Back from Afghanistan, now what? Take 4 adventurers, 2 bikes, and 1 wife...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Baggi'tard, May 5, 2013.

  1. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    painted the pipes with some black high temp paint.. sure smoked a lot on first heating up. Better than rusty anyway. Prepped my trailer by adding some drive-on chocks and some extra tie down u-bolts. Checked the bearings and such too. Started getting equipment and supplies out and lined up. leaving in four days.

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    King sent this picture from Ophir Pass from yesterday. Wife and I will be near there in a little over a week (not riding it), but the Posse should be riding through there about the 11th or 12th. :D

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  2. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    Two weeks from tomorrow!

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    Sevoman Ever Vigilant

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    Thank you for your service.
    And enjoy...some of the best riding in the country.

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    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your service and good luck on the ride. looking forward to seeing more pictures along the way!
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  5. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    Loaded up and ready to head out to Trinidad tomorrow morning to meet Kyle and the guys!:clap

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  6. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    I have a shit TON of pics, videos (video snapshots) to sort through for the next day or so. Some great rides and scenery through Colorado, Utah, Arizona on the Multistrada. Monday starts the Colorado/Utah leg on the Trans-America Trail (and better, more scenic stuff)...:clap
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  7. Baggi'tard

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    I was hoping to be able to update the RR as we went along, but while it's super simple to upload iPhone pics to SmugMug, with text and all, then reposting them to ADV using only the iPhone was just too much of a pain in the ass. I didn't bring my computer along for the first half of the ride (street ride with wife), and I'm not going to bring it along for second half (dirt ride with buddies) either. So I have a mix of pictures now from iPhones, camera, and GoPro video snapshots too.

    I'll update this as much as I can during the one day off between the street ride and waiting for the boys to get here for the dirt ride. Laura and I rode from Trinidad CO to Las Vegas NV (and then I rode back in two days). We had great weather, saw many great things in this great country. Met friendly, helpful people every day. We tried to stay exclusively at small local hotels and ate at local restaurants only.

    Be forewarned, if you are offended by pictures of food, beer, and coffee stop now.

    More pictures on my Smugmug page here.
    http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorc...nd-UT/29265211_ckmB7H#!i=2494228478&k=DGVjTfD

    30 May. First two-up trip we have taken in almost 30 years. We rode from Trinidad to Canon City then on to Salida.

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    Some shots along the way from Trinidad to Salida
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    We landed in Salida, stayed at the Woodlands Motel downtown, had some drinks on the Arkansas River and ate a great meal at Amicas pizza and brewery.

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  8. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    31 May. We rode from Salida to Gunnison, Lake City, South Fork, and Durango. Crossing three 11,000 foot passes. The weather was crisp and clear at breakfast, but low clouds turned misty and snowy on the way to Monarch Pass. Good thing we had Aerostitch Kanetsu vests. After going down from that pass the weather turned fine, and would stay fine for the rest of the trip (save the heat anyway). Laura started keeping the camera in her jacket pocket, so a few more scenery shots along the way.

    More here..http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorc...nd-UT/29265211_ckmB7H#!i=2545899479&k=VdXq7Lh

    Beautiful morning for breakfast at Cafe Dawn in Salida.
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    And off we go, scenery on the way to Lake City.
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    Had a coffee at the Mocha Moose in Lake City. Nice friendly place.
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    The welcoming committee at the Moose (he was just smaller than a moose too).
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    After coffee we had some more great scenery, coming across the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
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    DEER!
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    We landed in downtown Durango in late afternoon.

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  9. Baggi'tard

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    1 June. We too the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road from Durango to Silverton and back. Still fully steam powered with period cars. We rode in the Cinco Animas, a beautifully restored car from the late 1800s. It was a great trip, with amazing scenery that you really can't see from any place other than the railroad (or the river itself). Since we travelled first class we had great seating with only about 14 people in our car. We had our own waiter/guide too.

    More here..http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorc...nd-UT/29265211_ckmB7H#!i=2547644020&k=x8KBGfv

    The Durango Lodge is like 100m from the railroad yard, so it was not hard to get there on time.

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    We found a Diner's Drive-ins, and Dive's location in Silverton. A BBQ joint. They serve local brewed beer too! woohoo!

