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Old 09-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #121
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All around awesome, Tyson—great images, great riding, great to be with family.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:22 AM   #122
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Quite simply, friggin' AWESOME

I have to move, I cannot go through life and NOT ride those passes in CO
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:32 PM   #123
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Thanks for the comments guys. It's good to know all the hard work I put into these reports is appreciated.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:38 PM   #124
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Thanks for the comments guys. It's good to know all the hard work I put into these reports is appreciated.
It is very much appreciated

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He spent about a week at my bro's house recovering. He left last Wednesday and took a northern route home through Spokane, northern Idaho, missoula, and then through south Dakota and home. For the most part the ride was pretty good for him. He loved the scenery in the mountains before he hit the flat land. There were some pretty nasty dips on the interstate in South Dakota that bothered his back. I'm still trying to get him to upload his photos to my photobucket so I can share them. Overall he still had a fantastic vacation. I think his back is pretty much back to normal, although I worry about it becoming a reoccurring injury.
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Any chance you could put this photo in a higher resolution somewhere? It's awesome!

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Old 09-12-2011, 08:43 PM   #127
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Had a pretty good ride back to WI. Needed a new back tire when I got to Spokane, only about 330 mi down the road. Should have done it while laid up in Redmond. That made for some long days, 600+, and a 700+ days. Good thing was, the delay put me behind a weather front vs being chased by it. Great weather except from Madison, WI to Chicago had rain and heavy traffic. Had to go to Chitown before I could go home, family thing.
Back is getting better with the help of some massages at the YMCA. Now it just feels over worked vs damaged.
Great trip in spite of the back thing which really did suck and hurt like H....
The bright side, I got to spend a little more time with Trevor and Kathleen, saw an area I hadn't been in yet by way of a Northern route home, Ty got to ride some beautiful areas that the wing wouldn't like and couldn't do. (Ya, I'm tying to pull some good out of it but the original plan would have been better, cost Ty and I some good ride time together.)
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I'll get pics to Ty so he can pick and chose. There's a funny one with him waving and the little deer in the background. I think the rum was still in his system.
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Any chance you could put this photo in a higher resolution somewhere? It's awesome!
I've been trying to upload a high res version, but photobucket is being retarded. I'll try again tomorrow night.
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He spent about a week at my bro's house recovering. He left last Wednesday and took a northern route home through Spokane, northern Idaho, missoula, and then through south Dakota and home. For the most part the ride was pretty good for him. He loved the scenery in the mountains before he hit the flat land. There were some pretty nasty dips on the interstate in South Dakota that bothered his back. I'm still trying to get him to upload his photos to my photobucket so I can share them. Overall he still had a fantastic vacation. I think his back is pretty much back to normal, although I worry about it becoming a reoccurring injury.


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Old 09-13-2011, 07:58 AM   #131
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Had a pretty good ride back to WI. Needed a new back tire when I got to Spokane, only about 330 mi down the road. Should have done it while laid up in Redmond. That made for some long days, 600+, and a 700+ days. Good thing was, the delay put me behind a weather front vs being chased by it. Great weather except from Madison, WI to Chicago had rain and heavy traffic. Had to go to Chitown before I could go home, family thing.
Back is getting better with the help of some massages at the YMCA. Now it just feels over worked vs damaged.
Great trip in spite of the back thing which really did suck and hurt like H....
The bright side, I got to spend a little more time with Trevor and Kathleen, saw an area I hadn't been in yet by way of a Northern route home, Ty got to ride some beautiful areas that the wing wouldn't like and couldn't do. (Ya, I'm tying to pull some good out of it but the original plan would have been better, cost Ty and I some good ride time together.)
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I'll get pics to Ty so he can pick and chose. There's a funny one with him waving and the little deer in the background. I think the rum was still in his system.
Glad your feeling better!
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:48 PM   #132
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Well, Dad got a little more computer literate tonight. He uploaded to photobucket and and is going to type his story about his trip back to Wisconsin. Now he knows how to post pictures in a forum!

