This place was other-worldly, A Solo Motorcycle Trip Across the USA

This place was other-worldly, A Solo Motorcycle Trip Across the USA

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it's otherworldly riding has been amazing i just feel like this is where i was supposed to be because i think it's very it's a very special place hello beautiful people i'm amanda zitto i make motorcycle travel vlogs content about motorcycle camping and general encouragement for you get out and do the thing i'm crossing the united states solo for the second time on my honda cb500x i'm going from sacramento california to tampa florida and back join me for the adventure [Music] good morning beautiful people um we're gonna pack up and we're going to white sands today i'm very excited getting my workout in by carrying very very heavy bags downstairs and not dying you should really just get backpack straps for this thing [Music] white sands national park is the largest gypsum dune field in the world covering 275 square miles there are also quite a few stories around this area including the legend of pablo blanca it goes that in early 1540 a spanish conquistador left his betrothed in mexico city to accompany coronado in search of the seven cities of gold they were ambushed by warrior apaches on the edge of the great white sands and our spanish conquistadors sadly perished in the dunes his betrothed is said to have set out seeking for him and was never seen again she is said to come nightly in her flowing white wedding gown to seek out her lover lost and buried beneath the dunes some say that the ghostly figure usually appears as the evening breezes sweep up just after sunset or it could be the eddies of dusk from the evening winds but where's the fun in that [Music] it's otherworldly but i'm going to enjoy my time here and then from here we're going to head to a campsite in the western half of new mexico or the southwest corner of new mexico i should say and we'll go see the cliff dwellings tomorrow because i don't think that i'll have enough light by the time that i get there tonight there's around 200 miles between me and there and it's already around noon so i'm just gonna plan to do that tomorrow and enjoy the sunshine goodbye white sams you were beautiful but we gotta make miles [Music] [Music] we have made it to las princes [Music] [Music] i made it to the top of this amazing pass the writing has been amazing and i can't tell you how happy i am to be in the mountains again i'm just i feel so good i'm so it's difficult to explain the best i've got is uh once a mountain girl always a mountain girl [Music] [Music] welcome to home for the night it's beautiful here i'm just happy to be amongst the trees and also this campsite is really really close to the cliff dwelling so i would go far to go tomorrow [Music] so [Music] so [Music] [Music] so okay i have tuna a potato green onions a lemon and sardines and oh and i've got powdered eggs and trail butter and oh i do have some rice left and cashews um what i also have is two more dehydrated meals so i think i'm gonna have one of my dehydrated meals courtesy of two vegans two wheels thank you guys so much you do not know how long you have fed me so i'm just gonna make this because it's gonna be easy and quick and the light's gonna leave me here soon [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] so [Music] good morning beautiful people it got a wee bit chilly last night and you know how i know cause there's frost all over my bike but i would say this spot was worth it gosh it's beautiful here i just feel like this is where i was supposed to be my brain needed this time in the mountains really bad that probably sounds really sappy and weird but ah so good i'm gonna crawl back into my sleeping bag and wait for the sun to crest the hill so maybe it'll be a little bit warmer [Music] let's make some tea [Music] just for my fellow tea drinkers who go camping i did find a collapsible diffuser so that i can have loose leaf tea when i'm on the road and it has worked out pretty well so far it kind of is a little bit too small for the cedar summit x-mug so it kind of just floats on top but i haven't had any issues with it like dunking below the level of the water or anything like that and then you just pull it out by the little handle it has been really nice to be able to bring my loose leaf tea i have a lot of herbal loose leaf teas for like my anxiety and stress and that kind of stuff so it's been really nice to be able to bring this along with me on this trip and i i wish that i had found it sooner so for my fellow tea drinkers who prefer loose leaf i'll try to find a version of this and link it down in the description because it has been life-changing and it's my go-to diffuser when i'm home too because it's so much easier to clean than my other diffusers um yeah i just wanted to share that with you but today we're having ginger tea in a bag so that i don't have to clean the diffuser sometimes tea bags are just easier especially when you're not close to a water source and there's no water here at this campground because it's free it's primitive it's just better to assume that i need to be precious with my water and so i will do so i think i have about two liters left in my little water x and i think about a quarter or half a gallon left in the moto jug and then i've got 16 ounces of my water bottle over here so i grew up with a cistern at our house our water had to be pumped from a spring on our property up to a cistern at our house so anytime you want to take a shower or do laundry or something that was really water intensive you had to go and check the cistern level to make sure that you had enough water to do what you want to do i mean and we had a pretty big cistern i think it was like 800 or a thousand gallons or something like that so it wasn't often an issue but if it was low you had to turn on the pump and wait for the pump to pump the water up to the cistern and so i've always been pretty aware of my water usage and i know that not a lot of people grow up that way they're accustomed to turning the tap on and just expecting water to come out and there was quite a few winters where our pipes froze so then we had to haul water until the pipes defrosted so i am in a unique situation where it's second nature to be aware of how much water i'm carrying and how much i'm using and to be precious with it and not waste it i think if you grew up in a house where you're just accustomed to turn the tap on and water comes out and you don't think about where that water is coming from or how much you're using it might be a bit of a challenge to do these like primitive camping situations where there isn't water and you need to be precious with that water especially if you don't know the next place you're gonna get water gas station people are often very very kind if you ask and i always offer to pay because there are parts of the united states where water is