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Old 29th September 2016, 08:44   #46
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Thread moved out from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section). Thanks for sharing!

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Excellent guyfrmblr & Beautiful captures there. What more to ask when you have the right company in your favor - Good Roads & an equally traveloholic spouse.

You have covered the the canyons and deserts brilliantly and 4000 miles of travel on never ending roads does show in terms of the diversity within those pictures. Something that I have always loved when traveling by road - It gives us a variety of experiences to relish.

As usual, good narration to complement the travelogue! A well deserved 5 stars from my side.
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Brings back memories !!! Thanks for sharing.

The pics may seem too many for some who have not experienced these places. But the beauty of this part of the US is something that has to be experienced.
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@guyfrmblr, thanks for sharing your travelogue of my adopted state of Arizona and the US south west ...totally surprised to see such sparse crowds in Grand canyon. IMHO, you should have covered horse shoe bend and Page, but there's always a next time
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@guyfrmblr, thanks for sharing your travelogue of my adopted state of Arizona and the US south west ...totally surprised to see such sparse crowds in Grand canyon.
Yes, I had read about the crowds at Grand Canyon and hence went very early to the park but it was sparsely crowded throughout the day. I guess the majority of the crowd would have visited on the Labor Day weekend.

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Yes, I have missed these two places along with Bryce Canyon and few other places. We couldn't visit due to time constraints. But now we have a reason for another visit to that part of country
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Oh Wait! We remember lining up in front of some board which had something written as "Aliens" during immigration at airport last year. Are we the supposed aliens? I wonder!

Aliens spotted taking a selfie with their spaceship at Extraterrestrial highway
Ha Ha Very Nice.. Resident Aliens
Excellent photos and very good description along with it. Thoroughly enjoyed the virtual tour of the deserts

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Wow!. What an amazing journey and write-up, with lots of yummy pictures.
Needless to say the vehicle for your road trip was great too.
The first leg of your journey have places which look like straight out of 'The hills have eyes'. Real scary man.
I particularly loved the photo with the rainbow and the ones immediately after that.
The landscapes truly look vast and dwarf us humans. It is amazing to think that a river could cut those deep gorges over hundreds of years.
After reading about your road-trip, I have come to believe that North America is best traveled by road. Though, I would get a cruiser bike and ride through.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Absolutely wonderful travelogue. Procrastination has a price. I did this trip and then some, during 2015 (with my family), and was preparing a T-BHP travelogue. I kept on refining it over a period of time and then BAM, this! I am back to re-writing my experiences to cover what you haven't covered. . I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and photos. Thank you.
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Really nice photographs! The pics of the roads winding through the canyons reminded me of the Need for Speed and Forza Horizon racing games
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@guyfrmblr, that is some serious driving you have done. 6600KMS approx of driving in about 7 days and boy you would have enjoyed driving in those arrow straight and curvy roads likewise. Pic's were awesome and each one of them are of poster quality. Nicely written up travelogue. Looks like your haven't tried out your luck at the casino's in Vegas...Thanks for sharing your experience, certainly is of great use for other travellers in our community.
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This is what I have always loved about the West. Vast expanses, beautiful barren lands, and arrow-straight highways. It's a driver's paradise! With the C300 as your companion, I am sure you had a wonderful time exploring.

Lovely pictures.

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Thanks everyone!

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The first leg of your journey have places which look like straight out of 'The hills have eyes'. Real scary man.
You both are absolutely right. I had mentioned the same to my wife during the trip but she couldn't co-relate as she hasn't seen that movie or played Forza Horizon 1. The Great Smoky Valley drive and the US-50 section of Nevada and Utah had almost exact scenes of that movie.

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@guyfrmblr, that is some serious driving you have done. 6600KMS approx of driving in about 7 days and boy you would have enjoyed driving in those arrow straight and curvy roads likewise.
Yes, NA is best traveled by road. The main advantage here is that due to the extremely good road infrastructure, things move exactly as planned. There are very less uncertainties on road which could delay the plans.

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Looks like your haven't tried out your luck at the casino's in Vegas
Even though we stayed in casino hotels for 4 days in Vegas, we didn't even venture near the slot machines. After being with nature throughout the day, we were in no mood to try out any urban attraction. We just limited Vegas for grocery shopping

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Excellent thread and excellent pics. But why a Benz? I personally feel it would be more appropriate to drive an imposing American Iron in the land of the cowboys. A low rider like Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro or a truck like GMC Sierra Denali / Dodge Ram / F150 would have been more apt, IMO. Anyway, excellent thread. I might be in Denver, Co. next Feb/March. Since, it's not too far west from there, I might embark on something similar to yours. But it may not be this elaborate. Got to fit everything in, in the time constraint.

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Speechless! At the natural beauty and the wonderful endless roads. Wow, man! You had the time of your lives over there and came back with some beautiful memories. Awesome travelogue. It must has been fun driving that C300 on this winding roads and enjoying the natural beauty at the same time. 5 * rating for the thread of course!
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Few more views of Canyonlands from the Grand View Point, Orange Cliffs, Buck Canyon and Green River overlooks:
Wow. I've biked the white rim trail at Canyonlands two spring break's ago and it was truly breathtaking and serene. I bet it must have been blazing hot now, given it was 70 degrees give or take in mid March.
We passed a good many SUV's on the trail, and next on my bucket list is to take an SUV out there!
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