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Old 06-19-2009, 10:59 AM   #16
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Leaving in 1 hour. No quitting now. Might even make it to Dallas tonight...

Dang it's hot outside.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:50 PM   #17
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It was a hot day to be on the slab.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:12 PM   #18
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The little therometer on my bike was showing 98 F on the roadways down here on my Bandit for the meager 35 or so miles I rode yesterday. It's 1:11AM and my Thermo is showing 82 F under my carport. Geesh! Hello Summertime down here.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:49 AM   #19
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Lets see some pic's !!

Nice ride,yep your loaded down ,would hate to have to lift that bike up,,,good luck on the ride.
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:13 AM   #20
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I'm not sure if you've already completed the trip or if this is in real time - if the latter, I've done that exact Dallas-Denver route (and most of it several times. Let me know if you've got questions. I didn't stop and take pictures very much (yeah I know, but I was usually doing a lot of miles/day) but wrote up a ride report anyway. The whole ride/series of rides ended up around 9k miles. Link in sig, pm me if you want any of the gps files.

The westerly route into CO that you've chosen is a good choice btw

If it were me I'd loose the windscreen too for more airflow and less turbulence, but that's just my preference. You also won't be needing the extra fuel. I don't think you'll manage to go more than 150 miles between gas stations (and even that is difficult to do, 60-80 miles is more typical). It can be nice to have an emergency supply in case you find a stranded biker on the side of the road or really miss-plan your fuel stops, but for me its not worth the weight or bulk of the can in most cases.
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:16 AM   #21
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This Trip is beingg posted in real time. No wi fi here so a quick note from iPhone. Used emergency gas can twice yeasterday. Couple of stretches we thought we could make. And the gas can is also powering the stove I brought

965 miles so far and outside this mowing is a cloudless sky. I'll post a real update when I can get a connection.

See you out there.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:38 PM   #22
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Took US190 to Opelousas and then I-49 up to Alexandria. Stopped in Eddies BBQ. for a 1/2 chicken plate. Good food.

Get back on I-49 and up to Shreveport. Stop in Starbucks for a Green Tea Frappuccino. Yep. Call our friends Allan and Sandra who are west of Shreveport in Hawkins, TX. They have been gracious enough to put y\us up for the night.

The heat has beem dreadful. It's like driving with a hairdryer set on high about 2 inches from your face. Been using spf 30 to keep the burn away...

Bike is running great. You just can't kill these old "K" bikes. They are known as the flying bricks. Indeed.

384 miles later from home, at 10:30 we arrive at Allan and Sandras.

Allan was actually going to go with us, but he and his wife had a horrific bike wreck a couple of months ago. It's a miracle theyt are alive, nevermind a 3500 miles trip. His wife gave him the go-ahead, but he decided to stay home so she wouldn't worry.

We are tired, but feel good. Like after exercising. Tired, but accomplishing something.

Ben Fold has kept my mind alert for most of the way, with his lyrics making me reflect on my own life.





Allan, me and Sandra


In the morning, Allan took us to the next town called Mineola. We had breakfast at "Kitchens Restaraunt". Dang, those were the best poached eggs I ever had.

I ordered "The Steve" 3 poached eggs, dry wheat toast , sliced tomatoes and mustard. Love it.
Allan picked up the tab. Thanks Allan. You are an awesome dude.



Took US 380 to Decatur, TX then hopped on US287. Stopped in Bowie, TX for lunch at the Armadillo Cafe. Good food, good service.

After finishing my entire Ben Folds discography, Breaking Benjamin supplied the background music. The scenery isn't awesome, but probably because I've seen it before. Anybody no from the south might find it interesting.

About 250 more miles to Amarillo.

Battery is almost dead, so will sign off for now, here's a pic of me using emergency gas north of Amarillo.

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Old 06-22-2009, 05:01 PM   #23
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Man, good luck with it all

do I see you're carrying an extra oil filter?

I will chime in--you are bringing a lot of stuff. Don't be afraid to ship extra stuff home via UPS.. Your handling will improve.
And a rule for traveling out west: Fill up when you see gas. It may be 150 miles to the next station.

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:43 AM   #24
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Ah likes da ribs... Eddies is great BBQ.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:33 PM   #25
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Right outside Amarillo, dark clouds open up the skies and we get our first heavy rain. We drive for about ½ mile and find an overpass to take shelter. About 15 minutes later we are rewarded with a rainbow for monkey.





Broke down for gas twice. The headwind combined with all the gear and traveling at 70-75 is getting me about 135 miles per tank.

Made it to Dumas @ 7pm. Still daylight left, so we stopped to eat before heading out again. DO NOT eat at the Super Chinese Buffet. It is NOT super. I'm really hungry, so I eat it, but I know crap Chinese food when I see it.


After “dinner” we get on US87 northwest and drive into the sun. Arriving in Texline at 9:30. 960 miles since Friday 3pm.