The following pictures were all taken by my dad. Hopefully you have read my full report so you know the story and the pics won't take much explaining. Dad got some really good shots of his two boys as well as a few others that help to complete the story.

Here we go...

The diner in Yampa, Colorado where we had the BBQ burgers.



In the dark having beers with out a fire on our first night.



Goddamn I'm bald. I'm only 29! Thanks Dad. Lunch spot in Park City, UT.



Three car garage in Idaho. Man, I miss having that. At least I still have a garage here in Colorado to keep my Tiger in.



Really Trevor? It's only that big?





Our walk out at Smith's Rock.



Rock climbing. It just doesn't do it for me. Not my kind of adrenaline rush.





I forgot about this. When we had to get Kathleen back to her house, there was an extra person and backpack. Trevor was already packed to the max and she had to ride with him. I had a little extra room for her stuff. There are no good tie down points on that pink backpack!







The Kathleen crew.



Trevor and his tripod that would give him so much trouble later in the day on top of Etna mountain.











Our lunch spot at Crater Lake. Notice that Trevor and I have the same backpack. I've had that REI backpack for four years and many many thousands of miles and hikes. That is one awesome piece of equipment. Trevor had to have one after I battle tested it.



Me looking at the map as always. "Where do we go next?"



Just over the border into California.



That amazing overlook just before we found our camp spot in the valley.



Drinking, drinking, and more drinking.





Just a little hungover.



Ok. Maybe a little drunk yet in the morning. Our little friend in the background.





Ahh.. fresh mountain water for the day.



Onto the really twisty part of the trip! Dad had a few really good shots here.







"No Shoulder" "No Shit!"





Camped in the Redwoods.



The hike to the ocean just before Fern Canyon.













This one is FANTASTIC!!!























Goddamn I'm so bald! I'm only... oh wait, I said that already.





And that's the good one's from dad until the point of the story where I left him in Reedsport, OR.

There were some great pictures of me and my brother in there. I need to concentrate on getting more people pics. Yes, the scenery is great to look at, but the people are really what I want to remember. I'll work on that.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:17 PM   #133
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Dad's Return Trip




No, there was nothing wrong with the Wing but there was with the rider. Trevor had to go to Redmond, fly to Portland, come back to Redmond, get a trailer and come back to the coast the next day to get 'us'.




He brought a kidney belt back for me so the ride 'over the hills and through the woods' was OK for me in the truck. He had a couple of quick stops he wanted to do but we were again under time pressure to get back so he could go to work that night.












Gotta do a couple of 'work' shots.







Some video of the Beech 99 and cocky-boy and his high performance take off. Didn't work, wrong format. :-(

I had to lay low for about a week trying to recover so I could do the 2000 mi ride back to WI. Slept from about 8 pm to noon for a few days. My poor body was just sapped of energy and difficult to move.

The time to 'poop or get off the pot' was getting closer. I couldn't stay in Redmond for ever. The home base was telling me to leave the bike and fly home, get it later. Well, I'm way too cheap to do that!
I did need to get a day ride in to see if the journey home was really doable.

Trevor wanted to show me Tumalo Falls which was just outside of town. We had a fun day riding local and hiking slowly.










The next day it was time for me to hit the road. Trevor got delayed so I went to the airport to say good bye. I knew it would be a year before I got to see him again. We rode to his exit, he waved and turned, I waved and kept going straight.





There were some burned areas but I didn't see any of the fires that we smelled at his place.





When you see miles upon miles of wind turbines, you might guess it could be a bit windy! No pics, just trying to stay on the road and the wind through these canyons sucked.





This is the Columbia River with white caps going up stream. On the other side of the bridge at Umatilla there were a couple of guys wind surfing on big waves. Wind surfing on a river? Go figure.



This is coming into Spokane.



