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Old 08-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #76
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I'm skipping a few days of the Divide Ride...I hope to get to them...

but right now, while I remember, let me tell you about the last 22.5 hours of my ride. It's the one where I set the record for dragging the heaviest trailer (over 500 lbs) thru a completely undocumented Saddle Sore 1000.

It started out simple enough. LD said he'd ride with me to Cotopaxi from Westcliffe to get me started. He was still gearing up so I took off down the 2 miles of dirt roads to his house. I knew he'd catch up since I was now headed home towing the DR.

About a hundred yards from his house I remembered that I left my camera. I waited for LD on his nice SV650, and asked him if he'd go get it as I couldn't turn around....and that I'd meet him at the main road about 7 miles away.

That's all good, but there are 2 main roads. I went to HWY 69 and waited 15 minutes....LD went to Hwy 96 and wondered where I was. I'd lost my phone so I couldn't call, so I went back the 5 miles of pavement and 2 miles of dirt with my bike and trailer.

When I got there his wife had just answered a call from LD, and we got things starightened out.

So the upshot was that before I got started home I had an hour of riding back roads. Some days I shouldn't be allowed away from my keeper.

So scratch that hour....I was really on the road to home at, Ca time, 10am....not that that's significant.

The plan for the day was to ride at least half the 1050 miles back to Oceanside Ca. I figured to make the return home a 2 day event.

My route would be down 285 to Saguache, to Durango then Kayenta, Flag, and Kingman. Simple enough.

The first thing worth a pic was the town of Saguache. I'd been thru there before but never looked, off to the side, down the main street.

They've refinished a few old buildings and it's a nice little town now.
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Kinda missed this Hotel...but you get the idea.
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So I got out of there...not going anywhere in a hurry. I gassed up at a station at a short cut to Del Norte. An older woman, of course not as old as me, was running the register, and was laughing in wonderment when she saw my rig.

She said, " only a Honda...", then went on to tell me about her 2000 Watt generator that powers her whole house....never takes more than 2 pulls to start it. I love these real folksie people.

I never met anyone who ran a house from a small Gen before.

As I pumped gas another gent came by and in 10 seconds took the whole trailer in, and noticed the brake and understood it. That guy was the most comprehend-able of anyone who's looked at it. I was impressed with these 2 characters at an intersection that only had one other person there who I didn't talk to. Hell, he may have been a rocket scientist.

I moved on thru Del Norte, on to South Fork. There are some great cliffs west of town.
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All the western mountain scenery, Like "Wolfe Creek Pass" has been spoiled this summer by fire smoke so there are no photos of that from this trip. Every time that I'd try to get a distance shot, it would turn out like this.
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So I traveled east from South Fork on 160 just kind of in a trance. Just me and my thoughts. There were rain clouds all around and some of Colorado's big drops of rain did find my body.

I even rode some wet roads, but nothing worth putting rain gear on for. I thought about where to spend the night. I liked the idea of the free camping at the Navajo Natl Monument... Hummmm That was still a ways away.

.....and that would leave me 650 miles for tomorrow....but worse yet would put me at the hottest part of my trip, The Co River at Blythe, some time around noon. That didn't sound good. OH, well, gotta do what I have to do.

I rode on to Cortez Co, and had some of their chicken strips. and sent off a couple emails....It was 6pm.

I headed toward Kayenta on 160. There isn't much to see there, but here are the things that were picture worthy.
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These cliffs were Spectacular...a couple pics
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I'd put my house, or trailer, just where he did.
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This was the most pleasant surprise of the ride between Cortez and Kayenta....
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By the time I got to Kayenta the sun was down so no more pictures. The campground was 30 miles to the west. I thought that I should get closer to the River before I called it a day. Hummm...yes, maybe I could cross the hot part early in the day, so I passed the campground up.

That left me 65 miles to the 89 turnoff toward Flag. There were some rain clouds ahead, The kind that you can ride between, and might miss totally. Not to worry.

I imagined that, at best, I might get to Kingman which would leave 350 miles for tomorrow. An early morning start and I'd beat the heat and be home about noon.

The rain clouds were in front of me, so I watched them in the twilight of dusk. Looked like I was headed right at them. Oh, now there was a little lightning in that one.

I drove on. By Tuba City the road was wet, but I was only getting a few big drops and water spray. I thought I might be thru the thing by the time I got to hwy 89 in another 10 miles. I didn't, and by now it was raining, and there was lightening all over the place.

The lightning didn't seem to be going vertical, mostly big curvy bolts of horizontal stuff.

I made my turn toward Flagstaff. It was raining, and now has a 20mph side wind blowing me toward oncoming traffic. The riding was no longer a piece of cake.

I needed to get gas at Camaron's Trading post 15 miles up the road. I could get out of the weather there,....if I made it that far.

I was able to stay in my lane and on the road as far as Camaron's. Cool. There was still light rain, wet roads and lightening....oh, did I mention a lot of Sat night traffic. Prolly about 9pm by now. Oh, the good news, it wasn't cold.

