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Old 07-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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El' Hefe's Redemption Ride....Washington to Four Corners and Back

Alright people's...it is time for my ride report. This report will not be the gnarliest adventure in the world; lots of slab, lots of miles (4k in all), all with a short time fuse (10 days). The ride will have some great dirt riding along with plenty of pass crossings, and also a little drama to go along. In the end it was a great trip (yes this is a past tense report), and I think it should serve as an entertaining ride to follow.

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I tend to do things a little bit different than your average bear, so hopefully that comes across as the report develops. My wording will not be grammatically perfect, I may screw up a few picture/video embeds, but no need to point out the grammatical short comings Point Dexter, cause I don't care said Pierre. So it's time to get it on....but first let's take a step back in time so that we can exam how this trip developed.

February 28th, 2012
Location: Emergency Room 10:00PM

A guy walks with assistance from two friends, and he looks to be in a world of pain. He has a bandage wrapped around his head, and it is pretty well blood-soaked. He is wearing a soccer uniform, along with his friends. They walk up to the admittance desk, and the registration clerk asks them what the injury is. "He was kicked in the face", they respond. "Awe man, that has got to hurt" I tell my wife as she sits beside me with a bag of frozen corn being held to her face. "I think we just got bumped, he must have some sort of eye injury to go with all that blood". Soccer guy is quickly admitted, and is ushered into the back of the ER. The clerk then calls our name for check-in. We walk up and sit down. First question from the clerk is "What is your injury?"
Wife responds: "I was hit in the eye"
Clerk: "Who hit you?"
Wife: "No one hit me, I missed catching a cell phone, and it hit me in the eye"
Clerk: " A cell phone did this to you? Who threw the cell phone?"
I decide to interject here: "I did. Well I didn't intentionally throw it at her, well I guess I did throw it at here, but I wasn't throwing it AT HER. She asked for her phone and I tossed it down a fight of stairs, she missed catching it, and hit her square in the eye.".... Yes cousin Eddy sums an event up like this best in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.......Bingo.

Okay, back to our ED room conversation.
Next immediate question from the clerk to my wife "Do you feel safe at home?"....at this point I cross my arms and give my wife a stern look while slowly shaking my head up and down as to instruct her on the response she is to provide...okay I am kidding, I didn't do that and I don't think spousal abuse is a laughing matter, you will just need to get used to my poor sense of humor if you plan to read this report as I can not continuously excuse it (it's bad, real bad.... my witty banter sucks as well).

The wife responds "Yes, I feel safe at home". Good response, but somehow I still feel as if 5-0 is going to walk in the ED at any moment, and start asking me questions. Turns out that we would hear this question over and over again for the next couple of weeks...okay I give up, I just have to get used to being known as the that guy.

Then as we finish up the admittance paper work with the clerk in preparation to move back into the ER exam room, she begins review of the incident...
Clerk: " At 9:30PM of February 28, 2012 you sustained a tramatic eye injury due to your husband throwing you down the stairs...."

WTF; you just can not make things like this up. I guess I should just be prepared to spend the night in the clink as I am guilty until proven innocent. In all fairness, if I looked at my wife from a third person perspective, I could see how everyone was coming up with this conclusion as it looked like someone planted a baseball in her socket at 60MPH. It was swollen like you wouldn't believe... and yes I do take responsibility for what happened as I am the one who made the decision to "toss" (I have learned to pick my words carefully after this event) the phone to my wife instead of taking the time to walk down a flight of stairs to "hand" it to her. And for all you motherly types out there, I guess I was never told not to throw things at people....some people just have to learn the hard way. Unfortunately it wasn't at my expense, it was at the expense of the one person in this world that I aim to protect. See a contradiction here?



Moving on with the backstory here, my wife's eye has issues, some pretty major. A month off from work, weekly eye appointments, and lots of eye drops. Oh, did I mention that my wife is a hardcore bad-ass? No? Well she is. Right from the start of this accident, we worked to look forward to correcting the situation and moving on. No blame, just need to move forward and correct the situation to the best of our abilities. I really don't know too many people out there in this world who would have the ability to take this type position in the current situation that she is in, and for that I am amazed at her inner spirit.

