Part 2: Me, a blonde, 2 Ducati's....4,000 miles (and then some)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GP1152, May 7, 2013.

  1. Candiya

    Candiya Been here awhile

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    I just love your photos. The fire photos with the blue sky were really unusual. Usually, there is a general haze of smoke so it was interesting to see the clearly defined plume.

    As usual, can't wait for the next installment!
  2. IVAN38

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    Hi,
    Your photos are magnificent
    I adore them


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    Thank you for making us share these good moments :lurk

    See you very soon


    sorry for my bad English !!!!
  3. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Candiya. The lighting seemed to change from mile to mile. in some of the pictures you can see more of a haze than in others and it was mainly due to a pretty decent wind that was blowing. It was keeping the skies clear in areas that weren't down-wind. In talking to the rangers though they said that wind was definitely making things difficult for the people that were fighting those fires.


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  4. live2ridetahoe

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    For the record, I felt the same way about the traffic in Yellowstone as the bison in that Youtube video.

    I was in one of those lines that was stopped for the bison. The bison were walking toward me while I was stopped. There was really no where for me to go. I could have reached out and touched it. He was that close. I guess I was a bit naive then, as I just pulled out and took pictures (without the flash on of course!).

    I like the compactness of your tool roll and kit. Would you post some details about it? I have a Kriega tool roll and it does not pack down all that well. I would like something a bit more compact.

    Cheers,

    JG
  5. * SHAG *

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    That happened to me in 2010. Was only one in the road. He /she charged at me! I had to bolt and pass the car in front of me on the right side!

    Then a little while later momma bear and cub walking right by as I was again stuck in traffic! :eek1
  6. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, not the ideal situation. I'm sure those animals are de-sensitized to a point. But there's always that moment that they realize: "wit a second.....I'm a wild animal!! I don't have to deal with you being here if I don't want to".


    Funny you should mention the tools since we just lost the little columbia pouch this past weekend in Death Valley. It now lies somewhere out here:
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    Anyway, I had to re-order what was in there. Haven't found the same pouch so I need to find something equivalent.

    The tool roll is a craftsman tool roll. This looks to be the same one HERE.

    The socket kit is THIS ONE below. Works great and is the only thing I've found small enough to fit into tight spaces on the bike.
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    This had a specific size I needed at one point:
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    Found these bit holders that work great (HERE and HERE):
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    Search eBay HERE for this bit set:
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    You can pretty much eyeball the rest to see what is what. In the tool roll I have, from left to right in the image above:
    - tire plugs (twizzler looking type)
    - Tire pressure gauge
    - Rasp and needle tools (to bore out and plug tire)
    - Razor blade/knife (I always have one of these on me as well)
    - Telescopic magnet tool (you never know if you drop something down a drain ditch or something)
    - Wrench
    - Needle-nose pliers
    - Zip-ties (because duct-tape doesn't fit in here)
    - Small micro screwdriver set (Like this one). Comes in pretty handy)
    - Work gloves

    Lastly, we carry this air-compressor and an SAE adapter that plugs into the battery tender lead to be able to power it. The USB plug you see in the picture lets us charge phones, camera batteries, etc.

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    I think that covers everything. If I missed anything just let me know.
  7. Squidbrah

    Squidbrah Been here awhile

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    Shit man....I wish I read this thread earlier. I would have suggested a much nicer route through Montana instead of going through Great Falls. That place is a total shithole and you bypassed some awesome roads which would have been on your way.
  8. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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  9. live2ridetahoe

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    +1

    jg
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    All I want for Christmas is a 14th page...cuz it means an update has been posted :rofl
  11. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Sorry for going dark on this thread. We've been traveling a bit and with the year coming to an end things have been pretty busy. We're headed to Death Valley for Xmas (no bikes this time). I think this is the 4th time just this year. I'll post updates when we get back.

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  12. AdamFL

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    Guess I missed the part where the dirt bikes came. How'd you tow the trailer with tailgate down, did you have to get a stinger or something for the ball? I'd like to do that with the 29 Airstream but not sure possible.
  13. doogiepooch

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    It's filler from another trip while he gets back to typing up some more of this one :D
  14. Blader54

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    Antihero was in DV over Xmas too....I was hoping for a serendipitous meet-up....
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    mistasam ciao!

