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Next Stop…home. Summer Road Trip …part 10

20180803_183749 After 5000 plus miles, crazy ass weather, interesting people, good hotels and some  maybe not so good, it was time to part ways. Les, a short ( a 150 miles or so..) me…600+ miles to home with Heather and Boscoe.

Our motorcycles had a tender moment saying goodbye. Then it was on the road. Back into 100+ degree heat and BIG speed. First gas stop the big bike met a new friend.20180804_111646

From here it was a Highway ride…hours and hours….well, and a lot of wind that day and I don’t like wind.

It truly was a great ride. The sights we saw , the people we met, the roads we rode, the weather we had to deal with…you name it we did it and it was great. This ride was all could you want in a motorcycle adventure.

Thank you Les for joining me in this ride

Paul

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Off to the Grand Canyon..Summer Ride Part 9

20180803_072805Wake up in Kanab Utah and time to go. But first, a hearty breakfast. Let’s start with STRONG coffee…well, according to Les. Next stop North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

20180803_091632“Ugghhh, Les…are you sure we’re going the right way???” Turns out, yes we were and what a fun ride.20180803_092715It was a great day at the North Rim, this was another of Les’ desires for this trip. It was a perfect day in all ways.20180803_130231It wasn’t a long day ride but it was a long day just the same.

20180803_172656After hiking around different view points of the North Rim of The Grand  Canyon…and yes..no matter how many times I have been there it is a whole more than just a big hole in the ground.

Late lunch , early supper at the oldest (?) Navajo trading post in Arizona. Food was good. but….a little too touristy.

20180803_171105Next stop, Flagstaff…

 

Summer Ride; Part eight

 

The ride to Kanab was great, especially here…what a place. Beautiful. Even with a Porta  Potty in the background?20180803_14350520180803_143340The ride from here was pretty easy but again…great scenery all the way. Never a dull moment…until we got to Kanab. It looked liked we were yet again running into rain however the motorcycle Gods shined on us and we arrived nice and dry. Brian, Kanab Utah ex roadracer good guy

You never know who you are going to meet on the road.So here we are at a Motel 6 in Kanab Utah. It was a very nice place. When Les and I checked in the young lady, Frankie, that checked us in was wonderful. She told us we could leave our motorcycles under the awning to keep them out of the rain…that did show up 30 minutes later.  Wait…didn’t this happen just a few days ago in Colorado? Dodged the weather by minutes? Les and I are lucky guys…sometimes.

Anyway, back to meeting interesting people. When we tried to park our bikes under the canopy there was another motorcycle there and was positioned so that we couldn’t fit all three motorcycles. Frankie called the persons room and out he came and we all three got covered. Now, here is the interesting part (yes I know some these stories are a bit boring…) This is Brian, we got to talking about motorcycles (DUH) and we found out we have a common bond…Racing. He too is an ex-roadracer. He’s from Utah but has raced at Willow Springs (my home track here in Southern California) and other tracks we share in common. So there goes the next hour. An hour well spent.

Summer Ride; part seven

Les and I left Green River bright and early…really early,  and headed off to Escalante Utah.20180801_121649Riding through this area was just plain wonderful…we didn’t get rained on! I know this is getting boring to read but those of us who ride long distances each day, triple digit speeds are normal…as are multiple gas stops.

Next stop The Grand Escalante Staircase. What a beautiful place but…you really need to take the time to stop and look.20180801_14403720180801_150114.jpgSo we ride into Escalante and Les pulls into this Palace of a hotel???? $200 a night? Yes. $200… and I think we were the only ones there besides the ones that work there. Now, we had dinner there in the hotel and it was pretty good and we had a really fun and good conversation with the Chef….he had nothing else to do.20180801_162800

Next morning off to Kanab Utah.