One of the hardest part's of this whole incident is that we first had to allow 6-8 weeks for the healing of the eye from the trauma, and then we could consult with the eye specialist on how to proceed with correcting the issue. That day finally came in early June. The healing from the eye trauma was confirmed to be complete (and really there were no improvements to her vision), and we now made arrangement to meet with a group of local eye specialists in order to determine what the corrective measures would be, and how many procedures it would take to get complete the work. At first we were hearing that it would be 3 procedures and then 2, which was good as they were reducing in number but why not get it down to 1? In the end, the specialist stuck with it requiring 2 procedures, and that they ultimately wanted to refer us to an eye specialist who was located in Salt Lake City as they believed he was the best person to do this procedure. Well, looks like we are going to Salt Lake City.

The consultation appointment was booked for a Monday July 9th. The first plan was to fly out and back in a day so that we did not use up any major vacation time to deal with this appointment; But then I realized that we also had a wedding to attend on Friday the 13th in Denver, then the thought occurred.....Scooter Trip

The wife was all in for this trip, but could not continue on to Denver as she is short on vacation time. She will have to bail out after reaching SLC by getting a one way flight back to Seattle. That is a bit a bummer, but that is how it goes on this one. For this trip she will ride with me 2-up on the 950....Yeah that is right the bad-ass, big orange, KTM 950.

Okay thus far we have determined two things; my wife and my motorcycle are bad-ass....wait, maybe three things....I am a wife beater.

Here is the basic plan; The ride is broken into three phases:
1. Seattle, WA > Slat Lake City, UT - Eye Consultation - Route will head east through WA, then south through Hell's Canyon and subsequent Idaho National Forest Roads, then onto SLC via superslab.
2. Salt Lake City > Denver - Wedding - Route will consist of heading South to Bryce Canyon, then east towards Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park (via Burr Trail), Four Corners, and then North to Ouray, Crested Butte, Summit County, and finally East to Denver.
3. Denver > Seattle Wa - Iron Butt back to Seattle via Cody Wy, Yellowstone, and Lolo Pass ID.

Final routes were pretty loose as I figured my life is structured enough, no need to have a hard structure to this trip.

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Old 07-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Day 01 & 02 (7/06-07)

At this point, I am sure a lot of you are groaning saying on with the trip, and you probably want to see the departing photo of this lovely couple on the shiny clean loaded up KTM....well you aren't going to get that. I didn't take one, you will just have to dock my ride report some points for improper photo documentation. In fact take a few points while you are at it for good measure just to be safe as I am sure I will fuck up a few other things along the way, that is my specialty!

After a packed work week, and condensed trip planning/packing session, we ready to bounce out of Seattle on Friday the 6th of July at 8PM. Yes, 8PM. The traffic would be lighter at this point in time and we wanted to get an hour or two head start on leaving the area. This would give us enough time to make it out to the Vantage Washington area for our first night of camping.

We made it out to the campground, had a good nights rest, and then we off to see Palouse Falls, and head East on Lewiston Idaho.

Packing up getting reading for day 2. Damn, that KTM is looking clean..that is rare because she is not a garage queen.


Slabbing I-90.....




Crossing the Columbia heading towards 26.


I was riding along at 80MPH, when I notice something out of my peripherals....a crop duster came up along side of me and wanted to drag. Bring it!! Had to wick up the throttle a bit.

That was kinda fun....made me think that maybe we have similar personalities, and that I should fly planes?? Just need to watch out for those high tension wires right?

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Palouse Falls, WA.




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Old 07-21-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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Day 02 (7/07) Continued

Day two was warm. Really warm. We went from Vantage Wa, over to Lewiston Idaho by taking Route 26 to route 12. From there we continued on to head South on 95 to McCall ID. As I knew we were going to bypass a lot of amazing areas, and that we were using this trip as form of investigative trip for future Idaho excursions, I have learned one thing. Idaho kick's some major ass. I definitely will be coming back here in the future. While there the heat was intense. I would say that the demo had to be in the 100-107 range. I had to keep my visor closed because closed because the hot air was so hot; that is a first time for me. Good thing was that I saw that the forecasts for Idaho and Utah were calling for triple digit temps and I decided to were my mesh gear for this ride. Now the forecasted temps for Colorado and Wyoming were a whole another story, but we will get to that later. The ride down to McCall was filled with great scenery, but unfortunately had to be mostly slab due to time constraints since we have to be in SLC by Sunday night, and it was already Saturday afternoon. We had about 800 miles to cover in a day and a half.

