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Old 09-29-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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Eek My 1000th post Epic: Denver, Colorado USA to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

September 29, 2006

On September 15th two seasoned riders set out on the longest tour that either had ever done. These riders were not only friends and of like mind, they are father and son. Together they would travel over 4000 miles, across 10 western States, the Pacific Ocean and one Canadian Provence in 12 days.

This is going to be a big one folks.

My dad and I have been dreaming about this trip for as long as I can remember. 20 yrs ago in Tucson, Az. my dad taught me to ride a motorcycle. He probably lit the spark not long after that. After many years of riding together and apart he made the decision that he was ready to make the trip this season. I spent some time planning both here on Adv and elsewhere. Friday the 15th we departed. I could hardly believe that we were actually going to do it.

packed and ready to roll after some good by hugs.

Day 1: Littleton, CO to Vernal UT.

I sensed that we were in trouble about an hour out of town. Summiting Berthoud Pass the weather declined almost as quickly as US 40 into Winter Park. We were cold and hungry so stopped for breakfast at some little saloon in W.P. After wolfing a gut bomb of huevos rancheros, we added some layers and hit the road. Riding over Rabbit Ears Pass into the town of Steamboat Springs was like ushering in winter at 60 miles per hour. The rain began as a cold drizzle in Steamboat and did not let up until we reached Craig. That's when the weather got really interesting.

The stretch of US 40 between Craig and Vernal UT is nothing but exposed high desert. There is nothing out there to slow down the wind that was gusting. This segment of road was dry (fortunately) but dangerous. The bike was nearly blown off the road way more than once. We thankfully made it to the town of Vernal Utah about 4:30pm, just as the rain started to fall in sheets. It poured all night.

Dean Sr. (Moyle on Adv.) ventured out to the beer store for our first night. They get $9 a six pack for Amstel light in Vernal UT.

To be continued.....
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:43 PM   #2
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This should be good

Don't drag it out.. I have a short attention span.
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:53 PM   #3
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Please, please, please let this be a report that doesn't take two years to complete!

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Old 09-29-2006, 04:11 PM   #4
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Day 2:Vernal Utah to Wendover Nevada

Having broken the shackles of my crappy Qwest DSL, I can continue on the Mrs. laptop.

Our night in the Vernal Econo Lodge was one of beer and The Weather Channel. The satellite imagery had us worried. Our plan was to head north from Vernal to the Flaming Gorge and end for the day in Jackson. When morning came, we checked the tube again. The forecast was clouds and cold but not much precipitation. Undaunted, we proceeded with plans.

Have you ever heard the saying "The best laid plans of men...?"

All the rain that fell in Vernal had turned to snow at some point during the night. What a time for Moyle's grip heaters to stop working! The road ahead did not look good.

We slowly made our way north on 191 to the Flaming Gorge. That is an extremely beautiful area despite the storm that was kicking our butts.

The lower elevation was dry at last but the wind was whipping and gusting like hell. Oh yeah, that's because we were now in Wyoming! Wyoming is the windiest place I have ever been in my entire life. If it wasn't for the Flaming Gorge, and Jackson I would say nuke the whole state.

Breakfast in Manila gave us time to warm our bones and clog our arteries. Boy those bisquits and gravy at the cafe are good stuff. Talking with the locals in Manila had lead us to change course. There was nothing but storms all the way to Yellowstone according to the folks there. We rode up to I 80 and hauled west instead of north. The 414 in Wyoming almost killed me.

Our ride across Utah was more cold than not. Rain, snow, sleet and hail would not make us quit until reaching Wendover Nevada. The weather started getting better around the Great Salt Lake. We got stopped in a construction driven traffic jam. Other than that, we went as fast as we could. I did have to stop at the Bonneville Salt Flats for a pic or two.

Night 2 in the Wendover Motel 6 was pleasantly uneventful.
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:35 PM   #6
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I was traveling at that time - left SLC Friday morning the 15th in the rain and basically pushed through wave after wave of storms the entire way to Wenatchee, WA. The weather for the rest of the trip into the Canadian Rockies was just cold. GoreTex and Gerbings, baby! Thanks for sharing your trip.
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Old 09-29-2006, 05:18 PM   #7
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Day 3: Wendover, Nevada to Reno, the biggest little city in the world.

I knew that we were finally in the desert by the lack of clouds this morning. At last we could count on being dry. Dry yes, warm? Hell NO! Our route plan was to take US 50 to Reno, or there abouts. I like to set attainable goals on motorcycle trips and thought that was a fine choice.

It was so cold that I had to stop along highway 93 to add another layer. This one was all I could fit under my winter gear. I was definately looking like the Michelin man across Nevada.

US 50 is called the "Loneliest road in the west." That's kinda true I guess.

We both noted that US 50 was a fun road with exceptional pavement and it was lonlely enough to crack open the throttle a few times. Those straights go by rather quickly at 100. This highway was not limited to only straights however, there were some fun twisties thrown in here and there to keep us awake. Still, travelling that many miles, you have to stretch out the bod.

We made it to Ely Nevada about 10 am, just in time for breakfast. The Hotel Nevada was a good place to stop for some chow and as it turned out, some socializing with some California sport riders on a Busa and Zx14.