US278 to US87, is a recommended route. Posted speed limit is 70mph, with enough small towns to make it interesting. I counted about 10 white tail deer between Dumas and Texline, so be careful. We should be in Colorado by lunchtime Sunday.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #26
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June 21, Sunday.

Happy Fathers Day!

We got a hotel last night in Texline. It was OK, and only $40, but if you can make it to Clayton, NM, do it. Much more larger town lots of restaurants, hotels and a KOA campground that we stayed at on the way home.



6:16 am alarm. Snooze 1 time. Shower, pack up and find breakfast. Couple blocks down the road to Maria's for a western omelet. Great food, good prices, nice friendly people.





11AM we cross the Colorado state line. Stop for the obligatory pic, and head up I-25 to Colorado City. About 20 miles south of Colorado city, a cager decides to come into my lane with out looking. A hearty blast of my Fiamms sends him back in own lane. Cagers. Pucker factor: 4/10.



Arrive in Colorado City for gas and subway. No pic necessary for a veggie on wheat, huh? We head west in State 165 and this is where the adventure really begins. 165 is an awesome road. We stopped as Bishops Castle Tourist Trap. Pics, sticker, and we were off.


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Old 06-28-2009, 06:32 PM   #27
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We followed state 165 to State 96. That took us to Florence, and nearby Canon City. Stayed north and got on State 67 which became county 67 until we hit state 67 again???? I'm sure it was my mistake, but it seemed like the sinage was confusing. Anyway, that was a narrow, but well maintained dirt road with tunnels cut out of rock.
















At Victor, we caught state 67 again??? and rolled into Cripple Creek. Setup camp and ate dinner. A great day of riding.

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #28
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Got an 8am start and took state 67 to US 24 over to Pikes Peak Hwy. At the entrance, the elevation is about 7000 feet. At the top, 22 miles later, its about 14,100 feet. Snow on the ground, wind blowing and very cold. Bringing the cold weather gear has paid off. Incredible view, big clear sky. Tourist trap, but who cares? We were on top of the world. OK, on top of Colorado, at least.





Better hope the brakes work on the cog rail...





Came back down and caught US 24 back into Woodlawn Park and ate lunch at Joni's Deli for Asparagus quiche. Terrific. We've been very lucky with food so far.




We get on State 67, follow some back roads and go in to Black Hawk/ Central City. This town has changed a lot since I was last here 12 years ago. Stopped at the Red Dolly Casino for a $5.99 prime rib dinner. It was great so I ordered another. Yep, two prime rib diners. I ate them both. The look on the old lady's face at the next table was worth it.




Took State 119 north about 10 miles to Columbine campground. The campsite was 6 miles in on a dirt road that we had no problems on. Pay at the sign ($15). We set up camp and as soon as the tent was up, it started raining. The two prime rib diners had be about knocked out, so I got in my sleeping bag and with the tent canopy as our movie screen and speakers, we were treated to a small lightening storm. I feel asleep easily.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:11 PM   #29
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Broke camp. Man, I HATE this tent. I'm getting a better tent and sleeping bag somewhere on this trip. They are both too big and heavy.

Drove back down through Blackhawk/Central City and hopped on I-70 west to exit 240, State 103 in Idaho Springs.

This is a view from 103 right before the entrance to Mount Evans.



103 is a winding, twisting road that goes about 22 miles to the entrance for Mount Evans. Everybody talks about Pike's Peak, but Mount Evans is great as well. Pikes Peak starts at 7000 feet and goes 22 miles to about 14,100 feet. Mount Evans starts at about 10,000 feet and goes about 14,200 feet in 12 miles. Also, the ascend to the top of Mount Evans is paved all the way and is an easier drive.

Almost at the top, there's a frozen lake and some mountain goats, or something.







At the top of Mt. Evans:











After the descent, we took 103 back out to Idaho Springs. Quick parking lot lunch, and got on I-70 west to US-6 and did Loveland Pass. Very nice road, cold rainy weather, but it didn't matter. We enjoyed the road. In Dillon, we stopped at a Sports Authority and bought a better/smaller sleeping bag and tent.

Finished US-6 and got back on I-70 west and went to exit 195, state 91.

Took 91 south to Leadville, then US24 south to State 82 west. State 82 is home of Independence pass, which is at 12,095 feet. Snow caps everywhere at the pass, and what makes it even better, is the gorgeous stands of aspens as you roll into, yeah you guessed it.... Aspen.




Went to the information center in Aspen and found campground information. Right outside town, we stayed at Maroon Bells. Surrounded in aspens, it was the most beautiful campsite I've ever seen. Walked around, took some pics, had coffee and went to bed with the sound of a river about 50 feet away.

The view outside our tent:


Pics from a walkabout...


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Old 06-29-2009, 04:32 AM   #30
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Nice. Like the exposure(speed) on the flowing water shots.
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