Riding along Granite Lake near Clarkson Wa,/Lewiston ID




Whitebird Hill Summit, ID


Once we ended up in McCall, I was a bit surprised by the touristy nature of the place, looked like a great place to bring a family for a weekend getaway. The bonus for us was that there was a state campground on the lake (Ponderosa Sate Campground). We stopped by and learned that the camping area was full, but that they had a beach for swimming that we could access for a nominal fee ($5). After riding for 10 hours in one hundred plus degree weather, this was the perfect way to clean up and cool off or for the day. After the swim we stopped by the general store, grabbed a few tall boys for the evening campsite, and headed down Lick Creek to find a spot to set up camp.

I made it maybe about a mile down Lick Creek Road, and no sooner did I notice a police car with it's lights on.....yup smokey got me. I pull over and kill the engine. Smokey walks up to me, and asks if I know how fast I was going. I responded by saying that all I was trying to do was keep up with the flow of traffic.:loll. Good thing this guy was pretty cool. He was with the McCall police, and was on the younger side. He tells me that I was doing plus twenty over the speed limit, and that he would like my license and registration. I then fumble to look through my tank bag to find my wallet. That includes pulling out the the tall boys, and handing them to my wife for safe keeping...I am thinking that this doesn't help the situation that I am in; I hand him my license and registration. He then asks where I am heading. I responded Four Corners Area, but I first need to make a stop in Salt Lake City, my wife has a doctor's appointment.
Smokey: "What are doing in the Idaho Nation Forest then?"
Me: "Oh well we thought we would see all the sites we could of this beautiful state, and so we are going to head out to Yellow Pine, and on down to Stanley, from there we will hit the highway to Salt Lake City."
Smokey: "Okay, let me run your license, and then I will let you know how to get to Stanley."

Smokey comes back a few minutes later, and tells me how to get to Stanley, and then proceeds to let me off with a warning, while repeating three times that I need to slow down. I have heard that statement my whole life, doesn't always work out that way for me....I mean we have to get to Salt Lake City in one day at this point. Anyway I take heed to his advice and we go find a camp spot.

We ended up at the lake Fork Campground and set up.


It was awesome, and right next to a clean stream/river.


As we where setting up camp, I notice that at the top of the road that we came in from, I see a shirtless guy who is kind of doing a crab dance of sorts. He is shuffling back side to side, and trying to get a look at who we are. My first thought was great, we happened upon a sketcher campsite. Great, I have to deal with crackheads for the evening. As I keep my eye on the sketcher, I notice that he is now that he is bounding down on us so I focus my attention on him to determine if he is a threat or not...... no threat. Just a great energetic guy who took a week off to ride the Idaho National Forest with his dad and his best friend. They were on KLR's and a Honda XL 650. They end up inviting us to their campsite and we end up trading stories and drinking beers by the fire. Just an all round great night in the woods!
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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Hey Jeff, great to see the report start! Your wife SOUNDS like a certified bad ass. Love it. Mine is the same. Hope our paths cross again some day.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:34 PM   #5
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Hi Mark,
I figured if I didn't get on it right away, it would get done at all. :loll

Good to hear you have a great lady as well!

It's been fun reading your RR. I am pretty amazed at what the angry red bird has accomplished this far! I expect that out of the nine fiddy, but the red bird now has really been impressive!

It's a small world these days, I would doubt crossing paths at some point in the future.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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Day 03 (7/08/12) Lick Creek Pass ID > SLC

We knew we had a big day ahead of us in order to make it to SLC by evening, so we got a good jump on the morning and broke camp by 7:00AM and we were off.

Lick Creek Pass
















The forest service roads were gravel highways, which is good cause I have places to be.






