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Title: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 16, 2017, 05:51:52 PM
If it is against the rules I apologize.  But throw some spit in the wind and see where it lands. On ADV they move your "pre trip" to planning.  But we are all grown ups here.  I will be adding to this ride report before, during, and afterwards.  So there's that.

In early to mid July I will be embarking on a transcontinental trip to see friends, fly my family out west to Flagstaff, AZ to meet me and view the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and a few other great spots. I am also hopeful to ride sights unseen on my new (to me) Yamaha Super Tenere.

I hope to have people encourage, offer advice, offer to meet for beers (my tab), possible lodging (throw my tent in your backyard), and basically offer to spend some time with fellow riders along the way. I will be documenting and posting here and possibly ADV 

I am a teacher who will be off from work from June 20th until Sept 1 st. My wife has given me the "OK" to go do what I have to do on my 50th year on the planet.  So in the upcoming weeks I intend to list possible, probable places that I intend to visit.

NJ to South Dakota to visit with My Brother for another Mother, Gregg and hopefully Badlands to embark on their annual trip to the westerly trip to Red Lodge and then down to Yellowstone, Tetons, maybe Dinosaur Co, then on to MOAB, Arches, then eventually to Page AZ to meet my family.


Post up if you got something to say.  Looking forward to the trip and meeting anyone who is down with meeting.  Routes to follow. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: miles on October 16, 2017, 06:25:36 PM
Ignore the naysayers.  Question authority.  Be a rebel.  Post your planning here.




As for the route, I'd say there are a bunch of cool places to go and things to see here in the west- feel free to check 'em out.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on October 16, 2017, 06:29:39 PM
Looking forward to laughing along with your report :)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 16, 2017, 06:30:10 PM
Gracias mi amigo.  Miles, still have your placed in Spain?

Thanks Ken! Should be a fun trip.  Now for the decision of what photo dump site??  What has everyone been using since the photo bucket debacle???
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: chornbe on October 16, 2017, 06:32:08 PM
I love these setup threads.  :thumbsup:

FWIW, see that thing behind me off to the right that looks like a road? No? You don't? There's a reason! This was one of the passes we wanted to take over the Cascades... late May.

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... and we fought snow all the way up to the North Rim in early June.

This was a road:
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Later that same day, it was 110* and George was too tired to be curious.
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This car was literally falling off the mountain, and the roads were impassible... and it was 90*
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I'm not even a little bit of an expert on the West, and we were pretty far North in that picture, but... Plan accordingly. We hit things we had NO idea we would. 8-foot snowbanks across some fairly major roads. Horrid wind and snow at the Grand Canyon. Flooding and torrential rain in Vegas.  :willy:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 16, 2017, 06:39:10 PM
I love these setup threads.  :thumbsup:

I like them also.  I like reading about the preparation of the trip as much as the trip..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 16, 2017, 06:53:56 PM
I love these setup threads.  :thumbsup:

FWIW, see that thing behind me off to the right that looks like a road? No? You don't? There's a reason! This was one of the passes we wanted to take over the Cascades... late May.

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... and we fought snow all the way up to the North Rim in early June.

This was a road:
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Later that same day, it was 110* and George was too tired to be curious.
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This car was literally falling off the mountain, and the roads were impassible... and it was 90*
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I'm not even a little bit of an expert on the West, and we were pretty far North in that picture, but... Plan accordingly. We hit things we had NO idea we would. 8-foot snowbanks across some fairly major roads. Horrid wind and snow at the Grand Canyon. Flooding and torrential rain in Vegas.  :willy:


Well when I went out here in 2008, mind you I didn't go farther north than Vail I had nothing but hot weather.  Only snow I saw was on top of Grand Mesa CO.  It snowed for awhile but there where snow patches from a while back.

Up north in Yellowstone?>???? We shall see.  Maps or routes coming in the next week or so....  Thanks Chris for chiming in.. I appreciate it. Hope all is well..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: miles on October 16, 2017, 07:36:38 PM
Gracias mi amigo.  Miles, still have your placed in Spain?



Yeah, still have it.  It's nowhere near the fires, and since it's an ancient stone building in the middle of an ancient stone town it's probably pretty fire proof anyhow...
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on October 16, 2017, 07:47:36 PM
Dude.... looking forward to it. If you ever make it to CA, we have a huge backyard. And beer. And bacon burgers.

:popcorn:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: rgbeard on October 16, 2017, 07:47:53 PM
For Arizona do-not-miss: 

Monument Valley.   
North Rim of the GC.   
Sedona.


Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on October 16, 2017, 07:51:53 PM
+1 on the North Rim
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on October 16, 2017, 07:53:02 PM
Also... the Moki Dugway

http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/783-mokee-dugway-usa.html (http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/783-mokee-dugway-usa.html)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Route_261 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Route_261)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Skee on October 16, 2017, 09:05:05 PM
I love these setup threads.  :thumbsup:

I like them also.  I like reading about the preparation of the trip as much as the trip..

+1   

A little foreknowledge enriches the experience, even when the experience turns out completely different from your expectations
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: st2sam on October 17, 2017, 07:12:20 AM
I love these setup threads.  :thumbsup:
I like them also.  I like reading about the preparation of the trip as much as the trip..
+1   
A little foreknowledge enriches the experience, even when the experience turns out completely different from your expectations
+2

A seed was planted, it'll be 9 months in the womb.
 Your having a ST.O baby.  :lol:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on October 17, 2017, 08:06:58 AM
Gregg texted me about this last night, sounds like a great trip. I have a spare bedroom, but I imagine he has you covered for that. we will do our best to make the redlodge portion of the trip memorable. Gregg, I, and crew usually leave Friday but maybe we should go Thursday instead and get in a little extra riding? Looking forward to seeing you again.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2017, 08:10:39 AM
I'm looking forward towards your adventures! Good stuff!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: oilhed on October 17, 2017, 09:47:10 AM
I am a teacher who will be off from work from June 20th until Sept 1 st. My wife has given me the "OK" to go do what I have to do on my 50th year on the planet.  So in the upcoming weeks I intend to list possible, probable places that I intend to visit.

LUCKY!   I now work in a school and have ten weeks off every summer.  More than 9 days is ver·bo·ten

I've always wanted to ride & camp Maine to Alaska thru Canada
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 17, 2017, 10:03:53 AM
Sounds like a good list.  If you're looking for some lightish off-road experiences, the road climbing out of the canyon (Shafer Trail?) in Canyonlands NP is a hoot.  I regret not seeing Antelope Canyon when I was out there.  It's on the to do list.  Do your homework tho cuz like any canyon, it can kill ya.  Or be over run w/ teenage girls cuz it was in some music video somewhere in time.  Jealous of North Rim.  Been down in the GC twice but from South both times.  Try to get a couple hours hiking down the canyon if possible.  Totally different inside, even if only a small portion of the way.  Also, if you're able to catch a sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park near Canyonlands, its pretty incredible.

Potash to Shafer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjM2kcZIdw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjM2kcZIdw)  watch at double speed
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2017, 10:15:52 AM
Better start packing now!
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: slayman on October 17, 2017, 10:36:01 AM
The three best days of riding during my 11 day trip from Spokane to Lancaster this summer:

Day 1 - Spokane to Lolo Hot Springs via Moscow ID and Lochsa Pass

Day 4 - Columbus MT to Riverton WY via Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and Cody WY

Day 7 -  Dillon CO to Lamar CO via Canon City, Colorado 67/96/165 and Nick Ienatsch's front porch (a story for another time)

The other 8 days were great (except for Day 8, that was crossing Kansas which was okay and day 10, Rt 64 from St Louis to Charleston), some awesome scenery, great company with the ZZRBikes.com brethren and only 60 miles or so of rain.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kneescrubber on October 17, 2017, 11:08:02 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on October 17, 2017, 12:31:39 PM
Have you left yet? This is posted in "ride reports", after all  :pokestick: :lol:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 17, 2017, 05:40:52 PM
First things first, here are the places that where we will be going as a family

Page: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
North Rim Grand Canyon
Zion
Bryce: renting ATVs that go in and around the canyon

Here are the places that I have already seen 10 years ago:

NRGC
Zion
Bryce
Grand Staircase/Escalante
Grand Mesa CO
Four Corners
Arches
Mesa Verde
Black Canyon of the Gunnision
Capitol Reef
Canyonlands
Colorado Nat Mon

Places that I missed but wanted to get to because, well because, time

Monument Valley
Million dollar highway


Places that I can't wait to see for the first time:

Red Lodge MT
Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and Cody WY
Yellowstone
Tetons
Dinosaur Nat Mon
Dead Horse
Canyons of the Ancients CO
(Canyon De Chelly AZ) probably not going to be able to get there


Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 17, 2017, 05:55:28 PM
Gregg texted me about this last night, sounds like a great trip. I have a spare bedroom, but I imagine he has you covered for that. we will do our best to make the redlodge portion of the trip memorable. Gregg, I, and crew usually leave Friday but maybe we should go Thursday instead and get in a little extra riding? Looking forward to seeing you again.

Right on, Mike.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 17, 2017, 05:57:18 PM
Better start packing now!
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BAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH.

I intend to camp as much as possible at free site across the states so hopefully I will not need as much as I did when I picked up the Tenere in SD and rode it back.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 17, 2017, 06:06:05 PM
Sounds like a good list.  If you're looking for some lightish off-road experiences, the road climbing out of the canyon (Shafer Trail?) in Canyonlands NP is a hoot.  I regret not seeing Antelope Canyon when I was out there.  It's on the to do list.  Do your homework tho cuz like any canyon, it can kill ya.  Or be over run w/ teenage girls cuz it was in some music video somewhere in time.  Jealous of North Rim.  Been down in the GC twice but from South both times.  Try to get a couple hours hiking down the canyon if possible.  Totally different inside, even if only a small portion of the way.  Also, if you're able to catch a sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park near Canyonlands, its pretty incredible.

Potash to Shafer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjM2kcZIdw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjM2kcZIdw)  watch at double speed

I camped up the road from it at Horsethief Campground but never made it to the point.  I will try hitting it coming down from the north this time.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 17, 2017, 06:21:10 PM
The time line looks like this as of now.

Leave July 14th
Get to Rapid city for the 19th
Ride with the boys to Red Lodge 20th-22nd
Head to Yellowstone and Tetons and down by the 24th-25th
Dead Horse 25th-26th Hike around
Fruita 26th-27th Hike around Capitol Reef
Route 12 to Red Canyon Campground Hike around on the 27th to the 28th
Leave some leeway to get to the girls on time.
Be in Page, AZ to meet the Girls on the 1st of August.

The return trip to be continued.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2017, 07:04:38 PM
Green with envy! I'm looking forward to following this one.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: chornbe on October 17, 2017, 08:13:02 PM
Green with envy!


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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Max Wedge on October 18, 2017, 10:38:40 AM
Excited to see this RR. Considered Ophir Pass at all? That is one that is on my radar.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on October 18, 2017, 11:11:07 AM
We could leave out on Thursday this year like Mike said and take in some great sights along the way! Chris you will love the Bear Tooth! I can hear you talking about it already! Can't wait, it will be a fun trip full of memories!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on October 18, 2017, 11:14:04 AM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on October 18, 2017, 11:29:01 AM
Green with envy!


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That's me alright!  ;D
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 18, 2017, 12:51:14 PM
Excited to see this RR. Considered Ophir Pass at all? That is one that is on my radar.

Um...  Last Dollar Road maybe but Ophir on a loaded bike w/ streetish tires?  Also, the problem w/ Ophir is that start and end are kinda far apart so you either need to make that part of your planned ride or do an out and back. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 19, 2017, 05:26:01 AM
Yeah that pass is not on the list.  If I had company and the panniers off of the bike I would say maybe.  But I have always wanted to mountain bike that area.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 19, 2017, 05:27:13 AM
We could leave out on Thursday this year like Mike said and take in some great sights along the way! Chris you will love the Bear Tooth! I can hear you talking about it already! Can't wait, it will be a fun trip full of memories!

I will make it happen!!! Thanks boys!!  :chili: :chili: :chili:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: chornbe on October 19, 2017, 07:09:45 AM
As long as we're trashing this thread up good, be sure to ask Marc or one of the mods to flush this out before you actually start posting real content, or start another one for the actual ride part. Like i said, I love these planning discussions - I usually get good ideas about packing and luggage systems and such. :)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on October 19, 2017, 08:20:14 AM
Ophir is a bit of a challenge right near the top. the rest is easy. My bride had to walk the last 100yards, but she was still smiling:
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 19, 2017, 02:36:02 PM
Ophir is a bit of a challenge right near the top. the rest is easy. My bride had to walk the last 100yards, but she was still smiling:
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Yeah, I saw that thread.  You are crazy just like Gregg warned me about....  :eek: :smiley_thumb:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on October 26, 2017, 08:33:37 AM
Gonna just get as far as West Virginia as then start visiting places I wanted to get to last April

Serpent Mound in Ohio
Cahokia Mounds in St. Louis

Then follow the mighty Mississippi north/north west up into Broken Bow NE.
Badlands by Tuesday/Wednesday
Then to Rapid City by Wednesday evening.
Red Lodge MT with the boys
Yellowstone/Tetons
Dead Horse Point/ Grand View Overlook/hike a bit
Page to meet my family.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on October 26, 2017, 08:49:17 PM
You might want to look for an after market seat! Just saying.  ;)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 04, 2017, 03:57:31 PM
Haha.

