Crossing The Divide - A Father and Son Ride the World

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Crossing the Divide, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Crossing the Divide

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    Thanks WimDH!! We would love to stop by for a beer, or several! :freaky We will definitely let you know when the trip comes to Europe!
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    100 miles of monumental views and arguably the best off-roading thus far. Arguably, as in, depends which Harvey you ask.

    Three days spent overcoming rugged terrain, desert heat, rationing water, primitive camping, switchbacks described fittingly as "precipitous", and many steep, exposed sections challenging the mind and body of vertigo.

    Defeating the rugged terrain with bikes fully packed with food and water for three people, for three days, in addition to the day to day load, demanded heavy concentration both mentally and physically.

    The mental insecurities developed due to these steep, exposed sections and the anticipation of the famous Schafer Switchbacks, climbing 1500ft out of the canyon, were difficult to overcome.

    Needless to say, Bruce may not have really seen all the expanding vistas, but is very aware the Colorado River wound it's way through the kingdoms of red rock formations, some 2000ft below us.

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  3. Crossing the Divide

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    The sun rises over the field, and the morning starts with a classic ranchers breakfast: eggs, bacon, pancakes and coffee.

    The crisp morning air hints at the changing seasons, but the sun still warms the face. The crunch of the leaves as you tread across them, the distant sound of horses whinnying, and the unmistakable scent of a horse and leather as you strap on the saddle.

    A lesson on partnership between man and beast, building trust between man and horse. A day spent learning the ropes, taking the reins and becoming a rancher.

    Rockin'R Ranch in Antimony, Utah, demonstrated the old west is still alive. Sticking to its roots, the ranch is a family run business. And the folks are welcoming and full of class. Setting us at ease, as we learn a few things about living on a ranch, and strengthening our character as men in the process.

    www.rockinrranch.com
    Make sure to check out the site!

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    Throughout our journey, one of the most enjoyable activities has been comparing bikes with fellow travelers. Whether it’s another GS rider, a big Harley, a KTM 690 or Yamaha 450, an Italian Superbike, a Honda Goldwing, a KTM workhorse or a Moab Trials bike, each has its strengths and idiosyncrasies. I’d like to say I chose my R 1200 GS after months of research and test drives, but I have to be honest and say I spent no time at all researching “Bumblebee” before I bought her. Asking me why I chose her is like asking me why I chose my wife and the answer would be the same – “Love at first sight”. Fortunately for me, much like my late wife, the R1200’s beauty was not just skin deep.

    The first time my wife (then girlfriend) lay down beside me, we marveled at how perfectly her head rested on my shoulder. Having tried to ride numerous bikes over the last 10 years, I can say that Bumblebee is almost as perfect a fit. I could probably make a claim to the Guinness World record for least flexible hips. Put me on one of my brothers’ cruisers and I’d be lucky to get my feet on the pegs. My old friend Jim’s Laverda Motorcycle would require a month of chiropractic care after 5 minutes in the saddle, but Bumblebee has been my trusted steed for many a thousand kilometer day. The upright riding position and narrow stance allow me to get past the end of the street without reaching for the anti-inflammatories. However, a pretty face and compatible physique do not a life-partner make. Fortunately for me, Bumblebee and I share the same passions in life – long distance adventure travel.

    If it’s dashing to the store to pick up groceries, darting in and out of traffic to make a business meeting downtown or taking a weekend ride to clear the mind, Bumblebee is up to the task. But her real inner strength comes when the panniers get loaded up, the camping gear gets dragged out of storage and the tank bag gets loaded up with backcountry maps. Sure there are times when I fantasize about the sleeker physique of a nimble Enduro, like riding the White Rim trail in Utah, but Bumblebee and I both know that those bikes will not stand up to the extra hundreds of pounds of weight and thousands of kilometers of gravel roads we’ll journey on together.

    Bumblebee and I have had more than our fair share of spills along the way, mostly when I got her confused with my old dirt bike and went where no fully loaded old Geezer had any right to be. But other than a few cosmetic blemishes to each of us, we’re both still soldiering on. A younger man might ride her harder, but he could never love her more. Would I recommend a similar bike to someone like me who is not dead yet and has a few more miles to add to the odometer? You bet! And besides, the old girl still gets more desirous looks than any other bike on the street, and she makes me look cooler than I deserve!

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  5. SplitLanesLikeMOSES

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    Temperatures drop and it slithers in during the night.

    When all is quiet, a stillness creeps in. Everything stops. Freezes. The roads tense, a shield of ice forms a protective barrier. She's trapped us again.

    No choice but to wait this one out.

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    Off To The Desert for a couple days!! We will post again when we get back!
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  8. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Are you planning on adding anymore to this thread? Was thoroughly enjoying it.
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    Hokem Malarky Been here awhile

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