And with that we hammered through a bunch of forest service roads, and we came out onto highway 21 about 20 miles East of Stanley. We will slab it down highway 24 to Interstate 84 and then onto Salt Lake City.

We hit Stanley for gas, and then headed South towards Sun Valley. Great views all the way down.






The weather was cooler as well, which made the ride all that much better.


We made it to Sun Valley, but had no need to stop and mingle with the tourists; highlights to note was ripping up the twisties over Galena Mountain in the Sawtooth Wilderness Pass area. I am not sure if this pass has a different name, but it was great riding either way. No pics as we were too busy maintaining rhythm through the corners, and there was no way we were going to pull over for photo's and subject ourselves to being caught behind a cage. Once we were South of Sun Valley, it was pretty drastic in regards to the change of landscape, and change in temperatures. By the time we were near Snoshone temps were well into the mid 90's and once again I was glad to be in mesh.






The slab was straight and long.....


Cool lava rock formations



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Old 07-22-2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for following Jamie. The ride keeps getting better as the days go by!
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Day 03 (7/08/12) Lick Creek Pass ID > SLC - CONTINUED

We made it from our camp spot to Stanley by 11:30AM. We then headed South from Stanley down to Twin Falls and arrived around 3:30PM. Twin Falls unremarkable for the most part, but it does have a really remarkable Canyon that runs through town. The photo's do not do it justice as I wasn't willing to stop, but we did snap a few shots of the golf course that was tucked down in the valley. It looked liked something you wood see in Tiger Woods Golf, or what ever the latest golf video game is (I am not up to date in the video game world).




Overall we were pretty tired from riding for hours in the plus 100 degree heat, but knew we had no choice but to make it to SLC by the evening as we had a hotel room reserved for that night since my wife's eye consultation was first thing in the morning. Now I did have a pretty cool (but also hot, hot, hot) route planned out to SLC. The original plan was to enter Utah on the West side of the Salt Lake, and to ride through the desert down to interstate 80, and then head East into the city on I-80. The alternative route was to simply jump onto I-84 East to I-15 South into SLC.

I really wanted to go the route of the desert even though new it would be hot, but also knew that this would be pushing our timeline, and could also risk impacting my wive's morning eye appointment (a risk that was not an option in my mind). In order to determine which route we should take, I did a quick mapquest to determine how long it would take to SLC via the slabby-slab superhighway (the boring route). A quick search yielded a result of 3.5 hours. If we slabbed it to SLC, our best case scenario was for us to arrive in SLC at 7:00PM. I was guessing that best case scenario of taking the route through the desert would add at least 3 hours of travel time which would puts us in SLC at 10:0PM at best. Another factor that played into this decision was that even though I plotted a GPS route through the desert I did no research in regards to the route conditions, or if it was even possible (in general my beliefs are that if you are determined enough, anything is possible, but is it possible to be accomplished prior to sundown? That I did not know).

Every now and then, common logic gets the best of me, and I knew that I was not willing to place any risk on missing our arrival time to SLC and that we had to slab it. On to the slab to Salt Lake we go!

The drive was scenic, fast, very windy, and really hot!







I have to say that I-84 was one windy mo'fo! I seriously thought that my head was going to get ripped off. It also didn't help that the highway flow of traffic was maintiaing a minimum haul-ass speed of 85mph, which only added to the whole wind buffeting issues. It was definitely a multitasking effort of sorts, as I had to fight the wind from the full nelson it was trying put me in, all while riding sideways at a speed of 85-90mph. This is the point where you say hey jackazz! Take off the visor! Not happening, as I am on a mission :loll. Now this sure was battle between myself, mother nature, and the superslab...it was a cage match of sorts. Then another competitor decided to join in. As I was in the passing lane, and preparing to pass a pick up truck with a third wheel camper in tow, it's rear right tire on the camper decides to disintegrate. Since I continuously scan my mirrors as I ride, I also new that there was a F-350 right up my ass, and that I was in a bit of pickle . I typically always have an exit plan ready to execute when I am riding (especially when 2 up), and I did have one this time which was to go far left just shy of the left side rumble strips in order to get myself as far away as possible from there flying debris. Since I knew that the ford was barreling up my backside, I knew heavy braking was no option. My first instinct was to go WFO with the throttle, but at the same time, I was also concerned that once the camper completely lost it's tire, that it could go into a swerving motion possibly clipping us in the process. Instead of going WFO I decided to stay far left, keep accelerating at a steady pace and to focus on the debris coming off the trailer. This way I could make a quick evasive maneuver should the tread decide to let go in our direction. Funny thing was, a tread never came out (cheap camper tire!), it simply disintegrated into little pieces, and then proceeded to go on the rim. As the tire disappeared and camper dropped onto the rim, the bumper started to drag along the road and again found us in a showering of plastics and metal. That is when I had to say fuck this, and go wide open. Once the camper went onto the rim, the driver apparently noticed that something was wrong, and gently started to pull off into the breakdown lane, and we safely cruised on by doing something like 95mph . As we cruised by I received a few taps on the shoulder from the wife commending me on the execution of my evasive manuevers. For me, it was all adrenaline with little to no heart pounding as it all happened so quick.

