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Old 04-20-2012, 07:17 PM   #121
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Thanks for the great report. We recently picked up a 2011 Gear Up and had a great dual sport ride on Thursday. Can't wait for a decent excursion - keep the report and photos coming!
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #122
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We didn't know that we'd stop here at Lone Pine for the day but we're glad we did. Never heard of the Alabama Hills before.
While Julie had the second load of laundry going we went exploring. All our tonnage was in our room so the Desert Rat felt even better. We took a ride down to Tuttle Creek Rd. and Movie Rd. Once again, I never knew of these things. Growing up and spending my life in the northeast, I only saw these things on TV, movies, or cartoons.





I hope you can see the texture of some of these.


Here's the inside:





















These cars and RVs give you a sense of the scale of these boulders. Many were much larger than an average house.







These folds or overlaps were about 12 feet wide.


This guy had to be well over 20 feet wide and tall.

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Old 04-20-2012, 08:40 PM   #123
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By the way, we probably will be away from the internet for a couple of days. Not sure how far we'll get or if we camp or motel it or if way back motels will have internet access. We will hit the spot locator once in a while though.
Not too sure of how much off roading the loaded beast will see. Riding some of the washboarded sections of the Movie Road an hour ago shook the hell out of us. No issues with the unloaded bike, but I bet if we did 100 miles of that with all our stuff we would be asking for trouble. We are way too far from home to be doing anything stupid. As I said before, we will take it as it comes.
That's all for now folks. Thanks again for coming along for the ride,
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:44 AM   #124
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There's wi-fi in Furnace Creek, a nice little desert oasis resort.....hotel, campgrounds, golf course, RV park, post office, museum, store, restaurant, lounge, etc. It's way up there in $$ though.....but it's worth a rest stop just to get out of the heat.

Besides the big museum, they also have the 20 Mule Team Museum across the street from the post office that's interesting if you remember the old TV show Death Valley Days.

By the way, if a Ural burns regular gas, you want to top off at Stovepipe Wells. It's 80 cents a gallon more just 40 miles further at Furnace Creek. Furnace Creek was $6.02 a gallon a couple of weeks ago but they do have premium there. Stovepipe Wells just has regular.

Beatty, Nevada (if you go out that way) also has wi-fi.


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Old 04-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #125
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Great report. Love your rig. Alabama hills in Nevada. Who'da thunk it? Like your US map with state stickies. Forwarded that to an Aussie who is touring the US on a Bonneville. He was looking for something like that. Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #126
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Today was a long, hard day. I can't make them all sound like the best of times. Not a bad day, just tough. We got up very early and found that the clerk at the Comfort Inn did as he said the night before and got the breakfast room set up early.
Impressive spread for not much money. It was a great start to the day. Got the tonnage loaded again and were off around daybreak.









We saw this beautiful Harley at our first topping off at Panamint Springs.



One of the long stretches.



Stopped to see if our timing was right to see the pup fish. It was! This little bit of washboard underlined that we were too loaded down to think about any off roading. Besides, the forecast was for 106 later in the day.





Had to stop and see the 20 Mule team borax display. The weather was just getting a bit warmer than most people would like. It was still midmorning. By the way, the Hippohands actually worked better than gloves for me. They blocked the sun, didn't get too hot inside, and I didn't have to try to slip gloves on and off sweaty hands. Works for me.









Artist's drive:





We made it to Badwater. The forecast was spot on. In five minutes we watched it go up four degrees. It was time to get out of there!









It was a haul getting out of Death Valley. the temps went down to about 101 for much of it. We stopped for lunch in Shoshone, then hit the road. Here I made the mistake of "just going down the main drag" in Vegas. we cooked. Thank God Julie didn't get mad at me for this. Lost about an hour for this frustration.





We ended up going through to near the end of the old strip. Man, I didn't know how shabby it got down there. We turned and went through a bit of Henderson, then took the scenic route by Lake Mead. Hot, hot, hot, and too many miles but we had no interest in the LV area.
Hoped to get a room at the empty looking hotel in Overton. Nope, full tonight. 40 more miles to Mesquite and got a great room at the Falcon Ridge Hotel. While this place and the big casino just down the road look great, you can see the old town about 2 miles away has seen better days. The enormous casino in it is shut down. I can't imagine such a huge place sitting empty but it is.
Tomorrow I need to change a rear tire and we will start on Utah.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:40 PM   #127
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Sounds like you need one of those Motorcycle Air Conditioners I got for Becky when we went cross country in triple digits. Worked really good but used a quart of water every 40 miles. They sell them at the Dollar Store. Some people call them a "Squirt Bottle." An old Windex bottle will do. The only problem was she could not reach my left side to cool all the way around. Don't laugh until you try it, makes a big difference.

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Old 04-21-2012, 11:03 PM   #128
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Utah is great

If you have a few days stay at the Glendale KOA and you can hit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah. All these are nice day rides out of the KOA and they have laundry etc. Enjoying this ride, keep posting
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:38 AM   #129
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Brrr-rrr-rrr-rrrr, it's hot!

