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Old 05-29-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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4000 miles, a Rotordriver's "no interstate" tour from PDX to Florida

Hey everyone, I've been enjoying being on ADV Rider, but this is my first ride report. I recently changed jobs and moved from Portland Oregon to Navarre Beach Florida. I wasn't going to do a ride report but Al told me I had to... and well I figured whats the worst, you wouldn't like it.

So now that I've been back and sorted out the internet thing here we go.... be gentle. (oh its over since I didn't try to bring a computer with me, so there won't be any updates...)

I'm riding a 1200GS (06), which is the newest and most powerfull bike I've ever owned, its great and I loved it.... nary a problem with the bike on the trip, but ooooh man its heavy in the sand.

I guess at the moment I'm waiting for the pics to finish uploading, so back to this in a moment...
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
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Originally the trip was supposed to look something like this:

Day 1-2:


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Day 3-4

Visiting a former student and friend at his place in Salt Lake, still no freeways though.


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Which was roughly 3700 miles total and didn't include any freeways. The main goal was to go on the trip and not take the Freeway at all, unless absolutly neccesary.... the actuall trip was the "almost no interstate" tour, took 1 less day than expected, didn't take the same route due to a number of reasons and was certainly as much fun as I thought I'd have.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:10 PM   #3
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Due to my work schedual I had plenty of time to make the trip. I work as an offshore pilot with a 2 week on 2 week of schedual. I prepacked the bike and left it at Al's for safekeeping while I was at work doing a transition to the 407 (type of helicopter).





I ended up doing a bit of repacking before I actually left on the trip proper, tanks to a stop at REI and Al's kind donation of a drysack to stuff the sleeping bag in.

Here's the bike the way I actually rode it during the trip.



Not alot of difference, but the water was in a better spot and easily accesable. I had alot of stuff crammed into the boxes, clothing, food, stove fuel, first aid etc.

The plan was to ride with Al, MotoKat and OregonCoast before heading to Dag's party, it was a good ride, we got hammered with rain at the end of it....

Here's the bike when I started.





here's the crew:








We started out riding the local hills and showing MotoKat the area



I did my best to keep up, I was a bit slow at the begining, heavy weight compared to what I had been riding, new tires, not very aerodynamic etc etc.... well plus the fact that those two are fast!

Eventually I caught up to them, thanks to a slow cager.



I tried to get some pics in the turns, but it wasn't happening....

We eventually made it to one of Portlands many many urban parks, where it seems they are growing a new tower. Part of the tower farm above the city. I didn't know we were comming to this park, which is one of my favorite's in Portland. I used to take my special friend here on my old bike all the time after riding around the hills above the city... we'd usually come late and get 'thrown out' by the actually friendly security staff when they lock the gate.




Kat's behind the tree



Its a great view of Portland



This is my favorite tree in Portland, to me it will always be the kissing tree... but not from this trip.

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Old 05-29-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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Once we picked up OC we headed to the local Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki dealership so he could get something, while were were there we ran into this



We'd already been up on Skyline so we went east and ended up getting intoa huge rainstorm.... of course I wasn't wearing my rain liner so we stoped under what could only be called partial cover and I also pulled my rainpants out of my boots.... one wet sock wasn't the end of the world.



Eventually we made it to Dagwood's party and I had a great time, although I don't remember everything.... certainly not how I hurt my hand....



oh well.... it was a great start to the trip and I had a good time at the party, notwithstanding anything else that happened.

You can always tell the ADV riders in a group, they have thier camera's out nonstop!

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Old 05-29-2009, 07:50 PM   #5
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After the party I hit the road and make some miles. The plan was to head down to Bend Oregon and hit the library and print some maps because someone who shall remain nameless didn't bring the maps he said he was going to print....

The ride out was wet and cold, man colder than I thought it would be!

Here's a shot for the guys in the Damn thread.



Great place to stop and have a RedBull and take a pic of the bike.... I should have stpped more often, but thats hindsite...



It was so wet in the mountain range that I didn't take the camera out... I just concentrated on not freezing. Eventually I stopped at the gas station and changes pants, socks and put on my rain gear which stayed on the rest of the day....



The route originally had some dirt planned in this stage but it was all still covered in snow... i guess I was one month to early for this part of the US.... that's a theme that's gonna play out again later in the trip.

Once I got on the eastern side of the range the rain went away and the temp came up, however the WIND was strong! at one point blowing me across my lane and across the whole next lane and almost off the road.... talk about a massive adreneline rush, but not one I'd do on purpose!