I really didn't like my time on I-84. Too much drama .

After the tire incident occurred, we endured some more time in windy conditions, and then entered calm conditions and blue skies.







In the end, we rolled into the South end of SLC around 7:30, and we checked into to the hotel. Once we got unpacked, we learned that the hotel had an outside pool.....Cannon Ball!!!! We hit the pool, and then went out for some beers and ribs. Can't remember the name of the place, but it was a good way to relax for the evening.

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Day 04 (7/0/12) SLC - Escalante

This is the morning of our appointment with the eye specialist, and I am pretty relieved that we made it to SLC on schedule. Now I am hoping that the specialist tells us that he can deal with these specific eye issues that my wife has, and that we didn't come out here from Seattle just to hear that he can't help out. We load up on the bike and arrive at the eye center by 8:00AM.

One thing that I have learned from this whole experience is that the normal eye demographic for patients is the 65+ crowd. Now this makes sense as your vision starts to deteriorate in the older years, but somehow I feel at home with the old men. I already have preference to wear plaid shorts, black socks (with pasty white legs to go along - I do live in Seattle), and I am bit of creature of habit. I am just an old soul.

We settle in the waiting room, and I enjoy watching the old men fight over the sports section of the local newspaper:
Old Man #1: "Can I have a sports section?"
Old Man #2: "When I am done with it..."
Old Man #1 gives Old Man #2 the stink eye as he reads the paper at his leisure.
Old Man #2 gets called in to the exam room, and Old Man #1 scurries over and snatches the sports section just beating out Old Man #3 who was lurking in the shadows. I sat there reading the local news on my iPhone and started to appreciate the difference of our generations, while enjoying the sports section throw down that just occured.

Then we are called back. Without getting too long winded, the specialist carried himself in a very professional manner (something that lacks in a lot of Dr's these days....I know as I deal with a lot of them in my job), and he quickly put us at ease with his demeanor. After review of our situation, he was quick to determine that yes, he can correct all of the eye issues, and do it one procedure with a promise of a return to near 100% vision. BOOM. That is music to our ears. Now being a bit skeptical, and knowing that this is serious issue that we need to confident that we are making the right decision, we hit him with a large number of questions related to his procedures, processes, and definitions of what near 100% return of vision means. In the end he responded to all of our questions in a thoughtful manner, and we left the eye center with a good feeling good about the situation, and are starting to think that we are moving in the right direction.

And now a documentary photo in front of the eye center post visit all smiles


Now it is back to business...We go back to the hotel, I pack up the bike, and my wife gets a taxi and heads off to the airport. She is bummed that her portion of the trip is over, but after the pounding that we took from the wind yesterday, I am thinking that she isn't that broken up over the issue (plus she would prefer to be on her own bike than sitting on the back of mine, and I don't blame her at all!)

I got back on the road around noon and jump on I-15 to make the trek South towards Bryce Canyon.
More slab in 95 degree weather


I get off and head east on route 20, and see some dirt that looks too tempting to pass up and break up the slab with some dirt riding, along with a break to eat and cool off.




Okay, break over..jump on slab back to route 20 east to 89 south to 12 east...and finally end up here:



To be continued.......

