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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 17, 2024 at 4:56pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Headed Home but first Butch Cassidy's childhood home.

After spending the night in Kanab, Utah, the next morning I headed home on hwy 89 to Nephi, then I-15 to Salt Lake. On the way, I stopped at the childhood home of Butch Cassidy (Born Robert LeRoy Parker in 1866) located right next to hwy 89, just outside of Circleville. Butch was made famous by the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. I think I've watched this movie a dozen times or more.

As I was leaving the site, I said hello to an elderly gentlemen who was just coming, and we chatted for a bid. He said that he had a dear friend who had written several books on the life of Butch Cassidy, and proceeded to relate to me one of the stories in one of the books.

He said that Butch had rode up to a home in eastern Utah and asked the woman who answered the door if she would feed him and put him up for the night. She said she would be glad to, then she shared with him that she was about to lose her farm because she was behind on her mortgage. Butch asked her how much it would be to pay the mortgage off. When she let him know of the amount, he went out to his saddlebags on his horse and came back in and gave her the exact amount. He then instructed her to have the banker come out to her home to receive the full amount to pay off her loan, and to make sure he signed her mortgage that it was paid in full. Then Butch left the next day. The banker came out, signed off her mortgage, and then left. On his way back to town he was held up by Butch Cassidy. So, the woman's mortgage was paid in full and Butch got his money back.

As I left Butch Cassidy's childhood home and was driving home my thoughts were how interesting it is that sometimes we are charmed by some people who are criminals. I guess the same could be said of Robin Hood.

Well, another trip is in the books. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting these old western sites, meeting new friends and learning the stories and history of these places and people.

Thanks for coming along and sharing your comments and likes.

Now to start planning and dreaming for the next trip... Stay tuned.
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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 16, 2024 at 8:25pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Kanab, Utah

I loved my stay in Kanab, Utah. I've stayed here several times before, and it has never disappointed. This town was very popular and very busy during the 1950's and 1960's with the filming of hollywood westerns. Just east of town, up Johnson's Canyon, is the old movie set of Gunsmoke, or what's left of it. In town, there is a place called " Little Hollywood Museum", where they have a lot of buildings and props that were used in many of the westerns.

As a side note, according to local legend, Montezuma's $3 billion lost treasure could lie beneath the water at a pond on HWY 89 just north of Kanab. I stopped and took a picture of it. See my pic below.

Here's a little bit of history on Kanab:

Kanab, Utah, fondly known as "Little Hollywood," has a history steeped in the glitz and glamour of the silver screen. Nestled in the rugged beauty of Southern Utah, its scenic landscapes have been the backdrop for many western movies.

In the mid-20th century, Kanab became the shooting location for a slew of western films. Big-name stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Frank Sinatra graced the dusty streets of this small town, bringing an unexpected touch of Hollywood to the Utah desert.

Frank Sinatra, in particular, left a lasting imprint on Kanab. He starred in the film "Sergeants 3," shot in the area. Off the set, Sinatra made significant contributions to the local community. His generous donations helped fund various infrastructure projects, enhancing the town's development.

The flurry of film production slowed down in the late 20th century, but Kanab hasn't lost its charm. Today, it stands as a monument to its cinematic past, attracting movie buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The legacy of the stars who once walked its streets lives on, adding a dash of stardust to this slice of the American West.
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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 15, 2024 at 6:22pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah

My original plans were to go north into Colorado and visit Silverton and Ouray. Due to the storm blowing through I really didn’t want to ride in snow, although I have a time or two. So I headed more south to Monument Valley. I never tire of the beauty of the area. Because of the storm in the north, the winds were a little crazy. At one point in time I was in the middle of a sand storm just outside of Monument Valley.

I found an RV Park just right next to Monument Valley. The wind blew most of the night. In the morning, from the Visitor’s Center, I watch a little snow squall blow through. While waiting for the storm to past I met some new friends, Frank and Rose, from St Augustine, Florida. Nice folks. They are professional photographers.

Pulling into the National Park I was informed that I can’t take my motorcycle into the park area, so I saw the park from the visitor’s center. I’m not sure why they don’t allow motorcycles. Maybe someone here can explain why.

Here’s some information on Monument Valley:

Monument Valley, located on the Arizona-Utah border, is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes. Its history is as grand as its landscape, with the area being the ancestral home of the Navajo people. The valley was relatively unknown to the outside world until the 1930s when Harry Goulding, who operated a trading post there, pitched it as a filming location to Hollywood director John Ford.

Ford's 1939 film "Stagecoach," starring John Wayne, showcased the valley's stunning geography, and it subsequently became an iconic setting for the Western film genre. Ford filmed several of his best-known Westerns in the valley, including "The Searchers" (1956) and "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964).

Since then, Monument Valley's unique landscape has featured in many other films and TV productions across various genres. The towering sandstone buttes and vast skies have provided a distinctive backdrop for films like "Easy Rider" (1969), "Forrest Gump" (1994), and even science fiction epics like "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). Its unique beauty continues to captivate filmmakers and audiences alike.
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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 14, 2024 at 7:02pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Santa Fe, New Mexico

After Tombstone, Arizona, I headed diagonally across New Mexico to Santa Fe. I have to say, I am not a big fan of NM roads. They are cracked, rough, and full of potholes. I stopped in Madrid, just south of Santa Fe, to eat at Maggie’s Diner, made famous by the movie Wild Hogs. By the time I got there, it was closed. ☹️ But I did take a couple of pics. I arrived in Santa Fe early evening, gassed up and then went looking for an RV Park for the night. It took me 3 different RV Parks to find one with a space. The 3rd one I pulled into the office was closed. A friendly camper came over and suggested I take a spot, pointing to it, and settle up with the office in the morning. So I set up my tent trailer and jumped on the bike to get dinner. When I got back at the camp, I was greeted by a couple that were the managers. They were yelling and screaming at me for setting up my camp without their permission. They said there were absolutely no late check ins. They said they called the cops on me for trespassing, and they would be there in an hour if I wasn’t packed up and gone. It was about 10 o’clock at this time. I apologized letting them know I wasn’t aware that there were no late check ins. I packed up, rode down the street to the nearest motel for the night. Hense my picture of my rig at the motel.

