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Old 06-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #221
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We continued in the park for a bit and Kevin led us down a gravel road winding through pines until we came to ranchland.



Coming down to the ranches, some of the guys saw some elk...and after that the riding was fast...



We had route options...



but we followed the dust of the guy ahead of us...a few gates greeted us, but we welcomed brief breaks to regroup...



some gates had some rules of engagement...







We let the ponies catch their breath...



And continued...



Some of the road was fast ...





And some were prettier than others...





We raced with antelope along fence lines, saw some more dancing cows, were acknowledged by friendly aliens..and were destined for a watering hole on Route 66...









The ponies could smell the water...





We cruised into Seligman, dodged the pirates who were infecting the town, gassed up, and settled in for some vittles...




I picked the street parking....as five minutes before this pic was taken, a dozen or so Harleys were lined up here in formation....and I just knew they wouldn't want some dusty dirtbike messing up their image. Sho'nuff....they evaporated by the time I came out for a pic.

We stepped inside for burgers and beer...



I later walked around the parking lot to check out the tourist stuff...





Remembering that Bob was now thinking of putting an air-cooled Honda 600 cc motor in something to replace the temperamental 690, I saw just the chassis....looks like it would have good traction and was sturdy enough that it would survive Bob's maniacal riding style...



He would just have to get a custom seat built...



It was hot and we had a few hours of riding to get to Kingman. We slabbed it past miles of Burma Shave signs, a few towns. One town greeted us with a huge swarm of some flying bugs that instantly turned our goggles into welding glasses....

We made it into Kingman and realized that most motels had jacked up their prices to accommodate a motorcycle run centered in Laughlin....many miles away. Kevin did some comparative price research while the rest of us lingered in a parking lot filled with shiny HD's and wannabe cruisers...some were friendly, but most of the pirates pretended to ignore us.

We decided on the motel next door and we rode over, got our rooms, showered, and waited for Bob and Travis to arrive about an hour later.

The mood was good and Bob made it better with his assortment of designer beer (For such a crusty fart, he sure likes chocolate-flavoured beer and all that other foo-foo brew ).

We all pulled chairs around the planter pit that would have been a fire in a more civilized location and settled into stories and enjoyed the comraderie that had developed over the past week together.

Every night on the trail while lounging by the fire, Bob would consistently remark, "This is better than any hotel ." He was always right (dam it ). And here we were...in a cheap motel...with deteriorating rooms and....no fire...







TRavis kept us entertained with his story about getting to the U-Haul truck a few days earlier...



We drank beer, ate pepperoni pizza, laughed, and were only too aware that the trip was ending.

Bob was regaling us with their dam adventure...


















We were out of the dust, canyons, ranches, reserves, and sandy washes.

We were back in a city with trucks and Harleys making too much noise, horns honking, and too many people around us.

Not one of us wanted the ride to end, although we all were tired and needing a break from the pace.

It was an adjustment for us all....as a group and as individuals.

Relationships had been formed....and others deepened. Memories for life were created and shared with laughter. The teasing was all in fun.....except the stuff about Dave's mom and sister.

We were dead serious about that....



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