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Old 06-10-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Adventure Trio back on the move

Sacrameno to Reno today with a final destination of Chicago.......

Nevda, Uah, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois

Pics and report to come. Right now we're hold up in Reno checking weather and alternate routes as there is much uncertainty with the conditions tomorrow. Highway 50 or 80 is the question.

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Old 06-18-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
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Sketchy wifi has kept this report from being done as we go.

Here's our progress so far....

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Old 06-20-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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In McCook Nebraska for the night. Any suggestions for southern Nebraska or northern Kansas? Trying to avoid weather tomorrow so we are open. Looking through maps and checking weather patterns now......

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:39 PM   #4
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I ran into Terry, Sandy and Jack today around the corner from my home in Chicago.

I was super annoyed with having to fight my way through Cubs traffic coming down Clark Street....UNTIL I saw a 2006 GS-ADV kitted out for long distance travel (sorry Sandy, didn't even notice your F650, such is my love for the limited edition GS-ADV) and did a double take, "hey that thing looks exactly like my motorcycle" screaming in my head.

A quick illegal turn and viola. The Adventure Trio.



Great to meet you guys, safe travels and if you need anything while you're here, my cell phone number is in your email inbox.

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Old 06-29-2010, 06:24 PM   #5
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Hey Brad-

Great to meet you today. We saw you ride by and were not surprised to see you show up the in parking lot.

It never ceases to amaze how close knit of a group this is no matter how far we are from home.


I know cross posting is a bit taboo but it is all I/we have ready to go right now.

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I promise to complete a proper ride report when we get home. We have met some great and interesting people along the way.


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Old 06-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #6
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Let's hear all about it...

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Old 07-17-2010, 05:30 PM   #7
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Finally some time to write.....


So in true Adventuretrio style we picked up Jack from school on the last day loaded for bear and our sights set on Reno for the night.











I have to say that I especially enjoy when people walk up and say "you're leaving now" "Right now and not going home first?" "And you're riding all the way to Chicago??"

I think that Jack secretly likes that all of his friends and teachers stay until we roll out.






And we're off........




Our first night was to be spent in Reno at Circus Circus. We wanted to celebrate his end of school and first day of summer. We let him have the run of the place, played lots of games, and enjoyed the beginning of our trip.


More to come soon.....


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Old 07-23-2010, 09:44 PM   #8
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No pics of Circus Circus, but I think we all can imagine a smokey Reno hotel, great people watching, and dreaming of heading further east the next day.

Our destination was Ely Nevada. One of the longer mileage days for an 8 year old but he was a trooper. Highway 50 was gusty as usual but we had to stop at the shoe tree.






How I didn't get actual photos of the "tree" I'll never know, but we ran in to some other riders on KLR's coming from Colorado. We exchanged stories of what the weather had in store and moved on.

A quick stop at the International Cafe in Austin Nevada for lunch and back on the road. As we climbed the hill out of Austin it started to rain and then turned to snow. The snow continued for 20 minutes and diminished to drizzle. The precip continued all the way to Ely.



A quick stop for coffee in Eureka.

We unloaded the bikes in dry but threatening weather. Another night in a hotel as rain was forecast. The Ramada in Ely had it all for a trio traveling by moto that included an 8 year old. An indoor pool right outside of our room, slot machines, and a bar all within sight of a happy kid in the pool.

Jack was good about keeping up on his journal throughout the trip.



Off to bed after alternating trips to the casino bar for nightcaps.v

Only to awake to more rain.




I can only imaging what he was thinking.......no complaints though. We loaded and departed in a down poor.




Our destination for the day was Springdale Utah just outside of Zion National Park. We had to keep pushing our route south as northern Utah was experiencing snow and ice. We headed south from Ely and ended up in the historical mining town of Pioche Nevada. Our plan was to have lunch and move on.



We talked to some locals and were told that we HAD to visit the museum and old jail. We decided to check it out as the weather was oddly sunny and we were lulled in to a sense of complacentcy. Our lunch stop turned in to 2 hours of wandering around.









We got back on the road and had to head south about 20 miles before turning east on highway 56. A stop for fuel and a quick check of the sky looked like this.





Sandy was watching the direction of the storm and I was looking at my XM weather service feed on the Garmin 376. It looked to be wet going east but we decided to press on.

Not 5 miles out I saw an intense flash and an immediate boom of thunder. Jack yelled "what was that!" as I keyed up the radio through the Autocom and asked "should we turn back?" The response from Sandy was get on the fucking throttle, it's bearing down on us!. I looked down at the XM weather map as it re drew the updated feed only to see a shit storm of cells forming. They were behind us moving southeast so we moved on. I was scanning for a house, barn, tree, or any shelter just in case the lightning started again. Luckily there was only one very close strike.

