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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by guitarhack, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Have fun man. Wish I could join ya.
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  2. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Thanks. Hope I don't disappoint.


    You're too kind. Thanks Dave.
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  3. whatsgnu

    whatsgnu Scheissekopf

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    Great report !! Wee stroms rule !!
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  4. pridemore1

    pridemore1 Deep down a fatboy at heart

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    great report. Wee stroms do rule. I'll keep in mind letting the dealer do some work as the gas thing would be a bitch. Be safe and as always have fun.
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  5. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    Anxious to hear about the chain issue, as I've now had 2 long (1000mi+) adventures where my chain started acting up while riding on my SV650.
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  6. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Proud Dad Alert:

    The reason the Support Crew got to Denver so late on Saturday was because the youngest member had to take the SAT Saturday morning. She got her scores back today. 2390 out of 2400. :clap

    ...sorry, had to brag a bit.
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  7. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    :clap :thumb
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  8. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Ok, so it's Sunday. I have been riding all day and the bike sounds and feels like it is about to explode. Even at speed it feels like I am riding on rock-hard knobbies. I can ignore the chain no further.

    After reading too many horror stories the night before about worn out chains shooting through engine cases, and tossing and turning thinking of what tools I had, and what I didn't have, that I would need to change the chain and sprockets out, something had to give. So I contacted the best guy I know on the subject: Blair at SVRacing http://www.svracingparts.com

    Blair is THE MAN. Remember, it's Sunday night. Nobody in their right mind would get involved with such a project at such an hour - but Blair. He called me immediately. We reviewed my problem and discussed my itinerary. He figured out what he could get to me and when he could get it there, and we got a new chain and sprockets ordered - to be delivered to a hotel I would stay at in a few days in Kanab, Utah. He even looked up the hotel and called them to make sure they knew that a package was coming for me - so they would hold it until I got there. Really - I can't say enough good things for the guy.

    I went to bed feeling a lot better about the rest of the trip.
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  9. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Thanks dude. :D

    Needless to say, you make an appearance in this RR later down the road. Memphis was a real highlight. :thumb

    Stay tuned.
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  10. WHITEHOUSE

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    What kind of support crew is that? Can't even change a chain? Tell 'em to get in there and get their hands greasy! Damn the fingernails, full speed ahead! Great scenery. You were right to go west.
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  11. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Monday, June 4th
    Total Mileage: ~ 200

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    Our first goal was to tour The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
    http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

    We left the bike at the hotel - figuring we would driving by after touring the park and would pick it up then ...for a couple of reasons: 1. Keeping additional miles off that worn-out chain was important, and 2. We hadn't yet figured out how to handle two vehicles entering the multitude of parks that were upcoming without having to pay big bucks for two passes.

    First stop, which I guess should go without saying, was the entrance gate. The young lady / Ranger was very helpful. She helped us decide that the $80.00 year's pass was the cheapest way to go. I also asked her advice on what to do with the bike at future parks. The year's passes are kind of strange in what they allow; it will get a car full of people in, or two people on a motorcycle in, or two motorcycles in (assuming both drivers are the two people who are listed on the pass ...each pass has two people's names on it). There is nothing specifically spelled out regarding a car and a motorcycle.

    Part of what you get for your year's pass is a sticker. The ranger suggested that I put the sticker on the bike, and dependent on how anal the future entrance rangers were, there was a good chance they would just wave me through. ...sounded good to me. Time will tell if it works.
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    None of us had ever been to The Black Canyon, and we didn't really know what to expect. As a matter of fact, I hadn't even heard of the place before reading Flanga briefly reporting about it in his incredible ride report, (it's awesome reading if you hadn't seen it) http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310834 ,and it was on the way to our next stop, so I worked it into our itinerary. It greatly exceeded my expectations.


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    After paying for the pass, one of our first stops was at the Visitor's Center to watch the short movie and to get our newly purchased National Parks Passport stamped. :D I know it's cheesy, but over the next couple of weeks we became obsessive about getting it stamped. For some stupid reason, it added a new dimension to the fun.