Next stop Green River Utah. Summer ride part 6

20180731_110004Leaving Pinedale Wyoming it was on to Green River Utah. However, we had to make a stop in Green River Wyoming. Les was noticing oil coming out that shouldn’t be so we made a stop Flaming Gorge Harley Davidson. They were great!!! Les used his handy dandy factory HD GPS that took us right there. I wasn’t allowed to park in front of the store because I was on a “not a Harley”…Ok, just kidding, they were great people. The service manager came out to the parking lot, checked over Les’ bike and told him not to worry, it’s just blow by. I convinced Les that he had to buy a T-Shirt from them and he did. Back on the road.20180731_122159

The Ride to Green River was great…uneventful but great. Wide open spaces easy roads and you guessed it…Triple digit speeds. The Roadliner is wonderful at speed, it can pass almost anything but a gas station. And speaking of gas stations…here we are at the border and we ran into (not literally) a couple who was traveling, and get this, from Atlanta Georgia to British Columbia and back!!! Les is really good at making friends  and these folks were great. The lady had the worst case of “Raccoon Eyes” I’ve seen since my skiing days!Les and his daily Gatorade making friends at the Utah border20180731_124255From here it was onto the Motel 6 in Green river Utah. A pretty easy 400 mile day When we got to town it was smaller than small, but…the motel was just fine, met a really nice couple and their dog out in this area for some dirt bike riding…yes, the Dog did ride.

sunset Green River UtahThe restaurant next door was really good, almost as good as the view. Next morning The Grand Escalante Staircase and end the day in Kanab, Utah.

From Glacier to Yellowstone…Ride part Five…

20180729_105655Ok; here was the BIG thing for Les on this trip…Yellowstone National Park. And why shouldn’t it be?!? It truly is a wonder of the world. The only and biggest downside to a National Park like Yellowstone  during the summer is………Tourists!! but wait…I’m a tourist too. There are too many of us? Nah, we love these places.20180730_090800

We left Bozemon Montana  early in the morning and high-tailed it to Yellowstone. But…we had a bit what you might call inconviences?? like 20 miles of road construction  to deal with. Oh well…you make the best of it. Making the best of 20 miles of bad tarmac, dirt, gravel and sand on a 800+ pound motorcycle, I need a break!!! I rode about 100 yards behind Les because of all the debris getting tossed up! 20180728_12304120180730_141856

Once into Yellowstone we took the road out to the Artist’s Paint Pots pools. A really neat hike to see some very cool (?)  bubbling thermal pools. Next stop ‘Old Faithful’. First stop the General Store for much needed refreshment…water and Gatorade. Les loves Gatorade. Our timing was as perfect as could be. The park knows almost to the minute when Old Faithful is going to show off and we got there fifteen minutes before showtime. We got got front row seats (sitting on the barrier wall) and it was a great as you would expect…the oooh’s and wow’s from the crowd almost drowned out the geyser itself. well worth it. Then came leaving the area…not as much fun.20180730_153325

Traffic getting out of the Old Faithful area is worse than driving the 405 freeway in Southern California during rush hour (which is 24 hours). We did pull up alongside another couple of bikes and one of them told us of getting stuck in a bear crossing for almost an hour earlier that morning. When I said that must have been really cool he said “Yeah, tell that to my clutch”.20180730_161242_Burst01

Next stop Pinedale Wyoming, but first we had to go through Jackson. My goodness what a crowded town that was. We had first thought about staying there overnight but the cheapest hotel was $300 !!?? on we go. I have skied Jackson Hole a number of times but I have never seen the town this crowded. Pinedale was a great stop.

Summer Vacation; part Four…Glacier National Park

In this 5000+ mile ride one of the big things for Les was to go to Glacier National Park. I agree. Riding the ‘Going To The Sun Road’ is always wonderful, even if you have to follow two or three motorhomes. The downside is not too many Glaciers…Global Warming???? It is a beautiful ride and from there it was on to Kalispell via the Eastern edge of Flathead Lake where years ago I almost bought a place to retire…glad I didn’t because I don’t want to shovel snow. 

