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Old 06-08-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
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2 Active Duty; Destination Pikes Peak Intl. Hill Climb!

After many many years of watching my favorite cars and motorcycles going up this hill at speeds I can only dream of, I finally get to visit and marvel in all its Pikes Peak glory. Not only that but my favorite video game as a kid in the 90's, Gran Turismo, will be hosting this years event so I am beyond excited to make this trip.

Along with me on this 3000 mile loop is my good inmate and co-worker, MatixADV. Only having joined the ADV forums recently, he is a seasoned ADV and track rider.

I (complexCarlo) on the left and MatixADV on the right.


Here are our steeds for this 15 day adventure. We plan to mainly stay on roads but we both have past dirt experience if the situation and/or opportunity comes knocking.

Im on the Ducati Multistrada S Touring and Matix will be ripping on his Triumph Tiger 800XC


When I first started planning this trip I never had any real interested parties in joining me so most of the routes and stops I had planned and researched. Just recently this year me and Matix had been on a few rides together and I decided to extend the invite. We both had some leave to burn so we've been planning ever since, bouncing ideas back and fourth trying both to knock out items off our bucket-list. Still debating whether or not to bring the laptop to update the RR with my DLSR or use my iPhone6 and after the trip put the good ones up. Either way, here is a very tentative schedule and route. Suggestions are more than welcomed.

Day 1
-Yosemiti National Park, CA
-Mono Lake, CA

Day 2
-Death Valley, CA
-Las Vegas, NV

Day 3
-Hoover Dam, NV
-The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT
-Arches National Park Moab, UT

Day 4
-Grand Mesa National Forest, CO
-Colorado Springs, CO

Days 5 - 9
-Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Event

Day 10
-Dogs Bar & Grill La Veta, CO
-Durango, CO
-Mesa Verde, CO

Day 11
-Four Corners Monument, UT-CO-NM-AZ
- Grand Canyon, AZ

Day 12
-Mojave National Preserve, CA
-Sequoia National Forest, CA

Day 13
-Generals Highway 198, CA
-Back home.

That seems to be the jist of it. We have a couple of days extra just in case we need to stop to rest or explore something. 3,102 miles for both Matix and I's first real ADV ride More to come!
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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You've just about covered the important stuff with you daily list. Good luck on your adventure.
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:26 AM   #3
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Wow!! That's quite the ride you have planned.. don't be stingy with the pictures!! It's gonna be a feast for the eyes!!

Safe ride!

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Old 06-09-2015, 11:14 AM   #4
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If you guys have free time when you're out here, drop me a note. Happy to meet up for a beer!
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:47 PM   #5
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Wow!! That's quite the ride you have planned.. don't be stingy with the pictures!! It's gonna be a feast for the eyes!!

Safe ride!

Definitely have a large appetite for Adventure. Especially when the wife and kid are back home in Florida for the summer. Its now or never as some say.

docwyte; Are you coming out to the races the 28th?
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:07 PM   #6
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I've never gone to see the hill climb, so I could be talked into going...
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:03 PM   #7
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I suggest that you allow more time for Mesa Verde National Park. You won't regret it.


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Old 06-10-2015, 08:44 AM   #8
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I suggest that you allow more time for Mesa Verde National Park. You won't regret it.


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Yea I hadnt really heard of this place until MatixADV brought up the fact that he wanted to check it out. I looked into it a little and cant imagine it being anything short of astonishing .
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:08 PM   #9
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Finally got out of work at a decent hour to be able to install Matix's newly overhauled suspension and tires. Now if my Givi side racks would get here that would be great. Hopeful they show up tomorrow!
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:19 PM   #10
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All packed up and ready to tour!

Man today was a rush. Last night I got some last minute items for tomorrows Death Valley camping ride. Unfortunately my side racks didnt make it in time so I swapped with my inmate and mounted his panniers that do not need side racks.

He was looking like he wasnt going to give these back when we installed them


They mounted nicely so we decided to finish up everything else just to see how everything else would look.




After we set up his Triumph I went home and started putting my luggage on and surprisingly the nelson panniers fit spot on with very little Play. I adjusted the preload a bit but just slightly in order to get a better feel for it on the road.





Tomorrow early we set off to really enjoy our Touring bikes. 15 days, over 3000 miles, 6 states. Life on the road
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:22 PM   #11
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Currently under the stars after a incredible cruise from Vegas were it was deathly hot and very unhealthy to ride. Zion National park is a beast. After a warm day we decided to stay at Escalante right next to a crystal clear lake that didn't take long for us to dip in. Tomorrow, Deadhorse and Archs. Sorry no pics since im on my phone and everytime I try to attach a photo it crashes. Got plenty to update the thread later though! Cheers.
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:04 PM   #12
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Made it to Colorado! This morning we had plans do spectate a the last qualifying round but there were some accidents that happened including but not limited to dangerously close lightning so we instead settled for a cruise around downtown and brunch. Now back at the room looking at some of these spectacular photos that I can't wait to share with all of you.
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Old 06-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #13
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Looking forward to this one, I hope to hit many of the same stops.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:19 PM   #14
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The conclusion is near. The reason we made this wild journey, race day. There was some traffic, some rain, and awefully and some not so loud cars going up this hill today. My favorites were Jamie Robinson on the new 15DVT multistrada and Monster Tajima in his e powered car. Lots of pictures to come. We start our journey back to nothern california tomorrow morning. Cheers!
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