Hippo hands in 106d!? I was surprised to see your SPOT signal coming from vegas, you should have stayed at the german cowboy ranch. I just called your son to cancel watkins glen for the day, 40d and drizzle now with a chance of 2 inches of snow tonite, be glad you are where you are
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #130
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Good morning Dennis. Julie made me stop to pour water on my shirt and pants. Sometimes she just spashed me as we went. It went on hot (106 degree water!), turned cold as hell, then evaporated in minutes.

Hi Cpres, We're going to figure out today's path later today. I have a Walmart down the road and I'm almost due for my fluid changes again. I'm at lets swapping out the pusher tire also. I forgot to check the odometer in the morning so I don't know how many miles we did. I can say it was a few too many. Not sure how many we will do today.

Panzir, Don't know what happened but I was sure I sent a SPOT from Badwater. No show on my link though.
Vegas was a mistake. I can't believe how many tourists still line that street, even in the heat of a day like yesterday. It took forever to get out of there.
Sounds like the weather at home is quite odd. Around here it's easy to trade it for better if you just drive another direction. Fishing boats and snowmobiles on trailers going different directions.
Cool with a slight breeze this morning. 96 later today. Hopefully I'll be in a higher elevation before it hits that.

Edit- Holy crap, I took a look at the forecast for home. I didn't think I'd be leaving that kind of weather behind this late in the year.:
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Wind driven rain and wet snow for Rochester. Several inches of limb crushing wet snow is a possibility in the highest elevations south & west of Rochester from the Bristol Hills into Wyoming Co. High: 40.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #131
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If you have a few days stay at the Glendale KOA and you can hit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah. All these are nice day rides out of the KOA and they have laundry etc. Enjoying this ride, keep posting
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:35 PM   #132
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Sounds like you need one of those Motorcycle Air Conditioners I got for Becky when we went cross country in triple digits. Worked really good but used a quart of water every 40 miles. They sell them at the Dollar Store. Some people call them a "Squirt Bottle." An old Windex bottle will do. The only problem was she could not reach my left side to cool all the way around. Don't laugh until you try it, makes a big difference.

Happy Trails.

The wife and I (and several of our friends) use the Misty Mate 24 when we're riding across the deserts. Pump them up ahead of time, strap them on the tour pack and clip the nozzle close at hand. Every five minutes or so, turn the nozzle on and enjoy the mist. It can make the difference of heat sick or not and can certainly make the journey a bit more pleasurable in the triple digits....

http://www.amazon.com/MistyMate-2000...ef=pd_sim_lg_1


Gerbing eXtreme Element XE pants and jacket along with the heated insoles for cold weather and the cool vest and a mister for the hot weather.......go in any weather.


Yes, I agree.....Vegas is no fun after about noon time. If you can hit it in the morning hours it's a lot of fun and you can see so much more.
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Today was a much better day than yesterday. We got a good night's rest at the hotel and I rode a quarter mile down the road to the Walmart to get stuff for an oil change. The guys there were over the top nice. I have to say Thank You again to Dennis and Roberto. These guys went above and beyond in helping me out. Not only did I get all the oils changed in the shade of their parking lot, I also spooned on my first replacement tire and put the new spare on the sidecar. I believe it was Larry that even came out with some cardboard for me to lay on while I worked.

That's Larry in the background and Dennis by the bike. I wish Roberto was around for a picture. GREAT guys.


Bits and pieces everywhere! Good thing Dennis showed me how it's done back in Bodega Bay. While at Dennis's and Becky's I also learned to either work in the shade or wear a hat. My head now looks like a peelin' Tomotto.


I wonder if the guys at Ural want to warranty these tires? ;-) So few miles with so little weight and they are shot.


I was finished in time to get the tail end of breakfast at the hotel. Julie had organized stuff and written the overdue postcards while I was gone. Showered, changed, and looked forward to getting away from the heat of Nevada.

We stopped at a bridge and had lunch under it. It was still pretty hot right through Zion.















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Old 04-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #134
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The night before we met a nice couple with a dog in the hotel. They were gracious enough to let this grungy stranger pet Lulu to get his small dog fix. They noticed us getting our lunch many miles away after Zion Park. We were just going under that bridge and figured that was the last we'd ever see them or Lulu. wrong.
Miles later we were about to pull over for some pictures and Julie spotted their car where we were pulling over.
Paige and Bob (I hope I have that right.) from Mendecino county were letting their pup stretch her legs. I got another puppy fix. (By this time Lulu liked me enough to lick me. That felt good to this dog loving fool.) We got to actually talk with them and get to know them a bit. I hope their vacation goes great. Wonderful people that I'd love to cross paths with again.

Yes, we did pop our helmets off for the slow putt after our lunch. It was just the climb up out of Zion to the long tunnel out of the valley. Once we were out the other side it was noticeably cooler, but still slow. One we got ready to ride faster we put them and jackets back on.

















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We made it up to Bryce this afternoon.





Yes, this lady has a monkey on her back. It was 15 years old and was pretty well behaved. It was running around and climbing stuff, but listened to her when she called.

















Obviously, Julie has been the main photographer. (So the never ending black dot is her fault.)
She got this nice sunset just as we were checking in to a motel. We saw Lulu and her family checking into the nearby campground, but tonight is supposed to be 40 or less up at this high elevation. There was plenty of snow towards the far end of Bryce today. No camping for us tonight.
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