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Great news about the eye.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #12
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Day 04 (7/0/12) SLC - Escalante Continued....

Yes, awesome news about the eye...

That brings up a good point that now that the first phase of the ride is complete, I am now riding solo, and the ride can slow down just bit as I don't have to be anywhere until Friday afternoon, by then I need to be in Denver for my friends wedding. This leaves me with Tues-Thurs to make it from Southern Utah to Denver. Since I lived in Colorado prior to moving to Seattle, I have quite a few friends that I would like to see as I make my way into Denver. I am also riding with a weight lifted off of me due to the great news that we received earlier in the morning, and even though I wish my SO could continue on with me, I am okay with riding solo as there always seems to be a bit more interaction with strangers when you are one your own. Another component to riding solo is that I am responsible for my actions, and I am the one who will pay the price for any miscalculations, as my wife is not at risk (I think I have done enough to my little lady with my unintentional recklessness at this point in life). Riding solo allows me to let loose a little more without having to have such an elevated concern for endangering others....not that I am looking to go out there to be a squid to the world, but I do like to ride with a little passion....I think you know what I mean.

On other subjects, I don't think that I have addressed just yet is that the wedding I am going to, is for one of my friends Eldred. He was instrumental in helping me cut my teeth in the motorcycle world. We met in Fort Collins, CO a good ten or twelve years ago. He has been on motorcycles most of his life, and is a flat track racer and a was motorcycle camp instructor for American Supercamp (http://www.americansupercamp.com/) when we met. At the time I had my Yammy FZR 600, and was pretty fresh to the motorcycle world. Eldred was basically the one who showed me the ropes on how to back into a corner, hit the apex and accelerate out. Looking back on this I feel very fortunate to have friends who had extensive knowledge in the motorcycle world, and were willing to bring me in and show me the ropes of good fundamental motorcycle riding, without pushing me over the line....we just walked the line...quite often.

We also did a lot of shredding of POW in the mountains as well.

Okay enough blithering.....back to the report......

So I made my way down to Bryce Canyon. By this point it was about 4PM, and I was on the fence about immersing myself into the tourist world of a National Park, but this place has been on my bucket list for a long, long time, so I figured that it has got's to be done.

Since it was later in the day the crowds were not too bad, and the road proved to be quite entertaining as there were some great curves on the parks main road. The evening light also provided for some amazing photo's as well!

I also don't normally ride with ear buds in, but since this was more of leisurely effort, I decided to put some tunes on to enhance the experience, feel free to click on the embed below to get the vibe as you scroll through the next set of photo's (this track works for art of flight, and I think it is just fitting as for the surroundings I was in, and was what I was listening to at the time)



Approaching the park




In the park.....


clouds were dominating the skies for the first portion of the ride....




Clouds starting to move on out....










And then BOOM, clouds departed, and the evening sun takes hold of the canyons....








Okay, and here is a shot of my ugly mug...maybe I should have kept the helmet on


And to offset that last shot, here is the money shot, (which I also included in the previous post)


Wow. I am glad I came here, as it is as grand as expected. While in the park, I also ran into a couple that I believe were riding wee's from Minnesota, and heading to Seattle. We had a nice chat, they were a little concerned at the time as they had a rear tire that was wearing heavily and starting to show chords...Unfortunately I did not see any type of moto shop on my ride from SLC (there wasn't much of anything in between SLC and Bryce), so I couldn't give any advice on where to find a tire in the area. Even though you are in the US, it is still hard to source parts when you are in some of the more remote areas in the west....but that is part of game, and it wouldn't be a ride if you didn't have some type of stress to go along. Anyway, I am not sure if they are on ADV, but I hope they continued on with safe travels.

Next up is to make it to Escalante National Monument by sundown so that I can find a place to camp for the evening......

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Day 04 (7/0/12) SLC - Escalante Continued (again)....

Once finished with Bryce, it was near 7PM, so I knew I had to get rolling to find a spot to camp for the night. I made why back to highway 12 and went east. Again, due to the time of day, the lighting was great, and temps had come down quite a bit from earlier on in the day when the temps were in the triple digits.

At this point I was enjoying the ride and just taking it all in.