While Moyle was chatting with the guys, I went in to warm up. Every building in Nevada seemed to be a casino, this place was no exception. There was some cool stuff to look at while I was waiting for a table.

Moyle played the slots and ended up winning $10. Just enough for his breakfast and coffee. What a bargain.

After a big omelette, hashbrowns, sausage and bacon we hit the loneliest road once again. This segment was not that lonely.

We stopped for gas in Fallen (I think) where we met several motorcyclists touring the west. One guy from Sacremento on his Honda ST1100 was out for a weekend cruise and had to be back that evening. He would have a 800 mile day to do it. Another group was lead by a guy on an older Suzuki lead wing type of bike that he had over 180,000 miles on. He said that he had been from Canada to the Tropic of Cancer and back and all points between. I was very impressed. He bought the big bike new in 1980 something and it looked almost showroom good. Sorry, no pics, maybe Moyle will have some later.

Just east of Reno we came across a sand dunes recreation place on US 50. I saw all the trucks and trailers at the base of the hill and decided that we must stop for a look see. Who says a GPZ 1100 aint no adventure bike.

As it turned out, there weren't many bikes climbing the hill. Just quads with paddle tires. Oh well, at least I got a little dust on the Tiger. That pig does not handle sand well when loaded (or not loaded for that matter) but she does like to look the part.
Dirty bike porn:

Quads ripping up the hill:

Finally, the biggest little city

We randomly chose the Silver Legacy Hotel on the strip and we hit gold.

With out a doubt, this was the best deal of the entire trip. $65 bought us a beautiful new room with a whirlpool bath tub and of course casinos every where. I'm not into gambling, I work too hard for my money, but we both had a great time in Reno. After procuring some adult beverages and a shower we hit the town for dinner and pics.

The view from our 27th floor window was just spectacular as the sun was setting beyond Reno.

The neighbors:

We went inside the Circus Circus to see the animal acts. The only ones on stage were the 2 legged variety.

Reno was a great place to spend a night. Lots of entertainment for everyone.
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:11 PM   #8
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:16 PM   #9
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Can't wait for more....Vancouver, BC Canada is the best place in the world!!!!! This is a dream trip in my book and post more....hurry!!!!

This is one reason ADV is awesome, because you can live vicariously through others during your day to day life....
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Day 4: Reno to Quincy California

The morning greeted us with a cloudless sky and 50 degrees. The forecast was for sun and upper 70's. Finally some warm weather!

The tires on my dad's bike were looking pretty tired about now. He was starting to worry whether they would make it. This was Monday, and in Colorado, bike shops are closed on Mondays. He found Reno Motor Sports was open and had a set of tires in stock that could be installed for $350 in about an hour and a half. Sure enough, they got er done.

Daddy was much happier now. My Tiger on the other hand was telling me that the chain was nearly toasted. I was having to adjust it daily and the racket it was making was unsettling. There was no Triumph dealership there that was open so I had to just keep riding the wench.

After the GPZ was done, we rode 431 over to Lake Tahoe. What a road! Finally some twisties like back home. I was getting really tired of US highways and made sure to savor the canyon road that lead to Tahoe. I arrived a bit before Moyle and nabbed a pic.

We found a great beach to soak up some rays, take a walk and some more photos.

I could spend a lot of time enjoying Lake Tahoe, but we had a bit of a schedule to keep. The water was so clear and blue that one could see down 20 feet deep or more.

Even the Tiger wanted to relax on the beach, maybe take a little drink or a swim.

Lake Tahoe was incredible. The little beach was a welcome place to relax for a while. I had to sit back and relax for a while, reflect upon the journey thus far, and look forward to what was ahead of us. The fun had only just begun.

431 was a nice warm up raod for CA89. This west bound route through north-central California was created for motorcyclists. We both agreed that this was the best road of the trip, thus far. A seemingly endless blend of sweepers, short straights, and elevation changes through the forest was what CA89 was all about. I had an excellent time racing the over-loaded 650lbs+ of the Tiger for hours up to the town of Quincy.

Some of the agricultural ruins along the way.

We did not cover a large quantity of miles on Monday, but the quality was excellent. It was about 5pm when we rolled into Quincy. My dad is a sucker for little motels in little towns. The one that caught his eye today was not bad at all. The town had a car wash too which was a welcome sight for our eyes. 4 days of riding through rain, sleet, snow and hail had taken tole on the bikes.

The Ranchito was a quaint compound of cabins with hand blown glass doors, individual baths, fridges and comfortable beds for about $75 a night.
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:37 AM   #11
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Cool that you ride with Dad. My wife and I get together with my Mom and Dad every year for a tour. This year we did the Ozarks, and next week we head to Mexico!

Keep the report and pics coming!
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:22 PM   #12
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Nice job Deano!

Hurry up and get to the part where you cross the Pacific Ocean.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:01 PM   #13
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great report so far Deano! keep the images coming
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Old 09-30-2006, 06:20 PM   #14
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Great stuff, Deano.

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Great stuff, Deano.

Yeah, Moyle!
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