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Old 09-22-2010, 08:57 PM   #31
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Day 8 (339km): The day we went awal

This morning we decided to stray from the CDT route. We were making bad time (I'm slow on dirt) and we thought it might be fun to check out Yellowstone Park (since none of us had been there before). So off we cruised down I15 and then onto HWY 43. We took this amazing road down to HWY 278. My map doesn't show the name of the road but the whole time I was day dreaming about coming back on my other bike. The only caveat is you need to watch out for the wild cows. Oh and lookout for the signs telling you to turn left for the Ghost town. It wasn't so much of a ghost town as it was a ghost house. A huge letdown. So it was an amazing start to the morning. We then broke free from the TomTom itinerary and went east to Dillon for lunch.

The view from the amazing mystery road


Checking that the tyres are OK


Nice landscapes


Interesting road surface


It was like playground gravel! For a roadside turnout.


The only house left @ the Ghost Town


Still in Montana


Derecho, muy derecho

After a bite to eat at the local burger joint (Dairy Queen) we traveled east on some other mystery road. We inquired with the local forest ranger and she said we would know in the first 5 miles if the road was fit for vehicle travel. Luckily it was and it was one of the nicest roads (for scenery) we'd been on since entering Montana. After a while we stopped to check a map because we thought we should have hit HWY 287 by now. Good thing we checked. We had missed a turn 8km back. So after a bit of back tracking we were back on track. Oh boy, were we back on track. The road we needed to take to get back on the highway was seriously rutted. Thank goodness it was not wet otherwise we would have been camping there. We did eventually make it back to tarmac and a campground. Yay I survived, and I didn't drop my bike (looks in Alberto's direction).


Lunch break @ DQs


Good old USA flag shot


The start of the mystery road


See them?


Nomi


The views


More views



Trying to figure out the fastest way to the HWY and therefore dinner


From the saddle


Graham


The only ones on the road for miles


Amazing eh?


Riding in MT


Cool rock formation


I should be called 'Claudio' .. haha


Nomes and Graham


Playing with composition


Nothing around but abandoned farms


Remote location on a 'misteriosa' road

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:03 PM   #32
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Day 9 (343km): Yellowstone/Teton

Epic Waterfall


Yellowstone National Park, WY


Dude don't get too close


Hot springs


Not the most comfortable gear to wear for a hike


It was hard coming back up!


But the view was worth the effort


Kind of scary being on a bike with those beasts around

It was a very cold night. I thought we were heading south to the warmth?? I guess we shouldn't have followed the great divide. We entered Yellowstone National Park, and also Wyoming. Byebye Montana. I shall miss you. I don't know what I was expecting or why but for some reason I thought Yellowstone would look like Kananaskis. It didn't. It was some hillsides and burnt forest. But all was not lost I did see, for the first time, a Bison in the wild. They are pretty big and one crossed the road right in front of Alberto. We also saw some geysers and a pretty amazing waterfall. All in all it was worth the trip but I'm in no rush to go back.

Wild bison

So south we headed out of Yellowstone, through Teton, and onto Jackson, WY. Jackson was like Fernie on steroids. It kind of freaked me out a little bit and it was a bit of a chore to find a grocery store. All the shops are camouflaged in an alpine theme so you can't tell whats what. Dad picked up some beer, I guess he's off the wagon again, and we found some groceries. We traveled south-east on HWY 191 and found a nice little campground in Teton national forest. You know, sometimes I feel like I'm in that Civic Nation commercial, only instead of civics it's GSs. It Seems like all the bikers we pass, or at least 75%, are riding a GS.

Enjoying the view in Teton NP


The Nazca Line's monkey keeps la Gringa company


Cool mts.


From the saddle


The views are truly amazing


Nice road to ride because of the mountain peaks


Camping time



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Old 09-25-2010, 09:17 AM   #33
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:46 PM   #34
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This I gotta follow. Best of luck guys, ride safe!
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:31 PM   #35
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Day 10 (290km): It's Kamping!

Waking up at the Hoback campground was a nice big slap in the face thanks to the ice cold breeze. It was hard to pull out the tent pegs with bare hands the metal was so cold. So off we headed south; if we keep going south it's bound to get warm right? On the road my temperature gauge was flashing at me again. It was kind of bad-ass the first time, but now, the fifth time, the novelty has worn off. Power to the max Scotty (vest and grips).

We re-routed off the HWY to the town of Big Sandy. This was in hopes that we would catch up with the CDT. Turns out Big Sandy looks more like a town on the map rather than in real life. TomTom did lead us to the CDT but it was a very sandy track and I wasn't into it. I'm hoping to at least make it to Mexico with myself and my bike in one piece. So we continued on the dirt road to another HWY. Boy did it ever feel like we were in the middle of nowhere. This area of Wyoming is very desolate.



Alberto enjoying the sand


Graham noticing more damage from the crash in Canada


Following the CDT ...or trying to


Alberto exploring new trails = we were lost again


Remotus Locatione


Nomi and her dad


There's a storm coming


Riding in Wyoming?


