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Old 05-07-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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Western Wander 2013 - (May/June) 4 weeks, 8 states.

Last Sept, 2012, I did my first Western Wander. A solo tour of the a few Western states Iíve never visited. I had about 3 weeks travel a 3,600 mile loop through 7 states. I had posted this trip in a thread on the Barf Forum: http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=408540
This time, Iíll also share it on AdvRider too.

This time, Iíve got 4 weeks and will start with the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ. Hereís my loose plan, starting from San Francisco. The Triumph Tiger is just about ready to go. Hitting the road in 1 week!

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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Prep

I was planning to pack minimally and travel lightly. But this still had to include a laptop, tablet, phone and 3 cameras. The purple journal would have sufficed back in the 20th Century. Ha.



My ever-changing setup: this time, I added the panniers and lost the rolled-duffel. I can carry a little bit more stuff and I’ll be able to leave the bike locked and secure.



This weekend, I took some time to install:

1. Hand guards
2. Larger foot for the kickstand
3. Replacement Air filter
4. Happy Trails panniers



The bike is ready for the ride out tomorrow. Since we are leaving a day early, we’ll target Big Pine on the other side the Sierras. Then ride through Death Valley the next day.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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I was wondering where you were going. Now I'm even more jealous.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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Looks like a great trip ! What is your ETA in Flagstaff ? I will be in that area later this week; if you are looking for interesting sites/campsites, I'm always looking for a reason to ride...
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Looks like a great trip ! What is your ETA in Flagstaff ? I will be in that area later this week; if you are looking for interesting sites/campsites, I'm always looking for a reason to ride...
I'll be there on Thurs afternoon.
I'm attending/camping at the Overland Expo.

http://www.rawhyde-offroad.com/azadv.html
http://www.overlandexpo.com/

I'm riding down from Vegas on Saturday morning. Planning on 93 and 66 to Flagstaff. Visit any interesting bit along the way.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #6
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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Cool...are you doing the full weekend at the Expo ? Are you already in Flag ? I live in Phx but looking to get out of the heat...
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Cool...are you doing the full weekend at the Expo ? Are you already in Flag ? I live in Phx but looking to get out of the heat...
Yup, I'm at the Expo from Thu - Sun. I'm not sure what on the itinerary at the expo is just yet. Afterwards, I have 3 weeks of riding anywhere. PM me, I was gonna do a little exploring of AZ before going to NM.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:06 PM   #9
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Day 1 - Riding Out

We were able to leave a day early, so we bailed on I5 and Barstow and decided to go through Yosemite and Tioga Pass. This would let up go through Death Valley the next day.



Hwy 120, Yosemite



Then with the altitude came the snow.



Then came the rain, sleet, hail, thunder over Tioga Pass.



On 395, rain and thunder gave way to high winds.



Nice start to a trip!
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #10
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Day 2 Wed. Going Thru Death Valley

I woke up early in Big Pine, to go for a run down Hwy 168 to the Death Valley Rd junction. I just want to see what the road looked like, for future reference.

On this trip, we took Hwy 190 from Lone Pine all the way through. It was 104F, but as long as you where moving it wasn't bad. We stopped at Stovepipe Wells for lunch before continuing on through Furnace Creek to Nevada-side.

This travel day went by without any events like the first day. We planned our stop at the Fiesta in Henderson, thinking that it was far enough out of town, but we still caught the evening commute traffic.

A road ride should always be proper ended poolside.
















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Old 06-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #11
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Day 3 - Take Route 66

We left the hotel in Henderson at 10am and headed for Kingman, on Hwy 93. If you want wind, you got wind. What is it about Lake Powell and that Hoover Dam that produces these crazy gusts? Well, they gave you adequate warning signs to stir up your anxieties. But in the end, there was only one gust that significantly pushed my bike sideways.

The cool thing about rallies is that you can meet people on the road headed the to the same destination. Sometimes on the road, you just wave. Sometimes at a stop, you get a chance to meet and talk. At Kingman, we meet Kurt, Butch and Jeremy and a couple of trucks in tow.

They let us join them on their ride, they knew of good place to stop for lunch on Route 66. This circumvented a bit of I-40 and we got to eat at Delgadilloís in Seligman. Cool place and now I can saw Iíve been on Route 66.

After lunch, it was back to I-40 to Flagstaff and a short ride to Mormon Lake. Entered Overland Expo and we set up camp around the open arena that will be the off-road motorcycle training area. RawHyde provided dinner, then it was sleepy-time.