I decided to go on not knowing if the huge Mtn near Flagstaff would likely settle weather down or add to it. I was in luck. I only went about 10 miles, and the road and sky both dried up to be heard from no more.

So by Flagstaff, I'm more than half way. It's another 180 miles to Kingman where I might get some rest an hit the river early... but it'll be past midnight. Hummmm....do you suppose that I might be able to ride straight thru to Oceanside?.....and could I do it in under 24 hrs? That bore some thought.

I did more than the first half in 12 hrs. I had enought time and prolly some left over for a couple rests.....and I could always bail on the SS1000. There's no real need to put another one next to the other dozen 1000 mile days that I've put under my belt. SS1000s are just stupid, don't you know.

So once clear of the rain I began to add a little extra twist to the speed controller. Flagstaff is at 7000 ft and is all down hill to the 1500 foot high river. Speed going down hill over that 180 miles isn't a problem.

The speed limit is 75mph, and I held it pretty steady at 70. I-40 is rough as hell. I imagined tearing off the Trailer hitch....after all I know the builder.

I gassed in Saligman. I was tired. I knew of an off ramp at Silver Springs road some 30 miles west. I'd find a ditch out there to throw a ground cover down, and with my 2 carpet pads I could catch an hour of rest.

I slept immediately, and was up and back on the road at 1:00. that left me 400 miles and 9 hours to complete it by 10am.

I felt good as I continued. I gassed again in Az just inside the AZ border to get the good Az price. I also drank a coffee. It was hot down there near the border/river at 2:30. .... At least a 100.

I would need gas again at Ludlow, but before then I stopped on the freeway for an energy bar. Eating always wakes me up. It was 3:30. I gassed up but only got half of the 50 miles to Barstow before I got drowsy. I stopped at a rest stop and laid down on a picnic bench seat. If I leave my helmet on and tip my head sideways the table top stops my head from going anywhere. zzzzzzzzz.........

That was another 15 minute nap. That got me thru the night. the sky was getting light at 5:15 at Barstow. I only had 140 miles left which was easy in the daylight. I walked in the door at home at a about 8:35.

Google says that's 1055 miles in 22.5 hours. Just stupid, I contend.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:27 PM   #77
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Hauling a trailer, no less.....Wow....
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:00 AM   #78
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Thanks for sharing yur ride with us. Loved the DR350s. Had two of them. In fact, rathered them over the DRZ400 ( had one ) .
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #79
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Hauling a trailer, no less.....Wow....
Thanks, CB. I hate those summer desert crossings. I'll do damn near anything to avoid extreme heat.

Really, riding with the trailer is damn near as easy as riding without it.....especially on the going somewhere roads.

......but without the trailer, I don't get no stinking record. ....Of course, it's only a record in my own mind.

Crossing at Blythe is the best crossing as you come down from Kingman to the river and back up just 30 miles to the west. It's only really hot for an hour.....even at that, I don't like it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:24 AM   #80
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Thanks for sharing yur ride with us. Loved the DR350s. Had two of them. In fact, rathered them over the DRZ400 ( had one ) .
I sure love mine, but it needs some work now. I sprung a leak at the clutch arm seal, and I'm getting 350 miles to a qt of oil after 40000 miles on the bike.

I'd love to put a 435cc kit on it.....maybe now is the time. Once a kid always a kid, I guess.

Other problems I've had include 2 broken clutch cables.....so, now, I only use the clutch for stops and starts. That should extend the cable life by 30 years or so.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:43 PM   #81
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We got a fairly early start. It was only 33 miles to Wise River Mt. We'd need gas there, but more than that we needed to warm up. The temps were low 50s. , and that's cold when you're taking it full in the chest and knuckles at nearly 60 mph.

Luckily Wise river has a nice old cafe bar for coffee and breakfast plus gasoline for our charges. The hour let the sun bring the temperature up enough to be comfortable. That was the first time that we had been temperature challenged. I vowed to put my electric shirt on if that happened again.

Cold riding to Wise River......
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Coffee at the Wise River Motel/Bar/Cafe........
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We set off for parts north along the Wise River. It had warmed up, but not so much that I would have traded places with the fools in that boat/raft.
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We got back into the dirt as we turned north toward Butte......
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Somewhere up there we did the dueling camera thing and I got the expected mirror photo in.
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We gained a lot of altitude...
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In fact we took a side tour to near the top of a peak in the area that had towers on it. Had to get pics up there.
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Don't know where my hat is....
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Log cabins as we approached Butte Mt.
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Later on in Butte, Pat wanted to make a shopping trip. He said he's do the I-pad tag with Mike and we'd catch up later on...like tomorrow. So Mike and I continued on to Helena Mt.

We rode the Hwy to Basin, and took the dirt some 30 miles into Helena. This is the section that has Fleecers Ridge and Lava Mtn in it. We skipped both those, but we did see the Lava Mtn boulder strewn hill. It's closed now for gas power vehicles. Thankfully.