About 20 mi before this I had to pee and was keeping an eye on my back tire. We had talked about replacing it in Redmond but never acted on it. Hind sight is great!
There was rain all around the area and the work day was coming to an end. After 4 calls to bike shops I finally found one that had the tire I needed. Their guys had just gone home or they would have taken care of me that night. They got me in first thing in the morning and I was on my way in about an hour. Here's the plug: Great job and thanks to Ed's Motorcycle Service on Sprague Ave in Spokane! I got a room at Super 8 and they had a hot tub. Do I have to tell you how good that felt on my back?















Back on the road after only about 340 mi and way behind schedule. That would make for 600+ and 700+ mi days.



This Washington and Northern Idaho area is absolutely beautiful to ride through! Coeur D'Alene was probably the best.









And Montana.



















A couple of HD boys I passed.



Lots of space out West.
Stayed in Columbus, MT, just West of Billings at a mom and pop hotel. Walked to a restaurant and had ones of the best burgers of the decade. Hooked up with a chatty local boy, had a few local beers and a fun night. Talked hunting, fishing, women, kids but mostly fishing. May have to go back there just for that!





Clipped Wyoming







You can spend a lot of hours going across S Dakota.





I was going to pick on this HD rider for cleaning, asked if she would do mine next. She was very pleasant and rode a ton. This was her brand new bike.



A spot of Badlands.



Nice to know they make use of the resources between the roads.




Did I mention 'spend a lot of time'?



Stayed in Mitchell and the weather forecast didn't look nice so I put my pack in a 50 gal bag. That paid off but not until I got to Madison, WI to Chicago.





No pics of MN since that's like almost being home. These are of the Mississippi at LaCrosse.









My folks live just N of LaCrosse in Onalaska so had to stop in to see them. Couldn't just roar through. Besides mom made me a sandwich as I still had 3 1/2 hrs to go to get to the family happening in Chicago. It was over by the time I finally got there but a couple of beers were left.
3+ weeks since I'd seen my wife, Shellie. She's holding Spike, one of the 2 wieners.



Amy and Nick.



Chris, Shellie's son. We get along well.




The next day was back to Wisconsin and home.

The End!

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Man, that vacation took a lot of writing! Now I'm behind on two day trips and another over nighter tomorrow. I better get at least this one done or I'll be really backed up on writing next week.

Earlier this year, I had made an attempt to get over the Continental Divide via Rollins Pass. I hit snow and had to turn around. It was now late summer (Sept 3) and it should be open.

I took my normal route out of Denver by way of one of my favorite pieces of pavement: Golden Gate Canyon Road. I turned North on 119 and followed it to Rollinsville. There are spectacular views of the Divide.

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Rollins Pass Road leads out of Rollinsville. I guess this Rollins guy was pretty popular. It climbs quickly. I have to say it is one of the roughest roads I have ever ridden. Millions of embedded baby's heads. Enough to rattle your brain to mush!

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A really pretty alpine lake that the road wraps around.

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Another pretty high alpine lake. This one is at a little over 11,000 feet. I love fuel injection. The Tiger runs great! When I get upwards of 13,000 it gets a bit of a looping idle, but that's it!

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I came up this to see that lake as a side trip. It was a little interesting.

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Well, turns out Rollins Pass isn't a pass anymore. Closed. BOO! I guess someone got killed in Needles Eye Tunnel when a rock fell and that was the end of the fun for everyone. Just cause one person died we have to close it down? I wanted to go to Winter Park today!

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Needles Eye. A few dirt bikers managed to get over the barrier and went up to check it out. They quickly turned around. I guess they closed it good.

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And heading back down the way I came.

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A nice little Saturday ride out of Denver. The cool thing about the mountains here is you can see for such a long ways. I saw a road heading across the high alpine above tree line to the Southwest. I pulled out my map and figured out which road it was. That'll have to wait for next weekend.
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High Res, as requested. The link makes it 800x600, but I think if you actually download the pic, it will be high res. I hope anyways.

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