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Old 10-20-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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Minnesota to Washington via Arizona! Fall tour 2015!

Gorgeous fall weather and colors in the Twin Cities!

Riding to Bellingham, WA via Phoenix, Arizona, a journey that should cover some ~5 thousand miles.


Ready to roll! ^_^


Looking forward to catching up with a few Inmates along the way!

It's getting cold up here in Minnesota, freezing at night and mid fifties during the day, but a new jacket, baklava and warm gloves paired with the heated seat and grips on the Land Yacht make for comfortable riding. The air is so clean and crisp this time of year and the colors really pop!







Late departure from Minneapolis- finally ready to roll!


Cool and breezy, temp in the high 50's. Got out of the Twin Cities just fine but a big rig crashed just south of Prior Lake creating a big traffic jam... Other than that it was smooth sailing! I-35 selfie


The temp climbed as I rode south and I soon found myself sweating from all the layers I was wearing plus the winter gloves and baklava I was wearing under my lid. A quick stop in Ottawa, MN for fuel and to lose some layers and switch to normal weight gloves- much more comfortable!


Whacked on down to Desmoines, Iowa where I had to stop for fuel. Cruising at 80 mph sure does burn a lot of gas! I usually get 50-52 mpg when touring with my son as we never go over 55 mph, but today with higher speed and a pretty consistent head wind I was averaging 41-42 mpg... Thirsty beast


Another 200 miles to Kansas City! I'd hoped to get there before the sun went down but got a late start from the Twin Cities. Enjoyed a spectacular sunset- this pic doesn't do it justice at all.


Almost there!


Sunset selfie


Wow, Beer Lao in Kansas City! Who knew??!?


Oh dear.... need to resize pics but not easy to do on the iPad... >.< Sorry!
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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"I usually get 50-52 mpg when touring with my son as we never go over 55 mph, but today with higher speed and a pretty consistent head wind I was averaging 41-42 mpg...."


My RT gets 41-42 on a good day usually in the high 30's. That's a long flat ride from Ok to Az. Especially Across Ok.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #3
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Laugh Kansas City, KS to Springfield, Missouri to Oklahoma City via Arkansas!

Kansas City, KS to Springfield, Missouri to Oklahoma City via Arkansas! Fall 2014 motorcycle tour!

They take their BBQ pretty seriously in Kansas City!




Was great to catch up with friends who recently moved from Bangkok to KC, what a change, but they are happy and seem to be doing great!


A short ride down to Springfield, MO. The road is nothing special, but it was another beautiful fall day so a pleasant ride nonetheless.


Welcome to Springfield!


Was great catching up with good friends in Springfield, then time to push on! Discovered a fantastic web site called motorcycleroads.com, fantastic resource and helped me plan my route through the Ozarks on some brilliant roads!


Cool beautiful morning. Crossing Table Rock Lake in SW Missouri-






Up the in the Ozarks it was cool and foggy




Wow, southern Missouri is nice! I had no idea!




Welcome to Arkansas! Say, wasn't Deliverance set around here??


Eureka Springs is a funky little tourist town in NW Arkansas. Would like to come back and explore it some time.



Getting off the beaten path- a small twisty mountain road through thick forest led me to the antique single lane War Eagle Bridge-





TBC!
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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Very nice. Passed by me near Waterloo Ia. (Waverly). Thinking of duplicating a portion of your trek south in the spring. I'll be following your ride here. Have fun. How did you ever get to MN? Much warmer where you had been! Fill us in. Thanks
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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Very nice. Passed by me near Waterloo Ia. (Waverly). Thinking of duplicating a portion of your trek south in the spring. I'll be following your ride here. Have fun. How did you ever get to MN? Much warmer where you had been! Fill us in. Thanks
I grew up in Minnesota and still have family and friends there, but the winters are just too sucky so I'm headed west for the winter!
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:56 PM   #6
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As you ride west and leave the Ozarks behind, the Great Plains stretch before you all the way to the Rocky Mountains. No twisties but have to say the 412 turnpike to Tulsa really isn't terrible.




36 more miles to Tulsa


I'm getting pretty terrible with the selfies, eh?


A very warm October afternoon on the road to Oklahoma City!
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:33 AM   #7
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Riding to Crater Lake in November was perhaps not such a great idea ;)

Jumping ahead a wee bit, will fill in the missing bits if/when time permits!

I really should have known better, but I'm stubborn sometimes ;) Wet and cool leaving Medford, Oregon.

Had the roads all to myself! Riding north to Crater Lake on the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Highway-



Rainy day selfie ;)


Snow??!? That hadn't really occurred to me...


A wet and chilly ride up Mount Mazama-


Ha! Made it but visibility was terrible and the wind was howling! Crater Lake is down there somewhere!


A couple more pics and then it was time to head down before the road (and I) froze!




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