But here's some pics thru there.
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Back way into Helena.... Helena is a very nice town.....for that matter so is Butte.
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We stopped at Hardee's for an early dinner....don't think that I've ever been in a Hardee's before. Not exactly a 'bucket list' event, but I had a good burger.

It was coming out of Hardee's when we made contact with this cowboy preacher. Scored a couple Cowboy bibles from him. I love a hard working hat, and this one had dust caked sweat all along the headband as well as a rip in the brim that had been hand stitched for a repair. Nice guy....salt of the earth. I'll bet he raised some hell before he started preaching.
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We still had a few hours of Daylight. We rode hard to make Lincoln for the night. The 65 miles took us the best part 3 hrs and we got there with a half hour of Daylight left.

Along the way....
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Note the picture of my bike, always from that side. It's the side where the cargo net looks pretty much in order.... Call it my good side.
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Mike prepares Bruce (his bike) to pull that rail car to the other side of the road. I bet the locals were surprised the next morning....
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Old Mining left overs....
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Mike scored a room for the night and I went to the town Campground after closing down a small Casino at 10:30. I had a couple beers and wified for a couple hours.

A deer in my campground.....
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If you don't know, and I didn't, Montana has slot machine type gambling machines everywhere and a Bar/cafe with those machines is called a Casino.
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Still a couple more days to go.....
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #82
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Pete & Ned near the northern border.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:48 PM   #83
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Wonderful RR, thanks for taking us along!
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #84
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Thank you, AC for showing my bike's good side.....cargo strap wise.
That's a good picture of Ned. I'm tickled that you posted it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:28 AM   #85
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Wonderful RR, thanks for taking us along!
It was an adventure, PacificPT. Not that it was particularly challenging, but it was so many days with only what you can carry on a small DS bike. It gave me a lot more appreciation for the RTW guys.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:53 PM   #86
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Thanks for the ride-a-long ratman. I enjoyed it.
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Awesome ride Ratman, thanks for taking the time to write it up. I rate it "metaljockey" all the way.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:06 PM   #88
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That may be going a little far, AustinJake, but I enjoy hearing things like that. Thanks.
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Mike and I set out from Lincoln at 8:30 from the casino where we had breakfast. It's a cheap little joint on the north side of the street that touts free coffee and WiFi. Friendly folks.

Mike made contact with Pat....seems as though he was 40 miles ahead of us in a campground 10 miles north of Ovando. We all made plans to reconnect in Columbia falls (a 100 mile further north) that evening, as Pat had a buddy there who would permit us to camp in his yard, and had Wifi.

The CDR soon went into the hills north west of Lincoln. There are more trees thru there and it's hard to get any open country pictures. I didn't get any.

About 5 miles into the hills we were faced with a road closed sign caused by fires, we thought, but there was no smoke in the area. We decided to go on....which was the right decision as we never came to the end of the closed area. Scheesh.....who's running that place. Soon we came out near Ovando.

We avoided the ovando area CDR as the 4 Canadians from a couple days ago said that there was a closure from a work crew that was putting in a culvert.

Gassed up 45 miles later in Lake Seeley. 15 miles later we went back in the hills West of the road. We spent 50 miles in there with trees on both sides of the road...no pictures.

It had been a long ride from Mex, and I was just not enthusiastic. I was just riding to complete the ride. I'm sure it would have been different if there had been wide open spaces where the buffalo roamed, and all that.

My earlier decision to call it off in Lincoln would have been a good one, but finishing the ride at the Canadian Border was the honorable thing to do.

We came back to the highway near Bigfork. We busted on up the Hwy to Kalispell. Pat called again, he was in Columbia Falls. He'd been worrying about me and my rear tire. He offered to buy me a tire as a reward for me being a good travel partner.

I thought that that was one of the nicest things that I ever heard of.

Well, Mike was going to go on or summit, so I met Pat at a tire moto shop. they didn't have a tire, and another shop was closed on Monday.

I wasn't quite to the wear bars on the tire....it just wasn't urgent to make a decision on the tire. Plan 'B' was to go get some kebobs and a six pack and go to the friends backyard and celebrate Tomorrow's 'End of Trail' ride.

As we sat in the backyard, Pat got a call from Mike who was going to camp with us tonight. Luckily we had enough shiskibobs and beer for everyone.

Here's a picture....in the morning having coffee, Pat said, "What's that?" I looked, and running down the telephone line was this squirrel. That was a first.
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all ready to go...
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Anyway we loaded up that morning for what was a 120 mile dirt run to the border. We stopped for rolls in Whitefish. A nice gal offer to do the photo deed for us.
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Now I return you to the former post that reported on our finish.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=57

That's about all of this ride report. Statistics are 2300 miles on my Sabre, and a whopping 4800 miles on the DR.

I've rested a few days, and am taking my wife to the Bonneville Salt Flats with me in a rental car. Were Leaving in the morning, and will prolly have some sort of a report on the Motorcycle BUB Speed meet soon which starts on the 26th of Aug.

Thanks for following along......
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