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    All obsessive-compulsiveness aside, let's talk about the park. First of all, it is much larger than I had anticipated.



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    And second of all, it was just amazing!


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    Let's zoom that last shot in some...
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    That river is WAY down there - like about 2000'



    There were a LOT of "OH WOW" moments...
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    The composition of the rock was cool. Below is "The Painted Wall".
    Take a look at that wall and try to get a perspective on its size by noticing the full-sized trees on it, and on the land above it. A recurring problem we ran into: so many of the sights were enormous! Capturing them, along with the incredible impact that had on us, was near impossible.
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    Even the plant life was cool...
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    For some reason we really liked this tree.
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    We drove around the south rim and really enjoyed the place.

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    Up next, the Million Dollar Highway...
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  12. guitarhack

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    After touring the Black Canyon, we passed back through Montrose, picked up the bike, and headed south on U.S. 550
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_550

    It was a cool section of road, but rain, my crappy chain, and traffic slightly dampened (pardon the pun) the route - but it really had some cool moments.

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    Glamor Shot:
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    There was a HUGE waterfall behind the bike - but it was way too big to capture in one photo without a wide-angle lens. :(:



    After we started to really climb...
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    We got stuck behind a fricken moving van...
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    ...and it was REALLY creeping along. :becca

    But unbelievably, the one and ONLY turn out was right around the corner and the guy pulled over and let us pass. :thumb
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    Like the majority of mountain roads we traveled, there were no guardrails, and some of the drop-offs were sobering if you thought about it.
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    Let's look a little closer at that last drop-off...
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    That car was WAY down there. How will they ever get it up / out of there?


    Some more shots squeaked in between rain showers...
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    This one was a goof, but I ended up kinda liking it, so I kept it :D
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    It eventually dropped into the 50s. 40 degree temp swings were the norm MANY days of this trip
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    Yours truly in another "glamor shot"
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    We passed through Durango (and it's maddening traffic) and crossed into:
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    Where we stayed two nights just south of the border in Farmington (the hotels were cheaper)


    Up next: Mesa Verde.
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  13. KLM 3

    KLM 3 Been here awhile

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    Please...do continue :D
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  14. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    I know! but what are ya gunna do? :dunno Replacements will wind up being WAY too expensive. :lol3
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  15. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Great RR; glad the tool tube was useful; all I ever use mine for is hauling booze it seems.

    So what went down with the chain?
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  16. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    My previously mentioned cousin from Colorado Springs just posted on Facebook that the wildfires are w/ in a mile of her home. :eek1 ...and they may have to evacuate.

    For those so inclined, payers would be appreciated.
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  17. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Chuck, :wave as you have seen, your tool tube saved my bacon twice. Muchas gracias my friend.

    The saga of the chain continued. It grew progressively worse, and I fixated on it - long days on a bike gave me too much time to think (and fret). After getting the chain and sprockets ordered I had a decision to make; I had packed my chain tool, but for some stupid reason I didn't think to bring the wrenches I would need ... let alone a grinder or the inch and 1/4 socket I would need to take the front sprocket off. As you know, I have everything I would need ....at home. :baldy

    The decision: try to round up loaner tools and / or buy what I would need (stuff I really don't need duplicates of at home), or find a competent mechanic. Hmmmm :scratch

    I had a few days of uneasy riding to decide.
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  18. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Tuesday, June 5th
    Total Mileage: ~200

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    There are times when I think about my family's history, and plug some of those events into a mental timeline, my perspective on the passing of time and the age of our country can shift. A case in point. As I have mentioned, I grew up in Kansas. Until she finally passed (at the age of something like 103), most every year on her birthday we would pack up the station wagon and drive down to Neodesha; a tiny little town in southeastern Kansas that contained the nursing home where my great grandmother lived. Among the few stories that I remember about her was the one that stated she came to Kansas in a covered wagon as a little girl. Doing the math, that had to be sometime around the range of the 1860 or 1870s ...right after the Civil War. So not only does the "covered wagon" claim seem credible, the time between the Civil War and now seems to somehow have been cut dramatically.

