Before and after of the sportster build thread is linked in my sig Here is the newly added spot link http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0qyqVcbyLafnQDfueRBTqR9uKOkPqZqe1 My mom and dad have raised me on the back of motorcycles; I have been on them in one way or another for 30 years. They have dragged me from one end of the states to the other; we use to do bonsai vacation runs that would be 6,000 miles in two weeks with lots of interesting stops. I have great memories of those days and they grow dearer to me as I get older. I now have a job and a family so the times of riding with my mom and dad are very rare and a cherished. So this trip is a very exciting time in my life as the first leg of my Alaska trip is two Washington State with my mom and dad. We leave out at 4:30am on Sunday morning the 10th of July. The purpose is to beat the heat and head west as fast and straight as possible. The goal is to stay in Amarillo and to get there we still have over 100 degree weather. At that point the Roadcrafter gets packed and the airflow goes on. Our first real stop is in Oklahoma city at the stockyards for breakfast. The waiter tells us of the 110 degree high that day and hopes we stay safe on the road. I have a 3liter camelback that makes staying hydrated easy. I will have to fill it 3 times before we stop for the day. The first piece of adventure happens on the interstate when my mom’s face shield blows off. She loses the peak as well as the shield. The screws backed out and allowed the whole event to happen. Once we’re on the shoulder and asses the issue we end up just putting her shades on. This helps on to see but does nothing for the wind and sun burn. Just as a side note, my dad would have given his face shield to her, but just before we left he had skin cancer taken off his nose, with a skin graft to cover the whole. He is suppose to keep it out of the wind and sun with no lifting for a week. O well he is hard headed The motel in Amarillo is welcomed as the sun has sucked us dry and tired; the room is cheap and clean. I have developed a carb leak so at the motel I tear into it and find trash in the float bowl and remove the float needle and clean the seat. Put it back together and all is well. This sportster is easy to work on, I just took the air filter off and did the rest on the bike, took about 15 minutes. Within walking distance there are two steak houses, a Road House and a mom and pop place. As standard fare we choose the local flavor and skip the chain. It was a Great steak house, decision well made! The next day we head out at 7:30 am and head for the higher elevation. Our plan is go through Clayton and over Johnson mesa, take two lane roads from Walsenburg to Buena Vista. The ride is grand and one of my favorites as I get to see the change in country side from dessert to Mesa to the Rockies. Here are some pics that speak better than I can. This is a neat little church up on Johnson mesa, I like to stop here just for a break and look see Mom like to play the piano, she just can’t help it We run up to Westcliff where Dad has a favorite restaurant they cook in a large homemade brick oven. This is a interesting town and there is normally a guy sitting on the side walk with his GSPD and tells stories. He wasn’t here this time and I missed being able to talk with him. Maybe on the way home from AK. Tuesday should be a nice cool fun ride as we leave from Buena Vista, weather is suppose to be good and a cool ride. Once we fire up the bikes and head north to Aspen things change we end up riding in rain and lots of it. This is hardest on mom since she has no face shield and only dark sun glasses. After fighting with the weather for a while we called it quits for mom’s safety. She couldn’t see for the rain and the darkness, plus the glasses stayed fogged over, short day. We are in Vernal, Ut. This morning may hold a surprise in it for mom, We will just have to wait and see.