1 month on the road, all is well

Well, a month on the road and it’s been amazing so far. The sights I’ve seen, the great people I’ve met. It’s all been wonderful.  When I was planning this trip, Wyoming was my mental turn around point if I wanted to bale out and head home as It was the closest I’d be to the PNW, but it’s all good and I’m in Colorado now and heading south again. Here is my route so far.image

I also rolled 50,000 miles on my 2012 Super Tenere 🙂 image

 

I’m  looking forward to seeing my girls and family in Louisiana in a couple weeks, but first there may be a section or two of The New Mexico BDR with fellow Tenere rider Steve Gunn from Texas. I hope we can connect out on the trail.

I want to say thanks to my old friend Jennifer Holmes and her daughter Mel for hosting me in Wyoming.

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Jen and Mel

It was wonderful to catch up and thanks for showing me “The Hole”. Teton NP was spectacular even if the weather didn’t fully cooperate.

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On my day in Southern Wyoming, I tracked down two of the old Air Mail directional Arrows that are still visible from the 1920’s and 1930’s. You can read about its history here ->  http://sometimes-interesting.com/2013/12/04/concrete-arrows-and-the-u-s-airmail-beacon-system/

 

Salt Lake City and into Wyoming

On my day from Torrey to Salt Lake City, It was nice and cool most of the day until I hit the big valley. Being a few hours till my hosts were off work, I headed back up into the mountains to cool off.  Park City was my destination. It sort of reminds me of Leavenworth Wa. but without the Baverian theme.

I then headed down to go see Nate and Amber. They are frequent hosts to motorcycle trailers. Their 1st was  Mirko and Claudia that are traveling the world to raise money for EBM International, it’s  a missionary organization that build schools, clinics and orphanages.

Nate, Amber and Charlie
Nate, Amber and Charlie

Another person they have hosted frequently is a good friend of the PNWSTOG, John Colyer.  John is a retired Canadian Army veteran that travels the world on his BMW GS.

Me, Chris and John
Me, Chris and John

Nate is a  Super Tenere owner that was one of the 1st to complete the Idaho BDR, his partner Amber is also a beginner adventure rider on her Triumph Tiger.

Nate and Ambers Adventure bikes
Nate and Ambers Adventure bikes

Heading north up along the Logan river valley up to Bear lake was nice, I actually had to turn on the heated grips because of the morning chill.

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I made my way into the lower eastern corner of Idaho then into Wyoming. Pulling into Freedom, Wyoming was impressive as you are faced with a mountain range right in your face. Awe inspiring!

Over the next few days, I’ll be catching up with an old friend from High School that now lives in Pinedale Wyoming.  We will be exploring Jackson, the Teton NP and the ranges of western Wyoming.

 

 

Central Utah

The more states I’m traveling to, the more beautiful it’s getting. I’ve only covered a narrow swath of Utah over the last couple days and I know there are parts I missed that are even better. This is one amazing state. To many people watching,  this trip looks like a “bucket list” kind of thing, which it sort of is, but I’m also filling a bigger bucket with places I want to go back to and explore in depth with Elsa. I know I won’t be able to see it all in the few days I’ll be in each state. Just southern Utah would need a week to 10 days.

Back on Tuesday (7/6/16) I went 400+ miles in 10 hours from Las Vegas Nv. back through Duck Creek Village Ut. where I rode with Luke and on to Utah Highway 12. It’s 120 miles long and starts near the Bryce Canyon NP and ends near the Capitol Reef NP in Torrey Ut. There is even a sign that warns motorcyclist of 100 miles of curves. 🙂 What they should warn of are the tar strips that like to pick your line for you in those hundreds of 20 and 30 mph corners. :-/  One of it’s passes is even at 9700 ft elevation , that’s the highest I’ve been on a bike…. so far.  Ut 12 should be given a full day and an empty SD card for the camera to explore it correctly. It’s truley spectacular! I know of at least one great dirt road called the Burr Trail, it was recommended to me by several of my friends but there just wasn’t enough hours in the day. I didn’t even get to explore Bryce and Capitol Reef like I wanted, so the few photos from there are pulled off google.

This September will be the National Super Tenere rally just east of Zion NP, I know the guys that make it will be in for a real treat!

Here is the slide show, enjoy!

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Mountain vistas, caves and cool air

We snuck into state #6 (Nevada) last night under cover of darkness, but it was still 95F at 2130. Earlier in the day, I met up with my host Luke Atwell at Duck Creek Village in the Dixie National Forest Utah, where he was camping with his daughter and her in-laws for the weekend. Duck creek is in the high aspen forest and a great place to wait out the heat of Las Vegas. We soon became fast friends, hopped on our bikes and headed out to explore the area. He is a Tenere owner but was on his XT-250 for the day. We met up with one of the locals on his Triumph Tiger to take us to Strawberry point. The ride up there was on ATV trails and the view was spectacular.

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After the ride we had got out of our dusty gear, had lunch with the family, then drove out to explore some lava tubes and hang out at a lake to fish with his daughter. A great way to spend the afternoon!

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State #5 and the Zion ride through

Day 21, 5 states, 4730 miles so far(46,984 miles on the bike)

Made it to Utah today! I pulled out of Winslow Az. at 0530 and headed to Flagstaff then north around the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Thanks Kevin Logan for the suggestion to take US 89A, Glen Canyon was spectacular! I crossed over near Kanab Ut, where the temp was already starting to climb.

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Sadly,  this is the only pic I took today, as the temp climbed, the temptation to pull over, get off the bike to dig out the camera and take off the gloves became less and less.  I did stop in Mt Carmel Junction for a Club sandwich care of Ryan Seward from the Go Fund Me page, Thanks Ryan!

Thankfully I have a lifetime National park pass and didn’t have to pay the $35 entrance fee to get in the Zion NP, it’s a nice park but wow.  Please don’t comment about me not taking pics while going through the park. To satisfy those few :-p I pulled these off google…. And yes, it’s that gourgious, spectacular and awe inspiring! Like Alaska, this is a place that needs at least 2-3 days of exploring to fully appreciate the beauty. image image image image image

Tomorrow and the next day is Vegas, because……  It’s Vegas! 😉

Finally, a day in the dirt!

After 20 days on the road, I finally get some honest to goodness dirt roads. The first was the Mt Lemmon Control Rd. coming down the back side of Mt Lemmon outside of Tucson. It was 27 miles of rocky gravel road that dropped over 4000 vertical feet in it’s length. I was up early and out the door just after sunrise at 0515. I knew it was going to be a warm day and wanted to get as far north before noon as I could.  I didn’t see anyone on the Control Rd  till the last 6 miles when 2 guys on 4 wheelers rolled by. A great road that was highly suggested by my host Steve Loster in Tucson.Thanks Steve for the tip, it was awesome!!

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Once back on pavement I stopped in Oracle, Globe and Winkleman for water then had lunch in the curious town of Show Low Az. Apperently it was named after a marathon card game between two business partners that had a dispute over who owned the company. The winning hand was a “Pair of Duces” which is actually the name of the Main Street in town…. I can’t make this stuff up!

After lunch I headed to Heber Az where I took the most direct route to Winslow. I found the road by setting the google maps to ” walking” instead of driving. It put me on a forest road that was 53 miles to Winslow and 27 of those miles were really nice gravel and red cinder.

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And of course when I arrived in Winslow, I had to find the “Corner park” dedicated to the Eagles song “Take it easy” I parked behind the Flatbed Ford but only saw lots of tourists…..

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Tomorrow is to St George Ut where the high is expected to be 108F and a low of only 71F. I foresee another really early start like today. Sadly it will be all pavement.