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Old 07-19-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Jims bigass road trip

The plan was hatched last october; see some national parks, spend some time in Denver visiting kids, Mom, and Sis. I wanted to see Yelowstone and Tetons and as many other National Parks as possible in two weeks +-. I asked Don who is married to a gal I work with if he wanted to tag along and he was all for it. Don rode with me for the first three days and made an excellent riding partner; we parted ways at Yellowstone lake where he went north to Montana and I continued South headed towards Denver. The trip mileage was 3200 miles + I saw Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Utah.

Heres is the final track.....


The day before oil change, chain adjustment in Don's shop.



Waiting for my riding partner to show up at our starting out point in Redmond.



He showed up!



We made our way out toward Alfalfa headed to Burns and beyond; Faith, Hope and Charity were all gussied up to see us off on this chilly but beautiful morning. Heated jacket liner would become one of my two best friends on this trip.





This is what it looks like for much of the way from Bend Oregon all the way to Burns Oregon and beyond.

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The ride through Burns was uneventful, the morning sun even telegraphed the troopers presence to us from miles away. We gassed in Burns then quickly made our way down 78 towards the Alvord, Rome and beyond.





A quick leg stretch in Riley.





Looking south towards the Alvord, This is somewhat near where we came out on 78 last June on the last day of the mini GL ride.



A couple of quick pictures and a drink of water and we were off again. The riding was pleasant and beautiful the lure of the unknown road ahead adding to the enjoyment.






Our day one destination was Mountain Home Air Force Base where we would stay at the Sagebrush Inn; Perks of being retired Military. $39 gets me a room like this at any base in the world.






We rolled into Mountain Home Airforce base around 2pm and got Don his pass, checked into our rooms and headed to town to find some grub. A ribeye and iced tea was my choice at AJs. Don went back to the base and I stayed in town and caught a meeting, on the way back I was treated to this beautiful rainbow and some cooling rain.





When we left the next morning we stopped at the main gate for a wuick picture, the airman were quick to head our way and inquire about our doings......



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Day two we had breakfast at AJs where we had dinner then got some oil for the Triumph at wALLY WORLD. Our track would take us through Craters of the Moon National Monument. The riding through this area was AWESOME, we have lava beds here but these were different; nice curvy roads, newish asphalt, and great visibility through the corners. We followed farmland roads south of the Sawtooth Mountains, through the lava beds, and into the desert past Atomic City, and area with huge hangar like buildings and lot's of secretive govt gates and guards. Some pics....



















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Couple helmet cam vids.... CLICK the PIC

Wyoming inbetween Jackson and Pinedale




Grand Tetons coming into Jackson WY....




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Old 07-20-2010, 03:56 PM   #3
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More day two:

We headed out of Arco Idaho after gassing up, made our way to Rexberg Id and had lunch at a Pizza Hut from the past (never remodeled or cleaned) since 1979 or so... We took hwy 20 north and jogged off on a scenic byway that took us along the warm river and then back to 20. Nice farmland, forested, and curvy riverside roads; we stopped to feed the pet rainbows, traded bikes and headed to West Yellowstone Montana where we would stay the night. We stashed our bags and headed out to see Old Faithful. This nice lady took my picture at the sign while Don rode ahead to see if our park admission would be good for tomorrow too....

Arco..













Use your polarized lenzes and you can see them..




Don getting rid of some gum I put on his left footpeg when we traded bikes



Our first construction delay...






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Our lodging for the night Grey Wolf Motel.... Hint. Reserve on Hotels.com we booked the day before for $140, we saw people asking for rooms and being told $269 and walking out.....








Heading out to see Old Faithful after dropping our baggage at the room...
















Old Faithful and the crowds...





My favorite stupid pose...



Getting ready to blow...






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Great perspectives! Thanks for sharing.
Got to ask: Whats the camera you're using?
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You & your camera take great shots!
Ditto on the camera question.
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Great perspectives! Thanks for sharing.
Got to ask: Whats the camera you're using?
All but the cockpit view photos were shot with my Panaxonic FH-20....
http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/products/panasonic-fh20

The cockpit views were shot with my helmet cam GoPro HD.

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Day four teaser pic....




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This is fun, thanks for sharing. I have been on many of these same stretches. Damn fine country to both ride in and to just 'take in' all around you.
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This is fun, thanks for sharing. I have been on many of these same stretches. Damn fine country to both ride in and to just 'take in' all around you.
Yes sir, it was so good I'm taking 10 days to go back in October to explore the SW some more around Moab, Grand canyon, Monument Valley and such.
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I spent 5 days in Denver visiting my son who lives there and my Daughter who flew in from Quebec city to see me. I had not seen them in some years and this was the purpose of this entire motorcycle trip. They are beautiful kids, and it was great to see them.



We spent one day in downtown Denver seeing the sights and people....









There was this charachter which we named transformer man; he was working the crowd and doing a good job of entertaining..






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More Denver......Coors field...





I said my goodbyes and headed SW out of Denver in the rain for two hours strait headed for my destination of Moab....



I like how they think in Colorado....


Somewhere between Fairplay and Gunniston CO....





I stopped in Fairplay Ace Hardware to get some lube for my now dry chain....



Stopped for lunch here....



Went through this area in the Gunnison Natl Forest and along the resevoir in the Curranti Natl Rec area?






Finally..... Utah....


Video of me heading into the Gunnison area.....CLICK on pic for Video...


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