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Old 05-23-2012, 01:55 PM   #181
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Just finished eating in Crawford, great food!

We got a late start today, so gotta keep rolling.

Headed for Grand Mesa, but the winds are picking up here. Not sure about camping up there!

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Old 05-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #182
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Lets see, where was I in the pics?

This was taken at camp Santa Cruz Lake, it was a bit rainy and cold.

Back in AR, on the Talimena Scenic Road we made a U-turn in some gravel in the middle of a steep switch back, very bad idea. I had to stop re-entering the road because another bike was coming. My legs were too short to reach on the left side, and over we went. This is the turn signal fix, glue and electrical tape.

Tipped over again in Santa Cruz Lake, the front end hit a rock and here is the damage.

Check out my Flintstone skateboard, at Bandolier National Monument.

Don't camp at Santa Cruz Lake, you don't know what you will find.

After an extended stay with Hair, we headed over to Capt. Rick's for the BBQ/party. There were a few 950s there.

I had never seen one of these, it really looks like fun.

In the AM, we followed Tim on his vintage Beemer.

And we're off, riding the best entrance ramps in Santa Fe.

Then up into the mountains...

We lost a rider, and the sweep man so we stopped until they caught up. Turns out he was getting chilly and had to install a liner.

What a nice day it was.

After lunch, we got more off the beaten path.

The scenery improved quite a bit too.

Then things got more interesting.

Yeah, this looked like a great idea.

Another tunnel.

Kim's camera got messed up in all of the dust, so we got few pics of the gravel road.

Here you can see the lens cover starting to stick from the dust.

It was a good time though, loose rock is good fun when you don't crash. Looking back, it was probably a bit stupid to ride that stuff 2-up.

More to come, and there are more pics uploaded to smugmug.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:35 PM   #183
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We're in Grand Junction, CO at Randy's Southside Diner. We might camp at Colorado National Monument.

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Old 05-24-2012, 05:38 PM   #184
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Camping at Colorado Nat. Monument, site 50, loop B. We can have up to 7 folks in our site, come up and say hi, or bring a tent.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:00 PM   #185
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Its a beautiful ride through Colorado National Mounument. Its almost a nice as the river road to Moab. That ride will knock your socks off.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:25 AM   #186
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Kim's camera got messed up in all of the dust, so we got few pics of the gravel road.
I've had a couple Canon P&S models that suffered that same dusty fate and did exactly what your pictures show (or worse). I finally wound up sacrificing optical zoom range for sealed optics and went with one of these:



Its a Panasonic DMC-TS3. Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof (and yes, I've tested all three!). Its easy to use one-handed while riding, takes great photos and is even GPS-enabled. Its definitely my go-to pocket camera for riding nowadays.

/hijack off... carry on with more great pics, please!
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #187
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For now, we have the little Canon working. When it dies, we will likely get something more durable like the one you suggested.

Colorado Nat. Monument was beautiful, and the curves were sweet. But the wind picked up in the middle of the night and filled out tent with red dust. There was no sign of the wind letting up, and another couple told me that there were 70 mph gusts in the forecast. So we broke camp when we had planned to stay.

Today we headed over to Moab and tried to get a motel. They were booked, or way over priced. But luckily we found a cabin at Canyonlands Campground on Main St. We are in 89, stop by and have a beer if you are in Moab.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #188
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We spent the day in Arches National Park, it's a beautiful place. I am so glad we came!
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:04 PM   #189
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Hey Guys,
If you go down to Zion NP, be sure to get there early and out by 11:00 am (unless you plan to hike), as it gets hot as can be at that low altitude. Then go north to the next east-west road and do Cedar Breaks NP in the afternoon. It is different in that you hike along the top of the valley and look down, so you get an entrely different perspective. I was really taken by it. No guard rails - so don't go if you're feeling suicidal.or if one of you is really mad at the other.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:05 PM   #190
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We are hanging out in Escalante, UT for tonight. Updates coming soon...
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:46 PM   #191
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Great Job. keep it coming
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #192
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Hope you guys rode/ride UT 12 as it is one of the most scenic roads out there. Just make sure to get gas at every opportunity as some stations may be out at times....
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:37 PM   #193
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Oh yes, we took UT 12. Very nice!

Boulder Mtn. was a bit strange, the tar snakes up there caused the front to wiggle quite a bit. Scary when you are leaned over.

We rode around Arches and hiked a bit then took a Jetboat tour of the Colorado River. Spent a few days in Moab until the wind died down.

Now we are in Zion River Resort, over with the MC hooligans.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:42 AM   #194
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Forgot to mention the tar snakes They are everywhere out West so be careful specially when wet...
Glad you guys are having a blast!
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:23 PM   #195
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Subscribed. Fantastic scenery in the mountains in New Mexico. Looking forward to more.
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