AZ
 
Road Biking25.75 Miles 1,345 AEG
Road Biking25.75 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   5.56 mph
1,345 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
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The Rim is hilly! Who knew? I started by Bright Angel Bikes, rode the paths to the Hermit Road, and then out the road to Monument Point, after which it's okay to ride on the rim path. Then to the Hermit trailhead. I stopped a lot along the way, chatted with other cyclists and walkers, and looked at the views. The other folks were from places such as Italy, New Zealand, and Oklahoma.

Then I rode back to near the Visitor Center, but instead of going to my car, I figured I'd check out the trail in the other direction. So, I rode to the South Kaibab Trailhead near Yaki Point. This route was a bit too busy with tourists in places. Glad I went on a weekday.

It was my first visit to the S. Rim since October 2019, when I hiked down the Bright Angel Trail to meet a private river trip. I've been on another river trip since then, and I drive down Diamond Creek Road for my job about 3X a week, all summer, but somehow, I don't seem to get myself to the Rim. It was about time, and it encouraged me to think about backpacking the Canyon again. I'll have to actually start hiking again...

Techie info: The bike is a Salsa Journeyman flatbar Sora 700, size XS. It's supposed to be a gravel touring bike. The newer models have dropped the "sexist" name, and they are now called the Journeyer. I have some buyer's regret, for a lot of reasons, but it's still a pretty nice ride. I've had it for a couple of years. It didn't come with a granny low, and I had the gearing completely changed. What they were able to install still does not have a very low granny gear. I've been on a couple of short tours with it. On dirt, I'd prefer my mountain bike and BOB trailer. For pavement touring, I'm looking at getting a traditional touring bike, maybe next year. No, not a Surly. A Kona Sutra, or a Fuji.
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