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    We had dinner at Steamworks Brewing, fantastic selection of beer (16 house beers on tap) and very good food too. I managed just 8 of the 16 beers on tap.. :freaky

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    We both ended up with steak, had a salmon appetizer that was really tasty.
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  10. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Looks wonderful!! :clap
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  11. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Welcome Home Bro!
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    I was in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:place></st1:country-region> for most of 2003 with 3/504<SUP>th</SUP> PIR 82<SUP>nd</SUP> ABN. The bikes over there were definitely “adventure” bikes. Good times on FOB <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Salerno</st1:place></st1:City>!
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    Good luck on your trip if you’re ever near <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Concord</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NC</st1:State></st1:place> give me shout. Cold beers await.
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  12. Baggi'tard

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    Know some people from IN ADT that were in Salerno when they got hit with the complex VBIED attack. Luckily everybody OK. Nasty business trying to figure that tactic out.. :waysad
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  13. Baggi'tard

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    2 June. We rode from Durango up the $M highway past Ouray, then south to Telluride, Rico, Cortez, and on to Blanding. Blanding is well-named. It is BLAND. There were TWO restaurants open on Sunday night. The hotel, while comfortable, had no pool, no hot tub, no coffee, no breakfast. OH, and Utah breakfast doesn't seem to start until "about 8." WTF, that is like 2 hours after breakfast. So while in Utah we ended up buying breakfast food, so we could hit the road and cover most of our miles before it got too hot. Worst thing about this ride was not having room for multiple sets of gear, which was really needed to go from below freezing 11,000 foot passes in Colorado to 108 degrees in Arizona and Nevada. If I would plan it again around this time of year with two people I would have just stuck to Colorado, and nearby Utah, maybe Wyoming too.

    More here..http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorc...nd-UT/29265211_ckmB7H#!i=2564071601&k=tLQqRLq

    Laura was way to busy hanging on and not liking the heights and dropoffs along Hwy 550 to take pictures, but captured plenty of video with the GoPro. So some screenshots along the way.

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    DEER! (again)..
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    We stopped in the tiny burg of Rico for early lunch. 250 year round residents. The friggin liquor store had one beer for every person in town, impressive!
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    By the time you get to Cortez you can see the transition starting to the "Utah" scenery.
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  14. Baggi'tard

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    3 June. We ate our grocery store breakfast in Blanding (no restaurants open until 8 am) and headed out early, like 0620. Cool and pleasant trolling along Hwy 95 to Lake Powell and Capitol Reef. Then Hwy 12 through the Grand Staircase Escalante; truly one of the coolest roads in the country with the incredible changing scenery around every corner. Hiked a bit of the Escalante River and had a nice meal at the Circle D motel and eatery. Nice outfitter stores in Escalante, one has a nice beer selection being the state liquor store.

    more here...http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorc...nd-UT/29265211_ckmB7H#!i=2553098383&k=kDsK2X5

    The drive to Lake Powell.
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    There's supposed to be a lake here.
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    from Lake Powell to Capitol Reef and across the Grand Staircase Escalante.
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    We had to off-road a bit to get to the trailhead.
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    Found a nice hole to cool off in..
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    Thank you for your service.
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    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    ya, ya & then what happened?!:ear
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  17. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    Sorry, haven't gotten that far yet. I'm in the middle of the dirt portion with Richard, Russ, and Tony. iPhone pics are updating at my smugmug link, but the "rest of the story" is at least a week away.

    But when she's cute..
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    and you mix of few of these...hmmm
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  18. Baggi'tard

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    19 June. We finished the ride to Trinidad this morning, on the way home. LOTS of great stories and pictures to upload. Will be working on it over then next week or two! For a bunch of street riders, the sand, rocks, steps, ledges, snow, mud, and cross-country motorcycling we did was pretty friggin crazy at times. Definitely pretty epic for us. Some of the stuff I'm not sure I would have ridden on my mountain bike.
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    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    "nudge nudge wink wink"

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  20. Baggi'tard

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    4 June 13. We had a very pleasant stay at the Circle D Motel and Eatery in Escalante, but again, no breakfasts early in central Utah apparently. But we were also on a mission, to enter the draw for The Wave hike. 120 miles to Kanab, drawing at 0900. We didn't get drawn, damn. So we went to the hotel, dropped our bags, and headed for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a fairly pleasant ride from Kanab down the Kaibab uplift to the North Rim.

    more here..
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    I'm sure there are a gazillion pictures of the Grand Canyon so I won't repeat much here. But here's the view from the lodge.
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    taking advantage of the view from Bright Angel point.
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    Actually the best views of the North Rim are not really at the lodge, but at Point Imperial (the highest point in park). From here you can really "see" the Kaibab uplift. In the background is Lake Powell and Page AZ, then Marble Canyon (also made by Colorado River), then Grand Canyon.
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    From Point Imperial you can see that the South Rim is about 2000 feet lower than the North Rim. And you can trace the tilted rock layers in the uplift (follow the horizon, you can see it). If you go to the North Rim, go to Point Imperial! :clap
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    I figured after a day of Grand Canyoning, these were more than appropriate (bought them at the store on the north end of the highway into the park).
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    We had a FANTASTIC dinner at Nedra's Too in Kanab.. honestly prolly the best beans I've ever had, and the chimichanga was awesome too.
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    We stayed at the historic Parry Lodge. Used to house many many movies stars, we had the John Wayne room. While a very historic and interesting place, maybe a bit overpriced for what you get (bedding could have been much better).
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    Sorry couldn't show any pics of The Wave.. see Gene and Neda's RTW thread, lucky bastards.
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