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Old 07-13-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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Wink I Wanna Sleep with You in the Desert Tonight with a Billion Stars All Around





It has been a year since our 10,000 mile trip to the Arctic Ocean & back to Arizona.
I was a little surprised when Helen asked if we could do another ride together.





With only 5 days for the trip, I planned a much shorter route.
Taking it easy is not normal for me. What will we do with ourselves with short riding days?





Helen loves to hike, and I can tag along for the photo opportunities.





I know a few places, not to far away...





...where we can enjoy a laid back trip.











Stick around while I share a few photos and tales from...

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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I'll bet Helen was waaay impressed climbing up the Mokee Dugway.....I did it last year on my DL1000 pulling the new Bushtec trailer and was puckered a little most of the trip up......having seen all this country you are riding in color, your black and white photography is striking, as usual. Tell us again what you are shooting with.....I'm in the market for a new digital camera and could use the consult....

I'm in.

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:36 PM   #5
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Day 1, May 31st

It took all morning to get the bike loaded and ready to go.




It was afternoon and in the triple digits when we finally head north out of town.











The heat and Interstate boredom has me playing around with the camera already.










We had lunch in Flagstaff and...





head north across the Navajo Nation.





Passing Elephants Feet


















Approaching Agathla Peak north of Kayenta, Hel captures me fumbling with my camera.





Agathla Peak



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Old 07-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #6
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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Monument Valley



We blast through Monument Valley.












This is the spot Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run.




I get busy taking pictures for the Motorcycles in HDR thread.




Helen takes pictures of me taking pictures.




She's a little excited.

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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Very nice.
I am hoping to have the money saved for a 990 by Christmas.
Until then I must live vicariously through posts such as yours and satisfy my riding lust with my Husky 449.
Great pics
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:29 PM   #10
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Gump!

I recall riding the same road north out of Kayenta, Az. and seeing the picture in my head of Hanks stopping his run. ! kept checking my rearview til I knew I was close to the spot. Kinda cool to find it. After a brief respite we carried on up to Twin Rocks, Ut. Gawd how I love riding out west!!!
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Valley of the Gods

We roll into Southern Utah and down the hill...








...where we cross the San Juan River into Mexican Hat.




The scenery just keeps improving.




I've been here many times, but it is still stunning.








We turn down Valley of the Gods Road and encounter our first and only water crossing.
(It is really just a puddle, but water crossing sounds more adventurous.)











I have to keep stopping for photos.








I probably take to many photos. I hope you don't mind.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #12
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Beautiful Dave

Thank you, and have a great time!
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Some times I think I know you;
As a lover and a friend.
Then I get this whispering in my other ear;
I may never see you again...

Great song for the roads we ride. Great lesson too, on the women we love. Cause we're already standin'... on the ground
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #14
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Really nice photography, look forward to more.
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Tell us again what you are shooting with.....I'm in the market for a new digital camera and could use the consult....
ldr, I'm shooting with an Olympus PEN EPL-1 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless for the riding shots and much of the daytime stuff. I am also using a Pentax K-5 DSLR with four lenses. Helen is shooting with an old Panasonic TZ5 point-n-shoot. The batteries for that ran out after 1.5 days, so we shared the Olympus. Haven given you the rundown, I would also say the camera doesn't matter much (Except for some of the night sky shots that were captured at ISO 10,000!). It is hard to buy a bad digital camera nowadays. The post-processing is the big difference.


I'm so happy to see larryboy, klaviator, Pantah and iDave have joined me for another one!

flya172, Thanks for waiting 3 years to give me your first post ever!

Thanks for coming along, Way Far, bemiiten, RTODAHL01 (I was an RTO in a past life), & lrgart

There will be more, PacificPT.

Thanks Everyone!
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