|07-19-2010, 08:55 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.
Click the video....
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......
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....
Couple helmet cam vids.... CLICK the PIC
Wyoming inbetween Jackson and Pinedale
Grand Tetons coming into Jackson WY....
Jims BigAss road trip
"Living life one day at a time".
StroupDog screwed with this post 07-20-2010 at 02:38 PM
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