Motorcycle Trip Across America 2014 – Day 19: Casually going east to Palo Duro Canyon, TX

Had a fantastic breakfast at the KOA in Grants, NM. Once again, this place is great for camping. There was a somewhat noisy donkey making noise until about 11pm but it added to the experience for me.

I just need to take a shower, stretch a little, and pack it up. My goal for today is to get to Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, TX. Its about 6 hours of driving, but I’ll take my time and grab a nice healthy lunch along the way.

Leaving the KOA, I was informed of the two most common ways people die in the desert. The first one being obviously dying of thirst. The second? Quire ironically by drowning. When it rains, the water moves fast. Really fast. The desert has hardened and the water rolls on the surface. People in tents get caught by waters up to 40mph. You can’t escape that, especially trapped in a tent. Interesting conversation.

Along the way, I stopped to stretch and have some water. Found a huge bug(you know what they say about things from Texas). It was about 3 inches long.


I went straight for the Palo Duro Canyon. Gorgeous place! It is the second largest canyon in the country. I’ll let the photos do the talking: