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Old 08-26-2012, 05:37 PM   #301
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Part Seven

This is a mixed up compilation of riding in Wyoming, Utah, & Colorado.


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Old 08-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #302
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Day 24: Colorado National Monument

We are tired - exhausted. We get going late. We know we could make it hope in one day.
We really want to get home. But we resist the urge to just head straight home. I have other
plans for today. Since we did so many miles yesterday, we know we aren't in a hurry today.
So we don't hurry. We head into Grand Junction for breakfast and Wi-Fi.


Then off to see the Colorado National Monument.














This view only shows off a small portion of the 23 miles of sublime asphalt and views in this park.





We have never been here before, but it's starting to feel close to home.















After leaving the park we head south on the stunning Colorado 141.

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Old 08-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #303
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Colorado 141

What a scenic highway! After all we've seen, we were still impressed.
Unfortunately, it was hot, hazy, and we were really exhausted.
I'll have to return to this place, for sure.















An old Mansion on a prime piece of real estate.










Helen waits around for me to take pics. "Are you done yet?"









We saw lots of other motorcyclists today. It seems like the 141 is well-known.





We are pretty warm and parched by time we reach Naturita. We hang out in the shade so Helen could call the kids in Europe.
Then we head over to the grocery store for ice cream and cold drinks.










More 141 over the mountain.




Then directly towards this!









Almost to Monticello, Utah - Highway 491

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:08 PM   #304
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Day 24: Finale - John's Canyon

I've got plans for our last night of the trip. We grab some groceries in Blanding.

Pretty soon we are passing the Valley of the Gods...




...and turning down a familiar road.




That's right! We are returning to the scene of the crime, the subject of this RR: Trouble in John's Canyon...Again!





For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to show Helen where I blew out my knee.
I didn't realize how strong the sense of trepidation I would feel. I've been here twice before with
bad results. Now I'm heavily loaded, carrying a passenger I love, and am extremely exhausted.
I had completely forgotten just how rough this road is. Helen is getting bounced around pretty hard
and with a passenger I can't stand up. I'm a little afraid. Afraid of coming so far and screwing up the
trip on the last day. But we pushed on...





Monument Valley can be seen in the distance.




At a break, Helen exclaimed, "You should have never brought me here! If this is the kind of place you go alone, you are never going to leave the house again!"

The light was constantly changing.




We make it to the Y in the trail where I camped last time. I was to tired to ride down to the trouble spot tonight.
I had hoped to camp down there, so we could do a little hiking. I'm to tired for hiking anyway.





Better than Mountain House! It doesn't look so good now, but we hadn't eaten a meal since breakfast.




Helen checks out the area.










Our home, all alone for the night.

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:42 PM   #305
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Fantastic RR. Photo's are A number one, verbage is explanatory, interesting, and a joy to read. I wanna do alaska now!!!!!!!

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #306
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There are lots of colors...
Nice!

We went to Yellowstone and I hardly took any photos.

I love this one
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #307
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Thank you for taking the time to make this wonderful ride report Dave. The scenery in Alaska moved me to tears... consider me prodded, I'm heading up there for my first "real" adventure within the year
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Day 25: The Home Stretch

After a restful night of sleep I was awakened by rain falling on the sleeping bag.
I woke up Helen to let her know, we could get up and put on the Rain Fly, or we
could get up and go home. Let's go home! Once the decision was made the rain stopped.


We get up to a wonderful sunrise. I ran around with the camera as Helen packed up the bike for the last time.





This 360 degree HDR panorama is probably my favorite from the entire trip. I love this place!
Scroll right to find Helen packing the tent onto the bike under the rising sun.

Click me for a larger view!
















This is the funnest video. It was shot entirely on John's Canyon Road.
I was taking it easy, being loaded up and carrying a passenger.
Knowing this is the trail that cost me a knee surgery doesn't help.

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Even though we were ready to get home, I didn't want to later regret not taking another look at the "Rockslide".
So we do the rough ride. From the top, it doesn't look very bad....

...........



Helen inspects where I left my mark on this trail.



















Back at the top of the hill, I notice something I completely missed the last time.
I had walked by this very rock several times carrying my crap up the hill.
Someone has been scribbling on the rock. Look! There's even a little trail...

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Old 08-26-2012, 08:51 PM   #310
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #311
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Day 25: Going Home

I'm not the only one to leave his mark on these rocks.










Duck Head Bird-Brain




Spitting Snake









We blast back down John's Canyon Road. It seems so much easier this morning, because we are rested.





A view from John's Canyon Road.




Monument Valley





We made it back to Mexican Hat and grabbed powdered doughnuts for breakfast.





The bike knows the way home from here.





I had always wanted to stop at this abandoned gas station. My butt hurt today, so I did.














Arizona's highest peak is ahead. See it? Me neither.





We stop to pull on the rain suits one last time.





BTW, The waterproofing spray we used on the boots in Fairbanks really works...



...We didn't get any extended rain all the way home.


We pass through the heavy rainstorm and were glad to have put the suits on.

It was wet and cool in Flagstaff where we stopped for a big meal.





2 hours of Interstate 17 later, it was much warmer, but we were getting off at our exit.



We Made IT!!!

Happy to be home, but not happy I must shave off the vacation beard and return to work tomorrow.



This was my biggest motorcycle adventure, yet.
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The Moving Pictures

Here are all of the videos together. If you are like me you probably skip most videos in RRs.
I don't blame you. These are boring. I had intentions of shooting lots more video from off the
bike, but never seemed to have the time. It's hard to do these things with a passenger.

If you are interested in seeing the Dalton Highway including Atigun Pass, then watch #3.

My favorite is probably #8 because of the music and the off-road trail.







































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Nice!

We went to Yellowstone and I hardly took any photos.

I love this one
Yeah, but I bet you got some insane riding vids.

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Happy planning, DonovanM! Glad I could help lure someone else up there. Thanks!

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #314
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Incredible ride report my friend.........welcome home!
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:54 PM   #315
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Excellent report, Thank you so much for allowing us to follow along, and great pictures!

As for curvy roads in Arizona, you only need to head east my friend to HWY 191 between Alpine and Morenci.
191 makes the Dragon look like a puppy dogs tail. Over 800 curves in 95 miles, little traffic, and no cops. A sweet road indeed...
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