Hey, just to let you, Austin, and Mike know, you guys are more than welcome to continue on my trek with me as far as you can go.   Going through the Tetons down through Jackson to UT then to Moab, Arches area to Dead Horse point ....... The more the merrier.. I have to meet my family by August 1st.  Just saying.....
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on November 05, 2017, 08:59:02 PM
I plan on joining you for sure, not sure about Austin and Mike? I told Austin to check with his employer about being gone in July! I'm looking forward to it that's for sure!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on November 06, 2017, 04:37:19 PM
Gonna just get as far as West Virginia as then start visiting places I wanted to get to last April

Serpent Mound in Ohio
Cahokia Mounds in St. Louis

Then follow the mighty Mississippi north/north west up into Broken Bow NE.
Badlands by Tuesday/Wednesday
Then to Rapid City by Wednesday evening.
Red Lodge MT with the boys
Yellowstone/Tetons
Dead Horse Point/ Grand View Overlook/hike a bit
Page to meet my family.

Where, when and how long in WV?  I might be able to throw together a nice light DS day.  Kim and I have started exploring the Forest Service roads right below us in the GW and Jefferson Nat'l Forests. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 07, 2017, 05:31:26 AM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!

How cold has it been the many times you have been there at that time of the year?  I will be in my summer mesh suit.  I guess I will bring a bit of cold weather gear and an inside liner with me.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on November 07, 2017, 08:03:45 AM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!

How cold has it been the many times you have been there at that time of the year?  I will be in my summer mesh suit.  I guess I will bring a bit of cold weather gear and an inside liner with me.

you will be fine. It has been as cold as 29deg. and snowing at the top and as warm as 65. but, it's 80 on either end so you're only cold for an hour  ;)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 07, 2017, 03:01:47 PM
Gonna just get as far as West Virginia as then start visiting places I wanted to get to last April

Serpent Mound in Ohio
Cahokia Mounds in St. Louis

Then follow the mighty Mississippi north/north west up into Broken Bow NE.
Badlands by Tuesday/Wednesday
Then to Rapid City by Wednesday evening.
Red Lodge MT with the boys
Yellowstone/Tetons
Dead Horse Point/ Grand View Overlook/hike a bit
Page to meet my family.

Where, when and how long in WV?  I might be able to throw together a nice light DS day.  Kim and I have started exploring the Forest Service roads right below us in the GW and Jefferson Nat'l Forests.

Thanks man, I will see what I can arrange.  If not, if you are anywhere near Rt 50 or there about we could to get together to meet up for lunch and show me some roads due west in WV I would welcome the company.. I'll keep you updated.. .  Got to be in SD by that Wednesday evening and I will be leaving that Friday before.  I still would like to visit the Badlands Wednesday so it could be done
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 07, 2017, 03:02:32 PM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!

How cold has it been the many times you have been there at that time of the year?  I will be in my summer mesh suit.  I guess I will bring a bit of cold weather gear and an inside liner with me.

you will be fine. It has been as cold as 29deg. and snowing at the top and as warm as 65. but, it's 80 on either end so you're only cold for an hour  ;)

Right  ???  ;)  the majority of my trip will be in 100 degree weather  :o :o :o  Decisions decisions
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on November 07, 2017, 03:11:16 PM
Gonna just get as far as West Virginia as then start visiting places I wanted to get to last April

Serpent Mound in Ohio
Cahokia Mounds in St. Louis

Then follow the mighty Mississippi north/north west up into Broken Bow NE.
Badlands by Tuesday/Wednesday
Then to Rapid City by Wednesday evening.
Red Lodge MT with the boys
Yellowstone/Tetons
Dead Horse Point/ Grand View Overlook/hike a bit
Page to meet my family.

Where, when and how long in WV?  I might be able to throw together a nice light DS day.  Kim and I have started exploring the Forest Service roads right below us in the GW and Jefferson Nat'l Forests.

Thanks man, I will see what I can arrange.  If not, if you are anywhere near Rt 50 or there about we could to get together to meet up for lunch and show me some roads due west in WV I would welcome the company.. I'll keep you updated.. .  Got to be in SD by that Wednesday evening and I will be leaving that Friday before.  I still would like to visit the Badlands Wednesday so it could be done

I may be very near route 50. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on November 07, 2017, 03:24:47 PM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!

How cold has it been the many times you have been there at that time of the year?  I will be in my summer mesh suit.  I guess I will bring a bit of cold weather gear and an inside liner with me.

you will be fine. It has been as cold as 29deg. and snowing at the top and as warm as 65. but, it's 80 on either end so you're only cold for an hour  ;)

Right  ???  ;)  the majority of my trip will be in 100 degree weather  :o :o :o  Decisions decisions

I typically wear my mesh jacket and just throw on a fleece jacket under it half way up the pass.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 08, 2017, 05:37:17 AM
The Bear Tooth Rally is July 20,21 & 22 for your planning purposes!

How cold has it been the many times you have been there at that time of the year?  I will be in my summer mesh suit.  I guess I will bring a bit of cold weather gear and an inside liner with me.



you will be fine. It has been as cold as 29deg. and snowing at the top and as warm as 65. but, it's 80 on either end so you're only cold for an hour  ;)

Right  ???  ;)  the majority of my trip will be in 100 degree weather  :o :o :o  Decisions decisions

I typically wear my mesh jacket and just throw on a fleece jacket under it half way up the pass.

Copy that
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 10, 2017, 03:29:05 PM
I plan on joining you for sure, not sure about Austin and Mike? I told Austin to check with his employer about being gone in July! I'm looking forward to it that's for sure!

Bring your camping gear!!!! Should be a riot.... With the SENA comm units  8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 29, 2017, 06:32:34 PM
Calling Black hills, black hills to the bat phone!!

Do you guys go down to Cody from 14A and then due north on 120 up to red lodge?  Were do we stay in Red Lodge?  Who makes the arrangements? Do I need to reserve a room?

Gregg says he is hanging with me till MOAB...... What do you say? Arches, Moab, Dead Horse point???? You down?

FYI: I intend to be camping.   FREE CAMPING that is.. Not stealth but primitive camping..  This is already going to be quite an expensive trip with the family.  Flights, jeep rental, car rental, Atv rental in bryce area, lodging., partying with family in Flagstaff... So after Red Lodge it is caveman living for me.  Just to let you know.

Chime in and Happy belated Thanksgiving to you..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: slayman on November 29, 2017, 06:54:40 PM
RE: ATV rental
When we visited the area in 2013 we rented ATV's with a guided tour at Grand Staircase ATV in Tropic. He was good to deal with, and while the scenery was awesome the ride itself was rather tame. That suited my wife but the kids and I would have preferred a bit more challenge. I probably could have done 80% of it easily in our rented Explorer. If you're all experienced make sure to ask about the degree of difficulty.

RE: Cody to Red Lodge
This past summer I did Red Lodge to Cody via 212/296/120. Without a doubt, single best section of the entire 11 day trip! Or perhaps the next day of your adventure? If so I'd run it both ways.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on November 29, 2017, 08:51:03 PM
There are a few different ways to get to Red Lodge Chris, We have taken the Cody route and also a little further north thru Burgess Junction, What a beautiful ride!!!! none of us like riding the interstate so we stay off it as much as possible, Mike is the navigator and  always great at getting us there! As far as lodging goes you can camp out with Austin and I in Red Lodge. Lodging that week is difficult!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on November 30, 2017, 06:11:45 AM
RE: ATV rental
When we visited the area in 2013 we rented ATV's with a guided tour at Grand Staircase ATV in Tropic. He was good to deal with, and while the scenery was awesome the ride itself was rather tame. That suited my wife but the kids and I would have preferred a bit more challenge. I probably could have done 80% of it easily in our rented Explorer. If you're all experienced make sure to ask about the degree of difficulty.


My kids have never ridden any thing other than cars so I am sure they will be excited either way.  Scenery is really what I want them to experience.  So that sounds right up our alley.  I will check out the above mentioned Tropic Atv place.  Thanks
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on November 30, 2017, 08:43:38 AM
Depending on how much time we have I intend to put you on as many good roads as possible. typically we leave Rapid and take I-90 to Gillette, 14/16 N. of Gillette to Ucross, then cross the bighorns either at Buffalo-Ten sleep or Sheridan- Grey bull or Lovell. then Powell,belfry, red lodge.
Saturday we ride the pass, Cooke city for lunch ride a ways down chief Joseph, and back over the pass to redlodge. remember it is a Harley event ;), but I think you will enjoy the evening.
Depending on time (if we leave a day early) we can cover all the pavement in the bighorns and maybe a little gravel if you want. We may also get some more riding in West of RedLodge.
Not sure How far I can tag along afterwards, but will see what I can arrange. Looking forward to it. I see Gregg has the lodging taken care of so no need to worry about that. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 01, 2017, 06:11:12 AM
Depending on how much time we have I intend to put you on as many good roads as possible. typically we leave Rapid and take I-90 to Gillette, 14/16 N. of Gillette to Ucross, then cross the bighorns either at Buffalo-Ten sleep or Sheridan- Grey bull or Lovell. then Powell,belfry, red lodge.
Saturday we ride the pass, Cooke city for lunch ride a ways down chief Joseph, and back over the pass to redlodge. remember it is a Harley event ;), but I think you will enjoy the evening.
Depending on time (if we leave a day early) we can cover all the pavement in the bighorns and maybe a little gravel if you want. We may also get some more riding in West of RedLodge.
Not sure How far I can tag along afterwards, but will see what I can arrange. Looking forward to it. I see Gregg has the lodging taken care of so no need to worry about that.

Well alright!!!!!! Thanks
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on December 01, 2017, 08:58:16 AM
It will be fun I guarantee! If there is anything in particular you want to see let me know, I plan to stop at the medicine wheel, other than that just let me know what you are interested in and we will fit it in.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 01, 2017, 05:51:28 PM
IT all sounds perfect. Thanks for the info.  I really am not well researched in that area so I am sure it will all be mind blowing.  I will be coming up through the Pine Ridge reservation
to Wounded Knee to the Badlands. Gregg gave me fair warning but I am going to take my chances.  Looking forward to riding with you all.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 31, 2017, 04:32:02 PM
The flights and van rental for the family are booked! Now the logistics can begin while we are there.  Reserving the '"Glamping" at Zion, the ATV tour in Bryce, and the Antelope canyon tour along with lodging at North Rim Grand Canyon..(good luck), and the Bryce area.. SO damn excited for my family to see the South West that I love....
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on January 28, 2018, 09:35:12 PM
Sounds like a great trip Chris! Can't wait for the ride!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on January 29, 2018, 02:13:47 PM
The flights and van rental for the family are booked! Now the logistics can begin while we are there.  Reserving the '"Glamping" at Zion, the ATV tour in Bryce, and the Antelope canyon tour along with lodging at North Rim Grand Canyon..(good luck), and the Bryce area.. SO damn excited for my family to see the South West that I love....

Cool.  Obviously don't miss sunrise / set at the canyon.  And look into Virgin River Narrows hike.  Can be as long or short as you like.  We did a 2 day overnighter from the top down.  But you can do an out and back as far as you'd like.  It's very very cool.

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on March 07, 2018, 08:08:37 PM
Lodging at the Grand freaking Canyon is on!!!!!!!! We scored one of the cabins....

Also Camping at Jackson Hole within a couple blocks of the center of the city is set.

Can't freaking wait.
 8)
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on March 07, 2018, 08:11:20 PM
Woohoo! Looking forward to this ride report!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: R Doug on March 08, 2018, 06:01:33 AM
:popcorn:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on March 08, 2018, 09:20:03 PM
Thankfully ADVrider tent site rocked the shit out of it..

I will be able to stow my bike while my family is in "town" while we check out the various areas of the grand canyon, bryce, and zion for 7 full days.

Things are shaping up to be a wonderful trip.....

One more thing I might have to arrange...... time will tell........

Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 18, 2018, 04:59:56 PM
Well I did the shake down ride to the Lake Anna meet.  Packed all the gear that I plan on taking on the trip.  With room to spare, all is well.  Was hoping to "Glamp" in Zion but most offerings were on the west side of the park.  Don't have that kind of time.  SO we rented a "tiny house".  It has a upstairs balcony and can sleep 5 os us.  20 minutes from the east entrance.. All that is left to do is change the oil and shaft drive oil, figure out IMGUR, and WAIT>>>>>>> patiently...

Here are some changes to the agenda.  My buddy Gregg will be riding along with me... Can't wait to show him the west...

June 25 Jackson WY
June 26 Red Canyon UT
June 27 Glade Park Nationaal Mon.
June 28 Arches/Dead Horse Point
June 29 Capitol Reef/Torrey
June 30 Gregg Heads back then I head down Route 12 and possible camp/ Hike the shit out of Hells backbone and live up there for 2 days in my tent (weather permitting)
 Then be in Flagstaff AZ waiting for my family to pick me up and begin the trip of a life time x 2


Stay tuned..........  8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 18, 2018, 05:20:30 PM
As long as we're trashing this thread up good, be sure to ask Marc or one of the mods to flush this out before you actually start posting real content, or start another one for the actual ride part. Like i said, I love these planning discussions - I usually get good ideas about packing and luggage systems and such. :)

I say thrash the f&ck away.... It's my party and I will thrash if I want to, thrash if I want to   and you are all welcome to too....

Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 18, 2018, 05:32:07 PM
 
So Ray LaMontagne is one of my favorite artists.   He is coming out with a new album.  It will be right about the time I will be off on my travels.  Exactly the time I traveled WEST 10 years ago I was turned on to him and his wonderful art>  He traveled with me in my iPod for the ups and downs of travel, during a horrible divorce, a new love, and missing my daughters more than water on the 5th day without. His music has been the most incredible sensation of bliss I can imagine.  So I wanted to throw this up in this joint.

When we were dating, I told her that when shit hit the fan with my divorce my sister and brother in law played some new music that they had and as I listened to the lyrics to this one song, "Forever my Friend",  I fantasized that somewhere there had to be someone that could be my mate, had to be someone, somewhere,  that got me. 

Within a year I found her.  Right before I went out west.  I ended up marrying her about 2.5 years later. 

She is my best friend.  She is my Thumb. I love her.  She is my wife.  Suey.. She inscribed "Forever My Friend, Forever my Love" in my wedding ring


Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 18, 2018, 11:19:11 PM
https://youtu.be/nbyxpV4R_2Q
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 18, 2018, 11:53:31 PM
https://youtu.be/8hEk-k68jZc
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on May 19, 2018, 12:26:49 AM
All I can say is I'm eternally jealous that you can take a month off from life to make a trip like this. If I only could i would go in a heartbeat. Be safe, seize the moment and I can only hope you share your adventures.

Eric
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on June 02, 2018, 10:36:09 PM
As long as we're trashing this thread up good, be sure to ask Marc or one of the mods to flush this out before you actually start posting real content, or start another one for the actual ride part. Like i said, I love these planning discussions - I usually get good ideas about packing and luggage systems and such. :)

I say thrash the f&ck away.... It's my party and I will thrash if I want to, thrash if I want to   and you are all welcome to too....
I'm looking forward to this ride Chris, July can't get here fast enough!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 03, 2018, 08:23:19 PM
As long as we're trashing this thread up good, be sure to ask Marc or one of the mods to flush this out before you actually start posting real content, or start another one for the actual ride part. Like i said, I love these planning discussions - I usually get good ideas about packing and luggage systems and such. :)

I say thrash the f&ck away.... It's my party and I will thrash if I want to, thrash if I want to   and you are all welcome to too....
I'm looking forward to this ride Chris, July can't get here fast enough!

Right on friend..!!!!! ..... Coming quickly.... Can't wait to see all of you guys again..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 03, 2018, 08:41:30 PM
All I can say is I'm eternally jealous that you can take a month off from life to make a trip like this. If I only could i would go in a heartbeat. Be safe, seize the moment and I can only hope you share your adventures.

Eric

Thanks Brother.  Can't wait to meet up with you again and talk shit till the wee hours about the trip.. This time you and your wife make it to Atlantic City.  You have a house to stay in and a pool to swim in and if you bring some pistols you can kill the family of ground hogs the have infiltrated my barn.  :firedevil:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 24, 2018, 11:54:14 AM
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Getting ready for this !!!!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 24, 2018, 12:22:12 PM
I bought this for the trip out and back.  Gonna leave it at my friend Gregg's house while I take the journey.  Over 1700 miles to get there and possibly over 2000 to get home. Been there, done that, going across the country five times.  Not fun. To save tire life and fatigue with so much scheduled while on the TRIP I figured what the hell.         
 So I present to you the trailer...

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on June 24, 2018, 01:17:23 PM
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Getting ready for this !!!!

Woohoo!  :popcorn:

I bought this for the trip out and back.  Gonna leave it at my friend Gregg's house while I take the journey.  Over 1700 miles to get there and possibly over 2000 to get home. Been there, done that, going across the country five times.  Not fun. To save tire life and fatigue with so much scheduled while on the TRIP I figured what the hell.         
 So I present to you the trailer...

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No pic?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 24, 2018, 02:55:52 PM
Excited to see this RR. Considered Ophir Pass at all? That is one that is on my radar.

It appears that Ophir Pass is not paved and also high elevation.  Probably not going to get there.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 24, 2018, 02:56:41 PM
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Getting ready for this !!!!

Woohoo!  :popcorn:

I bought this for the trip out and back.  Gonna leave it at my friend Gregg's house while I take the journey.  Over 1700 miles to get there and possibly over 2000 to get home. Been there, done that, going across the country five times.  Not fun. To save tire life and fatigue with so much scheduled while on the TRIP I figured what the hell.         
 So I present to you the trailer...

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No pic?

No pic of the trailer?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 24, 2018, 03:05:49 PM

can't wait
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on June 29, 2018, 08:24:48 AM
Excited to see this RR. Considered Ophir Pass at all? That is one that is on my radar.


It appears that Ophir Pass is not paved and also high elevation.  Probably not going to get there.


not paved but can be done, even 2 up, this is the top:
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on June 29, 2018, 09:08:20 AM
Excited to see this RR. Considered Ophir Pass at all? That is one that is on my radar.


It appears that Ophir Pass is not paved and also high elevation.  Probably not going to get there.


not paved but can be done, even 2 up, this is the top:
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Rude.  It CAN be done but depending on the last rainfall and the amount of traffic, the surface can vary greatly.  The top is NOT representative of the tough bit.  If you're up for an adventure and you have really good reach to the ground, I might still say go for it but don't plan anything around definitely making it across.  Give yourself an out in case you decide to turn around.  See pics here:

http://vulcanbill.blogspot.com/2014/09/kims-perspective-today-was-phenomenal.html (http://vulcanbill.blogspot.com/2014/09/kims-perspective-today-was-phenomenal.html)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on June 29, 2018, 10:03:30 AM
it is pretty loose right before the top. for the record Shawna had to hop off for about 50 yards. you have to admit the road down the east side is pretty sweet though! for something simpler and more interesting when you head south of Teluride instead of turning left to Ophir take a right and you find this at the bottom of the hill. pretty interesting story:

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on June 29, 2018, 02:14:04 PM
We jeeped over Ophir many years ago.  Beautiful road, really love the San Juans in general

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 29, 2018, 04:29:20 PM
I have absolutely no experience on a motorcycle for that terrain at that altitude.  I live at the ocean.  Now on a mountain bike.... well that's a different story



 8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 06, 2018, 08:12:31 PM
T minus 9
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: st2sam on July 06, 2018, 08:53:56 PM
T minus 9
  :popcorn:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 06, 2018, 08:58:49 PM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 10, 2018, 12:18:09 AM
Shit.  I can't sleep. Hope the trailer does it's business. Not real happy about the trailer deal. Now I have to worry about three vehicles instead of just one.  But if I gets me back safer and faster so be it. If>>>>>>
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 10, 2018, 08:03:26 AM
haha.. you need to relax. see you next week..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 10, 2018, 10:46:26 AM
Shit.  I can't sleep. Hope the trailer does it's business. Not real happy about the trailer deal. Now I have to worry about three vehicles instead of just one.  But if I gets me back safer and faster so be it. If>>>>>>

Very few things can go amiss w/ a trailer.  Go to TSC and get a couple spare wheels and tires for all the peace of mind you will ever need.  Check and recheck your straps if they get wet.  Otherwise, fear not. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 11, 2018, 12:29:38 PM
Shit.  I can't sleep. Hope the trailer does it's business. Not real happy about the trailer deal. Now I have to worry about three vehicles instead of just one.  But if I gets me back safer and faster so be it. If>>>>>>

Very few things can go amiss w/ a trailer.  Go to TSC and get a couple spare wheels and tires for all the peace of mind you will ever need.  Check and recheck your straps if they get wet.  Otherwise, fear not.

Yeah already did that.  Just ordered one spare tire/wheel for a perfect match.  My trailer is from TSC.  So yeah... that...

I also got the lockable draw bar pin and a lockable coupler pin just for added security..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 11, 2018, 12:32:11 PM
My daughter and I rigged the bike up today and took it for a ride.  Besides one tie down getting loose everything should be ok.  That Chock was a great $42.00 investment.visitors can't see pics , please register or login
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 11, 2018, 12:52:09 PM
 Let's get the show on the road!   8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 11, 2018, 01:02:22 PM
How do you guys feel about strapping the back wheel vs. loading the suspension and strapping the rear frame down compressing the suspension? 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 11, 2018, 02:18:56 PM
that's the kind of plan I like!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 08:07:22 AM
How do you guys feel about strapping the BACK wheel vs. loading the suspension and strapping the REAR frame down compressing the suspension?

I will be loading the front suspension.
Thanks
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: vfrmike on July 12, 2018, 09:04:17 AM
Either way works, i usually just strap suspension down--but not too much, same as the front. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 12, 2018, 12:04:25 PM
If you strap the wheels, don't be surprised by a potentially unsettling amount of movement in your mirror.  That's for the front. 

For the rear, I'd probably be fine w/ strapping the wheel tho I've not done it. 

I can't see pics. Are you going to chock the wheels at all?  I just screwed a couple chunks of 2x4 on the front so I could set the front wheel in there.  Same with the rear.  Peace of mind.

Edit.  I see your comment about a chock purchase. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 12:29:18 PM
Are any of my pics showing up!? 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 12, 2018, 12:33:41 PM
Are any of my pics showing up!?

Not for me.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 01:24:12 PM
Are any of my pics showing up!?

Not for me.


Damn, they show up on my end.  I wonder if because I set it for private it won't show up?
 Thanks Eric
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 01:25:48 PM
Either way works, i usually just strap suspension down--but not too much, same as the front.

Thanks Mike
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 01:40:49 PM
How 'bout now?  Are they showing?  The Pics?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 12, 2018, 01:47:53 PM
I can see the one, are there more?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 02:22:42 PM
Page 6 has some of my trailer and petroglyph.. Yes?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: vfrmike on July 12, 2018, 02:32:21 PM
I can see the trailer pic..and with the wheel stand you are good to go, bike's not going anywhere...just check at every fill up along with touching the trailer hubs to see if they are heating up.  A spare trailer tire and a set of bearings (or better yet a complete hub) will go a long way toward peace of mind. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 12, 2018, 03:10:49 PM
Page 6 has some of my trailer and petroglyph.. Yes?

yep  where is the petroglyph?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: radon222 on July 12, 2018, 03:15:00 PM
Page 6 has some of my trailer and petroglyph.. Yes?

yep  where is the petroglyph?

It's on page 6!   :nuts:










:couch:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 12, 2018, 03:23:02 PM
 :firedevil:    not the picture....  I'm thinking Hyatville?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 12, 2018, 05:54:35 PM
right outside of capitol reef, ut
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 13, 2018, 08:25:18 AM
we can stop here when we are in the bighorns if you want:  http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/places-to-go/medicine-lodge (http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/places-to-go/medicine-lodge)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 14, 2018, 06:44:14 PM
In West Virginia. I left the trailer at home. I wanted the ride of a lifetime and that's what I'm doing.. f the trailer...
I'm down for whatever Mike
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 14, 2018, 08:24:49 PM
 :bigok:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 14, 2018, 09:12:49 PM
Cool! see ya Wednesday!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Andrew on July 15, 2018, 09:25:05 AM
Good choice Tankhead  :thumbsup:

Have a great ride and take lots of pics
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 15, 2018, 10:25:24 AM
a little cool and wet here today ( a very welcome change). But looking perfect for the next week!!
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: sleazy rider on July 15, 2018, 11:32:10 AM
In West Virginia. I left the trailer at home. I wanted the ride of a lifetime and that's what I'm doing.. f the trailer...
I'm down for whatever Mike


There's the spirit!  Have fun.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 15, 2018, 05:12:57 PM
Made it too Attica Indiana.  A great ride considering the heat in oh and Indiana. I took wv 50 to 33 up to 70. Tires got a little squared off but better than driving in a car.. that's for sure. Lots of adv bikes on rt 74 Indiana heading east... Man I love West Virginia... 542 miles tomorrow. Then to the border of SD Tuesday night. Probably stop at Black hills national Park to get my first park stamp of the trip and then make it to Rapid City by the evening.. tankhead out..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on July 15, 2018, 05:42:44 PM
In West Virginia. I left the trailer at home. I wanted the ride of a lifetime and that's what I'm doing.. f the trailer...
I'm down for whatever Mike

Love it!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: R Doug on July 15, 2018, 05:57:11 PM
In West Virginia. I left the trailer at home. I wanted the ride of a lifetime and that's what I'm doing.. f the trailer...
I'm down for whatever Mike


:popcorn:

Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 15, 2018, 06:19:08 PM
Good stuff Chris!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 16, 2018, 07:00:43 PM
543 miles. I'm really tired of the highway. Sick of it.. Let the fun begin already!!! Getting grumpy in my old age. Can't decide on taking the highway to Rapid City and then take the time to go back Wednesday morning to the Badlands or just get closer check out the park Wednesday and roll in to Rapid City later Wednesday evening... Decision, decisions.. did I say I'm sick of the slab?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 16, 2018, 07:37:00 PM
Hang in there, 543 is no joke slabbing. We've all been there. You'll be strolling through tall cotton soon!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 16, 2018, 08:17:39 PM
Badlands is pretty amazing but compared to the others it is a park you can take in pretty quickly.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 16, 2018, 09:29:18 PM
Funny story that was not funny as it was happening.. last night the humidity was so bad that I could not stop profusely sweating... Set up the tent and at sun down thousands of knats swarmed my tent and would not leave. Lit a fire with lots of smoke to no avail.  Got in tent and continued to sweat and swat. It was maddening. Packed up my shit at 10:30 pm and found a cheap hotel down the street.. man was I pissed... Got about 5 hours of sleep...
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on July 16, 2018, 09:51:27 PM
Some nights are not meant for camping.  Soon enough you'll have an amazing clear night under the stars :)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 16, 2018, 10:02:42 PM
Rapid city to badlands is only 45 minutes. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on July 16, 2018, 10:04:20 PM
Rapid city to badlands is only 45 minutes. And there are free beds with A/C
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Andrew on July 16, 2018, 10:10:33 PM
Sounds like the adventure has begun

I can't stand the knats, misquotes, or just the creepy fly in your face bugs myself.. A hotel room was a good decision. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 17, 2018, 12:01:56 PM
a hotel room full of bugs, now that would have sucked. 
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 17, 2018, 02:34:06 PM
a hotel room full of bugs, now that would have sucked.

Lol hahaha.
In winner SD now. Stopped for a couple of cool refreshing...   42 miles till another time change. Checked our the bluffs... Wonderful.  Taking 50/42 to Rapid City... Be there by 6-7:00... Boom
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 17, 2018, 03:46:03 PM
Put yourself in home on the range mode. 

buffalo roam, deer and antelope play etc..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 17, 2018, 10:01:39 PM
Great ride. 50 to 44 up through the bad lands the get my park pass. Will get my stamp tomorrow to put in my passport book.

Made it to my buddy's house .  Storming out now. Getting ready for the real riding... Need to rest.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 18, 2018, 08:55:31 PM
Bad lands were incredible. That's all I'm gonna say about that... Wyoming tomorrow
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: coho on July 18, 2018, 09:10:11 PM
:popcorn:

Carry on.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on July 18, 2018, 10:22:19 PM
:popcorn:

Carry on.
It's going to be a great trip Chris!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 20, 2018, 12:17:48 AM
The big horns was a big day. 60 degrees to 100 degrees.. elevation problems, 470 miles. Another long one... Glorious views... Looks just like South Jersey...... Not
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on July 20, 2018, 10:09:39 AM
The ride of you life!  :banana: :chili:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: slayman on July 20, 2018, 10:43:57 AM
Roll on  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 20, 2018, 09:43:33 PM
Wish I could pay a pic right now... Having beers in red Lodge after chief Joseph and Beartooth... Holy shit.... Looked just like Elmer, nj.. right Ken?
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on July 24, 2018, 06:24:48 PM
Camping in Jackson to camping in manila.... 191 South to 44 around the flaming gorge basin.... Someone described it as the Beartooth pass of the area... Then to Grand junction, over the Douglas pass on 139... Unbelievable..
Tomorrow, Colorado national monument. Then down 141 to naturita then up to Moab. Camping in BLM hear dead horse point. Arches the next morning and Capitol reef finish up in Torrey. Cheers. 😁
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Post by: R Doug on July 25, 2018, 11:22:39 AM
Man, you have been hitting a lot of the stuff I covered a few years back.  I'm trying to imagine the smile on your face seeing it for the first time like me.   :bigok:
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Post by: tankhead on July 25, 2018, 06:48:05 PM
Colorado national monument in the AM. Grand Mesa just now... Things are just as beautiful as I left them 10 years ago. My goodness, the beauty, and the roads.

We will be getting tires put on Gregg's bike tomorrow and then ride down 141 to Nurita then back up to dead horse point. Those 211 miles should be great...
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Post by: tankhead on July 28, 2018, 08:11:56 AM
So we got into Moab... It was hot. Now I knew it would be, and gave Gregg the warning... Stopped to get supplies and water. They had a water spigot there so I drenched my one piece Olympia mesh space suit and headed up to canyon lands. I had been there before but just to get the stamp.. this time we drove the loop.. Shaffer pass looked inviting but we had plans to camp at BLM. Turns out that site is now a pay site so we ended up going to horsethief like I did 10 years ago.. but in the distance I could see a storm developing.... Not giving it too much thought, we registered, paid the $15 bucks and Gregg set up his tent...I waited because it looked like the storm would be hitting within the hour... Being up on a plateau? Check. Having metal tent poles surrounding you as you sleep? Check. Seeing cloud to ground lightning approaching? Check. What could go wrong?
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Post by: tankhead on July 30, 2018, 04:11:11 PM
Camped in Bryce for free in the forest... Then camped in the forest for free at Jacob lake... Entrance to the north rim.. haven't showered in three days.. fires in gc caused breathing problems at night in tent... Now in Flagstaff... Hitting South rim in the morning. Hotel till family comes in two days... Riding without the bags tomorrow..... Then the family arrives... I leave my bike at an adv rider's house for 7 days.  5003 miles on the bike for this trip....WOW... What a beautiful country I live in... 'Merica
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Post by: Black Hills on July 30, 2018, 04:19:31 PM
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: R Doug on July 30, 2018, 06:26:50 PM
Camped in Bryce for free in the forest... Then camped in the forest for free at Jacob lake... Entrance to the north rim.. haven't showered in three days.. fires in gc caused breathing problems at night in tent... Now in Flagstaff... Hitting South rim in the morning. Hotel till family comes in two days... Riding without the bags tomorrow..... Then the family arrives... I leave my bike at an adv rider's house for 7 days.  5003 miles on the bike for this trip....WOW... What a beautiful country I live in... 'Merica


Love'n it! 
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Post by: tankhead on July 30, 2018, 08:40:36 PM
Let me just say that Capitol Reef and the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona, specifically Marble Canyon, continue to amaze me and bring a certain peace to me that I can't explain. Like visiting an old home that you lived in years ago... Absolutely a mind blowing experience...f-ing beautiful...
I will also add that Yellowstone and Tetons were not that wonderful to me... Many places have to be experienced by biking, hiking or by spending a few days in one area to really experience their greatness...  Like Arches.. Another place that is mind blowing but is probably best to experience doing the hiking method of viewing.... It has been a very great experience and I'm grateful to have the time away from my family however, I realize that if and when I get home safely, I have fulfilled my desire to travel on motorcycle for great distances and will probably never do something like this again.. but don't get me wrong.. It has been an awesome way to travel.... Feeling fully engaged and alive the whole time......
Ride safe
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Post by: tankhead on July 30, 2018, 08:49:57 PM
Oh yeah, since this is a ride report.. The pics will amaze the reader... Futher muckers!
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Post by: Virginian on July 30, 2018, 11:25:35 PM
Good stuff! ;)
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Post by: R Doug on July 31, 2018, 06:49:00 AM
Let me just say that Capitol Reef and the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona, specifically Marble Canyon, continue to amaze me and bring a certain peace to me that I can't explain. Like visiting an old home that you lived in years ago... Absolutely a mind blowing experience...f-ing beautiful...

I will also add that Yellowstone and Tetons were not that wonderful to me...


UT12 through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to Capital Reef followed by Rt95 to Glen Canyon still stands out as one of the most memorable rides I've ever had in terms of awe and wonder.  Like you, the Tetons and Yellowstone were okay for me.  They appeared to be overhyped.  After talking to some folks who where amazed with this area, I realized most of them had only been to this area out west and nowhere else. 

The only other road(s) which blew me away in terms of awe and wonder (as well as giggle in my helmet fun) were Chief Joseph Highway and Beartooth Pass. 

The biggest surprise to me was the Black Hills area and the Badlands.  I'd like to go back there someday and hang with our resident expert.
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Post by: Black Hills on July 31, 2018, 11:16:24 AM
anytime Doug, bring a dirt worthy bike. there are 4,000+ miles of gravel/fire road/trails in the hills  and it gets you to a lot nicer scenery than the pavement. After August I doubt any of the kids will be back for the summer so you can have the basement.
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Post by: tankhead on July 31, 2018, 11:35:05 AM
Yes Rt 12 also one of my favs... The pics I have show the grand new pavement. Black ribbons of fun with orange and red walls... Unreal
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Post by: tankhead on July 31, 2018, 11:48:07 AM
And the bear tooth ... Wonderful.. second time I felt my groove and felt great in the twisted bits
... So much goodness..
Off to Jerome, AZ. For more twisty bits
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Post by: Vulcanbill on July 31, 2018, 12:59:25 PM
I don't think that the true value of Yellowstone can be had from the roads or from hotels.  Driving through is nearly pointless IMO.  You spend a week or two exploring, hiking, backpacking, getting off the beaten path, watching Grizzly bears feeding on Bison and wolves descending from the hills to steal from the bears.  Getting caught in a hailstorm in the mtns only to find out there was no precip where you parked.  Lying in the grass along the Yellowstone river and screaming like a little girl when a small furry woodland creature runs up and across your body.  Waking up early and listening to the various wolf packs calling to one another across Lamar Valley.  That's where the value in Yellowstone lies. 

It's not a great motorcycling destination but it's one of the best places I've ever been...3 times....so far.
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Post by: tankhead on July 31, 2018, 01:45:47 PM
Agreed... Coyotes kept me awake the other night in Bryce... Twas fun
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Post by: Black Hills on July 31, 2018, 01:52:30 PM
the only time I like Yellowstone on a bike is before/after tourist season.
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Post by: tankhead on July 31, 2018, 07:26:37 PM
Wasn't too bad Mike. Ask Gregg about the bison head to head with the super tenere... Guess who won?
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Post by: Newton Hills on July 31, 2018, 08:00:22 PM
I had the opportunity ride with Chris during his trip out west, what a great time! Chris is a great navigator and knows all the good spots to explore, he is also a great person to spend time with, never a bad moment! Had a great time and made some awesome memories! If you ever get the chance to ride with Chris take it, you will have a awesome experience! Thanks again Chris for setting all this up! We will ride again my friend! Safe travel's to you on the way home!
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Post by: tankhead on July 31, 2018, 08:45:01 PM
Had the awesome opportunity to take a chance on buying a bike across the country a little over a year ago... Who would have thought a great friendship would have come out of that chance exchange... So glad you made the time Gregg... Best of times my friend, best of times

. Cheers
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Post by: tankhead on August 01, 2018, 12:19:02 AM
So this concludes the farthest party of my trip. I drove down 89A top Sedona then to Jerome, AZ. 162 miles today. Tomorrow my family will meet me and I can't sleep.. It's like santa is coming to town .. I'll be off the bike for 7 days.. then 2300 miles of mostly slab. To get home...Hoping to stop at the Virginian's place, if the invitation is still offered .. That takes me to the ferry to get me home sooner... Can't wait to see my family in a few hours..... Can't sleep
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Post by: bungie4 on August 01, 2018, 07:51:11 AM
Jacob Lake, 2010.

2 buddies and I are on an epic around the continent tour. We've already been on the road for about 2 weeks of a 3 week trip. The one and only reservation for the entire trip I made was at Jacob Lake. This reservation was made a month before our departure date. 

We ride UT12 and are in Bryce. My head is pounding, days riding in a heatwave, dipping in and out of dehydration are taking its toll on me.  Hey, I'm Canadian. I don't 'do' hot. I do cold.  Anyway, I choose to miss Zion and head straight down 89A to the North Rim to Jacob Lake and get myself right. The other 2 will show later in the evening  after Zion.

I get to Jacob Lake after crossing the desert only to find the parking lot full of tour buses.  I am told at the front desk that I have no reservation. I give them the confirmation number. No Reservation, and they are full.  I was bumped. Nice. I'm not happy. I ask if their is a campground nearby.

"Yes, but you don't want to stay there"
"Why not"
"They have a tarantula problem"

Moose, bears, wolves, badgers, black flies all no problem. Tarantulas. Ya, I'm out.

I hop on the bike and blast North across the desert again on 89A into Kanab UT. I get the last room at the hotel.  I text my buddies theirs a change of plans. I text them the hotel and room number.

They show up a little after 1 am after riding about 18hrs in the heat.

Fun times!

The next day we rode about 600 miles to Taos NM. After stopping at the North Rim for 45 minutes.

Damn, I need another trip like that!
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Post by: tankhead on August 01, 2018, 08:30:33 AM
Good times
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Post by: tankhead on August 04, 2018, 04:50:56 PM
So we have done antelope slot canyon, horseshoe bend, atv rentals at Bryce, Bryce national Park, Zion national Park... Tomorrow grand canyon, then back to Flagstaff.. Then I head home... Unbelievable trip with my family... So awesome..
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Post by: kendenton on August 06, 2018, 02:06:55 PM
Wish I could pay a pic right now... Having beers in red Lodge after chief Joseph and Beartooth... Holy shit.... Looked just like Elmer, nj.. right Ken?

LOL.  You are in some amazing country out there!
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Post by: Newton Hills on August 06, 2018, 06:53:31 PM
Wish I could pay a pic right now... Having beers in red Lodge after chief Joseph and Beartooth... Holy shit.... Looked just like Elmer, nj.. right Ken?
Are you on the way home already?


LOL.  You are in some amazing country out there!
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Post by: Virginian on August 06, 2018, 07:46:30 PM
 :needpics:
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Post by: tankhead on August 06, 2018, 08:23:22 PM
Found out today from my sister that she checked out our house at 7:30 am then went back at 4:00 pm to shut the pool off and went inside to massive flooding from bathroom into our basement.. called insurance company.. Appraiser coming tomorrow... Not good.. 2300 miles from home..
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Post by: Virginian on August 06, 2018, 09:41:14 PM
:(
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Post by: Vulcanbill on August 07, 2018, 11:18:43 AM
Found out today from my sister that she checked out our house at 7:30 am then went back at 4:00 pm to shut the pool off and went inside to missive flooding from bathroom into our basement.. called insurance company.. Appraiser coming tomorrow... Not good.. 2300 miles from home..

adversity recounted at leisure...
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Post by: tankhead on August 07, 2018, 09:28:52 PM
500 mile day. Bad accident on 40. Shut down. Re route on rt 66. 4 mph for 20 miles in 103 degrees was super fun. Apparently, the damage at home is not that bad. Serve pro is there with fans and ripped the trim of the walls to check for moisture and disinfect... Whatever... I gotta get home... Exhausted... Been going full tilt since June 14th... Ready to be done..
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Post by: Virginian on August 08, 2018, 08:06:53 AM
Be safe.
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Post by: Newton Hills on August 08, 2018, 09:23:01 PM
Ride safe my friend, your almost there!
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Post by: tankhead on August 08, 2018, 10:05:07 PM
Tucamcari, NM to Ozark, Arkansas.. just shy of 600 miles of route 40 slab.. Amarillo gave me a great storm... Thunder cracked so hard near me I felt like it cracked my left ribs... The rest of the ride was pretty cool and dry.. pleasant.... 1300 miles to go... Then the report begins.. Lol. Till then, Cheers
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Post by: Virginian on August 09, 2018, 09:15:03 AM
 :popcorn: :naughty:
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Post by: Vulcanbill on August 09, 2018, 01:02:05 PM
Tucamcari, NM to Ozark, Arkansas.. just shy of 600 miles of route 40 slab.. Amarillo gave me a great storm... Thunder cracked so hard near me I felt like it cracked my left ribs... The rest of the ride was pretty cool and dry.. pleasant.... 1300 miles to go... Then the report begins.. Lol. Till then, Cheers

And the fun becomes work.  Be safe.  Don't take too long to start the report.  The details fade. 
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Post by: tankhead on August 09, 2018, 08:19:01 PM
618 miles.. this is absolutely work.. never again.. rain. Douchebags that stay in the left lane with their Corvette or their big old 4x4 that screams "" my dick is small".  Holy shit, I am over it... Can't wait to get my ass home.. close to 7000 miles... 1.5 days left...
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Post by: tankhead on August 10, 2018, 09:02:35 AM
Made it to east coast time... Rain rain go away..80 miles so far in rain and fog.. looks like I'll be trailing this thing all day.. damn this sucks..
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Post by: Virginian on August 10, 2018, 09:29:22 AM
Dang, that makes for a long day.
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Post by: tankhead on August 11, 2018, 04:54:02 PM
Got home at about 3pm. 7655 miles.. gonna take a day to decompress and catch up on the property duties.. Then the ride report begins
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Post by: viffergyrl on August 11, 2018, 05:10:28 PM
Glad you're home.
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Post by: tankhead on August 11, 2018, 07:25:43 PM
Thanks lady
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Post by: Newton Hills on August 11, 2018, 09:04:56 PM
Happy to hear you made it home safely!
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Post by: R Doug on August 12, 2018, 09:01:01 AM
Wow, Chris.  I can't wait to see your pictures and read more details about the trip.  It appears to be a great story you'll not soon forget. 
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Post by: Andrew on August 12, 2018, 02:14:59 PM
Congrats Tankhead  :bigok:
A 7k trip and solo

I will agree, the last days do at times feel like work. Looking forward to reading your write up
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Post by: Black Hills on August 12, 2018, 04:10:38 PM
happy to hear you made it home safely...
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 07:42:41 AM
The ride report:

Day 1-5.  Saturday the 12th of July. 
Southern NJ to Rapid City, South Dakota

The day started off bad.  Like hangover bad.  Fucking wine.  The night before I was torturing myself and my wife about the damn trailer that I bought and new it was a mistake.  I had never transported a motorcycle before.  Sure I have trailered bikes with my buddy before, quite a few times, but this was different.  I had to be in SD by Wednesday evening for the kick off dinner at Gregg's house and I don't like to disappoint.  My wife and I got into a heated argument over my debating (she called it "complaining") about taking the trailer and having to worry about three vehicles instead of one. By 11:00 pm I had made up my mind that I was going to take just the motorcycle like I had originally planned. I called my daughter who was just getting done work to stop by and see me off because I would be leaving early in the morning.   She came over and said her goodbye's and I slept on the couch. Here is the bike that late evening ready to go.
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Back to the hangover, I woke up with the headache and anxiety of leaving without my wife being aware that I was leaving today instead of tomorrow.  With the bike all packed, (it had been packed for a couple of weeks accept for clothes) and me donning full gear, I walked inside and my wife was making coffee.  She looked at me and said what are you doing.  I told her that I had to go and that I just did not feel comfortable with taking the trailer so I had to go.  With tears in her eyes, and anger on her face, she kissed me goodbye and I was off to see my younger daughter who was at her mother's house.

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I said my goodbye's to Reilly.  Gave her a big hug and told her that I can't wait to see her in three weeks. I took this picture at that time.  I set my trip 2 on the odometer to zero and I was off.
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 07:49:19 AM
I didn't feel like taking pictures on Day 1.  Alcohol infused anxiety and the fact that I haven't really ridden the Yamaha for any extended time since last summer when El Diablo and I trailered the bikes to NC to visit my friend along with a ride to Lake Anna for the spring meet.  The plan was to camp in Coopers Rock state park in WV for free.  With temps in the high 1000's and humidity at 200% I decided to get a hotel outside of Morgantown and get a good night's rest since I had about three hours sleep the night before.  The next morning I took Rt 50 to the border and then got on 70 for some time.
West Virginina Rest stop
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 08:27:08 AM
The goal was to get to Attica, Indiana for some free camping.  After a long day of slab, I found the park and decided to go into town before setting shit up and have a couple of beers and get feel for the town.  After a couple beers at a local biker bar with some biker gang in all of their leather and badges and such, I meandered back to the park and unloaded some of my gear and began to eat my dinner which consisted of a bag of HOT peanuts.  I noticed a guy with his daughter who was riding her bike around the river road.  He came up to me and starred at me for a couple seconds and said "you allowed to camp here?"  "Actually, yes," I said.  "So long as you report your presence to the number I was given on line, all is well.  I just got off the phone with dispatch and they said thanks for letting them know."  "Who did you call from dispatch?" with a evil look in his eye.  I said, "The call was transferred to state police because it is the weekend so.... yeah...... that."  He continued to look at me for what seemed like a minute.  I starred back.  Remember that I had just unsheathed my hand axe and had my neck knife in my pocket, I walked back to the picnic table and hovered around the hand axe waiting for the rotten meth toothed tatted up cretin to make his next move.  He walked away, packed his daughter's bike in the pick up, and slowly drove out of the park..
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Within the hour after I partially set up my tent in the grass, the cretin had returned.  He unloaded the bike and walked over to me.... again.  "You all set up?"  he said.   Yeah pretty much, but with this humidity I just can't stop sweating.  You think it will cool off tonight.?"  I asked.
"Mostly likely not and the humidity will just get worse.  I never knew you could camp here." 
" Yeah it is listed on a web site called free campsites.net.  Pretty cool site"
He continued to stare at me for a couple more seconds and then returned to two campsites down.... And began chopping wood with a big axe....
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 09:04:57 AM
It was so humid that I could not stop profusely sweating.  Like, pouring into my eyes, sweating.   The sun was going down, I finished setting up my tent.  The meth father now had a lady/wife show up and they were getting ready for some night fishing.  He could't get his fire going and I had some fire wood in the ring along with a mound of fast food wrappers in the extremely loaded trash can.  So with that, I lit a fire and had it roaring in no time.  I noticed that the flies had retired for the night but did notice more and more gnats in the air.  As I continued to wet a towel from the water feed they had there and hang it on my head to try and cool down, I walked over to my tent.  Covering the tent was more than a thousand of the those tiny gnats.  Now I knew that when it was time to get in the tent that quite a few would get in, that was a given, but I just couldn't believe the amount of them.

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I swatted the tent and picked it up and dragged it over to the cement pad next to the fire ring.  I figured that the gnats would surely not like the smoke and leave.  NOPE.  I got in the tent and laid down for a couple of minutes to the sound of swarming, buzzing bugs around my ears and sweat dripping on to my camp pillow.  I grabbed my phone and searched for the nearest, cheapest hotel.  I found one, called it and proceeded to wrap up the whole camp site with my tent and sleeping gear full of gnats and pushed everything in my panniers in record time.  I got the fuck out of there and was taking a cold shower by 11:00 pm that night.
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 09:14:39 AM
Slab slab slab the next day.  I pushed on pretty hard and got to the border of south dakota the next day and stayed in a town called Missouri Valley, Iowa.  542 miles for the day.  I got a burger across the street and asked Gregg if it would be ok if I got there a day early.  I really wanted to check out the badlands and get my annual park pass there.  He said "of course" and recommended taking route 44 across instead of I90, which I agreed with.
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Hey!!!! Is that what I think it is;;;
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Well, holy shit it is:
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Prop for a windmill. So cool
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 09:20:54 AM
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Only 1600 miles on trip 2 so far.
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 09:25:31 AM
Got to Greggs that night.  Exhausted and stinky.  Black Hills came over for a couple beers and dinner while we talked about the upcoming jaunt to Red Lodge, MT.  I expressed my interest in going to the badlands in the morning while everyone else went to work.  The next morning I was up and out to the Badlands to get my first park stamp of the trip.
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 09:33:20 AM
As I was getting closer to Rapid city after leaving the park, I noticed some strange cloud formations appearing in the distance.  I stopped the bike at a restaurant and went inside.  A guy in a red pick-up pulled in after me and said he just talked to his daughter and that there was quarter sized hail coming and to  hunker down.  The bartender quickly pulled his garage door open and said come on in get your bike in here, hurry.  WHat proceeded was a deluge of hail that I have never witnessed before in my life.  I have three videos of the event.  It destroyed the three trucks that were there with dime sized dents all over the body of the trucks.  Luckily, no windows were smashed.  I got out of there after waiting about an hour.... Leaves were ripped to shreds and blowing everywhere.. Something else I tell you what.

The next day would be the first day of travel with the rapid city clan.  I was excited. I couldn't sleep.
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Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 11:21:17 AM
Day 6-14
The plan was to meet up at 8 at the gas station down the road.
Here is my buddy Gregg ready to go.
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Within a very few minutes Black hills showed up and we were off to meet up with another rider, John. 
I was warned that John was an incredibly fast harley rider and along with the bat out of hell rider black hills is, I knew it would make for more adrenaline than I had already been steadily dosed with for the last four days.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 11:46:12 AM
We would traverse Wyoming to eventually end up in Sheridan, WY.  I had booked a room for Gregg, his son Austin, and myself for that evening.  I believe the mileage was to be about 350.  It ended up over 400 i believe. Black Hills took point and lead us through some slab and then into some beautiful roads where I took these shots.

I am posting a few of the badlands here that I forgot also. Enjoy

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 11:57:31 AM
Black hills took us to some red rock ledge that had some petroglyphs.  It was extremely hot.  Ambient temps at 102. Iwas jumping in the sprinklers with my one piece mesh "space suit".  Here are some pics.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 12:06:00 PM
Then to Shell Falls:
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The next day would be Chief Joseph and the Bear Tooth Pass ending up in Red Lodge.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 12:39:59 PM
First on the list was the Big Horn National Forest.. Here is my perspective.






Wasn't that great?








LOL

The speed was a factor where I could not really keep up and take pictures.  So I started the whole "keep the camera in the open tankbag and shoot from the speeding motorcycle" method of shooting. Here is my perspective.

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Free range cattle
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The crew::Gregg, John, Austin
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 12:53:11 PM
Black hills took us to Cody and right outside of Cody was Buffalo Bill reservoir.  Here are some pics.

Had to get through a couple of these first:
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 01:09:22 PM
Now the next few pics were when I stopped the bike a couple of times to take pics knowing I had promised a ride report and also to see a very high bridge where we practiced throwing coins off and watched the Coriolis effect (i think) cause the pennies to spin and take off in another direction.... Pretty cool.
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Stinking Water Peak.  and my feet weren't even up that high
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 13, 2018, 01:24:56 PM
The bridge pics:
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UP AND OVER BEAR TOOTH PASS
This is not the bear's tooth:
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We would get to red lodge shortly after this picture. 

