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Old 09-27-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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So, last Saturday my GF and I departed on our open ended trip on our bikes. This is a first for both of us. Me on my F700GS and her on her Triumph Bonneville. We wanted to keep it open ended and go wherever the wind took us (and where weather allowed), all we knew is we had 9 days and we love to ride!

Day one, headed out and decided to head to Reno via the 88, it's a very pretty ride through Jackson, CA and the sierras. Upon getting to the summit of the mountain for a pit stop, we heard loud thunder and it started to rain; we geared up in our rain gear and pushed on into Nevada; while it was still raining (and man, this rain was SHARP!) it got hot! So weird. We ended up in Reno in the evening and of course, the first hotel we stopped at, no vacancy! It's ok, we found a room at the pepprmill in Reno and it was all good, I even won a great hand in BJ. So, over drinks and dinner we looked at the map and figured we would head over to Elko, NV, that would put us in a great position to either head to Utah or north to Boise, ID.

Day two, we decided hauled over to Elko, Nevada and found a hotel/casino. It's a small town with some casinos. Found a room easily. I won $500 on one hand of BJ by hitting the sucker bet that I always play If you can't tell, we like to gamble!

Day three, we decided to take this lonely twisty road that goes straight form Elko to Boise, ID. It was a great road! I saw two towns on the map before getting to ID and figured we'd be ok w/ gas...Welllllll the first town (at about 90 miles) that gas station was CLOSED... so we were like, it's ok, the next town is only 30 miles away, we should be good. We get to the next town (that's on an indian reservation) and NO GAS! Well, we kept going and in about 5 miles we hit a gas station.... we did get scared cause the next town after that was quite a ways away. Anyways, gassed up and onto Boise. We rode around the city, taking in the sites on our bikes, found a decent hotel and a damn good spicy lamb burger! So good. 80mph speed limits in ID and the stretch of road we were on was awesome, so quiet and hardly any cars on the road...of course three came by when I was answering nature's call; being a female, you can't really hide what you are doing!

Day four, we decided we wanted to get to Seattle as we've both never been. We made our way from Boise to Burns, OR. Super tiny town with a great steak restaurant. We started seeing all these bikes coming into town though and the motel we were in was full up just hours after we checked in... really odd cause this is a super country small town. Come to find out there's a big bike rally in Reno and all these people were making their way to Reno for Street Vibrations. Had some good talks with biker guys, one guy who just bought a guzzi and was riding down from Canada. We still wanted to go to Seattle then Portland and down home. However, checking the weather, there was a HUGE storm coming directly to Washington and Oregon...It looked scary and while I dont mind riding in the rain, and we had the gear if needed, the thought of riding in a huge storm like that was not appealing. Well, we figured we'd see what it was saying in the morning and adjust our plan.

Day five, the huge storm cell was still coming so we said shit, lets head to Reno again, that gets in the direction of home and we could take a break and see the bike rally. So, we did 400 miles that day, and it was pretty cool cause everyone and their brother was on their way to the show already so we had lots of company and people to talk to on the way. Mostly Harley people. When we got in we thought hmmm, lets see if we can extend our stay one more day, might be nice to have a day break and see more of the show; we were able to depart friday so booked it and took a walk around.

Day six, chilled in Reno and unfortunately got sick So it worked out we had planned to stay two nights there. All in all, it was fine, checked out the show, did some more gambling (have I mentioned I love gambling? ), got some custom ear plugs made and had some nice dinners.

Day seven (Friday), we decided to head home, we were only 250 miles from home, the ride is a nice one, took the highway but still it goes through the sierras and truckee, plus, I was feeling under the weather and Emily was starting to feel that way too. Man, I will say I was feeling like SHIT; on our way out I was like not on my game. We checked the weather and 0% chance of rain so we knew how to dress. Looked outside and it had rained a bit but figured, eh, just a sprinkle. So, we suit up, use our warmer stuff since it was chili but since there was 0% chance of rain, didnt suit up in rain gear....welllll as we ascend the mountain BAM we got hit with lots of rain and it was 39 degrees....of course at that point there was nowhere to pull off, so we ride until we found this random road but it had an overpass so we got off and parked under there. We started getting our rain gear on and all of a sudden 4 bikes pull in to either warm up or get gear on. They were on their way to the rally. Had a chat and a smoke, got our gear on and headed on. I will say, I stopped feeling like crap, it's weird, I think having something else to concentrate on helped. So we pushed on till Truckee and said shit, we need a warm up, it was in the 30's and we were freezing. Got a coffee and food and rested for about an hour till it the temp was up to like ohhh 45 (mostly till we felt warmer and our cloths dried a bit). Talked to some more people making their way to Reno and they advised us that once we get down the mountain, it's 65 and sunny, we were like SWEET! So, made our way down the mountain and it was wonderful, we took our rain gear off and even shed our layers and pushed on. Close to home, we hit rain again, but it was warm so it was fine (and sharp, what's up w/ sharp rain?!) and made it home safe and sound.

