ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-09-2009, 04:54 PM   #16
13
__________
 
13's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Oddometer: 5,008
Don't take this the wrong way but that had to be one dumb foreigner to cut in front of you in a food line.
__________________
"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free." Charles Evans Hughes


Quote:
Originally Posted by freeflow
conformity makes better taxpayers.
13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2009, 05:08 PM   #17
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2009, 06:46 PM   #18
IRONIVAR
Studly Adventurer
 
IRONIVAR's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: L.I.N.Y.
Oddometer: 589
Laugh more more >>>>

great report i'm waiting for more pics
ironivar
__________________
how bad could it be ??
07 ktm 990 adv woods turtle
01 ktm 520 exc
04 ktm 250 exc
08 polaris sportsman 550
01 honda xr 100 wifes
02 honda crf 50 with training wheels for joe b
08 KTM 50 son
08 polaris 50 (pink) daughter
1971 cb 450 cafe racer wannna b
IRONIVAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 06:27 AM   #19
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
We continued south on 89 past Kanab, into Arizona towards Jacob Lake. When you enter Kaibab National Forest, the road turns twisty, and wooded, and as it was approaching dusk, we were on full critter alert. We rode through the forest, and came down around a sharp corner to see an immense expanse of land that seemed endless. To the north was the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, to the south you could look across House Rock Valley and see Kaibab Plateau. You could see for miles, and there wasn't a soul around. The sun had gone down behind the plateau, you could still see, but the light was dwindling, I didn't take any pics. I should've tried, that was one of the most memorable sights of the trip. We rode towards Marble Canyon and the Navajo Bridge. We found a gas station west of the Navajo Bridge and stopped. There was that, a little motel, and nothing else as far as you could see. We thought it would be better to find a room where there were more options for food, and figured there should be something more convenient further south. We were both tired, and hungry, and were ready to call it a night. Little did we know that this was the last motel between Marble Canyon, and basically the Grand Canyon. My auxiliary lights had failed at this point, so Charlie took the lead as we rode south towards civilization. It was full dark by now, and animals were a concern. I don't recall if there was anything in Cameron, but we turned right, figuring there must be more motels near the Grand Canyon. It turned out there wasn't, and we had to ride through the park, in the dark, to find one. We stayed close to an SUV to hopefully be a buffer between us, and the Elk that were supposed to be around. After some miles of twisty, winding road, the SUV slows down quick...there goes an Elk, slowly crossing the road...a bit later, we saw another. Um, there pretty big...hitting one would be bad. We finally made it through, to a town called Tusayan, and found a room. It was hard to imagine that earlier in the day, we were in Moab, and riding through Arches...we probably rode 150 miles just looking for a room...long day.

We woke up the next morning, and rode back to see the Grand Canyon, this time during the day, and then were to continue south to Mesa, and see our families.























We left The Grand Canyon, and headed south towards Mesa, and our waiting families. We took I-40 west, and at Flagstaff,jumped on I-17 south. I-17 was a bit crazy, lots of trucks, cars, cops, and construction. We've seen more Highway Patrol cars in Arizona already, than the whole trip combined. As we descended down from the upper elevation, the temperature started rising. It was 106 degrees when we made it to Phoenix, and headed west towards Mesa. I found it to be cooler with my faceshield down, than open, and wondered if it would get hotter.

Charlie's father in law Mike, and his wife Denise, allowed our wives and kids to stay at their home while Charlie and I rode to meet them. They had a beautiful home in Mesa, and were very gracious in allowing us all to stay there. If you guys are reading this, we can't thank you enough for your hospitality, it was very nice of you to open your doors to us. We stayed in Mesa for a few days before heading out to Vegas. It was nice to spend some time in the middle of the trip with our families...


my son Michael


Charlie's daughter Genevieve


Charlie's son Darren
















A few days of rest, and it was onward to Vegas....

__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 08:55 AM   #20
13
__________
 
13's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Oddometer: 5,008
Quote:
Originally Posted by chopped58





__________________
"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free." Charles Evans Hughes


Quote:
Originally Posted by freeflow
conformity makes better taxpayers.
13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 06:46 PM   #21
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
A few days of rest, and we were off to Vegas.




















Wikieup Az....





Some shade...



There's Nothing here....






Getting closer to Hoover Dam..























Almost to Vegas!





Vegas had a Bikefest the weekend we were there. Tons of bikes, vendors, and a bike show at the convention center. It was my first time to Vegas so I was pretty excited. We stayed at the Four Queens Hotel which was right on Fremont street. There was a huge canopy over the street, which every hour or so, played a little music video. It was weird to see all the lights go off on the street, and casinos for 3 blocks or so, while everybody stopped and stared up. An amazing sound system played music, while a video was shown on the underside of the canopy. We walked over to Hogs and Heifers to see what that was all about...if you've never been, check it out, it was nuts.




















