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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

The General Sherman and a Black Bear. #Zartusacan 11

I can’t stress enough how much we ached after our hike down from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Honestly the most strenuous hike I’ve ever done, my ankles, knees, calf muscles and thighs were SO stiff the next morning. I’m very pleased we booked into that cabin and I didn’t have to try and

A Couple More Days of Sea Views. #Zartusacan 09

Once we reached San Francisco our route suddenly became a whole lot more difficult. Rather than “let’s ride down the coast to San Francisco”, we now had a whole map of places we fancied visiting but no simple or set route to get between each one. We spent some time sat in the Cheesecake Factory

A Few Days Off in San Francisco. #Zartusacan 08

For the first two weeks of our road trip our route was pretty simple – head south to San Francisco. Having spent 36 hours there a couple of years ago it was the only city on our “must visit” list (there will be other cities, for sure, but this one was somewhere we knew we

How to Pay for Fuel in the USA

One thing you can’t get away from whilst road tripping in the USA is the need to buy fuel. Virtually all gas stations in the United States have what in the UK we call ‘pay at the pump’. If you don’t use pay at the pump, you must pre-pay inside with either cash or credit

Riding over the Golden Gate Bridge. Again. #Zartusacan 07

One of the “must dos” on our list for this trip was to spend a little bit of time in San Francisco. We had 36 hours in the city when we were on our Eagle Rider tour a couple of years ago and felt like we had so much more to see and do, so

An Empty Honey Jar in the Bear Safe. #Zartusacan 06

I think it’s fair to say that we put off the camping thing for the first week of our Zartusacan. It’s not that we didn’t want to or didn’t intend to camp instead of paying for motels and hotels every night, but rather that we haven’t done it for years and were somewhat dreading the amount

Gravel, Railroads and the Spouting Horn. #Zartusacan 05

I’m not intending to write a blog post for every single day of this trip, but this particular one – Saturday 7 May – was particularly eventful (for all the right reasons, don’t worry) so I decided it was worth it. It all started pretty bog standard, really. We headed south on the I5, a

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. #Zartusacan 04

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is in McMinnville, Oregon. It’s most famous resident is the Spruce Goose, but there are also lots of other interesting exhibits including a Blackbird and actual Titan Missile. Inside the aviation hangar at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. That Spruce Goose!! We spent the day there during our