Was a great trip, we realized next time we need more time than 9 days; A) I'm glad we cut it to 7 and came home friday, even if we were not feeling sick, it's nice to have a few days to decompress before getting back to the work thing. B) We dont want to be rushed and we were having such a great time the week just flew right on by.

Here's links to pics; most are just what I could grab on our stops etc...so probably not the most exciting but have a gander if you like.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=3cee4d36f5

http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Ei...?sort=2&page=1

Closing thoughts: I love my bike! I took her on dirt, loose gravel and even some mud (albeit hard packed wet dirt but parts were still pretty slippery and NOT that hard packed at times). There is no doubt that this bike is MINE! I am in love. Emily's Bonneville handled the trip just fine, even the off road bits (I mean bits); I am gonna assume her dirtbike background helped with that but still...that little bonnie was a trooper! For us, it was more about the traveling on the bikes, not so much the destinations; but next year, we are gonna plan at least three weeks, if not a month. Oh and lastly, our decision to use throw away shirts, socks and undies was awesome.... we used them for the day, at the end of the day, used them to wipe down our gear and such and our bags got smaller throughout the trip, not bigger due to laundry :)

Anyways, two girls, two bikes, no plan and we had a ball.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:46 AM   #3
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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Thank you! I posted links to the pics cause I didnt want to do a ton of one post pics :)
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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Nice trip

You certainly had a bit of every thing on your trip. I had the chance to do a trip very much like yours a couple of years ago and didn't take it. I've regretted ever since. Thanks for giving me a taste of what it might have been like. Get well soon and plan for an epic ride next year.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:24 PM   #6
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You certainly had a bit of every thing on your trip. I had the chance to do a trip very much like yours a couple of years ago and didn't take it. I've regretted ever since. Thanks for giving me a taste of what it might have been like. Get well soon and plan for an epic ride next year.
Thank you! It was awesome, and figure we did pretty well given our first time out doing something like that (for that length of time). I did a week trip going from norcal to socal, but I knew where I was staying and where I was going (as I lived down there), so no adventure per say, just took my bike instead of my car; still an awesome trip but everything was planned. Still ran into weather and issues, as you do... it was a great trip but this was just amazing and especially amazing that me and my woman could enjoy it together.

All we had to guide us was our gps, road trip app that tells you weather, precipitation, elevation, curviness etc... and our lack of plans on what to do next :)

Funny enough, my GF is usually all about "I need a place to ride to, I dont do a ride just to ride around, I need a destination, a reason" But this, she didnt, in fact she was just having a blast (we both were) just traveling via motorcycle.

The best thing about taking a trip on a bike, one of the best things, is how you feel, smell and taste everything; I feel like you can experience the area you're in more. I still remember how Boise smelled and felt; wayyyy more than in a car or hopping off a plane. I would LOVE to do around the world, shit even around North America at least, trip one day.

I've always loved bikes, I just wish I got onto the street sooner (I rode dirt for 8 years before finally getting my motorcycle license).
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #7
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On your next ride you should think about an app for smart phones called "my radar". It is extremely accurate. My wife and brother in law stayed completely dry on a 10 day trip this summer

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Great minds

We mush have them because we think alike. My life long dream has been a bike trip around the US. It's going to be a bit more difficult to do now that I've move to Istanbul...lol. Take my advice and do it long before you plan to retire. Good luck and stay safe.
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Thanks Kawi, will do!

Yes, we are already talking about how we could swing a month or two off of work. We are both contractors so on one hand it's easy to say, hey, bye.... on the other, we build relationships and clients and if I was to say "bye" for a few months, I may lose those contracts. Decisions, decisions....
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