We arrived on Friday, and planned to leave Sunday morning. Next up, the return home....
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 09:34 AM   #22
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
We left Vegas Sunday morning, and headed south on 95 towards Needles California.



After heading back east, the winds picked up, bad. We had steady 40 mph winds all day, and it was blowing from the south to the north, directly across our eastward path. It was tiring, just trying to keep the bike straight, and in our respective lanes. We experienced smoke from wildfires in Flagstaff Az, and wicked sandstorms between there and Gallup New Mexico. The sand blocked out the sky, and it kinda felt like riding in a huge tent. It was strong enough to blow the bikes off the kickstands, and at one stop actually blew Charlie's bike over. After hours of winds, sand, smoke, and blowing tumbleweeds, we were ready to stop for the night...




Moon coming up over Alburqurque...







We found a motel in ABQ, and slept like babies...next day we rode to Oklahoma, weather was nice to Amarillo Texas, but turned crappy east of there...


Amarillo was the last of the sun for the rest of this day, plus all of the next day. About 800 miles of rain..we stopped in Mephis for some BBQ...this place was rated pretty well so we tried here instead of Rendezvous..





We made it just west of Nashville, and stopped for the night. Didn't take any pictures because of the rain...
Next morning we woke up and continued home...

After getting on I-81 in Tennessee, my bike died...no lights, no start, nothing...






After a bit of troubleshooting, Charlie found this...




a broken fuse. I guess from the vibrations of the bike, the metal inside fatigued enough to break. Easy fix, and onward we went. We rode the rest of the day and made it home about 3:00am. We rode 972 miles that final day, and we were happy to be home.
It was an amazing trip, and am happy I was able to do it. There were so many incredible sights....I can't wait to see more of this amazing Country.
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 10:33 PM   #23
Round-I-Go
I won the Pullet Surprise
 
Round-I-Go's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Extreme Lower/Left 92064
Oddometer: 499
This looks kinda like Rt 60 on the way up towards Wickenburg, am I right?

Actually ... considering you were headed to Vegas, that would make sense ... duh

.

Quote:
Originally Posted by chopped58
A few days of rest, and we were off to Vegas.



__________________
.
Paul (aka Round-I-Go)
__________________


"Road?...Where we're going, we don't neeeed roads." - Doc Brown

"The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." - Sir Richard Branson

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" - Henry Ford



Round-I-Go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #24
Round-I-Go
I won the Pullet Surprise
 
Round-I-Go's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Extreme Lower/Left 92064
Oddometer: 499
Wow, great trip and beautiful photos. You saw some fabulous country, guys.
Makes ya yearn for the NEXT one dudnit?



.
__________________
.
Paul (aka Round-I-Go)
__________________


"Road?...Where we're going, we don't neeeed roads." - Doc Brown

"The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." - Sir Richard Branson

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" - Henry Ford



Round-I-Go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 06:37 AM   #25
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
Yup, it was 60, good eye! I can't wait for the next trip...hopefully be able to go again next year.
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 07:34 AM   #26
nevada72
Clatto Verata Nicto
 
nevada72's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Road America
Oddometer: 498
Nice ride. I like the fuel cell in the pillion on the Ultra - nice touch.
__________________
Cheryl and I tour the West, summer of 2011

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=718387
nevada72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 11:56 AM   #27
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by nevada72
Nice ride. I like the fuel cell in the pillion on the Ultra - nice touch.
We liked the idea of the extra range. My friend Charlie made a quick disconnect mount for his Ultra, pull 2 pins, a quick disconnect on the fuel line, and the whole thing comes off in 5 seconds! It's a slick setup...
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 12:21 PM   #28
VegasRider
Ya, I'm a n00b.
 
VegasRider's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: NV, Henderson
Oddometer: 296
Quote:
Originally Posted by chopped58
Did you do some graffiti there? I left a little ADV writing there myself...
__________________
"There are only a few days left. Are you ready?" means more than that spammer thought it did.
"Sure it's 25 degrees out and the wind is blowing. What's your point? I'm riding!"
2007 Honda Rebel - Soon for sale.
1991 Suzuki VX800 - "Vixen" (my "project" bike) In the process of being adventurized.
2004 Harley Davidson XL1200C Sporty. "Athena"
VegasRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 12:32 PM   #29
kaipara
Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Oddometer: 71
Great variety of photos!
Cheers for that.
kaipara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 01:33 PM   #30
chopped58 OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
chopped58's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: L.I. NY
Oddometer: 1,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by VegasRider
Did you do some graffiti there? I left a little ADV writing there myself...
Thats cool! I didn't even know this was here, wasn't prepared with paint. We passed by it and Charlie noticed it. I didn't even see it, but after we ate in Amarillo, doubled back to check it out.
__________________
chopped58

ADV Rider Relay 2008 New York
IBA# 27774

06 Uly
58 FL


Ride report: NY to Vegas
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513905
chopped58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 04:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014