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Old 06-07-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Mountain State Super Tenere Adventure Ride - May 2014

I have returned from a 4000 mile, two week adventure tour of the Mountain States (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming). The first week of the adventure was spent with a friend on his 102,000 mile BMW RT and the last week was entirely solo, I used a cool phone app called TrackMyTour which allows you to set waypoints on a map and blog your travels and read comments from friends.
Here is the rough outline of my adventure with waypoints created using TrackMyTour:



This adventure started as an idea to ride to Seattle since my family is there, but the distance and time were not stacking up in my favor. So when I heard from a buddy that he was going West on his own ride, I asked to join him. He rides in a looser less structured manner than I do. Other than having a few National Park destinations, no actual routes were planned. This turned out to be a good thing for me to experience because I usually over-plan my rides down to the exact road I will take. The sense of adventure and freedom were indeed amplified on this trip because we did not have to be at any particular destination and a particular time. We started by staying in West Texas on the first evening of the trip, its only now that I start to relax after exiting the big city.


We are easily into New Mexico on the first day, as my buddy posts on TrackMyTour


Whoa! What happened to New Mexico? 300 miles of nasty high wind sand storm highway riding! Glad to be out of it!


On our way to Alpine Arizona we stop at a small bar in an even smaller town and down some COLD Pabst Blue Ribbons while conversing with the rugged locals who work the mines. A cool truck outside the bar:


Entering Clifton on the way to Alpine:


Normally I may not have cruised by the historic part of town, again part of the advantage of slowing the pace down and exploring!








Welcome to North America's largest producer of copper. My riding partner took a hike from one of the mine over-looks and found a hillside covered in grave sites marked with primitive crosses...copper at a high cost.


Having passed the Morenci Mine we continued on Hwy 191 to Alpine, this is one of my most favorite roads.
The Super Tenere was shod with new Tourance tires which handled crisply and had plenty of traction. With such wide handle bars the S10 navigated the turns with little effort.


My new AGV helmet fits really well, is light weight, comfortable and highly ventilated. It is not as luxurious as a premium grade touring helmet, for example it does not have pockets in the liner for your ears, and its a bit loud from the buffeting of the windscreen, earplugs are needed and do help a lot.


The Super Tenere's suspension goes a long way towards aiding rider comfort, the bumps, ripples and cattle guards are easily soaked up.


Before going down the other side of the mountains we get to enjoy a nice change of scenery and a respite from the constant 20 mph hairpin turns.


Time for a break!


Time to play with the camera too!






Dinner in Alpine is satisfying and we get a room for a reasonable price, it was a solid day of riding and a good start to our adventure!




We left Alpine Arizona for Page Arizona in order to see Lake Powell and ended up spending two nights camping at Lone Rock in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
On the way to Page, we stopped for some real coffee and an awesome breakfast.


My riding partners 102,000 mile BMW decided not to start after our nourishing meal, so we played electrician for a while... two hours later it came down to oxidized battery terminal connections! I must say that I felt proud of our work every time the bike started for the rest of the trip. I wish my Super Tenere would do this, there is no glory in riding a modern Japanese bike. I did not even get the opportunity to bond to my bike by topping up the motor oil. I should have rode my 1960 Panhead.


Passing through Show Low and Winslow, we hopped on secondary Indian Reservation roads to Tuba City and Page.












More to come...
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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Great start and felt like I put on a few pounds from looking at the food pics. Test rode a Super T recently and it seems like a good fit. Keep it rolling..
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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As we got closer to Page, we came across this beauty! My first big coal fired power plant... a few more were to come in Colorado.
Whoo Hooo, at least I can charge my iPhone and take selfies!


Mother Nature and Mankind seem to get along, at least for now.


Funny, I turned the camera a different direction and no more power plant!


Sundown Rider


We figured we should press on in the dark to the campsite, because it sure would be nice to wake up to something other than textured sheet rock and bad art!


Sure enough, it was worth pitching the tents in the dark.


Not half bad! We would spend two nights here, which equaled three swims for me.


The ever faithful bike.


The rock. Which will get a taller windshield for the next big adventure. The dang buffeting was all I could eat.


This lake exists due to a dam which was built (among others) to portion off the water to seven states. The mighty Colorado felt mighty good as I dunked myself in it in the heat of the day.


Even though there were lots of motor homes in the park, they never ran any generators, and I respected that.
It was early in the tourist season, so most people were retired folks, the jet-ski riders were yet to arrive.
That is me in the lower left corner.... the loner.


Dinner AND BEER!


Time for some sunset fun with the camera.






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Old 06-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #5
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Very nice report and great pic’s! Another great place in America. Beautiful country. Thank you!
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After our two nights at Lone Rock Beach in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, we headed for Zion National Park.

