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Old 09-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #16
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I sleep like a baby and am up before the dawn.



Perfect temp for sleeping..



Breakfast in the park..



The CADVR gang is well represented. I'm curious just how many of these things came out of the Neenah Foundry, because I see them all over the place..



This is one of those places where the speed limits are low for a reason. Deer are everywhere this morning, and barely even notice the motorcycle..



Nice road to start the day with..



And a nice view of where I'm not headed..



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Old 09-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #17
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I've been toying with the notion of camping in Yosemite. The family grazed it in late June while on vacation, but I'd like to see more and with the fires I'm guessing there won't be as many people as in June. Well, how to get there from here, right? Looks like I've got a few options, but I'd like to avoid just making for I-80 for a couple of reasons. The smoke is alleged to be making life miserable NE of the park, so I need to enter somewhere South.. I kind of eyeball it and decide I'll take minor roads across Nevada. Okay, so now I've got to get from Cortez, Colorado, to, well, oh hell, I'll just head for Moab where I can look at a bunch of maps and be in Moab..

Getting there..







I love the idea of carving out a home from the rock. I hate the idea of turning it into a tourist trap.



I think this place may be the motherlode of maps..



I get squared away pretty quickly and easily. It looks like a run on I-70 across the state and then a bit of I-15 and I'll be able to get on some 2-lane roads across Nevada. Away from it all, if you will. I don't stay long.



More road work..





It's another great day to be on the bike..



Quick lunch in Green River, then some quality time with some chain lube not too far down the road..



things start to look swell..











Pit stop at the confluence of I-70 and I-15 brings me a better sense of self..



Then it's South again, back into some weather..



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Old 09-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #18
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I skirt most of the rain, but get a little (it was good for a needed cool-down) as I blast down the interstate.



I find my turn and head West..



Beautiful..





Soon I'm in Nevada (if not already) and find fuel and a candy bar for dinner..



Lots of time to be in my own head out here. Nice..





Chain needs some more lovin' and adjustment..



I ride 5 miles South to top-off the tank, then backtrack to the start of The Extraterrestrial Highway..









Those mountains are at least 20 miles away..



The reverse angle..



More..







I'm not entirely certain what the rules of the road are, but I'm probably going to defer to the cow..



It's gotta be the aliens..



Of course, I'm doing my part...



Although there is nothing that makes riding into the light at dusk much better than bearable, light-wise when it's open range land..



I got a room at the Best Western in Tonopah and took a walk in search of vittles..

Kind of a creepy town after dark, and I didn't feel safe..





I ended up walking the other direction to the Shell station convenience store across from the motel. A couple of guys hanging around out front followed me inside, circled and one of them tried to chat me up. The guy behind the counter wouldn't take his eyes off them even while ringing me up for pop tarts and a gatorade (I paid in loose change). They followed me out and got on either side, so I ran out into the street in front of a serendipitously-timed car. It honked, they scattered and I ran back to the motel. It was not a high point of the trip.

But nothing happened so maybe I'm just reading too much into it..

Today's miles..



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Old 09-23-2013, 07:27 AM   #19
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Nice open road... i'm in!
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:03 PM   #20
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Enjoying the RR, nothing like taking off and riding by yourself.
Covering some ground too.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:27 AM   #21
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Nice open road... i'm in!
Nice to have you along!

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Enjoying the RR, nothing like taking off and riding by yourself.
Covering some ground too.
It really is nice just being in the moment and not worrying about meeting anyone's expectations.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #22
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Morning happens and the bike's still there..



I grab the continental breakfast, gear up and head West.

Then I see this.



Really???!!!

I may never sleep again!

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Old 09-25-2013, 06:20 AM   #23
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Further West is Coaldale, a happy-go-lucky bedroom community of sorts...



There are some very picturesque mountain views, depending upon where one parks the bike..



Kind of a pleasant retirement community atmosphere..



Wimmins and/or gambling in the main hall..







Ernie needs to work on his image..



It's a beautiful morning, regardless..









Maybe time to hit the road again..



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Old 09-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #24
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Nice! You are certainly covering some miles.

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Nice! You are certainly covering some miles.

Cheers,
The change of scenery does wonders for my attitude. ;-)

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A twist of the wrist and I'm off again..





Into California and South to get around the smoke and fire in Yosemite..



Coming from the land of 100-pound rectangular bales and 1000-pound round bales, these seem to make a lot more sense.. But hay..



I finally make the turn Westward, some miles North of Mojave, into the hills..



Very light traffic and the road is fun on the V-Strom..



West of Bakersfield the road is single-lane through a landslide go-around, and waiting for our turn to move is a sweaty proposition. I'm at the lowest elevation since crossing the Mississippi, which kind of blows my mind, but it's all good and I'm happy to be a part of this day in California..



I only stop once on the run up through Fresno, and that's to re-hydrate.



Once past Coarsegold the traffic dwindles to nearly nothing and I enjoy the empty road a great deal. I got behind one RV who took the first pullout to let me by. Good times.





Camp is setup just inside the park, and I call it a day..





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Old 09-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #27
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I can't complain about the weather. Other than my first night out, where it was still a bazillion degrees and muggy at midnight, it's never drifted too far outside of comfortable as long as I've been moving (stopped is a different story) on the bike and the two nights so far in the tent have been just about perfect. It's going to be a good day. It already is.



I'm at the South and West corner of the park, so heading North is the plan..



And East, along Glacier Point Road..



Practically zero traffic..



Iconic views..



I can't really tell, having never looked upon these before, but folks have been talking about how little water is flowing over the falls..



I spoke with an athletic couple from Birmingham, Georgia, who recommended taking the trail to the top of this. They did it yesterday in about a 9-hour round trip. Cool.



Holy shite, right?



Oh, and I don't see any big plume of smoke, just a haze..



Time to head back out to the main road and down to Yosemite Valley..



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Old 10-03-2013, 07:20 AM   #28
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Yeah, okay, there IS quite a bit of haze..



Zoom! Zoom!



I stop to walk the path to one of the falls..



And it's just almost dry..



The water evaporates before it gets to the bottom..



On the walk back out I catch two trees sucking face..



Nice views along the road..



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Old 10-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #29
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Lookin Good John!
Hiya Don!

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