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Old 08-08-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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30 Day western state honeymoon

OK. Here we go. 30 days. Most with pics, some without.
Some of this will be rehashed, some will be entirely new. All of it was a fricken blast!

I'm on my XR600R and LittlePosum is on her DRZ400S

We've just gotten married and this is how we're kicking it off!


Day 1

LittlePosum and I are geared up to head out. I've got my new Altrider bag Pos has her Great Basin. Only thing we packed differently was some tools we don't usually carry, wheel bearings, and various seals.



Slabbed out Highway 20 to Burns, Oregon for our first stop and a cheeseburger. Bikes are geared tall, pulling 75-80 the whole way was no problem.










First and only chain adjustment I'd make on either bikes the entire trip.





Posum Being a girl.





Slabbing out Highway 78 to Jordon Valley, Oregon



I love my new helmet!





Stopped and checked out the Pillars of Rome








Into Idaho headed to Silver City for our first night out





Pos is loving her new helmet too





Silver City is a really cool place with tons of trails surrounding it. Go if you ever have the chance.





Free BLM camp right in town. Had it to ourselves











Man I lucked out





Silver City














Went into the old Idaho Hotel and had a couple of beers











Then headed back to camp for the night














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Old 08-08-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:02 PM   #3
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I've been looking forward to this. Im IN! Bring It!!!!
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:32 PM   #4
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:46 PM   #5
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:54 AM   #6
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Pictures -yay!

I'm in! What a great honeymoon!
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:11 AM   #7
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Wait, LittlePosum got married?!? Guess I've been out of touch.

Best wishes you two!

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Old 08-10-2014, 12:38 AM   #8
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Day 1 went well....
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:01 PM   #10
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In, finally! You guys rock!
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:44 AM   #11
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Day 2

Hiked around Silver City before heading back to the Idaho Hotel for breakfast. Lots of really cool old buildings.









Up to the check out the church





The doors were all locked up, but you could see inside the peephole on the front door.



Great view of the town from up here





Packing up for another day





Not many photos of todays ride. You didn't miss much. Slabbed all the way from Grand View, Idaho to Elko, Nevada.

Entering NV



The original idea of the trip was to go coast to coast. After 2 days of buzzing on the slab, I had enough and was getting grumpy. 50 miles North of Elko, I stopped Posum and told her I wanted to change our plans. Her response was "You're no fun when you're not having fun". Well I wasn't having fun getting passed by semi trucks at 80mph in 100 degree desert heat! I spent the whole time scanning dirt tracks 10 miles off in the distance.

Then she let on that the heat and droning of the bike was putting her to sleep!!! NO GOOD! So I asked her to think hard about what we were going to do for the next 28 days on our last 50 miles to Elko.

Well in Elko, at a Raley's grocery store, we decided to do what we love to do. Find the roads less traveled and see where they took us. Routes were planned from fuel stop to fuel stop at this point.

So we headed south to the Ruby Mountains. Then found a place to spend the night



Made camp right after the creek crossing where the road ended



Then went swimming



Posum was exhausted from the heat. After swimming and a couple of high test beers someone feel asleep with a beer in her hand.
Couldn't let that go to waste!







Great spot to spend the night. Slept good knowing the riding pace would change tomorrow


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Old 08-13-2014, 09:24 AM   #12
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Day 3

Day 3

Ready for another day!





From camp we head over Harrison Pass just north of Ruby Lake













On the other side of the pass, I screwed up and took a left instead of a right. Took us past the Rock House and along the West side of the Ruby Mountains.







After realizing my mistake, we worked our way south toward Ely and ended up in the town of McGill

Amazing food at Maries's Café. Ate and fueled up the bikes.









The owner of the cafe told us of a nice loop past Cave Lake to bypass Ely and a portion of Highway 50 heading east





























So back on slab for a while now. Took Highway 50 east to Great Basin National Park, then 487 into Utah.



In Utah we took Highway 21 east toward Milford and set camp on Wah Wah summit. VERY lonely stretch of highway. Saw 2 cars the entire 83 miles to Milford















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Old 08-13-2014, 12:07 PM   #13
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Having Fun!!

It looks like you are having a wonderful honeymoon!! Congratulations!

Some plans are just meant to change.

Thanks for great report and pics.

I'm in for the trip!
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:18 PM   #14
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couldn't let that go to waste....love it!

does she have an equally adventurous sister?
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:16 PM   #15
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Congratulations! Great pics and ride, best wishes to you and your new wife.
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