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Old 06-04-2013, 10:53 AM   #12
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Day 4, 5 - RawHyde Intro to Dirt Training

I didnít plan this trip well. My friend, Henry suggested it to me and I said yes, but I didnít sign up for the RawHyde Level 1: Intro to Dirt Class. I was just gonna tag along for the expo then ride on my Western Wander after the weekend.

But clarity stuck on my morning jog along Mormon Lake. Out of all the organized rides and free classes, I actually wanted to take the formal Level 1 - Two day Intro to Dirt class. Heck, I may need some of these skills on my 4 week jaunt around the West. I needed it last year!

Stephanie at breakfast was able to fit me in at the last moment, bring the class to 16 students for 4 instructors. Thatís square!

I made a good choice. I spent my time Friday and Saturday, in class, practicing all the drills for off-pavement riding. Getting to control my bike with clutch and brakes. Learned to intentionally skid the rear tire and balance the bike while standing on the pegs. Learned techniques foreign to my Triumph Daytona 675 street style. :). The classes ended with a ride down some forest logging trails that were conveniently in the area.

The class was great. The students in the class formed a sense of team as we learned, rode and ate together. Itís was a cool collective experience. After finishing the class, I felt my level of anxiety about off-pavement replaced with a small bit of confidence and eagerness. Now to practice these skills and then maybe next year hit their level 2 training.

The other part of the Expo was the 4-wheel part. After class, I was able to browse the rest of the Expo. Some of those stuff was nuts, but there were some camping/survival product that was applicable to motorcycle adventuring. Got a solar charger from Goal Zero and some apparel that ironically that was based in San Francisco. I never knew what was in my own city.











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Old 06-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #13
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Day 6 - Sunday, the Expo wraps up

The Expo was wrapping up and Henry took off after breakfast for home. This was now the beginning of my Western Wander. I had just spent 2 great days with other motorcyclists, got some training and a new Klim Badlands jacket! The gravity from the Klim tent was just too great, thanks Mark. Now began my solo trip.

My attention turned to my pre-ride issue, my old Scorpion Trail front tire. I had tried to get a Heidenau front to match the rear before I left on this trip, but couldnít get the tire in time. I had plenty on the old front to get me here and had hoped to source one at the Expo.

Scott from GoAZ was right there with my solution, a Heidenau front 19Ē, instock and GoAZ service was open 7 days a week! Motorcycle service on a Monday! My journey would have to start with a quick visit to Phoenix, then I would be ready for adventure.

Setting up camp always seemed to go faster than the breakdown. This was a new configuration for me with the new panniers and camping equipment. This would get faster with experience and when I jettisoned some dead weight I had packed.

I rode back up to Flagstaff, then made the turn on Hwy 17 toward Phoenix. I left after 1pm so, I made it to Camp Verde. Actually, I was tired and I have an unwritten policy against riding at dusk or night. Hotel and laundry was the recipe for this late day.










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Day 7 - GoAZ

Phoenix turned out to be a pleasant detour, GoAZ is this 3 building/showroom supermall for motorcycles. Itís the motorcycle emporium that Go Daddy built. Thereís Triumph, Ducati, KTM, BMW, etc dealerships in a blocksize complex. Scott gave me a tour as the service guys were able to squeeze my bike in for that new front tire and an oil change.

There was the showrooms, service area, test track and garage that storage new uncrate motos and an armada of used ones. This place was like the ďMall of AmericaĒ of motorcycles. And it was great that they serviced my bike by 1pm and I was able to start my wander with confidence in a fresh tire. Thanks GoAZ!

From Scottsdale, I headed North-east on Hwy 87. Even at this point, my itinerary was fluid. I took advice to camp at Canyon De Chelly at the the NE corner of Arizona. This scraped my plans for El Morro in New Mexico. But still left the Petrified Forest on the agenda.

Since I left in the afternoon for Scottsdale, I chose Payson as a good inbetween point to Canyon De Chelly. I found a mostly vacant campsite and made camp for the night. I had the Moon and a campfire, my friends for the evening.















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Old 06-04-2013, 02:33 PM   #15
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Since I left in the afternoon for Scottsdale, I chose Payson as a good inbetween point to Canyon De Chelly. I found a mostly vacant campsite and made camp for the night. I had the Moon and a campfire, my friends for the evening.



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