We checked a view of Lake Powell on our way out:


The county decided to name it's self after my riding partner:


Pretty scenery on the way to Zion






















Zion was full to capacity, and we had to camp in an overflow area with multiple tents, but surprisingly everyone around us was mellow and it turned into a beautiful evening. Moon light lit this mountain, so I put the camera on a small tripod, switched it into "Starry Night" mode and took my first night shot, 30 seconds exposure.


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Old 06-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #7
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After our stay at Zion National Park, I bid farewell to my riding companion as he headed West to Yosemite and I headed North.
I wanted to stay on a loose schedule that would allow me to ride with no solid destination other than a campsite or motel sometime before dark.
Being weary of going to any more National Parks, due to the crowds and commercialism that surrounds the parks I decided to get to know my Utah Butler Map.
Butler Maps are INCREDIBLE! They are designed completely from a motorcyclist point of view and seemed to click all the right buttons in my mind.
So much pertinent information is presented in such a clear and flexible manner. Recommended paved and gravel roads are marked very clearly and allowed me to experience all of my Super Tenere's capabilities. Butlers synopsis of key roads was especially useful because they outline the scenery, road quality and what type of motorcycle is best suited for the road. I was afraid that a map would "fence me in" - however I discovered Butler Maps to be quite liberating!


Butler steered me to Cedar Breaks, which as promised, was indeed off the usual tourist path.


Plugging in my Tourmaster Electric Jacket Liner made me feel secure as the elevations increased and the temperatures decreased






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Old 06-14-2014, 08:17 AM   #8
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Great photos! I know it's mostly the photographer, not the camera, but what camera(s) are you shooting? And are you doing some post-processing? Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:29 AM   #9
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Thanks! Sounds like a great ride.
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Thanks! Sounds like a great ride.
Your welcome! The toughest parts of the ride were high winds on I-10 and I-25, as a matter of fact a portion of the Hyw had been shut down the day before due to 65mph winds.

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Great photos! I know it's mostly the photographer, not the camera, but what camera(s) are you shooting? And are you doing some post-processing? Thanks.
Thank you! While riding on the bike I used a 7 year old point and shoot Panasonic Limux, which is now dead from outdoor use.

When not moving on the motorcycle, I use my new Panasonic DCM-ZS10, which is super nice but does not tolerate any dust (it gets on the photo sensor). I've had to take it apart and clean it once already. Plus, it can't handle being dropped.

I am going to get a Limux TS5 rugged camera, for my Adventure rides.

I do my post processing in Picasa and Photoshop depending on the situation.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #11
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Awesome stuff, great pictures!
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Leaving Cedar Breaks in the direction of Bryce Canyon National Park, I decided I'd prefer to not spend lots of money to camp in the National Park ($12 park entry plus $16 campsite fee) with lots of people. Instead, while riding I scanned the side roads for this vital symbol:


Normally on such a long ride I would be on a pure road bike and would hesitate to ride a dirt road in the hopes of finding a campsite fairly soon. However, with the Super Tenere I could now very easily turn onto any dirt road and just ride it as long as I felt and not stress out about beating up a road bike while hunting down a campsite.
So when I spotted this road I turned on to it and met a couple guys on Triumph Tigers and verified that there was indeed camping available.


It was a very easy smooth road that went quite a long distance according to my GPS, but since the skies were clear and no sign of rain it was smooth sailing on the Super Tenere.




I ended up at a very nice campgrounds which were half price ($6.00) due to being early in the season, I even had a cell phone connection! Once camp was set I went for a short hike:





My mornings gradually became somewhat ritualistic, with my instant espresso and quite tasty McCann's Instant oatmeal. Talk about easy clean up! Only one spoon and one cup is dirtied! I was very satisfied with this light breakfast, it would last me until the afternoon easily.




Heading out the next morning on my BIG ADV ADVENTURE TOURING ROAD BIKE, I was feeling good!


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Old 06-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #13
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Great Pictures and Story

Thanks for going to the trouble of posting up the pictures and story. Your doing a great job with it!

I am thinking about heading up around Bryce/Hatch area in a couple of weeks (I live in Page). Where was the $6 a night campground you stopped in near Bryce? (It may be more now that tourist season is in full swing, but I'm sure it will still be cheaper than some other options up that way.)

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Old 06-17-2014, 03:55 PM   #14
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Howdy Notsofast,
I am glad your enjoying the report, Utah is a fantastic state, low percentage beer not withstanding!
It was the King Creek Campground, and I believe it will be $13 in full season.

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Old 06-17-2014, 04:09 PM   #15
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