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Old 09-22-2010, 01:01 PM   #16
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Day two was a lot like day one. The butt is either getting used to the seat or too numb to feel. It always seems to go that way on longer rides. You just tend to get used to things and just enjoy the ride.

Here's Cathy enjoying the 800. Last year we did a Montana trip and she rode her R6. I think she enjoyed the comforts of home on her new bike. All she needs is a tv mounted to the handle bars and she'd be all set. Near Pocatello Idaho still on the interstate


We got on Rt 24 to Rt 93 and headed up through Challis and Salmon Idaho. Following the Lewis and Clark trail and the Salmon River into Montana and the Sawtooth Mountains. Now were talkin



Oh yea did I tell you it was Cathy's birthday?


End of day 2, Skip

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Old 09-22-2010, 01:14 PM   #17
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Day three was north through Missoula and into Flathead Lake. Boy these places have changed. I haven't been up here since going to school in Bozeman in the 70's.

They had the Hwy to the Sun road under construction and it was raining but we had good gear so no problem. The temp at 4000 ft was 40 and I was thinking boy if this goes to 10,000 ft we might get into some snow. I've been over this a long time ago and didn't remember the pass at only 6800 ft. That was good to see.


St Mary's Lake


End of day 3, Skip

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Old 09-22-2010, 02:05 PM   #18
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Great pictures and story. Can't believe BMW has put a junkie chain on that bike. How many mile did you get before it broke?

Thanks for the work of sharing as journey in that beautiful country.
I was at almost 14K when it let go.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:46 AM   #19
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Day 4 Quite the leisurely day.

Started with breakfast in Columbia Falls


Headed south down Rt 83 past Swan Lake and Seeley Lake. This is one of the prettiest valleys on the planet. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is to the east and the Mission Mountains to the west.





Stopped for gas in Ellison where bikers are welcomed.

Nice to see that Helena hasn't changed as much as some of the other towns. I could still recognize some areas of town.

We headed into Bozeman to stay with a college friend that I just saw for the first time in 30 years this Spring. Nonnie hasn't changed, always a big smile and great to do some more catching up. We have to be careful telling stories because someone might think we had too much fun.



Nonnie met and married David shortly after I left town in 1980 and they've been traveling the world too, only doing it on the water. I'm sure happy she was so lucky to find such a good mate.



Oh yea, David also has a 1200 gs and he wants to go for a ride with us tomorrow. It was going to be an off day so we'll just do an easy tour around the old stompin grounds

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Old 09-23-2010, 10:13 AM   #20
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Day 5 Bridger Canyon and Flathead Pass.

Spent many days driving up Bridger Canyon to go skiing when I should have been in class. Boy it's amazing I ever made it through college. Bridger Bowl was great skiing, 400 inches of snow a year, 150 days of skiing and season passes cost $75.



I think David liked having someone to ride with.




This is the turn off to Flathead Pass. David was looking for another pass that I don't remember the name. It was suppose to be pretty nasty but we'll just do the easy one today.


I like how easy can always change.


I think this is David's first serious off road ride on the GS. We're over the pass and heading down the west side of the Bridger's.







About 1/2 mile down the back side things get a little steeper so we decide we might want to do some recon before total commitment.



We walk in about a mile and talk the entire way back to the bikes that once we proceed there will probably be no turning back.



David says, so this is what you guys do for fun? Yep you got it.



David's handling the grade and rocks like an old pro. No problems here.



Cathy working her way down.


Great little canyon to work through


Time for a break and catch your breath. That was work.


David, I think your bike got dirty.


Here's the pass from the west side heading back into Belgrade. I'm sure glad we did the easy pass.


End of day 5 Skip
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #21
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:52 PM   #22
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:33 AM   #23
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...I'm back

Now for some pix.


Day 8 started out in Steamboat with Skip and I meeting up with Tellydoug, aka Doug and Whitewater18, aka Joe.
Breakfast in Steamboat. Yummy!
Left to right...Joe, Skip and Doug.


Last night while taking stock of our gear at Doug's I noticed that my helmet shield was hanging up when I moved it open and closed. I got to looking at it more closely and saw that some of the hinge was broken.

Uh ohh. Gently put it back together and don't touch it...much.
After breakfast we followed Joe out of town and stopped by a shop to see about helmet parts. No luck.

We stopped at Joe's place and he gave us a couple cool route ideas for our journey south today. Thanks. It's always nice to get "inside" info about cool routes.




Following Joe, that's the ski area on the left.


The view out of Joe's front porch. Nice huh! (except for the dirty bikes)


We're off. Heading south toward McCoy








Just before McCoy we turned onto Colorado River Road. Joe's idea. Sweet




























Dang, here we are on I-70. A big old Interstate...must be about the prettiest freeway anywhere. Going west towards Glenwood Springs.







Man, if you have to get on slab, this is the slab to be on. beautiful.




We turned onto 82 from Glenwood Springs. Then we caught 133 from Carbondale.










Zoom, zoom, zoom






Following 92 south toward Hwy 50 we pass along Morrow Point Reservior.








We cross over the Blue Mesa Dam and join Hwy 50




At Joe's suggestion we were going to turn by Cimaron and take some scenic route to join 550 South by Ridgeway, but it was late in the afternoon, we didn't know how long it would take to rejoin the hwy and thought the possibility of riding out after dark on an unknown gravel road with a map drawn on paper...well we will just save that part of the ride for next time.

Back to my little helmet story....Since we were now going to pass through Montrose we stopped into a dealership there that was just about to close. They had the exact helmet parts I needed to keep my shield in place.
As I was replacing the parts, the old hinge parts broke apart in my hands. Good timing. Tomorrow would have meant Duct Tape shield.


On the road again. 550




I'll bet some of you travellers recognize some of these pix.








We had some more miles to get to Durango but I didn't get any more pix.

Goodnight Day 8.
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Day 9, riding out of Colorado

We enjoyed a nice evening at Steamworks in Durango. They have this Crawdad, Cajun, fishboil thing on Friday's. That and their micro brews and you're all set.



Day 9 Durango to Springerville. The maps











We got up Sat morning and stopped at a quaint little coffee place for breakfast.




The sky was looking a little grumpy. Maybe it will rain.






Uh oh, looks like Mother Nature woke up on the wrong side of the bed.



Let's go that a way. Blue sky is good.




My Beau, getting ready to crack off a big fat wheelie...or maybe he's just stretching. You be the judge.




I look to the left and I see this...




I look to the right and I see this...
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Rain or Shine?

We press on, cause we're not a skered of a little threat of rain.








This will be the last pic until we get past this little wall of water ahead.
I put my camera in a baggie and stuffed it in my pocket. We opted to
ride through without stopping to put of raingear. We figured we would dry out in a quick hurry in this heat.

Before we hit the wall, the temp was about 85F. In the middle of the rain shower the temp dropped to 57F. It took about 15 minutes to dry out once through the other side.




...and just like that, we're out of the rain.






We're not in Colorado anymore Toto.






Pretty flowers along the side of the road, sweetheart in my mirror...
Life Is Good




We stopped by Canyon De Chelly










Skip says, come on honey...get on your bike and ride!




Ok, back on the road




We rolled into Springerville. and called it a wrap.

Goodnight Day 9
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Day 10, home again

The last day of our little trip and we woke up to warm sunshine and a light breeze.

Springerville to Tucson, the maps


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Home sweet home

We planned to follow 191 south with the exception of a slight detour west of Springerville. 261 then 273, passing Big Lake.






Then a bit of nice gravel road. Not much Sunday morning traffic here.










No Aspens here.




Back on the tarmac




Before long we'll be dropping off this ridge into the valley below, and the heat.












Now here's a road that has my name all over it






Say cheese honey






Almost out of the hills now. The valley is heating up.




As we finish out the last 100 or so miles into Tucson, we ride into remnants of the monsoon we left behind a couple of weeks ago when we first rode out of town.




I hid my camera away again. I would need both hands for the wx we would enter soon.

Another wall of water met us, this time on I-10 and with cars all around.
The visibility was awful and the traffic got thick as vehicles slowed.
The rain let up just before getting to the city limits.
We made it. What a great trip we had.
When can we go again?
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:22 AM   #28
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Day 6 for me. Since Cathy finished up I better get with it so we can go on another ride. We left Bozeman to start our second half heading south. Dave had some spare time and decided to join us for part of the day. We headed east on the interstate to Big Timber. Beautiful day.....





Rode through Columbus Montana. I remember stopping here on our way back to Bozeman after skiing the headwall at Beartooth Pass in May and June each year. Turned 21 one Sunday coming home and we stopped in the New Atlas Bar. We called it the See Em Dead Zoo because of all the stuffed animals. Place was always filled with Shriners on Sunday.



Out of "Rockdodge" (Red Lodge) and on to the Bearthooths.







At the pass, I can't believe we skied this, what was I thinking, I can barely look over the edge these days.













Cathy catching up at a construction zone. Where you been honey?



David had to head back home through the park and we headed southeast to Cody on Chief Joseph Hwy. Say good bye honey.



David it was great to see you again and look forward to having you come to Tucson this winter for some riding in the sun. Thanks again.

On to Cody











End of day 6
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #29
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day 7
We headed south across Wyoming and into Colorado

Cathy giving her meatloaf face early in the morning


A little stop for construction


Tellydoug from Steamboat came over and met Cathy and I in Hayden. We took a little 125 mile loop around Slater and Roult National Forest.


These two get together and it's a lot of work keeping up...... but still fun




More riding than pictures on day 7
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Day 8 met Tellydoug and Whitewater18 for breakfast and then headed south to Durango.

Following Joe to get maps for some dirt riding today.





Colorado River Road off of 131 near McCoy that Joe directed us to was super







I've ridden Colorado about a half dozen times or more on motorcycles the last two years and it's always a hard call weather of not to ride the big bikes or trailer the dirt bikes. In Colorado no matter what you take it's going to be a breath taking ride.











Ouray Colorado



Silverton Colorado



Engineer Peak




End of day 8
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