Cool place to stop for a pic


Adventure riding at its best


They come and go, I just take pictures

Upon re-entering civilization we stopped for lunch in Farson. As we were eating lunch we could see the sky turning nasty. By the time we had finished lunch the rain had started and it was blowing a gale. I could barely keep my bike standing at a stop. We wobbled south down the highway to Rock Springs seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We made some comfort stops once arrived in rock Springs (Walmart and Starbucks) and then to the only campground in the area for the night... a KOA. I usually hate on KOA's cause they cost so much and it feels like passing through a time warp. This one was actually REALLY busy, very clean and more or less modern. This was the first place we've stayed where there have been more than 2 other people, but not surprisingly again we were the only ones in tents. I guess Rock Springs is a big stopping point for RV's heading South? Thankfully dad went on ahead, leaving us at Starbucks, to suss the camping and set up our tent. As we were arriving the sky opened up and it poured rain for about an hour. We were a sad sight huddling under the tarp eating our dinner, when our next door neighbours were watching cable on their flat screen.


The wind picked up and one knew the storm was coming


Do you hear, do you hear the thunder?
you better run, you better take cover - By Man @ Work


Good old Walmart for groceries


Our KOA campsite. We were the only ones in the tent section.


My charging station is set

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Old 09-26-2010, 08:34 PM   #36
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Day 11 (304km): Welcome to Wyoming... again?

Somehow we managed to enter Wyoming 3 times today. We had spied this interesting looking road on the map heading eastward, back towards the CDT. So the plan was to take HWY 430 and then HWY 4 to Baggs and we would be back in business. No problem, we found 430 fine and then the road turned to gravel, we entered Colorado and there was a pile of industrial traffic. TomTom said we were on 10. How did that happen? Where did 4 go? So we back tracked a few kms to find “4”. There were no signs, and it was an unpaved oil field access road despite the map indicating that it was paved. No problem, off we went. I guess we got lucky because today they were applying a dust suppressant (MgCl2). Yeah that was fun to get all over the bikes. The road did eventually turn into a paved road, and we made it to Baggs.


Trying to figure out where we went wrong


Just drive straight son


You can see that the nasty stuff starts were Nomi and Graham are


I can see them, you?


One of the very few vehicles we saw in the area


The road from the distance


What a day it was :)


Days of sun and dirt on two wheels


The carnage after the dust suppressant


Yikes


We need to wash this stuff off!


Trying to wash off the MgCl2


With clean-er bikes now

First order of business in Baggs: get gas. Second order of business: find a car wash. We did find a car wash, that ate Dad's money, but one of the wash bays worked. We gave them a high pressured wash down, hopefully that will mitigate the coating of MgCl2 they got. We'll see how that one turns out. We also had lunch in Baggs at El Rio. Yum yum, authentic mexican food. If you find yourself in Baggs, it's the best spot in town.... it also may be the only spot in town.
Colorado... Big Agnes is behind there somewhere

We were back on the CDT. The section of road that goes towards Steamboat Springs was very popular. We saw 7 other bikers. I enjoyed the road very much. Lots of beautiful scenery, and some amazing houses. We decided to stop for the night at Steamboat Lake, where we are currently enjoying the sunshine.


This dog was super friendly. It would say hello to every vehicle one at a time


Boy! what a small casa...


Camping time


The sun goes down after a long day


Crepusculo


The falling sun sets the mountains on fire


We stopped so early we could enjoy a campfire; Luxury!


It's the moon's turn to shine


Graham making sure we get a good flame


Moon in Colorado, amazing


Bed time :)

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Old 09-27-2010, 06:43 AM   #37
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I'm glad to see you're keeping high spirits after that close call on day1... Gotta move on. I'm enjoying the report. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:45 AM   #38
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Nice to meet you on the (wrong) trail yesterday!
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:03 AM   #39
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Subscribed . I took a demo ride on a F800GS and thought it might be a little tall for me off road. Looks like Alberto is in the same boat as I am.
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Traffic jam on the babyheads:

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:54 PM   #41
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i noticed on your "spot" tracker thing that you're getting down here near phoenix. don't forget to drink lots of water! 105 degrees and sunny every day for the foreseeable future.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:30 PM   #42
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nice meeting you too!

Hayduke, thanks for the help on that (wrong) trail! we managed to not drop the bikes any more! & safely made it back onto the CDT after having lunch at the top.... nice view from there.

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #43
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It's more the weight (loaded GS) than the height. I can plant both feet flat on the ground on the standard seat F8gs no problem (i'm 5'10'' or ~178cm tall). The F8gs is a very capable bike off-road but not as easy to handle when it is loaded for a long trip like ours and you take it through mid-to-expert level trails like we did by mistake ... just my opinion anyways

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:39 PM   #44
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No kidding! hahaha... great photo Dysco!
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:44 PM   #45
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Eek thanks for the tip!

Holy MOLY! We got to Tucson today and it is CALIENTE here.... 105F (~41C) ... we bought a pair of cooling vests that apparently work like a charm (according to the guys at BMW Iron Horse here in Tucson).



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