Alright people's...it is time for my ride report. This report will not be the gnarliest adventure in the world; lots of slab, lots of miles (4k in all), all with a short time fuse (10 days). The ride will have some great dirt riding along with plenty of pass crossings, and also a little drama to go along. In the end it was a great trip (yes this is a past tense report), and I think it should serve as an entertaining ride to follow. **Edit….teaser photo I tend to do things a little bit different than your average bear, so hopefully that comes across as the report develops. My wording will not be grammatically perfect, I may screw up a few picture/video embeds, but no need to point out the grammatical short comings Point Dexter, cause I don't care said Pierre. So it's time to get it on....but first let's take a step back in time so that we can exam how this trip developed. February 28th, 2012 Location: Emergency Room 10:00PM A guy walks with assistance from two friends, and he looks to be in a world of pain. He has a bandage wrapped around his head, and it is pretty well blood-soaked. He is wearing a soccer uniform, along with his friends. They walk up to the admittance desk, and the registration clerk asks them what the injury is. "He was kicked in the face", they respond. "Awe man, that has got to hurt" I tell my wife as she sits beside me with a bag of frozen corn being held to her face. "I think we just got bumped, he must have some sort of eye injury to go with all that blood". Soccer guy is quickly admitted, and is ushered into the back of the ER. The clerk then calls our name for check-in. We walk up and sit down. First question from the clerk is "What is your injury?" Wife responds: "I was hit in the eye" Clerk: "Who hit you?" Wife: "No one hit me, I missed catching a cell phone, and it hit me in the eye" Clerk: " A cell phone did this to you? Who threw the cell phone?" I decide to interject here: "I did. Well I didn't intentionally throw it at her, well I guess I did throw it at here, but I wasn't throwing it AT HER. She asked for her phone and I tossed it down a fight of stairs, she missed catching it, and hit her square in the eye.".... Yes cousin Eddy sums an event up like this best in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.......Bingo. Okay, back to our ED room conversation. Next immediate question from the clerk to my wife "Do you feel safe at home?"....at this point I cross my arms and give my wife a stern look while slowly shaking my head up and down as to instruct her on the response she is to provide...okay I am kidding, I didn't do that and I don't think spousal abuse is a laughing matter, you will just need to get used to my poor sense of humor if you plan to read this report as I can not continuously excuse it (it's bad, real bad.... my witty banter sucks as well). The wife responds "Yes, I feel safe at home". Good response, but somehow I still feel as if 5-0 is going to walk in the ED at any moment, and start asking me questions. Turns out that we would hear this question over and over again for the next couple of weeks...okay I give up, I just have to get used to being known as the that guy. Then as we finish up the admittance paper work with the clerk in preparation to move back into the ER exam room, she begins review of the incident... Clerk: " At 9:30PM of February 28, 2012 you sustained a tramatic eye injury due to your husband throwing you down the stairs...." WTF; you just can not make things like this up. I guess I should just be prepared to spend the night in the clink as I am guilty until proven innocent. In all fairness, if I looked at my wife from a third person perspective, I could see how everyone was coming up with this conclusion as it looked like someone planted a baseball in her socket at 60MPH. It was swollen like you wouldn't believe... and yes I do take responsibility for what happened as I am the one who made the decision to "toss" (I have learned to pick my words carefully after this event) the phone to my wife instead of taking the time to walk down a flight of stairs to "hand" it to her. And for all you motherly types out there, I guess I was never told not to throw things at people....some people just have to learn the hard way. Unfortunately it wasn't at my expense, it was at the expense of the one person in this world that I aim to protect. See a contradiction here? <EMBED height=315 type=application/x-shockwave-flash width=420 src=http://www.youtube.com/v/vHzCn0roszw?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0 allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></EMBED> Moving on with the backstory here, my wife's eye has issues, some pretty major. A month off from work, weekly eye appointments, and lots of eye drops. Oh, did I mention that my wife is a hardcore bad-ass? No? Well she is. Right from the start of this accident, we worked to look forward to correcting the situation and moving on. No blame, just need to move forward and correct the situation to the best of our abilities. I really don't know too many people out there in this world who would have the ability to take this type position in the current situation that she is in, and for that I am amazed at her inner spirit. One of the hardest part's of this whole incident is that we first had to allow 6-8 weeks for the healing of the eye from the trauma, and then we could consult with the eye specialist on how to proceed with correcting the issue. That day finally came in early June. The healing from the eye trauma was confirmed to be complete (and really there were no improvements to her vision), and we now made arrangement to meet with a group of local eye specialists in order to determine what the corrective measures would be, and how many procedures it would take to get complete the work. At first we were hearing that it would be 3 procedures and then 2, which was good as they were reducing in number but why not get it down to 1? In the end, the specialist stuck with it requiring 2 procedures, and that they ultimately wanted to refer us to an eye specialist who was located in Salt Lake City as they believed he was the best person to do this procedure. Well, looks like we are going to Salt Lake City. The consultation appointment was booked for a Monday July 9th. The first plan was to fly out and back in a day so that we did not use up any major vacation time to deal with this appointment; But then I realized that we also had a wedding to attend on Friday the 13th in Denver, then the thought occurred.....Scooter Trip The wife was all in for this trip, but could not continue on to Denver as she is short on vacation time. She will have to bail out after reaching SLC by getting a one way flight back to Seattle. That is a bit a bummer, but that is how it goes on this one. For this trip she will ride with me 2-up on the 950....Yeah that is right the bad-ass, big orange, KTM 950. Okay thus far we have determined two things; my wife and my motorcycle are bad-ass....wait, maybe three things....I am a wife beater. Here is the basic plan; The ride is broken into three phases: 1. Seattle, WA > Slat Lake City, UT - Eye Consultation - Route will head east through WA, then south through Hell's Canyon and subsequent Idaho National Forest Roads, then onto SLC via superslab. 2. Salt Lake City > Denver - Wedding - Route will consist of heading South to Bryce Canyon, then east towards Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park (via Burr Trail), Four Corners, and then North to Ouray, Crested Butte, Summit County, and finally East to Denver. 3. Denver > Seattle Wa - Iron Butt back to Seattle via Cody Wy, Yellowstone, and Lolo Pass ID. Final routes were pretty loose as I figured my life is structured enough, no need to have a hard structure to this trip.