Grand Canyon Loop: Ulterior Motives

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motoged, May 15, 2012.

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    We continued in the park for a bit and Kevin led us down a gravel road winding through pines until we came to ranchland.

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    Coming down to the ranches, some of the guys saw some elk...and after that the riding was fast...

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    We had route options...

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    but we followed the dust of the guy ahead of us...a few gates greeted us, but we welcomed brief breaks to regroup...

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    some gates had some rules of engagement...

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    We let the ponies catch their breath...

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    And continued...

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    Some of the road was fast ...

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    And some were prettier than others...

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    We raced with antelope along fence lines, saw some more dancing cows, were acknowledged by friendly aliens..and were destined for a watering hole on Route 66...

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    The ponies could smell the water...

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    We cruised into Seligman, dodged the pirates who were infecting the town, gassed up, and settled in for some vittles...

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    I picked the street parking....as five minutes before this pic was taken, a dozen or so Harleys were lined up here in formation....and I just knew they wouldn't want some dusty dirtbike messing up their image. Sho'nuff....they evaporated by the time I came out for a pic.

    We stepped inside for burgers and beer...

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    I later walked around the parking lot to check out the tourist stuff...

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    Remembering that Bob was now thinking of putting an air-cooled Honda 600 cc motor in something to replace the temperamental 690, I saw just the chassis....looks like it would have good traction and was sturdy enough that it would survive Bob's maniacal riding style...

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    He would just have to get a custom seat built...

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    It was hot and we had a few hours of riding to get to Kingman. We slabbed it past miles of Burma Shave signs, a few towns. One town greeted us with a huge swarm of some flying bugs that instantly turned our goggles into welding glasses....

    We made it into Kingman and realized that most motels had jacked up their prices to accommodate a motorcycle run centered in Laughlin....many miles away. Kevin did some comparative price research while the rest of us lingered in a parking lot filled with shiny HD's and wannabe cruisers...some were friendly, but most of the pirates pretended to ignore us.

    We decided on the motel next door and we rode over, got our rooms, showered, and waited for Bob and Travis to arrive about an hour later.

    The mood was good and Bob made it better with his assortment of designer beer (For such a crusty fart, he sure likes chocolate-flavoured beer and all that other foo-foo brew :D).

    We all pulled chairs around the planter pit that would have been a fire in a more civilized location and settled into stories and enjoyed the comraderie that had developed over the past week together.

    Every night on the trail while lounging by the fire, Bob would consistently remark, "This is better than any hotel ." He was always right (dam it :lol3 ). And here we were...in a cheap motel...with deteriorating rooms and....no fire...

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    TRavis kept us entertained with his story about getting to the U-Haul truck a few days earlier...

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    We drank beer, ate pepperoni pizza, laughed, and were only too aware that the trip was ending.

    Bob was regaling us with their dam adventure...

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    We were out of the dust, canyons, ranches, reserves, and sandy washes.

    We were back in a city with trucks and Harleys making too much noise, horns honking, and too many people around us.

    Not one of us wanted the ride to end, although we all were tired and needing a break from the pace.

    It was an adjustment for us all....as a group and as individuals.

    Relationships had been formed....and others deepened. Memories for life were created and shared with laughter. The teasing was all in fun.....except the stuff about Dave's mom and sister.

    We were dead serious about that....:sweeti:toney


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  2. Barman

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    Great RR guys.:deal Almost feels like I was tagging along.

    Now just waiting for the finale...from what I've gathered to this point was that Bobz had a bad spark plug..... :ear
  3. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Lovin the ride report.... You guys rock. So jealious as I sit slaving away in my Dam cubicle.



    And speaking of Dam's....Bob....Did you get to see Megatron while you were there?

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  4. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Barman,

    Bad spark plug? Geez, I dunno ?! I think you need to read the entire report more carefully again....:D

    I don't even know what nail his pony picked up the third time...even the 690 thread hasn't been told....and that just shows what resolve Bob has to keep a secret and suspense.
  5. Barman

    Barman Way Offline

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    I've been following.:deal But either Bob has been pretty tight-lipped on the malady or I somehow missed it. I'll wait for the recap. :evil
  6. goosecreek

    goosecreek Waiting for spring

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    You guys really f*#@ed up this time. I wonder how many people there are here on the eastcoast like myself who now will die if they do not ride around out there.
    You are going to find dehydrated broke down dumbasses who have never seen a desert before crawling around looking for help.:lol3
  7. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Barman,
    Yes, you have your own chair at our fire :D My guess is that it was a fuel pump problem...as he put a new plug in the day before....but I am looking forward to the problem being identified as well.

    Bob....tight lipped??? Ask that cowboy at Bar 10...:lol3

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  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Yep, that's how we keep them "wide open spaces"....:D:D

    I am a desert rat and can't get enough of that type of terrain.... Kamloops is at the northernmost reaches of the Sonoran desert...and we have cactus and rattlesnakes up here as well....just not as much deep soft sand to hate....so that element is close by. The extremes of Utah and Arizona are experiences that I would wish others to appreciate....unless they are whiners....then they should stay away.

    It's not that I hate sand....its just riding in the deep soft stuff....(picture not needed so as to reduce visual trauma to ADV regulars :D).

    One of my most favourite experiences on this ride was the evening at Warm Bay....a refreshing swim was most excellent....but the highlight was the powdery sand at the campsite....it was like talcum powder, so laying in it beside the fire was a tactile treat....way better than being stuck in a chair :lol3
  9. motoboy9

    motoboy9 smooth is fast

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    Nice work Ged, great report I really felt like I relived it. Hope to see you again. Next time bring milk as we don't get much kitty milk down here.
  10. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Travis,
    I expect you to bring some of that thar cow's milk when you come up here to ride next July.

    Folks 'round here haven't seen that stuff for years.

    Up here we are diversifying our Kitty Milk supplies...

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  11. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Well, whaddya know?????

    We are now a rolling advertisement for Giant Loop Coyote Bags:

    http://giantloopmoto.blogspot.ca/2012/06/giant-loop-riders-bobzilla-friends.html

    I will just sit back and wait for the copyright royalties to start filling up my mailbox. :D

    Just a point of clarification....I had a Coyote before I ever heard of BobZ.....:deal :evil

    "Great minds think alike....and fools seldom differ."


    Oh....Giant Loop Guys......My Coyote will need to be replaced soon due to extensive usage....

    and.....I flog the concept to guys up here....I was the first Kamloops guy with one....now at least five guys use them....AND the Mojavi :ear :evil :deal
  12. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    That thing was built to be towed! I'm surprised they took the hitch points out of the hard parts catalog! :lol3
  13. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Messing around on the edge like that... I sure hope you guys know how to swim!
  14. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    You read that Geg ???

    I cannot believe it ... :huh Some are so lazy that instead of taking tons of pictures and writting a 60 pages report themself, they prefer to leave it to Geg and suffer again his unmatched ability to detect and exploit other's mental weakness and subsequently transform a mature man into a crying baby. :huh

    Some form of addiction I presume ...

    Paul Jr
  15. River

    River Gee

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    what an awesome trip:D Thanks for sharing. I have logged over 800 miles in the Canyon and never been up on the rim. Hope to ride that loop:wings:
  16. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Paul,
    It is a finely honed art...it was a risk they walked into with eyes wide open :D

    Now, if you insist on calling me Geg....you might watch over your shoulder for incoming verbal missiles:rofl

    GED

    It may be an addiction (compensatory behaviour)....or simply my heartless cruelty :evil
  17. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Nope....we realized he would be mush by the time his lifeless body rolled into the mighty Colorado.

    The biggest problem would have been, "Who gets his bike and gear?" :D
  18. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    DAY NINE:

    We were up quite early so everyone could go to church....:pope


    After that, folks were milling around their bikes...the gang would load up the truck and trailer and head back to Las Vegas for another and final group fiesta...I would pack up and ride to Mesquite where my truck was. It was difficult to turn down their invitation to join them in Las Vegas, but I knew I had to get on my way back home.