I’ve ridden that road four times now and I never get tired of it. Riding with Les on his first time was a real pleasure and the video of him is wonderful. But my favorite memory of this road was taking my dad on it for his first time. There were a few similarities riding with Les…looking at all the wonders of Glacier Park you forget there is is curve there!!!! Oh crap, I gotta turn here….The smile on Les’ face was priceless. 20180726_151613

Riding along Flathead Lake was just wonderful, no traffic through the Cherry orchards just a smooth ride and yes, again, there were speeding ticket (going to jail) times…good fun. End of the day was in Kalispell and another great supper.

I love being back on the road…part three

20180726_142953Sturgis, before the mayhem. 20180726_14372320180726_142529Must be a good place for business? Actually from what I have heard the crowd is actually quite well  behaved. We did buy a couple of T-Shirts, you have to right? So, after an hour or so, just so we could say we were there, it was back on the road and into another rain storm…what did we do in a past life to deserve all this rain?? We decided to go into it full throttle…as in somewhere a bit north of 100mph. Good fun. Except my Roadliner drinks a lot of gas at those speeds and gas stations are few and far between in that part of the country.

20180727_164207Next stop Glacier National Park Montana.

I love being back on the road, part two.

Next stop, Hill City South Dakota.

20180723_082706The ride over Wolf Creek Pass was great. From there to Hill City was a ride that was “how fast can I get there?”  It was pretty damn fast.

First stop was the Crazy Horse National Memorial. What a great place and story. It is still a work in progress and I’m looking forward to going back again in a few years to see what they have done. 20180724_172726Next stop, Mount Rushmore. This is incredible. Pictures do not do this monument justice. You have to see it for yourself. The story of how and why it was built is wonderful. I believe that every politician should visit this monument, watch the movie and learn from it.20180725_083808_Burst01 Traveling through the Badlands of South Dakota, it is really an area that you as a motorcycle rider should see and feel. We did make the obligatory stop at Wall Drug. So next it was over to DeadWood and then to Sturgis. Am I being punished? The good thing is we were there before the chaos of the rally. Oh, and we just missed another rain storm. well, not quite.

20180725_12183620180725_133148I really enjoyed riding through South Dakota. I have a question here though…South Dakota is not a rich state yet the roads are in great shape. They have snow and freezing weather but the roads are well maintained and a pleasure to ride on. California on the other hand, is one of, if not the richest, state in the country and we pay the highest road taxes and our roads are the worst. Whats wrong with this picture??? Not the picture above.20180725_143113

So off to Deadwood and Sturgis we go. DeadWood is a pretty interesting town. It made for a good breakfast stop. And Les had to go to the Harley dealer, really just a Harley clothing store. We also stopped at Jerry Greer Engineering. This is a guy that specializes in old Indian motorcycles. It was a really cool place to stop.

20180726_10323120180726_103037And then we rode straight into another rain storm.20180725_134727To be continued…

I love being back on the road, part one.

20180722_131216It has been a while since I have been on a good long road trip. Two weeks, 5376 miles, eight national parks, monuments, memorials, a set of tires, gallons and gallons of dead dinosaurs, and a lot of fun.20180721_105047

My friend Les and I made a plan to just go riding.  We sat one day with maps and planned a ride around the West. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and parts in between.CIMG8736

I left California for Arizona early on a Saturday morning, it was going to be a long ride but no big deal, it was only 650+/- miles.  The fun (??) part was going from 100 + degrees to rain to hail and then back into 100+degrees  all in 12 hours!!! Don’t you just love traveling on a motorcycle.

First stop was the Four Corners area. Too many tourists. Wait…we’re tourists too.  Next Canyon De Chelly a beautiful spot. So much history and so beautiful.

Overnight stop in Pagosa Springs. 20180722_110937

20180722_113051Overnight in Pagosa Springs Colorado.20180722_212654 20180722_200552Neat little motel and a great restaurant right next door. Got slammed with rain, good thing, it came 10 minutes after we stopped riding. This is going to be a theme throughout this trip. Pagosa Springs seems to me a mecca for riders with Wolf Creek Pass just right there. We had the pleasure of hanging out with some Old School Chopper guys.20180722_200151

Next stop Pikes Peak.