very very precious i've never had to pay thus far if they have a tap or if they have a soda machine that has a little water button on it they i've never had to pay for that it's just good to be aware of your water consumption i don't know what i'm going on about now i'm gonna drink my tea [Music] i'm still working on getting used to the powdered eggs like they definitely do taste like regular scrambled eggs i definitely recommend them i'm just still trying to work out how much in the cup is enough for me but i'm gonna eat this now because it looks delicious [Music] well i'm fed kitchen stuff is cleaned up i suppose it's probably time to pack up the tent and get moving but out of all of the places that i've camped on this trip i feel like i could stay here a couple days i love this so much we got places to go people to see let's pack up [Music] the saddest part of the morning [Music] [Music] [Music] the gila cliff dwellings national monument protects a series of prehistoric sites which are the only unit in the national park system that protects a site that was inhabited by the muggy owned people the preserved architecture dates from the late 1200s which makes this site over 800 years old the muggy owns were mountain and desert dwellers whose homeland was a huge territory stretching from arizona through new mexico and down through northern mexico they grew out of a long tradition of hunters and mainly supported themselves through the animals they hunted gathering wild plants and domesticated corn and squash something that set them apart from other peoples of their time was that they grooved their stone axes three quarters of the way around the surface and built large rectangular rooms for ceremonies and communal gatherings the gila cleft dwellings is thought to be one of the last places inhabited by these peoples and they are thought to only have lived here for about 20 years and they chose this place to settle because of the permanent spring below the cliffs i highly recommend making a stop at the gila visitor center and checking out the museum there and the little documentary that they play in the back of the building it's wonderful to experience this site with more context about how the people lived here [Music] i just finished the hike to the gila cliff buildings it was so cool i i started the hike at like 12 30 and it's three o'clock now uh i spent quite a bit of time up there i talked to the ranger for a little while it's up there he was very very kind and he showed us where the petroglyphs were that's up there i also spent a good amount of time just drawing one part of the dwellings because it just looked so so cool i enjoyed my time up there very very much and i didn't talk to the camera at all up there because it just felt like some place you needed to be quiet i mean obviously there were other people up there that didn't obviously agree with that sentiment but i guess that's the nature of like going to a national monument on a saturday but i also just felt like a place that you need to be there for a while you need to take it in if you do come here i hope that you go up and i hope that you spend a little bit of time there because i think it's very it's a very special place as for what we're doing now my goal was to get to the chirokawa mountains or chirikawa national monument but i don't think that's might not happen i don't know like 174 miles from here uh and it's already three o'clock and the sun's been going down at seven like on the dot so i would have to get there by six to set up my tent and everything before the sun went down but i'm also not going to beat myself up if i don't make it that far i have to stay in a hotel room especially since i had a free camping spot last night so yeah i'm gonna get everything out of my packable backpack oh that was the other thing i was gonna tell you i'm so glad like i have this silly eddie bauer backpack that's like packable so it packs down to like that big but i'm really really glad that i had it for today so that i could take everything out of my tank bag and put it in this backpack so it was just a nicer carry i do have one little arm strap sling on the tank bag so it's easy to take off and take into like grocery stores and stuff with me but it's not nice to carry for long periods of time so um that hike is um 1.2 miles it's only like 182 feet of elevation but that elevation is pretty steep at the end and it's all stairs and so i'm really glad that i had an actual backpack i'd get a bigger strap for the tank bag i think that would be better because then i could cross body and it wouldn't be so uncomfortable but yeah packable backpacks for the win i probably would have spent more time up there had i've been able to bring some snacks but there's no food allowed just plain water which i totally understand to preserve the site but uh it meant that i had to come back down sooner than i wanted to so that i could uh eat some food and get my blood sugar back up so i'm just gonna pack the bike back up and we'll we'll make some miles yeah we're going to arizona one way or the other we'll end up in arizona tonight [Music] so [Music] alrighty we have made it to silver city new mexico it is 5 30 because it got stuck behind somebody who didn't want to go faster than 19 miles per hour on the forest service road anyway now the goal is just to get into arizona and i'll probably just find a cheap hotel fingers crossed i can find a cheap hotel my goal is just to keep it under 119. so that i can keep it within my budget for the rest of the end of the trip here [Music] so [Music] dinner has been acquired uh i'm not just eating edamame there's also yeah steamed veggies um because i'm lazy and there's a microwave this room is good enough for tonight the bed is nice and soft actually the room is quite big there's like this big thing back here and not a bad room for 80 bucks so i'm probably on this video here thank you guys so much for watching today's video i hope that you enjoyed it make sure that you hit that like and subscribe button if you did huge huge out to my patrons on patreon who make these videos possible i wouldn't be able to do this without you thank you thank you thank you if you would like to support the channel for as low as one dollar a month you can get really access to videos like these over on patreon ad free before the rest of the world if that's not up your alley that is totally okay i appreciate you guys just for being here every single week and watching these videos question for my end screen crew just to keep it a little bit random just tell me what your favorite vegetable is okay i'll see you guys later i just realized i just realized what's kind of off with this room there's nothing on the walls besides that mirror okay there's no like there's nothing hanging on the walls i think i've ever been into a hotel that doesn't have anything on the walls this is weird [Music] you

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