We spent the night partying till late.  Beers were flowing.  Laughs were plentiful.  Whore hounds were everywhere and even some tic tacs. I could post some pics but they wouldn't make sense to anyone here except Gregg and Mike and that's all I'm going to say about that.....  lolololol. I had already told Gregg with that amount of drinking and the previous week's hours of riding that I would need a day off.  So they rode the next day while I did some catching up with phone calls, laundry, getting in the hotel pool and basically relaxing getting ready for going over the pass the next day to get to Yellowstone National Park and The Tetons.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Black Hills on August 13, 2018, 01:55:44 PM
Horehounds, gotta have the horehounds...... ;)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on August 13, 2018, 09:42:51 PM
Loving it!  More please :). Shell Falls looks really pretty
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 09:29:36 AM
a Husky
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Not wanting to party much at all, I called it an early night, called my wife, and got mentally prepared for the next few days of camping and navigating through Wyoming to Flaming Gorge.. All new areas that I really did not research much.  I had seen some squiggly lines down at the bottom of Wyoming and thought it would be a cool place to camp...... cause freecampsites.net said so.

So we were off the next morning.  I said my goodbyes to the crew.  All packed, Gregg and I were set to go back over the pass to get to cook city. Here are the pics
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 09:39:06 AM
The TOOOOTH
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Gregg at the pass
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on August 14, 2018, 09:42:13 AM
Looks like you had the perfect day. This is on our list.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 10:04:20 AM
Down into cook city and then into Yellowstone. 
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Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 10:09:53 AM
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You could smell the sulphur or it could have been my feet. maybe the feet
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The enormous Yellowstone lake
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 10:21:46 AM
Coming around a blind corner I was presented with a mini van whose nose was on the white line of my lane and perpendicular with the flow.  He was turning his car around on a double yellow.  It was so sweet of him.  I brought the bike back up and braked.  In a millisecond after going around him and almost giving him the finger I noticed this in my lane.
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I slowed down to a full stop.  Kept the engine running.  He kept coming.  Right towards me.  I was looking for an escape route as if.  I noticed a trail to the right of me.. I was hopeful that the beast would make that left turn and all would be well in the world and I would live to see another day. Gregg came to my right and I asked, "What do I do"  He said, "Keep your engine on"  I said "It is"
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He just kept coming until he made a right at my front tire. I had to lean back to get him in my frame.
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We looked at each other as he slowly moved to my left. My heart was pounding but strange I felt at absolute peace.
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The car in front of me on the opposing lane gave me the WHHEEEWWW sign across his brow.  I just shook my head and moved on.  Incredible experience.

This was exactly one day before the ASSHAT hit the news of screwing with one of these beasts and it went viral.  He was later arrested for being a douchebag..
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Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 10:32:40 AM
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The Tetons
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on August 14, 2018, 10:41:21 AM
"I own this road."

OH!
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Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
That evening we were to camp for free at a guys property on a river.  I found his spot on ADV tent space.  It is a great resource.  Our property is listed on there. So if you are ever in south jersey and want to throw a tent down, come on over. 
This guy met us in Jackson.  He had property right in town.  He greeted us at the property and showed us where to throw our tents down.  Gregg was first to get his tent up.  I was struggling with a broken pair of flip flops.  My feet stunk so bad that they disintegrated the wide cotton strap that holds the flip on.  LOL

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Parked near his property was this gem.  Groot.
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Skiing in town
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 11:04:00 AM
I slept well.  Gregg was up early.  He was packed up when I fell out of the tent.  We got a move on.  We had a big day to get to the top of Utah and were going to camp again that night.  Here is what we saw.  Including a big brown bear on the side of the road, which I did not get a picture of.
Here we go.  Are you ready?
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 11:07:15 AM
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 11:15:29 AM
Overwhelmed with the beauty of the changed landscape it was time to scout out a campsite.  Coming down the gorge we were treated to more beauty and the sinewy ribbon of asphalt that a fellow rider that we met compared it to the BEAR TOOTH PASS.  Agreed.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 14, 2018, 11:55:28 AM
The next day was back tracking a bit and then we had to get down into Colorado to Rangley to start 139.  WOWOWOWOWOW. Newly paved mountain pass.  Just beautiful riding.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 08:43:30 AM
139 dumped us in the desert north of Grand Junction.  They were doing construction at the end of 139 in the desert.  They said we would have a 5 minute wait.  I checked the bike for ambient temperature.  It showed 104.  It was hot and I was ready to get to the hotel that I had booked the night before while we ate in town before returning to camp. When we got to the Mesa Inn in Grand Junction, went to dinner, and Gregg fell asleep at 7:30.  I walked across the street to a wine bar and went upstairs on the upper deck and checked out the passing storm over the golf course down below
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The next morning, we headed to Colorado National Monument. Here are the pics of that morning ride.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 08:50:47 AM
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I noticed that Gregg's rear tire looked like it would not survive another 4 days for him to get home.  He agreed.  We checked out the local BMW/KTM/Harley Davidson shop in town and we were in luck.  They had a direct replacement for his bike.  They would take us the next morning.  Gregg booked another night for us in the same room.  I told him that we should go up to Grand Mesa and scrub off the remainder of the tread...  The biggest flat top mountain in the USA located right outside of Grand Junction.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 09:17:10 AM
The plan was that Gregg would get up early and get the tires put on.  I would spend that time researching free camping spots near Bryce and Jacob Lake for when I was solo again in a few days..

He got back, we packed up and got ready to head down 141 to Naturita at the request of someone on this thread.  141 was a route that I had intended to get to 10 years ago on my first xc trip.  This time I was determined to get 'er done.  I had no idea what to expect, just that it was supposed to be epic.  It lived up to the hype.  Here is the proof of that statement.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on August 15, 2018, 09:19:42 AM
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Great shot!
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Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 09:24:13 AM
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 09:27:47 AM
Bad day for this guy
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IN this next pic you can see the road in the top right hand side.  Just a guard rail away from death.  I guess that guy didn't make the turn.  There are actually two cars down there.
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Back into Utah
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 09:28:23 AM
Thanks Ken
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: viffergyrl on August 15, 2018, 09:31:34 AM
Yes. 141 is awesome. Fortunately there's no enforcement of the ridiculous speed limits.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 09:34:49 AM
yeah it seemed like 10mph over in Colorado was appropriate for regular driving.  Or more....... lol
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 10:20:37 AM
The plan was to make it to the top of the plateau outside of MOAB and the entrance to Dead Horse Point/Canyonlands National Park.  We got into Moab and stopped to get much needed water, and nutrition to take on top of the plateau for camping.  When we got into Moab it was 107 and we needed a break.  We sat under the only shade at the gas station while we made some phone calls to catch our families up on our adventures.  There was a water line there so I drenched my space suit with water and we got back on the horses and headed to Canyonlands. Here is proof.

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Yes rock I felt the same way.  SCCCHHHWWWWIIINNNNGG
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 10:24:01 AM
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At camp after a very long adrenaline pumping day.  I was looking forward to a good night sleep.  That would not be.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 10:28:13 AM
Some friends at the site from that evening. 

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This is the storm that would torture us later that night.  Cloud to ground lightning with high winds but minimal rain caused me not to get to sleep.  I finally fell asleep at about 4:00am and woke up at 7:00am.  This would be a huge factor on me later that morning.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: slayman on August 15, 2018, 10:47:48 AM
You're on ADV bikes and you didn't take the Schafer Trail? 
:couch:

I jest

Enjoying the trip so far. Thanks for the report. And the photo that Ken commented on is awesome. Might become a desktop background.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: R Doug on August 15, 2018, 10:57:33 AM
"I own this road."

OH!



My thought, exactly!



OH!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 15, 2018, 11:03:32 AM
You're on ADV bikes and you didn't take the Schafer Trail? 
:
Not with that impending storm coming.  Can't ride through liquid clay peanut butter... lololol

Looked exhilarating.. If I was touring on my fat bike mountain bike.  Damn skippy
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on August 15, 2018, 03:44:20 PM
Next time maybe we ride the Schafer Trail, Black Hills said it comes out by Moab somewhere if you stay on it.
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Post by: Black Hills on August 15, 2018, 03:52:45 PM
Potlatch road or something like that?
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Post by: Vulcanbill on August 15, 2018, 05:12:20 PM
Next time maybe we ride the Schafer Trail, Black Hills said it comes out by Moab somewhere if you stay on it.


Top is near Canyonlands / Dead Horse.  Bottom will dump you out on the main drag just outside of town.

Top pic is Shafer

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Here's some of the bottom bits.  I would imagine really wet would be a problem.

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Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 08:17:48 AM
We packed our shit up and headed down the plateau looking for gas and water for the day.  By the time we got down to 191 I could tell we wouldn't have long before the heat would be an issue.  The plan today was to show Gregg Arches National Park.  We got to the gas station and I went in to fill my pack up with ice and get a coffee.  I got a diet pepsi instead.  We caught up with family about our plans and then headed to   
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Within a short time of looking at the wonderment I started to become sick to my stomach and shaky.  I took off my riding boots and put on my hikers.  I could feel myself getting worse by the minute.  I thought I was going to puke in my helmet.  That meant either I was getting sick from all of the water I was drinking on an empty stomach or I was showing signs of heat exhaustion.  Either way the views were incredible. Here they are
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Notice in this picture that Gregg is already riding with his jacket off by 9:30 am
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About this time I kept the ambient temp screen on while riding.  I was consistently getting these temps
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 08:56:29 AM
We headed back down to the visitor's center to get my stamp.  It was hot and I informed Gregg how I was feeling.  We went inside and cooled off, I got my stamp.  They had water stations outside the center which is great, but because I was feeling so ill, when I drank it, it had that iodine taste which just made things worse.  I looked at the map and decided that we should probably eat something.  It was close to 11:00am and so we headed north west up to Green River. When I turned my bike on this is what the temp read
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Fast! So we could get to Green River to eat something:
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We got of the highway and traveled through the city that is Green River.  To me, cause I was feeling like total shit, it felt like another drug infested, run down, was a thriving community at one time, shit hole town.  These cities whose only source of revenue is at the highway entrance and exit at either end of town is quite depressing to see.  Very sad but very intriguing to me how this happens.  At what time did things start to go down hill for so many towns.  Was it in the 70's with gas being outrageous?  Was it 2008 housing crash?  Was it the last 10 years of opioids being pushed by big pharma?  Sad but intriguing.

We ate at a subway. I ordered a tuna foot long and even got chips and mineral water to replenish.  Within eating half of my sandwich and sitting in the cool I was beginning to feel better. Gregg could chyme in here and talk about how he was feeling at that time, but he told me he was gong to head back and try and get to maybe Grand junction or farther and then get home by next day or two.  It was time to say goodbye to a friend that I wasn't sure I would ever see again.  We went outside in that damn heat again and both broke up a bit. With a hearty hand shake/hug we said our goodbyes and promised to tell each other were we ended up that night.

The plan was to get through the dessert that is Route 24 to get to Capitol Reef.  I knew it would be hot.  I took my hydration pack and poured it over my head and body.  Drenched I walked back into the subway and filled up my pack to the rim with ice and water.  When I got back outside Gregg was gone and I was alone again..
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on August 16, 2018, 09:11:14 AM
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 09:11:29 AM
Across the desert I went and here is what I saw.

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Now that's a desert
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on August 16, 2018, 09:31:53 AM
It was hot and windy, I felt ok, but like Chris said, Green River just didn't look like a place to hang out, it was a tough decision to end my trip early and head back to SD, but I headed the GSA in the opposite direction from Chris set the cruise at 85 and headed home, I got to Rapid City about 5:00 the next day, I have to admit, it was nice to be home, 3,000 miles without any issues is always a great feeling! Chris, you are doing a great job detailing everything!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 09:36:03 AM
I was hot.  Like, anxious hot.  I needed to get off the bike.  I was pushing to get to Capitol Reef.  The scenery was changing.  I was getting close.  Though my surroundings were beautiful, I wanted to enjoy, but I couldn't stop fantasizing about taking a cold shower and getting in some ice cold air conditioning. I stopped at a Rodeway Inn on the east side of Capitol Reef and parked under a tree.  I breifly spoke to someone leaving the hotel.  He told me that he just cancelled his reservation and that they have at least one open room.  I just felt like I wanted something more.  Something that did not give off the crack/meth/destitute look. With minimal service on the idiot phone I found a hotel, called and booked it.  $80.00 a night.  The pictures looked inviting. Now that was my mission.  To get there and relax.  Here is my mission in pictures:

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Made to the Hotel and was so happy.

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The view from my window.

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 09:52:07 AM
While going through Fruita on 24 west, I noticed the sign for Goosenecks.  Another spot that was on my 'to do' list.  I had missed the chance ten years ago to see the goosenecks and have seen many pics.  So the next morning, free of the top box, I set off to visit one of my favorite National Parks.  Capitol Reef.

Fresh rain on the road to cool things off.... What a delight.
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ADV BITCHES. Rooster tailed that whole trail.  NOT>   A two mile jaunt off road to get to the goosenecks.
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From  there I went to visit my old friends.  The petroglyphs of Capitol Reef.