Eastern Oregon has a stark beauty, something that I saw throughout the west.






Day 1 ended in Nevada, just across the border from Oregon, of course I was a dumb ass and didn't take any pictures of the town I stopped in.... 2 hotels, 1 gas station and 3 Casinos.

Theres alot of things I didn't take pictures of, the Old Timer who gave me better directions than GPS, the Mustang Ranch sign in Nevada, etc etc.

Thats enough for tonight, more tomorrow!
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:38 PM   #6
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:23 AM   #8
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Looks like a good ride.. thanks for posting your first ride report
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:58 AM   #9
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Great start on a ride report! When you coming back?
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:58 AM   #10
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:17 AM   #11
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Thanks guys! Originally I wasn't going to do a ride report, there have been some many good ones here that I don't think mine will compare that well, but.... as someone once said, "ride reports are the jewel in the ADV crown" and the more the better....

Anyway, DAY 2.

I started early the morning and started heading south into Winnemuca Nevada, this was the first real divergance from the route I'd had planned since I ended up taking a different road south in Oregon. Originally I was supposed to bypass Winnemuca to the west, I instead ended up passing through it.

I had a great breakfast in town and then was using my GPS to pinpoint a route that didn't take the freeway. The GPS kept taking me to the north and the west and said it would take 12 hours to complete....

Heres the first section of dirt I hit durring the trip.



I ended up running into freerange cattle, the steer was giving me the evil eye. I was puttering past them so that I wouldn't scare em, didn't work.



The road just kept going and going and I ended up turning around, I just didn't want to head the wrong way for 12 hours! (even though it supposedly headed back south at some point according to the GPS).

So I took a different route and came smack dab into a big ol fence



It was some kind of chemical plant.. they weren't going to let me cross through, that I knew....

I ended up heading on the road alongside the freeway until I stopped for gas and an old timmer in a converted schoolbus asked me about my bike. After talking for about a half hour he gave me really good directions and I was able to get away from the freeway, hit the dirt and get myself lost again!

Of course I was to dumb to get his picture.....

I ended up on South 400, fantastic road in the valley with semmingly nothing out there



It also eventually ran into nothing but dirt. Thankfully there wasn't alot of elevation change. I took it really slow since I was out there alone, off route and didn't know exactly where I was headed, except that it was consistantly south.










Its hard to describe the stark beauty of it all, theres no one around, not a sign of human habitation, other then the road itself.

There were other signs of habitation, I ran into wild mustangs at one point, that was pretty cool! I rode up on them very slow so as not to startle the colt, they took of running eventually.







I did almost crash at one point, dug the front tire into some of the sand when the "road" bascly became two single track trails running parralel with each other. Turns out my route was taking me through a national wildlife preserve, don't worry I closed the gate behind me.



So at this point I was intamatly familure with the many variaties of Nevada sand and Nevada gravel.... theres red sand, yellow sand, black sand, sandy sand, course sand, black gravel, yellow gravel, red gravel, black gravel on loose yellow sand, yellow sand on packed black gravel etc etc etc....

At this point I could see US 50 in front of me, it was a relief to know that I was about to get off the dirt, I'd miss it later in the trip though.







US 50 is billed as the loneliest highway and I can confirm that its breffy lonely, I passed 3 other vehicles going the other way and never saw anyone going my way. Its dominated by giant valleys with distant messas.



Who knew that the US Navy had a base in the middle of the desert






Its really in the middle on nowhere...

looking East



Looking West




Its apparetly a bombing range and test center, I didn't see any low flying aircraft though.

Heading east I ran into the infamouse shoe tree, didn't add any to it though.





It was so flat and empty at one point that I picked up a little speed, very stable and smooth even at high speed, still had plenty of power left but I didn't push it to far.




I had lunch in Austin Nevada, which is an intereting little town, good food though. At this point I could start to see the rockies up ahead.




Of course there were mountains behind me so take your pick! Mountains to the west and mountains to the east.




Ridding US 50 into Utah takes you through a long desolate valley at the border with Nevada. For a bit there I thought there was a lake of to my right, but I realized that it was just an illusion.




I couldn't tell you why, but as soon as I hit Utah I started hitting bugs, probably the fact that the farms also started as soon as I got to Utah. after an hour my windshield and visor were covered.... that didn't change until the end of the trip. Just call me AARON Destroyer of Bugs





I turned north for Salt Lake in order to visit a friend, it was an amazing area to ride thorugh, mountains on the left and the lake on the right, I was thinking it was Salt Lake at first, but its the lake just south of Salt Lake, the one wasn't an illusion.