    Around that same time period, a rancher in southwest Colorado, while looking for lost stock, stumbled upon Mesa Verde. It took several decades, after most of the sites had been damaged by treasure / relic hunters, before the area become protected as a part of the National Park System http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

    Fast forward about 40 years. My grandparents, who traveled the country in a small pull-behind camper every year on vacation, visited Mesa Verde and purchased a "View-master" along with the discs of Mesa Verde. Apparently, view-masters, before they ultimately became children's toys, were widely used by adults to view, among other things, travel related topics. In time (mid 60s), the view-master and discs were given to my brother and sisters and I. Not only were the 3-D pictures fascinating, the topic (Mesa Verde) seemed like something from outer-space. I just seemed too strange to be real. And from then on, before the term "bucket list" was coined, Mesa Verde was on my list of places I had to see.

    Today was the day.


    Our hotel was about 45 minutes away, so there was a good bit of desert to drive through to get there.
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    The "Support Vehicle" was running low on gas, but the GPS promised that we were about there, and I was too jazzed to stop, so my wife's requests to stop for gas fell on deaf ears. :ear A decision that later became a minor annoyance.


    We turned off the highway at this familiar landmark
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    and then entered the park
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    Soon after entering the park, we saw a new, cool looking, building on our left. As it turns out, a new Visitor's Center is being finished up. It wasn't open yet, so we went to the old one - which was something like 25 (maybe 15 - I forget) miles away from the entrance. So from that point on, we played the "how many miles can we go before we run out of gas" calculation game. As a spoiler: we didn't run out of gas - it just added some minor tension to the visit. :shog ..which was my fault :augie





    Anyway, we drove to the old Visitor's Center
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    ...got our passport stamped, and bought tickets for a tour of "Cliff Palace".


    While waiting for our tour time, we went on a self-guided tour of one of the other ruins.
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    There was nicely paved trail leading to it.
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    Little miss, SAT Smartypants
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    We had a quick bite to eat from the cooler, then waited for the guided tour at this overlook
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    Another view while we were waiting
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    The tour started by descending these stairs...
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    And then these
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    We then rounded a corner and waited for the crabby ranger to bitch at a kid for some minor transgression - before entering Cliff Palace
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    The overlook where the tour started
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    I was intrigued at how well constructed these things were. This "kiva" would have had a roof on it, and you entered via a ladder through the roof / smoke hole. They had a fresh-air vent at the ground level and had used flat rocks, planted on end (see below) to diffuse the incoming air.
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    ..and finally, some "bricks" for iDave
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    Mesa Verde, while it was HOT, did not disappoint. We about drained the camelbak (which was new to us and we grew to absolutely LOVE).


    After filling up with gas, while we were physically tired, we weren't ready to call it a day. So we decided to travel to the 4-Corners Monument.

    There were a few sights along the way...
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    We wondered what the story was with this horse. A happy/secure horse wants company. This horse (who was staring at us until moments before the shutter clicked) didn't have a friend within MILES.
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    One thing we noticed that took us a while to figure out what it was we were seeing: 20 kazillion beer and liqueur bottles lining the road. I'm serious. There were absolutely millions of them! I don't know where they came from and don't intend for the observation to be any sort of editorial comment... we just found it bizarre.

    Other than that, the drive was mostly featureless desert.

    The monument is on tribal land, and we had to pay to get in.
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    There are stalls surrounding the monument where the locals were selling souvenirs
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    The youngest member of the Support Team - in 4 states at once.
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    The side-trip to the monument served it's purpose (to kill a little time), but having been there once I wouldn't plan a vacation around it.

    So we left Arizona,
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    and headed back into New Mexico and passed "Shiprock" on the way.
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    Thanks for traveling along. ...the trip has a long way to go.
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  19. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    Shoot the gap! It's almost big enough for a third semi to fit through! Let that inner hooligan come out...
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  20. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Yikes! :eek1

    Not this wuss.
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