The original Charlie Brown Sweatshirt;

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 10:16:22 AM
While I was at the Goosenecks, I met a young couple who had just finished doing the whole Appalachian Trail the year before.  It took them 5.5 months and they were traveling out west to check things out.  They would be heading towards Bryce Canyon like me.  I told them of the free campsites there and where to get off right before the sign for Bryce.
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Back to the hotel I got much needed coffee, called my mom, and at about 11:30 I took off to Route 12. Goodbye hotel
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So the following pics are from the world famous Route 12.  If you have never ridden this wonderful road you will never forget it once you do.
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I tried so hard to find the hogs back bridge.  Went down the road off of route 12 and found myself entering a private ranch.  I turned around and continued on, 'cause well.... Route 12..... yeah.
NO PICTURES CAN DO THIS PLACE JUSTICE.  Alpine to desert rock infused goodness.... Oh and newly paved in the rock section. The last time I was here it was tar snake hell.  This time ribbon heaven.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 10:17:24 AM
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 10:31:55 AM
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Trying to find the little piggy bridge to no avail
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Drop offs on either side for a while.  NO false movements.  Or taking pictures while moving..... sure.
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On the way to Bryce down rt 12, I stopped in Escalante, UT.  10 years ago I got a ticket in this town.  I saw a couple of yamaha sport bikes at a restaurant and pulled in.  I started talking to the two guys and one girl.  They had come from Salt Lake City and came down to hang near route 12 to ride it a few dozen times.  They all participate in track days.  So I offered to buy them a round of beers.  I got a tuna sandwich and a local IPA.  We talked for about an hour at the table.  All the while we saw a local cop pull over four cars in that short time.  Wheew the money they must make for the entrapment.  Disgusting. 

Back on the bike I head back toward Bryce.  I stopped in Tropic UT to check out where my family and I rented a "tiny house" for a night.. Because there wasn't any service I got back on route to Bryce.  The skies turned black and in no time at all I was in a full hail storm and took cover under a restaurant
awning and went inside to dry off and charge my phone with my solar charger.  I have video of the storm.  NOt as bad as the one in SD but a good one all the same.
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: slayman on August 16, 2018, 11:14:22 AM
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 11:24:54 AM
Here is the storm that I just rode out of.
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I set up my site and called my wife.  I couldn't believe I was a mile into the woods and was getting service.. With that an SUV pulls up and stops in front of where I was camping. I looked up and the couple I had seen earlier that day were just staring at me with a big smile.

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While still on the phone with my wife I screamed out "Holy Shit! No way!!!"  So we started talking for a brief moment and then they went to set up their campsite down the road with their little dog.

Got some sleep and began counting down the days till I see my family.  3 more days....

These guys kept me company while I broke down the tent and packed up....

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 12:01:37 PM
The plan was to get up to Jacob Lake.  That is where the junction of 89A and 67 (the 44 mile road to get to the north rim of the GC is.  All around there on forest roads you can free camp so long as you are at least a mile off the road.. Here is that day

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Up and to the right of the plateau is the north rim.
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My home sweet home
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Dinner for the night
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With the fire ban lifted I was given permission to have an open fire by the forest ranger back at the visitor's center.

Perfect fuel
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It was somewhat cooler up there at about 9000 ft.  But what is camping without burning things....
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 12:24:05 PM
The next day the plan was to do the 240 miles round the grand canyon and get to the south rim.  But on the way I had to go up to Page, AZ to reserve the Antelope slot canyon tour for my family when they come in,,,,,,so that was that.  Now there had been a fire ban because of the half a dozen forest fires that were burning up on the western part of the north rim.  I woke up in the middle of the night having a hard time breathing.  The wind had shifted and the smoke had crept in to my camping area and it was just hard to breathe.  The wind shifted again and I was fine and went back to sleep again.

I was excited because I would be traveling down to the Vermillion Cllffs and over the Navajo Bridge that is Marble canyon where the Colorado river had carved out the mouth of the grand canyon.  One of my favorite places. 

This nice couple got me coffee from the hotel while we sat and chatted for awhile at Marble Canyon.  I didn't take many pics from this point on because I would be traveling through here with my family later this week.

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Apparently the old lodge burnt down a few years back.  I can imagine why.  Last time I was here it looked like a tinder box stuffed with flammable chatzgeees.  Here is the new and improved version.
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Yes boys and girls, there are places on our planet that look like this, I know it's hard to believe... but it is real.

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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 02:00:34 PM
If you take a good look at some of the last photos you can notice a washed out look.  That is smoke in the air.  You always had the smell of pine in your nose.

It was getting somewhat annoying so as I traveled more down 89 I could see the fires in the distance that was the south rim.  It was very hot again.  I made the decision to go to Flagstaff for the last two nights at a Roadway inn.  I stopped at Sunset crater NM.  Got the stamp.
Never heard of it before but it was quite remarkable that all of Flagstaff area are tiny volcanoes  all around.  Here are the pics of that day.

More fires way off of 89
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 02:15:43 PM
So for the next night I went next door and got a bottle of wine for the room.  Went to the restaurant and got an Omelet for dinner  :o

The next morning I would travel to Jerome, AZ.  I wanted to visit the wine shop from the lead singer of a band that I am a fan of the next day would be the day my family flies in and picks me up. 

Here is my day:

Getting to Sedona
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Getting to Jerome

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I bought a glass of Tempranillo and a hat.
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Then went and found lunch in this wonderful mountain town.
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Leaving Jerome.
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I headed back the way I came.  Rain chasing me the whole way.  Got to the hotel and couldn't sleep because the next day would be like Christmas to me... I would get to see my family.  I could not wait.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 16, 2018, 02:18:38 PM
I will not be posting a ride report of my family being in town and our adventures..

Tomorrow I will wrap this ride report up from the time in Flagstaff when my family leaves till I get home.
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Post by: kendenton on August 16, 2018, 02:35:07 PM
Loved UT12, I need to get there on a bike one day.  Maybe not in the height of summer though :)
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 08:32:37 AM
As my family pulled in to the hotel at about 1:30 pm the rain over Humphreys peak was coming and cloud to ground lightning also.  I had to get my motorcycle to a guy named Phil that I met on the ADV tent site.  He told me that he would leave the garage door up, to pull the bike in and that he would move my bike later.  :o

And so with my family now following behind me in the pouring rain I tried to find this guys house.   They found it before me because they could see.  I really couldn't focus due to the huge amount of rain.

I parked the bike, got out of the space suit, left even my stinky socks on the bike, and hopped in the passenger seat of the rent-a-van and we were off for a week to see the Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and Antelope Slot Canyon..
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 09:11:42 AM
Finale
The night before my departure we stopped to get the motorcycle at Phil's house.  He was there and I got to finally meet him.  I checked out my bike and all was well.  Strapped the gps back on it, thanked him numerous times and got out of there to meet my family back at the hotel in Flagstaff Proper.  We spent the evening with food and drinks and the girls went to bed while my wife and I headed back out for a couple adult beverages and some alone time.
So I promised the girls that I would wake them when I was all set to go. We had booked two rooms for most of our stays.  My step daughter could not make it because of a summer college course, so they had the luxury of having their own bed the whole trip. 

We stayed at a haunted jaunt.  Hotel Monte Vista.  Quite a few famous people stayed there.

The morning of my departure I went into the girls room, and with them still hoovering around sleep and awake, I kissed them both and said that I would be home in five days.

My wife walked with me down to the bike at about 6:00 am.  Without coffee, I kissed my beautiful wife, gave her a big hug and promised to be careful and get back safe.

And I was alone again.
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 09:26:51 AM
I really had one mission on the way home.  To get home.

I took maybe a half of a dozen pics. I will not revisit the highway closure where I got stuck in 113 degree temps on route 66 averaging 4 mph.  You can revisit that a couple pages back
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The first night I was to spend in San Jon NM.  Free camping.  With an impending storm and more cloud to ground lightning I settled in at Tucumcari at the meth/prostitute loitering/$31.99 a night/ Red Roof Inn (I think). The reviews read:  "Room 111 and 112 had bed bugs"  Want to take a guess which room Baghdan gave me?  112.  Out of all of the rooms that is the one I was graced with.  I showed him the reviews and said look I just want to get some sleep and be out of here at 6:00, I don't want any problems.  He assured me that there were no bed bugs and so I took it on his word and settled in.  Was actually not that bad and I felt bad for being grumpy and hangry towards the man... Here is the pic of that night when I got in with the storm approaching .
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 09:49:46 AM
The next morning I was graced with one of the two huge storms that I had to navigate around/through/or wait.  By the time I got through Amarillo in the morning I was soaked, shaken, and stirred.  Thunder cracked so close to me it felt like it shattered my left rib cage.
I pulled off to get gas on the east side of Texas at a place called Allen Reed.  Didn't seem familiar at the time. So I pull up to the gas station, take the tank bag off, and go inside to pre-pay cause we hemorrhaged more money on this trip than we expected. I only had $25.00 dollars left on me until later that day when my wife would get home from the airport and bee-line it to the bank to replenish funds.

I went in and talked to the old/older women and gave her the money and told her I would be in to get the change.  As I walked outside it all hit my in the face.  Memories of being out there 10 years ago when I was so in love with the women I ended up marrying and being so excited that I was almost to New Mexico.. I had texted her this picture ten years ago.
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I told the lady my story of this place ten years ago and what we had seen now.  She told me to get as many pics as you want because it was going to be coming down.  I asked her why.  She told me a horrific story about her son, last year, who had a ranch with many horses, his girlfriend stopped by to wrangle up the horses because of a fire on his ranch.  They were both out there trying to move the horses when the wind changed and they were burned alive.  She was going to get that cowboy/girl mounted on their grave. We just looked at each other for what seemed like forever, I told her that I was so sorry to hear about that, and with a tear rolling down my cheek I wished her well.  As I was outside preparing my bike to leave, she came out and gave me a postcard of the place with the cowboy and cowgirl kissing.  It now sits posted on my refrigerator..


Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 10:17:58 AM
And so it goes.  Me going as fast as I could to get home:::: Safely. I ended up in Ozark, Arkansas. The next morning the rain was present.. I looked at the radar and there seemed to be an opening that I could squirt through if I timed it right.  The storm was moving due east and I knew I would eventually have to punch through it to get dry.

I rode and rode through the mist of the 40 footers off spray.  Again and again I tried to wipe my visor clean so I could see. 40 footers ten deep, wind, rain, then torrential rain.  I pulled off the next exit and got breakfast, which I really never did this whole trip. 

Trying to dry off and checking the radar updates I scarfed down my meat lovers omelet.  Back on the bike for an hour.  I got gas and checked the radar again.  Purple and red cells all to my immediate east.  I talked to a trucker who advised me to go north and then south.
So I did. 167 N to 67N to 412 east/south...then back on 40 east, bypassing Memphis.  The route took me into a tiny portion of Missouri?????

With the added mileage of about 70 miles I still made to the goal of the day. Cookeville, TN.. Cookey Cookeville.  618 miles that day , if I recall.

Downed a couple of coronas that I got from the gas station next store and a bag of HOT peanuts and slept like a baby.  The next day the goal was to get to Virginian's house... Rain again in the morning. 

What I found interesting is that I went from 7000 ft plus from flagstaff with a gradual down slope to 300on the west side of tennesse and then all the way back up to 2800 ft near the Virginian.  Appalachia.

Got to Eric's house at about 6.  He poured me a triple of Bombay Sapphire with a shot of tonic. We talked outside for quite awhile. 

A word about Eric.  An extremely generous dude who has so many interests. 
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He and his wife were very kind to let me roll up and stay the night.  I wanted minimal fuss and was prepared to camp on his dock like at the spring meet.  But they had a downstairs bed made up for me where his beautiful Pugs are not allowed to venture.  He had remembered that I am allergic to dogs.

We showered and went to dinner at this cool restaurant.  I had two glasses of wine
with dinner and got pretty tuned.  We got back to his place and talked some more about the trip and life in general.  It was so nice to see a familiar couple of faces to talk to after being by myself for quite a few days.   Thanks again Eric and Lisa.  I really do appreciate it.

I set my alarm for 5:30 am.  My phone must have died during the night.  I was out like a light.  Woke up to some stirring upstairs.  I noticed the sun was up.  I jumped out of the bed.  Gathered my things .  Got changed back into my riding gear and headed upstairs.
Eric was up.  I said,  what time is it.  "After 7"  Holy shit.  I was late.  I was going to try and get the 10:15 ferry from lewes.

We said our goodbyes and thanked him again.... and I was alone again.  I put about 90 miles on before I stopped to get coffee and check ferry availability.  7/11 coffee. Good.  Ferry: Sold out except for the 10:15.  I booked it knowing that I would never reach it in time.
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 10:32:29 AM
I got to the ferry at about 12:30.  The guy told me they were sold out and that I would have to wait until 5:30 pm .   I asked if I could get in the stand by lane?  He told me he could not guarantee me anything.  I said I'll wait anyway.

Got in line and an older man came around with the rolling mirror to check for explosives under cars or drugs.   When he came up to me he asked me to open up my bags.  As I did I began stating my case.  """" I have been away on a month long trip,,,, I bought the 10:15 ticket but traffic was so bad on the Bay Bridge......... I would really like to get on the earliest ferry if you could just squeeze me on..."

I'll see what I can do.....Goes and talks to the line director...... "MOTORCYCLE!!!!!! Pull up here behind this motorcycle. 