I made it into Salt Lake, I ended up jumping on the freeway for the last few miles. The street traffic was so bad that it wasn't worth avoiding the freeway to get to my friends place. I arrived at his house, but he wasn't there! Turns out his interview with the Army (He's going into the warrant officer program as a pilot) was reschedualed and he didn't make it back




His parents were really nice once the figured out I wasn't a crazy guy.... thanks alot for letting them know I was comming Trevor!
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:28 PM   #12
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At this point my camera started malfunctioning occasionally and not opening the shutter all the way, all the time.... Anyway, one thing I will say about the Mormans, they build really cool looking churchs





This part of Utah on the way south to the Zion area was beautiful, defintly farmland though, it was nice to see civilization after so much time in the desert.




I made it to southern Utah that day and spent the night, planning on hitting the red rock early in the morning on Day 3. Two other thing I noticed about Utah, 1, there is absolutely no litter on the roadside, not a single piece of rubish anywhere in the state (at least that I saw). 2, the highway patrol either waved back, or initiated a friendly wave everytime I passed a Utah Trooper or local Cop. (it might have helped that I wasn't speeding) It certainly wasn't like being in Missourie and getting eyefucked by the staters.

Day 3

Leaving early in the morning I headed into the Red Rock just north of Bryce Canyon.



I can't begin to describe the majesty of the area here, its simply amazing and no camera can capture the variety of the landscape as you descend into these canyons.




This was the first of a number of Wildfire signs I saw, this one early in the morning




As I headed east I dropped into the valley which was dominated on both sides by giant sculpted messas.









Looking back on the road I'd ridden up the valley floor from




I ended turning around so I could get a good picture of this




Its amazing that even in this high mountain desert terrain there is plenty of green and vegitation in the valleys.







After riding through the winding valley I stopped for gas and ran into a couple of local ADV riders headed up to Moab, so I followed them for a way, thanks guys.







As we rose in elevation in the mountains I let the guys go ahead and stopped for a scenic view of the terrain and had another great meetup with a local.



Peter here gave me some great directions for later in the trip, turns out he's from the Gunnison Colorado area, where I was headed later in trip. He let me know that my planed route, through engineer's pass, wasn't gonna work due to snow....

Oh well, it was great talking to him and fantastic views from the viewpoint.




Rested, refreshed and rehydrated I headed back out, up through the mountain, past the snow line and then back down into the valley. Along the way I saw teh signs for Arches National Park and mayed a slight detour to take a look at the amazing geological feature





Dropping down from the mountains I rode alongside the Colorado river for a while, I say I was out of the mountains, but there certainly was a huge amount of elevation change on the road and along the river.





Thats the Colorado river there




All along the road are examples of wind errosion, huge and massive boulders suspensed on smaller rock, there are so many of them that they stop being special, I'm sure if you lived there you'd be used to seeing them all the time, for me they were all amazing.

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Old 05-31-2009, 07:12 PM   #13
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As I came out of the mountains I needed to stop at a library and print some maps to figure out the best way to continue. The library staff was great although they were a bit shy about having thier picture taken




I asked for a recomndation on where to get lunch and was pleasently rewarded with a couple of fellow riders traveling from Argentina to Alaska from Germany! Very friendly and what luck!




Katharina and Thomas have been on the road for about 2 years, you can find thier website here: http://translate.google.de/translate...hl=de&ie=UTF-8 they were fantastic and very willing to share thier table with me, what a foruitus meetup!





I was able to give them some great suggestions for good ridding in the Pacific Northwest, hopefully they make the run up to Vernonia! Be on the lookout PDX crew!

After hanging out for a little while and a nice respite, it was time to get back onto the road!

At this point it was just under 2000 miles already behind me,




It was a lot of flat land on the west of the main spur of the rockies, building the anticipation as I was starring at these huge mountains looming above me.





Slowly and surely the road climbed, steadily adding elevation and dropping in temparature, not to uncomforatably cold levels, but noticibly cooler than the early part of the day.



I arrived exhausted and spent the night in south wester Colorrado, rising up early and heading north to Silverton. Silverton is a small ex-minning town (although they may be opening one of the old mines).












If you spend any time in Silverton I highly recommend the Brown Bear Cafe, great food, freidnly staff and excellent atmoshpere.






Some original ADV riders in the pictures along the walls.




There are also some ADV vehicles in town



Dell, you need one of those as well.
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Old 05-31-2009, 07:58 PM   #14
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You guys are killing me with these out West Ride Reports.1 of these days Great Report
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