3 Twins Head to Deadhorse

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JBird, May 23, 2017.

  1. dondesmo

    dondesmo Senior Squid

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    Great ride report and pictures. I found the pic of the Columbia Icefield glacier's location in 1982 interesting. I was there in 1978 on my R100RS and the glacier was much larger. You could ride quite away up a road that ran along the south side of the glacier for an outstanding view of the icefields.
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  2. JBird

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    There is a road that runs up the south side (not sure if it the same one as in '78.) The road is only open to the tour busses and runs right up beside the glacier.
  3. Bearded Hooligan

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    After the Wind River Canyon we rode until we had enough for the day. Picked a hotel and set up for the night. The next morning we headed for Deadwood via Sturgis. Lots of views through the canyon on the way out of town.
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    Saw some wildlife along the way. Saw a moose and shortly after we saw this herd of elk.
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    Stopped by Destination X in Gillette, WY for a quick oil change. They were a great shop, very accommodating. I bought the oil from them and they provided me an oil pan to change it in their parking lot. The shop mechanic races a KTM framed CR500 he built himself, now he is converting it to two wheeled drive Christini. Very talented and is going to have one cool and unique bike.
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    Devils Tower
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    Made it over to Sturgis to check it out and find something cool to drink. The heat was picking up.
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    I knew I picked the right spot when there was still a fresh oil puddle.
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    The S10 wishing it was allowed in, temps were nearing 90F.
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    Made it to Deadwood just in time for a good ole' fashioned gun fight in front of our hotel.
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    View down the street
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    Stopped here along the way to dinner
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    A nice dinner at the Social Club above Saloon No.10
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    Trying to win some more cash to extend the trip a bit.
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    The view from the veranda on the second floor.
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    Next up, some phenomenal roads to see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse and head South East.
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  4. dondesmo

    dondesmo Senior Squid

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    That is the same road that was open in '78. I was back up there in '85 and noticed the closure of the road to tour buses only. I may make another run up there in Septermber.
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  5. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Headed straight to the Black Hills from Deadwood.
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    Met a nice lady in the parking lot at a gas station while we looked the map over and filled our camel backs. She gave us a great recommendation of Old Hill City Rd. This road was very curvy and had at least thirteen rail road crossings, many mid corner. Then we headed across the Playhouse Rd to Mt. Rushmore. Here is a shot with Rushmore off in the distance.
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    Another view with Rushmore barely noticeable in the far right.
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    Made our way a bit closer through some very curvy and interesting roads.
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    Became very narrow and one lane at times.
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    A few rock tunnels
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    Then this tunnel appeared where they had cleared some trees to align the view with the tunnel.
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    Lots of pigtail bridges just like this one.
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    Finally reach a closer view of Mt Rushmore.
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    Headed back through the same route enjoying the curves. Came up to a couple cars and buses. Saw a thin line on the GPS that came up as a quick detour. We took it and ended up taking a rough paved road that bypassed all the traffic as it intersected the same road about 2 miles down the road. Same curvy road once without all the traffic.
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    Made it back to Playhouse Rd and headed toward the Needles Highway.
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    Had to go through many more tunnels
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    Quick shot of the Needles as we passed by as we were enjoying the curvy roads and tunnels.
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    The road narrows at times.
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    Needles Eye Tunnel was super tight.
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    Stopped by Crazy Horse
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    Looks like the progress has stalled a bit, they have a long way to go.
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    Lunch in Custer then headed to Nebraska. Lots of rolling grass hills and a chance to use the cruise on the S10.
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    Found a nice little Motel in Oniel, NE
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    Went to get a pizza and came back to Bob, a local, on his brand new KTM 1090R. He hung out with us for a bit as we talked bikes and the trip.
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  6. docwyte

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    Was in that Rushmore area last August, those one lane roads are very scenic. Totally sucks when you get stuck in traffic with the lead car going 5-10 mph tho!
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  7. Bearded Hooligan

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    Will left Oniel, NE planning to make as many miles as we could. Packing up getting ready to leave.
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    Somewhere along the way, Dad passed the 125,000 mile mark on the 04 GSA.

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    Lots of views like this, before hitting the farming country and the Mississippi River.
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    Stopped in Westpoint, NE at a great little cafe. The Red Door Cafe was a welcome stop. Very friendly, great coffee and the breakfast burritos were fantastic.
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    We talked with one of the owners for a bit and she took our picture and posted it on their Facebook site. She said they dont get too many interesting people through their town much. Stop in and tell them where you're from.

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    Passed through Beemer, NE
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    Ended up dodging severe storms the rest of the day. We tried out running them, but gave up after 528 miles and snagged a cheap room in Hannibal, MO just before the rain started.
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  8. Bearded Hooligan

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    Leaving Hannibal we all had grand thoughts of making it back home late that night. Nashville had other plans. First, we had lots of strong storms between Hannibal and Nashville, TN. Everything is laid out on a grid, so no diagonal route. We would ride east to get ahead of one storm, then south, then east, then south. We did this all day and somehow missed all the Midwest storms. Made it to Nashville, what a traffic disaster! Even all the alternate routes were jammed up. Got to the eastern side and stopped for fuel and food. We all had varying distances to go to make it home, we discussed plans as we ate. The smartest plan was to ride a bit more and stop in Chattanooga for the night. So that is what we did, this also meant no one was riding through the night. Total for the day was 608 miles.
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  9. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    All being a bit anxious to get home and see our families, we left Chattanooga at 7am. 11 miles later we split. @JBird and @LTRyder headed north on I75 for a bit, then across the mountains and I headed south for a long ways. I made it home after 357 miles of heavy traffic on I75.

    In the coming days we will post reviews on the gear, bikes and routes that we used. Our totals vary slightly, but overall the trip was 38 days and just about 14,000 miles, with only 3.5 days of rain. Please feel free to ask any questions, especially if you plan on taking a similar trip. We learned a lot!

    Thanks for following along with us.
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    Absolutely! There are a few little back roads that I found on the GPS that we took to bypass slower traffic, worked great!
  11. bobframe

    bobframe Been here awhile

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    Congratulations on a fantastic trip. So glad you did it safely and without any real drama. Wonderful report and photos. You guys did it right. Inspiring!!!
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  12. Mtns r blu

    Mtns r blu Been here awhile

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    Great ride! Great report! Thanks!
    Looking forward to your opinions on heidenau vs Mitas. Ive been running the Heidi's but just ordered the Mitas rear for my Tiger.
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  13. Project Mayhem

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    Well done boys.
    Great trip, some less common routes and awesome photos. :beer
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  14. joso

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    Thank You, guys!

    Great ride (though some of the roads are too straight for what I'm used to) and an inspiring report, but first of all - fantastic pics!

    Glad you made it home safe and without any major issues!
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  15. dondesmo

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    Well done. Thanks again.
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  16. EkMax

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    Really great ride report! I've been following from the start and it's been a great inspiration for a trip of my own. I've been blown away by the pictures. Glad you all made it back without major problems.
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  17. zman-2002

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    What a great ride and inspiration for my ride in 2018! Can't wait for the review of the gear.
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  18. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    With 3 of you traveling, how did you handle the in route photos. Did everyone stop, or just the photographer and then catch up later?

    Did you ride as a trio, all with in a visible distance of each other or did you use different pacing sometimes, regrouping later?

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  19. Daniel3640

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    Great ride, well done on reporting. Good job!
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  20. Ken0312

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    Welcome back home. I'm glad the trip went well for you all and look forward to more details about the bikes and gear that you used.
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