And with that I was on the ferry with a corona in my hand and texted a picture of it to my wife who promptly called me.
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I was 44 miles from home.  I could not believe it. It had been 10 years ago that my friend at the time/ wife now, came out to meet me in St Michaels on my return trip and we rode the ferry together. 

 It had been a long time away. Now I had to get home.

Torrential rains on the parkway for about 5 miles.  Sunny for the exit.  Rain from a mile out.  And then I was home.


Proud.

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The end
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Post by: Black Hills on August 17, 2018, 10:40:10 AM
That's a great report,  I've enjoyed it and was happy to be a small part of your journey. remember there is always a room and adult beverages for you in Rapid City, stop by anytime. I need to do something this grand one of these years.
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Post by: viffergyrl on August 17, 2018, 10:43:13 AM
Long, slow clap.... :clap:

Bravo!
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Post by: smoker on August 17, 2018, 11:07:00 AM
Enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for taking us along Chris.
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Post by: Virginian on August 17, 2018, 11:38:09 AM
I try to wait till the end to comment and just wanted to say what a trip of a lifetime you took. It would be very hard for me to be away from home for that long. We are super thankful that you stopped by for a short spell.

Your friend,

Eric
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Post by: radon222 on August 17, 2018, 11:53:18 AM
Wow!  That was a helluva trip!
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Post by: slayman on August 17, 2018, 05:33:27 PM
Thanks Chris. Great report and photos. How was the quad ride?
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Post by: R Doug on August 17, 2018, 06:41:07 PM
Wonderful trip, Chris!  Thanks for taking us along. 
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 07:00:54 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice words.  It took me over a week to compose,at about 3-5 hours a day writing and pasting pics. 
I do know that I'm glad that I finished. There is a part of me that feels like I should cash in my chips and walk away from touring on a motorcycle.. almost 70,000 miles since 2006 since I got my first Street bike... No problems. I feel like I have been there done, done that.. it saddens me but I feel like it is not all that interesting to me anymore...
I got nothing but love for my brothers and sisters on this site, but I do fear that this will be the last time I make any substantial contributions for a long time if ever. So cheers to everyone who followed along. I wish I could buy you all a round....
Cheers
Chris. Xoxo

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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 07:02:07 PM
Wine
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Post by: tankhead on August 17, 2018, 07:20:49 PM
Anyone want to buy a trailer?
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Post by: Andrew on August 17, 2018, 09:35:27 PM
Wonderful writeup,
All of the great pics brings back a lot of memories

Flaming Gorge, 141, 12   :clap: :clap: I got to get back out that way

Thanks
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Post by: Newton Hills on August 17, 2018, 11:41:09 PM
What a great report and pictures Chris! Thanks for taking me along for part of it,This I will never forget and to think our friendship came from the sale of a motorcycle! Take care my friend and please stay in touch!
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Post by: tankhead on August 18, 2018, 04:42:12 PM
That's a great report,  I've enjoyed it and was happy to be a small part of your journey. remember there is always a room and adult beverages for you in Rapid City, stop by anytime. I need to do something this grand one of these years.

You and Gregg need to ship your bikes out to West Virginia.  I will meet you and will take you guys on luscious roads.  Maybe Doug could meet us out there and take you off road while me and Gregg do a day of road ribbon riding.
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Post by: tankhead on August 18, 2018, 06:32:22 PM
Thanks Chris. Great report and photos. How was the quad ride?

We had originally looked at your reccomendations, but when I was in Escalante watching cars getting busted by the fuzz, I called and they would be away that week.  :o If you could believe it.  So I had to get to Bryce and book the one we took.. Here is the picture I sent to my family the day I booked the tour.  Just to make sure everyone was on board....

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We had a freaking blast.  Awesome experience that my girls and wife will never forget.  Wonderful.  Took that pic of the Pronghorn on the ATV.  Great time. Thanks for your insight.
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Post by: vfrmike on August 18, 2018, 07:04:26 PM
Great ride report Chris!
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Post by: Newton Hills on August 18, 2018, 11:36:51 PM
Thanks Chris. Great report and photos. How was the quad ride?

We had originally looked at your reccomendations, but when I was in Escalante watching cars getting busted by the fuzz, I called and they would be away that week.  :o If you could believe it.  So I had to get to Bryce and book the one we took.. Here is the picture I sent to my family the day I booked the tour.  Just to make sure everyone was on board....

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We had a freaking blast.  Awesome experience that my girls and wife will never forget.  Wonderful.  Took that pic of the Pronghorn on the ATV.  Great time. Thanks for your insight.
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Post by: tankhead on August 29, 2018, 05:29:39 AM
Hey there, just a word about the water flooding my basement.  We spent good money to have upstairs and master bathroom toilets replaced two weeks ago only to have them jammed up with sand from our well.  Now I have a guy coming out to give an estimate for the well problem.  If it is a new well that is needed, then it looks like a $2500.00 to $5000 job to dig a new well. Plus putting a filter into our water feed in the house from the well.
Oh and our area, according to the water testing lab that I called, has been showing mercury in the water.... So yeah... that..

Most expensive summer yet...
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Post by: kendenton on August 29, 2018, 09:14:40 AM
Thanks for taking the time and effort to put that together - it was fun to travel along with you!
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Post by: tankhead on August 29, 2018, 11:03:16 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words.  It was a great trip.


The plumber who replaced our toilet while I was away did not know how to shut off our water from inside the house????? So he asked my wife to show him where our well is outside, which she did.  He then proceeded to pull up the pump somewhat and with that dislodged or cracked the 4" pvc pipe which now collapsing sand into our well.  The new plumber could not believe that.  When my wife explained to me what he did when I was in Tennessee, I asked her why did he do that?  The shut off valve is in the basement next to the pump or he could have shut the electric off from the house... :o :o :o :o

SO now it is going to cost me $2400.00 dollars to fix the cracked pip..  Let it be known that I have put a call in to the original plumber and we shall see how that goes.
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Post by: Newton Hills on September 06, 2018, 10:07:14 PM
That sucks Chris, 2018 hasn't been the best of years for a lot of us!
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Post by: tankhead on September 21, 2018, 08:24:41 PM
We ended up finding a well digger that would repair the cracked casing for $300.00.  In the meantime I dug a 40 ft trench by hand with one shovel on a pitch to install a drainage system to take care of the long over due drainage problem into the basement.  I had to rip up the old pavers and trench out to the side of the house that already had a pitch.  Worked out really well and am proud of the job that I did. 

We fixed the toilets.  I have re set the neutralizer so that the copper doesn't keep corroding due to low PH.  600.00

And on and on and on..

We just ordered a job to replace the title and carpets on the first floor so that the tiles don't start popping up due to the flooding.  New hardwood laminate.

$5900.--  the hits they keep on coming. 

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Post by: Virginian on September 22, 2018, 07:52:19 PM
We ended up finding a well digger that would repair the cracked casing for $300.00.  In the meantime I dug a 40 ft trench by hand with one shovel on a pitch to install a drainage system to take care of the long over due drainage problem into the basement.  I had to rip up the old pavers and trench out to the side of the house that already had a pitch.  Worked out really well and am proud of the job that I did. 

We fixed the toilets.  I have re set the neutralizer so that the copper doesn't keep corroding due to low PH.  600.00

And on and on and on..

We just ordered a job to replace the title and carpets on the first floor so that the tiles don't start popping up due to the flooding.  New hardwood laminate.

$5900.--  the hits they keep on coming.

Well ain't that a bucket of sand in your britches. :(
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Post by: tankhead on October 12, 2018, 11:20:46 AM
I had the opportunity ride with Chris during his trip out west, what a great time! Chris is a great navigator and knows all the good spots to explore, he is also a great person to spend time with, never a bad moment! Had a great time and made some awesome memories! If you ever get the chance to ride with Chris take it, you will have a awesome experience! Thanks again Chris for setting all this up! We will ride again my friend! Safe travel's to you on the way home!

Great Navigator????? Not so great about roundabouts in Grand Junction..... "Here we go round in circles...."  LOLOLOLOL  hahahaha
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Post by: Newton Hills on October 15, 2018, 11:19:59 PM
I had the opportunity ride with Chris during his trip out west, what a great time! Chris is a great navigator and knows all the good spots to explore, he is also a great person to spend time with, never a bad moment! Had a great time and made some awesome memories! If you ever get the chance to ride with Chris take it, you will have a awesome experience! Thanks again Chris for setting all this up! We will ride again my friend! Safe travel's to you on the way home!

Great Navigator????? Not so great about roundabouts in Grand Junction..... "Here we go round in circles...."  LOLOLOLOL  hahahaha
Those were confusing as hell Chris!
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Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 24, 2018, 06:50:21 PM
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Merry Christmas to those who are still reading this.  I miss the West.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Jim on December 24, 2018, 07:48:58 PM
Merry Christmas to those who are still reading this.  I miss the West.

Merry Christmas!

`still read'n.  Fantastic colors in the pic!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on December 25, 2018, 06:25:36 AM
Merry Christmas to you! Love this ride report!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: kendenton on December 25, 2018, 11:26:15 AM
Merry Christmas!  That is a seriously nice pic!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 25, 2018, 02:35:01 PM
If only that white van wasn't in the pic.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Jim on December 25, 2018, 04:24:56 PM
If only that white van wasn't in the pic.

:chuckle:

My thought too - and I was going to ask.



I'll get it tended right quick (this is an easy one).

White van's gone as are the pull-out signs and a couple roadside items that didn't seem proper / distracted my eye.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 26, 2018, 01:52:01 PM
Man!!! How'd ya do that?  I'm assuming photoshop but man that is great work.  Thanks.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Jim on December 26, 2018, 03:35:53 PM
Man!!! How'd ya do that?  I'm assuming photoshop but man that is great work.  Thanks.

You're welcome.

You're on the right track. Paint Shop Pro v5 (15+ year old program (1999 copyright)). Clone tool. Clone like colors around the "blemish" to remove the blemish. As far as clones go, this was an easy one. The image has a good amount of "variety" where the clone action isn't too "noticed".

I gave a glancing look at removing a couple clouds touching the ridgeline but with the uniformity of the sky, the clone is more likely to be noticed (unless more effort / time is devoted - at least for my level of skill).
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 26, 2018, 04:43:29 PM
Well it is my new desktop now.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on December 26, 2018, 04:50:22 PM
Next time maybe we ride the Schafer Trail, Black Hills said it comes out by Moab somewhere if you stay on it.

I saw the entrance of Potash rd as we got on the west side of exiting MOAB. 

Next time?  I thought I retired from motorcycle touring... hmmm  8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Jim on December 26, 2018, 07:35:50 PM
If Moab ends up on anyone's list, PM me and perhaps I'll meet with the jeep for some different perspective on the trails.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Newton Hills on December 26, 2018, 09:03:43 PM
Merry Christmas to those who are still reading this.  I miss the West.
Merry Christmas to you too my friend! I still enjoy reading this! The West misses you too!

Merry Christmas!

`still read'n.  Fantastic colors in the pic!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: bungie4 on December 27, 2018, 08:16:17 AM
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You're on the right track. Paint Shop Pro v5 (15+ year old program (1999 copyright)).

I"m still using version 6.  Easy to use, works great. Remember when software all was not a shotgun blast of features.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again. Report starts on page 13
Post by: tankhead on January 21, 2019, 06:51:48 AM
 :o

Now only 7 pages?  What happened?  :-\
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Cookie on January 21, 2019, 07:30:36 AM
:o

Now only 7 pages?  What happened?  :-\

Baxter happened.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on January 23, 2019, 05:38:01 AM
Ohh so cryptic...... If only the author could understand WTF "Baxter happened" means... lol
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Cookie on January 23, 2019, 06:00:05 AM
 Baxter broke the Kawasaki thread and in fixing it, other parts felt the ripple.

Kind of like touching the sides when taking out a wrenched ankle in the game Operation. The buzzer sounds everything shakes and everybody jumps just a little bit.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on January 23, 2019, 06:04:16 AM
Ahh Hahh.  I just did some review.  Thanks for the info.  I guess the thread is there but not there.  Or is there no there, there??
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Cookie on January 23, 2019, 06:10:11 AM
There is no spoon.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 04, 2019, 10:13:05 PM
VERY HAPPY THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE READ THIS REPORT. Would love to have travelers check in to use as a reference for a guide across the America as I knew it.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on May 05, 2019, 11:22:33 AM
VERY HAPPY THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE READ THIS REPORT. Would love to have travelers check in to use as a reference for a guide across the America as I knew it.

It was a quality report and a joy to see and read. No shock here that it got so many views!  8)
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on May 05, 2019, 03:23:09 PM
Thanks brother!
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: tankhead on June 16, 2019, 08:00:26 AM
And that's a wrap.  The bike has been sold.  It has been an incredible journey.  Started riding in 2006 and have successfully rode about 80,000 mile since then.  For now, I am over and done riding motorcycles.  Gonna spend my time mountain biking, bikepacking, and backpacking. Thanks for having this site and take care everyone.  Peace.
Title: Re: tankhead rides west again.
Post by: Virginian on June 16, 2019, 01:39:45 PM
Congrats on the sale but super sad to see you hang up your spurs. All the best to you and Mrs. Tankhead.

Eric