Yes, there was some monkey business occurring with the saturation levels of this photo, and I like it














Not sure if you can make out the scooter in front of me, but as I was riding in a grandma-esk fashion (I was taking in the scenery), a cruiser or harley of some sorts came up next to me, and makes a pass. They were riding two-up and had a bunch of luggage packed on their bike, and I assumed that they too had a good trip of their own occurring. As they pass, I get big enthusiastic waves, and I return the same! They go flying off into the horizon at about 85mph, and I keep putting along as I take in the views. About a mile or two down the highway, the road start to get twisty, and I quickly jump into attack mode and start carving up the twisties. Well I quickly caught up to the scooter in front of me, and I laid off the throttle as I had no plans to risk a pass due to the fact that it was dusk, and I already had my critter radar on. I must have surprised the rider in front, because I noticed that he peaked in the mirror, and did a double take, and then went WFO as soon as he hit the straight away. I continued to keep their pace; the road had long stretches of straight road then followed by tight turns. For me, I was simply maintaining a constant pace, but the scooter in front was going WFO on the straight, and then hard brake into the corners. Well that kept up for about 10 miles until they must have come too hot into a corner. I could see them (from a distance) approach the corner, the tail light comes on (braking) and then the tail light starts bouncing up and down (locked up the rear). They scrubbed enough speed to make it successfully through the corner, and I then breathed a sigh of relief as I am sure they did too! …at that moment all I could think to myself was that his girl was most likely laying into him for that stunt.

After watching that minor episode, I decided to lay back a bit so as not to put pressure on them. The rider also did the same as I noticed his speeds came down quite a bit as well. Nothing like a little pucker to put you in check.



I followed them into Escalante, and broke off at the first gas station for a fill up. Then it was back on the bike, and off to hole in the rock road to do some cowboy camping.


Back to dirt


Sunset was looking to shape up to be a good one. Also looked like I might get a soaking….. Looking Northwest


Looking Southeast




Okay found a place to camp, made sure not to be in a low lying area as I read that Southern Utah had numerous flash flood warnings….this so seems to be a new theme in the weather pattern from that of the hot and dry weather that I had experienced so far.

View of sunset from camp






By the time camp was set up it was about 9:30PM. I skipped dinner, and simply chewed on some beef jerky, and passed out to the sound of silence (a few moo's from the cows were heard as they were settling in for their nights sleep).

The next morning I rose at the early hour of 0530 since I wanted to do some desert exploring, and I knew I had to do this early AM as the temp's would quickly start to rise as the day progressed.

Morning camp pic just prior to breakdown…..seems color coordinated, right?


Alright, it's time to get it awwn!!

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Old 07-30-2012, 10:00 PM   #14
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Day 05 (7/10/12) - Escalante to Durango

I slept like a champ last night, and I am well rested for a another day of big miles, and this day will have lots of smiles. I start by heading south on Hole in the Rock rd, and then decide to take took some off shoot roads to see where they take me. This was a great morning, and I felt lucky to simply be able to just take it all in. I only saw a few other cars the whole time I was out there. I think they all thought I was crazy as I was myself on a motorcycle in temps that were quickly going from warm to hot, while they all were tucked away in the comforts of their A/C in their vehicles; but to be fair, I was thinking the same about them as I love being in the elements, and I wanted no part of being separated from this environment.













The sand can be deep at times….I need to watch out or I may be eating it….. :loll …then I will be punching it. I am good at pounding sand. It is another one of my specialties



Doctored…







I pulled out the go-pro first thing, here is a ride compilation to give you an idea of the terrain and the road conditiions. I didn't come across anything too technical, which was okay as I am riding solo; it was good to keep myself contained from pushing the limits. Hard part is that these conditions are exactly what this bikes likes, so it just begs you to ride hard….I refrained to the best of my abilities.



It was a fun morning, but the temps are rising quickly and I still have a good amount of terrain to cover as I would like to make it to four corners and then Durango by sunset…..that means it is time to move on….next up is Burr Trail

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:42 AM   #15
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Just testing out the ride report hyperlink in the sig' line...

Foreshadowing of the views to come in the next report.

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