Travel

Zion National Park – Where It All Started

Two years ago we rode through Zion National Park as part of our Wild West tour with Eagle Rider. There was no time to stop and admire the view or explore the park, it was simply on our route to Bryce, but we fell in love with the park from that short and winding red

A Ride Through Monument Valley

Like so much scenery around this part of the USA, Monument Valley is one of those places that you will have seen in the movies and in magazines even if you’ve never set foot in the area. The famous red landscape has appeared in countless films, including lots of Westerns such as Stagecoach and The

What I Expect from a Hotel Room

I don’t know about you, but when I book and stay in a hotel I have a set of minimum standards that I expect from my host. Naturally my requirements change depending on the amount I have had to pay for said hotel, and where in the world it might be, but even in the

The Most Famous River Bend in the World – Horseshoe Bend

I can be almost certain that you will have seen this view before. Even if you have not been yourself, Instagram and other social media feeds are full of photographs almost identical to the one I’ve included below. And as with many places on my bucket list, I’d seen the images online and in magazines,

Stone Trees in the Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest is a National Park in Arizona that celebrates the strange process that wood goes through when it’s left alone for thousands of years. It looks like wood on the outside, but it’s turned into stone. Don’t be fooled by the name, you aren’t going to find lush green forest here – this National

Avoiding the Crowds in New Mexico. #Zartusacan 16

I’ll be honest with you: we had not intended to visit New Mexico. When we created our map of places we might visit we didn’t include the state (and lots of other states) as we didn’t think there would be time with everything else. But with Memorial Day Weekend coming up and knowing how busy some

Exploring the Grand Canyon. #Zartusacan 15

The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is definitely a must-see place, is a bucket list destination for many – including me. No photos or videos can do the vastness of the view justice; it is one that simply has to be seen with your own eyes. And despite being

Riding Route 66. #Zartusacan 14

It could be argued that no American road trip would be complete without a little bit of Route 66. It’s the iconic road trip all on its own, and so despite riding some of it a couple of years ago, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to get our kicks on Route 66 this time

Our #Zartusacan Road Trip – All the Posts

This post here on Splodz Blogz is for anyone who is interested in reading about my North American road trip. Coined #Zartusacan (which stands for “Zoe and Allister’s Road Trip of the USA and Canada, if you were wondering), this ten-week motorcycle tour of the west of the USA and Canada was a dream that

America the Beautiful. Visiting National Parks in the US.

If you’re heading to the United States on any kind of road trip or holiday, the chances are you will want to visit a National Park or two. Dedicated as protected lands (and long may that continue), National Parks, Monuments, Forests and Recreation Areas are run by the National Park Service to ensure that the

Nevada after the Sand. #Zartusacan 13

The wind showed no sign of subsiding in Death Valley so rather than sit it out over the weekend we decided to carry on with our trip and just be grateful things didn’t get any worse for us the previous day (go and read about it). But our time in Nevada wasn’t over, and we’d

Defeated by Death Valley. #Zartusacan 12

After spending the night in Ridgecrest, California, the plan was to ride through Death Valley National Park to Pahrump, Nevada. We knew it was going to be windy, it had been howling around our motel all night, but we didn’t really comprehend what that amount of wind would mean in the desert. Sand. Lots and