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Old 05-22-2010, 11:38 AM   #31
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-- "Haha. Spinach ravioli. Actually pretty yummy, even though they look like UFO babies"

Hmmm. I thought they were oysters! (Not that I'd eat green oysters tho).
By the way, great ride report.
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:38 PM   #32
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My wife and I are headed to the Grand Tetons and Arches next month. You make me wanna leave now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #33
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Moab didn't want us to leave.

First, thanks everyone. You've been great throughout the whole report!!

I am wholly certain that the gods didn't want us to end our honeymoon. From Moab to Mexican Hat we fought 20-30mph winds.

Today was worse.

We woke up, late as usual, looked out the window and the sky was a nice shade of red. The winds were 30mph +, with gusts well over 55mph. Joy.

We had breakfast at the San Juan Inn in Mexican Hat. There we were befriended by two older gentlemen on Harleys who were on a 3-4 week tour across the midwest. We offered them some suggestions in Mexican Hat, but I'm not sure today was the best for sight seeing. In fact, you could barely see any landscape through the raging dust storms.

I latched on tight, buried my head in his back, closed my eyes and pretended I was lying on a warm beach with a fruity cocktail. With an umbrella in it. The ride was hard enough on me, and I wasn't fighting a KTM through it. He's the best.

We stopped at a gas station in Red Mesa (I think). We were covered in dust. This is what we rode through all day.



This is one of 4 pictures I took today.

This is me ready to get to Flagstaff.



Our KTM has never been dirtier. We and it got dirtier today than we did taking the White Rim Trail.



And our helmets. I packed my glasses in the tank bag. I wasn't sight seeing today anyway.



Through the pain and wind, we made it to Flagstaff somehow. We checked in, had lunch and were in the hot tub by 4PM. He pulled a muscle in his lower back yesterday battling the winds to Mexican Hat, so I know he's been struggling. A good soak, and some rest - its what we both needed.

We're breaking one of our own rules we made during the honeymoon; no chain restaurants. We're ordering pizza tonight from Domino's and having it delivered to the La Quinta we're staying at. No motorcycle tonight. The 3 of us need the night to recoup.

Tomorrow doesn't seem to prove any better. More high winds all the way to Casa Grande. I'm telling you, I don't think we were supposed to end the trip.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:18 PM   #34
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Congrats on a dream honeymoon!
Sounds like a match made in heaven!:)
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:44 PM   #35
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Glad to hear you made it to Flag! I have some friends doing an Iron Butt today (both the 1000 in 24 and 1500 in 36) One got bown off I-40 just east of Flag. He is mostly ok and didn't need my professonal services, the bike is dented, but will survive. It's a DL1000.

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Old 05-22-2010, 07:56 PM   #36
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Glad to hear you made it to Flag! I have some friends doing an Iron Butt today (both the 1000 in 24 and 1500 in 36) One got bown off I-40 just east of Flag. He is mostly ok and didn't need my professonal services, the bike is dented, but will survive. It's a DR1000.
Glad to hear he's okay and that the bike wasn't a loss. Today wasn't the best weather for riding, but we passed the most bikes today than we did the rest of the trip.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:05 PM   #37
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AWESOME! Congrats, enjoy, and ride safe!
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:14 PM   #38
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Do you have a sister?

Thanks for the great ride report. I went to Moab last year and also fell in love with it. I plan on going back soon to enjoy more of roads and sights.

BTW........Do you have a sister?
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:36 PM   #39
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You're are a lucky man! Great RR and nice pics too.
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:25 AM   #40
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Awesome pics and report.....what a great start to a new life together.....enjoy!!
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:31 AM   #41
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Thanks for the great ride report. I went to Moab last year and also fell in love with it. I plan on going back soon to enjoy more of roads and sights.

BTW........Do you have a sister?
Thanks! Yes, I have a sister, but she's been happily married for 10 years. Sorry.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:50 AM   #42
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Congrats!

Very cool honeymoon!

I took my wife to the North Rim & stayed the night for her birthday. Then we went to Page & South Rim & to Flag & down the 89A.

It was great for us too.

We stayed on the tarmac though. No dirt for us.

Again.... CONGRATULATIONS!
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:06 PM   #43
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Really nice honeymoon.
I cant imagine a better one.
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:38 PM   #44
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Thanks!

So we're home. Bummer. The winds were just merely annoying today instead of brutal and painful. We came down I-17. As soon as I could see Phoenix, my heart sank. I hate Phoenix. I'm over southern Arizona. The only thing that brings a smile to my face right now are my three sleeping dogs.

This has been the best trip I've been on. An adventure from start to finish.

We logged roughly 1800 miles on our bike from start to finish. I've taken about 1400 pictures. We had our first fall together. No complaints on the KTM. She performed like a champ on road and off road. She hates the heat (I can relate), and a second fan is being purchased. i just wish KTM made a small bike. Looks like I'll be looking for a BMW G650GS.

Things I learned:

- I love being 2 up on the highway. I hate being 2 up on dirt.
- I could have never ridden in the winds from Mexican Hat to Flagstaff. I'm certain I'd be a bloody mess on the side of the road. My husband is amazing.


Who we met:
- A group of French tourists taking Route 66 on Harley's.
- Italian tourists doing a tour of American wines.
- A group from the Netherlands on Harley's. Their motorcycle club was founded on The Isle of Mann.
- A German riding a BMW R1200GS on Potash Road. He did most of the same ride we did on the White Rim Trail.
- A couple from Colorado on a BMW R1200GS who hated the cross winds too.
- A small Korean man who told us it was raining at Arches.
- A nice guy in Moab who talked Mike up and down about The Continental Divide Trail, as well as the TransLab.
- We saw Ira and his dog riding through Moab. Didn't get to chat with him.
- A Canadian couple amazed with the KTM. They've done a lot of the North West on their Gold Wing.
- Two older men on their Harley's living the retirement dream.

I don't think we met anyone we didn't like. Adventurists come from everywhere.

Gear, likes and dislikes:

- Our First Gear Kilamanjaro jackets were stellar.
- The Alpinestars pants I bought weren't not for me. They are cold weather pants and nothing more. No vents. I could only wear them if it was below 75.
- He was pleased with his Klim Dakar pants. Wish they made them for women.
- The StarCom system we installed was great. I couldn't imagine being on a bike without it. His mike died yesterday, so he couldn't talk to me, but otherwise, A+.
- We bought 20L dry bags to pack our clothes with and stuff into the KTM luggage. Best decision we made. We could vacuum pack our clothes and put a crazy amount of stuff in a small space.
- The Camelpak. An afterthought and the best one we had.
- The Andy Strapz were a worthy investment. Our gear wasn't going anywhere.
- We stuffed the Wolfman tankbag to its limit. Very sturdy and reliable.
- We bought a Spot and while we didn't "need" it, its very nice to have a handy map of our adventure.
- One iPod is never enough. Thankfully we had two for when one died or just gave up from the heat.
- The Renazco seat. We would have never been able to spend as much time on the bike without it.

Thanks everyone for following along. Its been great. Can't wait for our next adventure. Til then, here's one for the road:



Doesn't get better than Moab.
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:10 PM   #45
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Congrats and nice report and pic.
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