Before I post the history of Santa Fe, I want to express my feelings of the town. (I hope I don’t offend anyone) When I first rode into the town, and at the gas station, I had an uneasy feeling about this place. The area was dirty and run down. The people at the gas station were sketchy-looking and unfriendly. I didn’t feel safe. Then to be kicked out of an RV Park, was the icing on the cake. I doubt I will ever return here again. So, because I was eager to get out of town the next day, I didn’t personally go to the historic district. I found a few images of some historic buildings and posted them below.

Now, here is the history of this town, that I think at one point in time was a nice place to live:

Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is a city steeped in rich history, particularly that of the Old West. Established in 1610, it's one of the oldest cities in the United States. Santa Fe was a significant hub during the western expansion, with pioneers, traders, and prospectors passing through on the famed Santa Fe Trail.

The city's Old West history is vividly preserved in its architecture, museums, and historic districts, like the Old Santa Fe Trail and the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which transport visitors back in time.

Santa Fe's historic charm and picturesque landscapes have also caught the attention of Hollywood. Over the years, it has served as the backdrop for various films, capturing the essence of the Old West. Notable films shot in Santa Fe include the western classic "The Cowboys" and the modern hit "No Country for Old Men."

In essence, Santa Fe's Old West history is not just preserved in its streets and buildings, but also immortalized in the silver screen, making it a fascinating destination for history buffs and film enthusiasts alike.
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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 13, 2024 at 11:43pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Mescal Movie Set

While staying in Tombstone, I took a day and went to see the Mescal Movie Set. It is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, and you need to book a tour time. For me it was well worth it. The likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Ford and many others acted in films on this set. The 1993 filming of Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and Sam Elliott, was mostly filmed here and not in the real Tombstone.

A History on this movie set:

Nestled in the heartland of Arizona, the Mescal Movie Set stands as a symbol of the Old West, immortalized in countless Hollywood classics. This iconic set was first constructed for the 1979 film, "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean." Since its inception, it has served as the dramatic backdrop for a myriad of western films, each contributing to its rich cinematic history.

Taking a leisurely stroll through Mescal is akin to embarking on a journey through the annals of film history. One of the most notable films shot here is the 1993 hit, "Tombstone," starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The film brought to life the infamous shootouts at the OK Corral, deepening the set's historical significance.

The Mescal Movie Set has also played a pivotal role in other well-known films. Movies such as "The Quick and the Dead" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" have utilized this authentic backdrop to recreate the raw essence of the Wild West. Each film shot here has added a layer to the set's character, making it a timeless piece of cinematic history.

The set resonates with the spirit of the Wild West; its vintage buildings and dusty streets capture an era long past but not forgotten. The Mescal Movie Set, thus, is more than just a film set. It is a testament to the enduring allure of the Wild West, a tangible connection to our cinematic past, and a must-visit for any movie enthusiast.
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Motorcycle Rides USAApril 12, 2024 at 7:51pm
WILD WEST TRIP - Bisbee, Arizona

I really enjoyed Bisbee. The Crown Mine tour was amazing. I also met some new friends Mike and Kristie Andrus from Texas. They are just some good, fine folks, salt of the earth.

Here is the history of Bisbee:

Bisbee, Arizona, nestled in the Mule Mountains, is a town steeped in history. Established in 1880, it was among the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead, and zinc that also came from its mines.

The town's mining heritage is evident in its Victorian structures and stately mansions, once home to mining magnates. Bisbee's charming streets and architecture drew Hollywood's attention, and it became the backdrop for several classic Western films.

One of the most notable films shot in Bisbee is the 1955 production "Violent Saturday." The movie, directed by Richard Fleischer, used Bisbee's iconic Brewery Gulch and the Copper Queen Hotel as primary filming locations. The film's storyline revolves around a bank robbery that happens in a small mining town, mirroring Bisbee's own history of mining and the wild west.

Another film, "Midnight Run," released in 1988, also features scenes shot in Bisbee. Although a modern film, it still captures the old western charm inherent to Bisbee. The protagonist, played by Robert De Niro, travels across the country and finds himself in Bisbee, adding a touch of modern intrigue to the classic western backdrop.

Bisbee's history and its role in classic cinema extend beyond these two films. The town's unique blend of old and new, history and modernity, has continued to attract filmmakers and tourists alike. Today, Bisbee is more than just a former mining town. It's a destination for those seeking to experience a slice of the Old West, whether through the lens of a camera or the eyes of a tourist.

So, whether you're a fan of classic Westerns, a history enthusiast, or simply someone looking for a unique travel experience, Bisbee, AZ, with its rich history and Hollywood connections, is a place worth visiting.

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  1. Looks like a great trip there my longtime friend! Stay the course and keep the rubber side down! Would love to be on a trip like that with Kellye!

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