No Particular Place To Go

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by scarysharkface, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. bg

    bg Rainbow puppies

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    Very nice, ssf. Thanks for sharing your ride. :lurk
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  2. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Thanks for coming along!

    John
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  3. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Morning looks good. I slept like a baby.

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    Perfect sleeping weather.

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    I got all my stuff packed in under 15 minutes.

    Where are my keys?

    I can't find them anywhere.

    Oh shit.

    I have a spare set, but I'm not gonna go there because then they become my only set.

    I unpack everything.

    Whew! Packed in the tent!

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    I guess this explains the lack of Grail seekers.

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    The road.

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    Lots of smoke in the valley..

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    Ah, to be on the little DR350. Perhaps another trip..

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    At this point I'm basically just standing around in the road and enjoying the Zen.

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    I think I stopped a couple of times for pictures. I really don't remember as it was just a mellow and relaxed no-worries morning on the bike.

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    Oops.

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    Riders be ridin'..

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    I probably could have taken a nap right here an hour ago and been okay, but traffic is picking up.

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    Time for breakfast in Eureka.. The waitress collapsed we couple of patrons thought at first she was having a heart attack or something by the way she was clutching her 20-ish year old chest. As the situation developed I figured it was more a case of hangover and morning sickness. Breakfast was good and no I didn't get a discount for rendering assistance.

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    Maybe next time I'll try this place..

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    Back on the road..

    John
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  4. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    It's been hard to ignore just how green the desert is. I hadn't captured many pictures of the standing water from recent record rains, but here is one.

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    And another.

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    Sometimes the flat valley floor shimmered and it would take a bit for me to realize that it was water..

    Heading further east toward Ely the topography changes a bit and I stop to shed a layer..

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    East of Ely at a pullout. I've been dodging showers like this one for the duration of the trip. The weather has been great.

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    Heading into Utah..

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    The flats..

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    john
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  5. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    I stopped for a bit on the east side of Soldier Summit to catch some traffic through a pair of railroad tunnels..

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    Wanting a shower tonight, a motel in Price sounds good.

    Today's bits..

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    John
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  6. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    With that bike I thought you were Kevin's stunt double for a minute there...

    Looks like a trip I keep wanting to do. I spent too much time working and not enough smelling the roses when we lived out west.

    Thanks for putting this up.
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  7. traindriver

    traindriver Adventurer

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    Great RR Thanks for taking the time.
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  8. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    I'm nothing if not way way far behind on this..

    Helper, Utah, in the morning..

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    I ended up pretty much ripping through Dinosaur, Colorado and on Eastward..

    Nice rest stop for downing a candy bar and Gatorade..

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    It's pretty warm here, so I keep moving..

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    and moving..

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    Ever Eastward..

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    Sometimes the only thing that seems to change is the color of the pavement..

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    And then something interesting appears..

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    Then we're back to shades of asphalt..

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    I played this place back in the Spring of '83 with my little brother's rock band. The guitarist got called for jury duty, so Pete switched from bass to keys and I subbed on bass for a few days on this gig in Craig, Colorado. I have some incredibly fond memories and a couple of scary ones..

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    More road, but not so open as that further West. It's odd to be "back in civilization" again..

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    Weather ahead..

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    John
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  9. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Shades of Asphalt. I like that.
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  10. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    It's funny how I was looking through my pictures and the only way I could tell them apart was by the color of the asphalt. :lol3

    John
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  11. zoid

    zoid Dirty Old Hippie

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    No particular place to go. One of my favorite destinations. Enjoying the report.
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  12. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Thanks!
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  13. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    I decide to camp in Rocky Mountain National Park if I can make it that far and the weather cooperates at least a little bit..

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    It's close..

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    But just by hundreds of feet I avoid getting wet..

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    It's always a trip to ride through the mountains, where weather is so different at every turn..

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    Dinner..

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    Inside the park just before dusk, we've got company..

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    It's chilly and about to get very wet..

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    I enjoy a drink by a smoldering fire, then sleep like a baby..

    John
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