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Old 12-04-2011, 01:37 PM   #1561
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:47 PM   #1562
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:44 PM   #1563
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spent most of thanksgiving day here............


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Old 12-05-2011, 04:57 PM   #1564
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The ground was holy, but the wind was harsh
and unbroken prairie stretched for hundreds of miles
so that all she could see was an ocean of grass.

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Old 12-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #1565
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:43 PM   #1566
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Chief Mountain always looks great in a photo and is northwest marker for end on the Great Plains in the US. When riding the HiLine (US 2) west I always have an eye out for it.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #1567
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:36 PM   #1568
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Winter Sunrise In Nebraska.

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Old 12-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #1569
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Robert Burns

THE WINTRY west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.


“The sweeping blast, the sky o’ercast,”
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest’s howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!


Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want—O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!—
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:32 PM   #1570
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:41 PM   #1571
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Nice pics Lornce.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:56 PM   #1572
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #1573
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:42 PM   #1574
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Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying this thread. Makes me want to buy a dirt bike, or at least a dual sport to take advantage of all the riding in Eastern Colorado, which is so close to me.....
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:05 AM   #1575
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Amazing pics everyone. Wow. Though I live and ride mostly up high in the Rockies, I am transfixed with the sights, scenery, and solitude of the Great Plains. So much so, a chunk of the book is dedicated to rides in Colorado's eastern plains. When I cross Nebraska, Kansas, or Oklahoma heading east I take silent highways leading me through manicured I-need-to-stop small towns and deep into the agricultural might of America, and really, the world. Mesmorizing. Anyway...

This wasn't taken while underway. I just stopped. Pulled the cam out of the jacket pocket. No one in front of me, no one behind me...


NW of Ulysses, Kansas...


The historical battlefield sites of the Great Plains Indian Wars are very special, in more ways than one, to ride to. One can't help but pause and reflect, perhaps be silent, and listen for any whispers in the wind of tales told. On my short list is to make it to the Kidder Massacre Historical Site in NW Kansas. Here's the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site east of Eads, Colorado...


Looking the other way. The pic doesn't capture how small my wife and I felt here with the sweeping, to the edge-of-the-earth vistas. The park rangers had just left following the evening close and we were there alone...


In case interest, a short ride video to and of the Sand Creek area...



Then there is the story of Summit Springs south of Sterling, Colorado, where Tall Bull and his maurading band of Cheyenne Warriors met their fateful end when Buffalo Bill and Pawnee scouts discovered their encampment in this shallow valley. See the monument on the left with the leaning timber. That was the location of Tall Bull's teepee where he kept one of two white women kidnapped from Kansas homesteads. Upon awakening to the dawn surprise attack of the U.S. Calvary, he planted a tomahawk in the forehead of the woman (the other survived) and he ran to the cleft in the hillside on the right, along with a dozen of his warriors. They didn't survive. Anyway, I'm getting carried away with the magnificent history of the Great Plains...


It was quite the "adventure" getting here with the supertanker and my wife ...


And the onboard vid to the place...


To be sure, there's all kinds of scenery destinations as well, like the Pawnee Buttes east of Grover, Colorado...
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