    The guys had trailered clean and mechanically sound motorcycles from their home base in Nevada ten days ago...

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    They had perfected the ancient art of making things that don't fit fit...

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    And now had to repeat that feat...

    The first circus act was to perfect their teeter-totter technique of transferring a bike from the trailer to the pick-up...

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    It did not take too long before they figured out the jigsaw puzzle and the bikes were loaded...

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    I was impressed with their tie-down system. Up here in Kitty Milker country, we do the standard technique of tiedowns from handle bars to the truck bed. These guys build their own hi-tech stands made to NASA dimensions so that the bike is suspended on a stand and the tie-downs are ratchet straps fixed to the footpegs to another secret design floor-mount rack.

    Maybe I need to get out more....but it impressed me...

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    Very well thought out system....as a Luddite, I was in awe :clap

    And.....I really need to get out more :D

    The day was sunny and would be hot. No one was really in a hurry to end our ride, and we all knew we were approaching that time.

    The night before the bikes were resting peacefully...and Dr. Dave (you know....the guy with the mother-sister thing he didn't like to discuss) left his helmet hanging on the bars of his custom 400XR...

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    Being the youngster in the crowd, he was tucked in early....and his loving brethren scooped his helmet and hid it somehow in their gear. In the morning they did not say a word when Dave was searching for his helmet as he was gathering his stuff. They didn't squeak out any form of hint they knew where it was as he became more perplexed :huh.

    (Paul, you think I am cruel??? :D)

    Someone offered up the comment...."Did you bring it in last night?" And then the assumption that it had been stolen began to circulate....Dave's face grew longer and the lower lip began to stick out a bit, despite his best efforts to appear to not be shitting himself with confusion, guilt, and remorse.

    His best friends....family since early childhood...childhood buddies...the important figures that shared and guided his formative years....didn't let on. I picked up on this show and asked what was up....and was led to believe that they wouldn't let him in on the joke for some time.

    Something was said quietly to me about E-bay helmet bids....:deal :evil :D

    I presently don't know how the trick was played out and hope one of the gang will tell us the story...

    The moment of goodbyes was upon us :cry :cry

    I was given warm goodbyes and man-hugs....


    As I look back on it, I see a range of .... ULTERIOR MOTIVES



    - Bob needed another Old Fart along to make him look good

    - Bob needed someone to write a ride report cuz he cant spell worth shit

    - Bob need another 690 along so he wouldn't need to pirate Kevin's 690 for parts

    - The other guys needed someone slower than all of them

    - The whole gang needed an easy target for their razor sharp wit

    - They needed an eighth guy so one of them didn't have to pay full price for a single motel room



    But if the truth be told, it was a simple plan:

    Bob organized a ride with some of the guys closest to him so he could share his enthusiasm about riding the dez , going to places he had enjoyed before and new places he wanted to see, creating an opportunity to take the risk of inviting new people along and expanding all of his and their horizons.

    Not just that horizon down the road, but the horizons of kin, friendship, adventure, the altered state a good fire conjures up, laughter, challenges of one's own varied limits.....and the unlimited horizons of opening one's heart up.



    Thanks for the ride, Bob :clap :freaky :ear :lol3 It was a pleasure to share in your adventure...

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    And to the rest of the guys....

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    I appreciate you letting me in. Part of my purpose on this trip was to take a step back and see how a group of friends treated one another. I was impressed with the help offered by one another, the cooperation, the closeness demonstrated, and the consistent ability to role with the punches along the way without turning on one another.

    It was a privilege to be part of your world. Thank you !!




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  19. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    And now Bob....WTF happened to your bike the third time?

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  20. tucanslam

    tucanslam Adventurer

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    Another trip in the bag guys. :freaky I had a great time spending my vacation with new and old friends on another crazy adventure. :p3rry
    Thank you Ged for a most excellent ride report!! :clap
    I can't wait to ride with you and the other guys again in Canada 2013.