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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.

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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.