The sky looked something like this.



To this....



Poor Jack lost it for the next 20 minutes. I had to talk him off the ledge and was finally able to calm him down. Not easy to do at 60 miles an hour in mixed rain and hail.

As the weather calmed a bit and we were about 50 miles outside of Cedar City Utah I suggested that we stay there for the night. Sandy's response was "my boots are 1/4 full of water, waterproof gloves are soaked, and chilled to the bone.

Cedar City it is......

She wasn't exaggerating......



As we were unloading a family pulled up in their Suburu. The dad got out and began unloading while watching us do the same. He was trying to make conversation and asked "how's the ride?" only to be met with my answer, "fucked!". He scurried away sheepishly and I then realized that we are in Utah and he was just being nice. I wasn't trying to be an asshole, I was just being honest. Sorry buddy......

Quickly hanging things up to dry them out for the next day.....



And warming up......



Departing to Escalante the next day.....


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Old 07-24-2010, 05:45 AM   #9
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The weather is bound to improve.. looks like a lovely family adventure!

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:23 AM   #10
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Cold and Rain. I mixture I always hated. Thanks for bringing us along on your family trip. May the sun gods find you soon. But then, I'm found myself wishing for rain at times.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:08 AM   #12
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After another 4 month break in trying finish this ride report I am back on task....




After a night of getting our gear dried out.....



We were finally departing for Escalante Utah to camp or ??

Highway 12 was absolutely breathtaking. Every time I thought it was the best thing I have seen, it got even better. The weather was dry for the day, temps were warming up a bit, and hey we are on a trip together. It doesn't get much better.

A quick stop for a pee break



Sandy disappeared up the road and didn't return for a few minutes. She found some dirt and got sidetracked.



Back on the road we discussed the possibility of stopping in Bryce Canyon to camp. We took the turn off for Bryce and headed through town towards the park. I told Sandy to lead in case she wanted to stop for photos. In our own little bliss for a few seconds, I "awoke" to flashing red and blues from the local Police. I keyed up the radio to let her know "um, I think we're both getting tickets". Jack turned around to see what was behind us and the tears started once he saw the police car.

The stone faced officer got out and asked us for the usual documents. He asked if we knew the speed limit etc. to which I was honest in that we weren't really paying attention. He took our docs and sat in his car for 10 minutes before letting us go with a warning. Perhaps the crying 8 year old had something to do with it. No pics as I didn't want to push my luck. If he was going to write us I would not have thought twice about it.

This all made Bryce a quick stop and back to the highway we went. On our way out we saw the same office sitting at the entrance of town with his radar in use. We rolled past at 3 mph under the speed limit and gave him a wave. A stoneface nod was what we got in return......still better than a ticket.

Onward





We rolled in to Escalante after 5pm and rode the legnth of town twice to see where we could camp. A quick trip to the visitors center and back in to town had us stop here to give it a look.



We checked in and got a tent site for the night. It was then discovered that our sleeping bags had gotten a little wet from the storm the day before. The lady who ran the store let us use her dryer to dry them out.

We put the boy to work while I obtained the beer.





And camp was set




There were 2 long range cyclists staying there as well after a long days ride. We chatted it up with them and set off for some food and more beer.
We walked over to the store to check out the pizzaria that was advertised. We ordered a pitcher and 2 pizzas while sitting out on the deck. A few minutes later a grungy well worn Harley pulled up and the guy yelled to us if there were any spaces left to stay. We pointed him towards the store and a few minutes his friend showed up and the set up camp. There was a communal fire pit near our tents so after dinner we all ended up buying some wood and talking about our travels.



Jack got his guitar and played on and off as the night went on.





We spent hours chatting and talking about where we had been and where we were headed. The cyclists were riding from East to West and had never met before the trip. The hooked up on a cycle forum....imagine that.

The Harley group was riding from Waco Texas through all of the no helmet states and were going to be on the road for a month or two. They both had been contractors in the middle east and were off for a few months for R&R. The lady was a 2nd grade school teacher. She and Jack spoke Spanish most of the night.....talking smack maybe.

As the fire burned down and the beer was gone we all turned in at the same time. There was talk of having breakfast together in the morning, but that was drunk talk at that point.

Early the next morning we were all up at the same time breaking camp. We decided to meet at the local (and only) spot in town for a meal. We all chipped in a bought breakfast for the cyclists and made sure they had all of the leftovers ie: calories for the next leg of their trip. What a crew we were. All so different, but so much the same. This is what makes a trip.









And away we go. Next stop was Moab.....more later


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