Creepy SouthWest+ States tour

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Low594, May 1, 2014.

  1. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    I head out in 2 days (Sat 5/3)! :clap
    This trip will begin in Oakland, CA with my Dad and run minor highways thru Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Sometime around 5/19, my Dad and I will split off. He will be going on with his completion of the lower 48. I will head North out of Santa Fe area and head for Ogallala or North Platte, Nebraska, riding thru Colorado to get there.

    Once in NE, I will meet up with a good buddy of mine and we will be making a fast slab run down I80 with a destination of Susanville, CA. There we will meet up with 8-10 of our clubmates and have a nice Memorial Weekend camping with good friends. From there its headed back to civilization and jobs on 5/27.

    Itinerary:
    5/3 Yosemite NP
    5/4 Sequoia NP
    5/5 Greenhorn State Park
    5/6 Death Valley NP
    5/7-8 Henderson, NV(2nights)
    5/9 Zion NP, Utah
    5/10 Bryce Canyon NP, Utah
    5/11 N Rim Grand Canyon, Arizona
    5/12-13 Grand Canyon NP, Arizona(2nights)
    5/14 Sedona AZ
    5/15 Springerville AZ
    5/16 Chinle AZ
    5/17 Mesa Verde NP CO
    5/18 Taos NM
    5/19 Bandelier NP NM
    5/20 Santa Fe NM
    5/21 Ogallala, NE
    5/22 ??
    5/23-24 Susanville, CA(2nights)
    5/25 Oakland, CA

    Anyone who wants to find us at one of the stops, send me a message here and I'll see about getting you a campground and site number so you can drop by and have a beer with us!

    I did pick up a Spot Gen3 and will post the link here!

    Here's my new to me '08 VStrom650
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    Here's my Dads rebuilt/redesigned '79 Honda CM400T
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  2. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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  3. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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  4. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    We got a late start yesterday due to some pesky fender bolts hitting the tire on days bike. Shorter bolts and more preload fixed that! We only made Groveland from Oakland, but found a nice almost vacant campground! Today we road thru Yosemite then headed south thru Fresno and made it into Kings Canyon and now eating beef stew with a New Castle!
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  5. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Nice to see you out wandering,I'm along in the background following your progress:clap
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  6. bluestar

    bluestar misfit

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    I'm in. :lurk :lurk
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  7. White6Romeo

    White6Romeo Because Im Awesome

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    Sweet rides! Lets do this!!:D
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  8. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Awesome! I was beginning to wonder if anyone cared! We just pulled into a vacant but open campground next to Lake Isabella! Good riding day!
    Route 155 has tons of sand spots in the middle of the road, made it pretty sketchy!
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  9. 5105

    5105 n00b

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    See you might have a little extra time on your schedule around Ogallala, might want to go north through Arthur, catch HWY 2 west through the sandhills. Or, if heading west on 80, stop by Cabela's in Sidney.

    Safe travels
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  10. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    A ride with your Dad...
    That's awesome.

    Take lots of pictures.
    It looks like you have a good trip all planned out.

    Q~
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  11. LVRider

    LVRider Adventurer

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    Im in...looking forward to reading about your ride.
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  12. ZiaThunder

    ZiaThunder Go big or go home

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    Looks like a fun trip... can't wait to hear more.
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  13. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Today was an adventurous day, started with a rain storm. My ipod set on shuffle decided I neededda lil encouragement that all would be well and played Amon Amarth's "With Odin on our side"!
    Stopped at my usual spot in Olancha for gas, lunch and jerky! I left a couple stickers behind at the jerky shop!
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    Then we continued on down 190 with a brief stop at Father Crowley Vista, hoping to see the jets do there fly thrus in the canyon below! Its a beautiful sight when you catch them!
    We continued on after a bit and got hit by a sleet storm for about 20mins at the summit of the last mtn range before dropping into Death Valley. Nothing we could do but slow down and carry on, since the tallest cover was 2 foot tall shrubs! By the time we got into the actual valley the air temp climbed and we were dried off! Pulled into Furnace Creek Campground, which was unmanned and grabbed the same spot that our club had stayed in back during the '11 Noobs Rally. I wanted that spot cause I knew there was tree cover we could set out tents under for wind protection!
    Both of us were too tired after setting camp and had been eating budget wise, so we splurged on Burgers at the 49er Cafe! I also took that opportunity to sneak in a shower since it had been a couple days!
    Now its time for some sleep!
    Tomorrow we head for Henderson to wash some clothes at a friends house! I'll likely snap a couple lics and post them of the old triumph that she rides and keeps in her living room!
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  14. drtyrrel

    drtyrrel Been here awhile

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    Love your Dads bike ! I hope to do a father son ride in a couple of weeks when my son graduates from college .
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  15. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Darn!

    You guys passed by me yesterday in Pahrump, by the time I got turned around, you vanished. Probably best, I would have just wasted your time quizzing you about the trip...I'll just read it here.

    The bikes are head turners, beautifully done!

    Enjoy the road, and each others time.
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  16. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    Looks like a fun ride, I'm in! :lurk
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  17. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    He says thanks! Definitely do it!

    Darn! That would have been cool!
    We did meet up with a dude in DV named Tracy, not sure if hes on here or not. But talked with him for a bit and I think I saved him from trying to run Titus Cayon solo an hour before sunset on his new R12GS! That would have been a bad idea!
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  18. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Been holed up at a friends place in Henderson, waiting for a delivery. Finally came today, back on the road in the morn! Altho, we have modified our stops and completely deleted Bryce Canyon from the list, due to expected snow!
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  19. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your updates, have fun and stay safe!
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  20. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hi guys:wave

    Pahrump dude again, aka Sam.

    You've got some great riding in and around Vegas that maybe you could catch on your way out. Red Rock Canyon on the west side is 13 miles of great views. North Shore Rd along Lake Mead is great too, that will lead you thru Valley of Fire then you could hop back onto 15. You heading out to the dam? Walking up to the bypass bridge is well worth the time.

    Loving the thread! :lurk
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