I need to send out a huge shout out to the crew at Tri-city Yamaha in Loveland Co. I had a “weeping” gasket from when my Cam Chain Tensioner was replaced last year. It wasn’t a full blown leak but did make a mess that I just didn’t want to deal with anymore. I asked a few of my friends at Yamaha on where to go in the Denver area and the answer came back “Tri City Cycles” . I contacted their PR Mgr. Hailey Carson there and she hooked me up with an appointment. The service writer Neil had everything waiting when I arrived. Owner, Brady Welton has built a fine dealership. It’s HUGE! The waiting lounge hand just about everything you need to keep you comfortable. They also have something that I’ve never seen in a motorcycle dealership. A full service hairstyling shop! So while I waited, I got a great haircut and beard trim from Amy Amen, how cool is that?!
Hearing horror stories from other members of the group, I know that removing and replacing the Cam Chain Tensioner is a very tricky procedure. I poked my nose in the shop to see how the work was going and saw two technicians working away on my motor.
Levi is the shops best Tech and the other just happened to be the Yamaha Western region Field Support Manager, Mark Brozina. After chatting with Mark for a bit, I knew I couldn’t be in better hands. The support I’ve been receiving just keeps getting better.
The one thing I could have done without is them washing my bike 😉 I’ll loose all my ADV credibility when I show up at Woody’s Wheel Works tomorrow to meet Nigerian Toyin Adebola as he rides around the world. I’ll also get to hang out with Geroge Furko, my host from the other night, Ron Grace from “Lost For a Reason” and Brad Barker from “The ride of my life”. I also hear that Dakar winner Simon Peavy might show up too! Wanting to empress that caliber of ADV royalty, I might just have to go find a muddy hole to play around in today! LOL! But seriously, it really needed a bath after the 7800 miles since leaving Roy Wa a month ago.
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.
I also rolled 50,000 miles on my 2012 Super Tenere 🙂
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!