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    Coooool! Man I haven't ridden my SF848 in 6+ months and it's killing me, but these photos make me happy :D Looks like you guys have been having a ton of fun!
  16. doogiepooch

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    This is a long time to leave us hanging....:lol3
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    love this on-going report!

    and while i love riding dirt, how in the hell do you say NO to this?? :eek1

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  18. doogiepooch

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    We are closing in on 4 months with no further updates? I suppose if I had a wife that rode I'd be to busy to update my travel threads to :lol3
  19. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    So yeah… this is WAY overdue. This is exactly why I usually do the ride report during the ride and not after the ride. Since we’ve been back, when we’re not working, we’re out exploring somewhere. Unfortunately it doesn’t bode well for this ride report. For that I apologize to all of you. It’s something that I’d think about all the time, but those of you that have done a report like this know that it is pretty time consuming.

    Anyway, at this point it’s probably best if I do a cliffs notes version so here it goes…...

    Back to Cody, WY and dinner which came shortly after we checked in. We ate at a place called the Rib & Chop House. Nice place, good food. I was kind of surprised there were so many young people, plenty of which were pretty easy on the eyes. Nothing against Cody, we loved the place, but I figured it would be an older population.

    Saw this along the way. Definitely not what we’d find back home:

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    Back at the hotel it was time to call and check with the hotels we had reserved at further along our planned route. One was in McCall, ID and the other was in Ketchum. Both were in close proximity of the fires we had been hearing so much about. After speaking to the people at both hotels it became apparent that it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to go that way. As mentioned before, if we were to commit to that route, the only way back to the truck and camper (now parked in storage in Idaho Falls) would be to come back the exact same way we came. The rest of the trip hinged on what was going on with those fires. We conceded that it would be a huge waste of days and miles so we decided to stay an additional day in Cody and head back towards idaho falls (via Jackson, WY again). The northern loop would have to wait for another trip. Once we got to Idaho Falls we’d just play it by ear.

    The next day we had breakfast at the hotel. It wasn’t free this time and it really should have been. The food was total crap and the servers and hostess seemed to be off in dream-land. Just an odd experience altogether. Apparently that was the theme for the day. After breakfast we went for a ride and had lunch in Cooke City. If you’re ever there, don’t bother eating at “The Bistro”. Food sucked and we got what was likely the worst service I have ever encountered. I’m not sure how I would have reacted if the server had talked to me the way I heard her talk to some of the other patrons. really just a total bitch altogether. The people in these parts really all seem to be so nice that when you come across someone like this, they really stand out.

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    Towards the end of our meal we noticed it was getting a bit smokey out. Seemed the wind had shifted a bit and was now carrying the smoke in from the surrounding areas. That was our cue to get going. We paid the bill, loaded up, stopped for gas then started making our way back to the hotel.

    Our spots were gone when we got back to the hotel but we were still able to score good parking up front. Not sure if it was the ride or what, but I was pretty beat. For dinner, eating-in seemed like a really good idea. We ordered some chinese food, I stuffed my face and called it a day.

    Even with as much as I ate the previous night there was still some chinese food left over. So, why not have a bit when I woke up?? With that out of the way, and with the decision already having been made to head back towards the storage unit, I went ahead and called the place we stayed at in Jackson and reserved a room for later that evening. We then packed our things, checked out, loaded up and were on our way. Our stop for gas was at the same place but far less confusing. It was a bit warm out but as was the case when we were coming in, there’s really no traffic on these roads so the “steady” pace helped to keep us cool.

    Since we would be making our way thru yellowstone and Grand Teton again (2 places I really don’t want to be searching for gas in) we went ahead and topped off at the gas station that is just outside the park’s East Entrance, the Pahaska Tepee. Fueling up here would mean having enough to get us to Jackson. The attendant seemed like a great guy, but also either a bit crazy or too hyped up on Mountain Dew or something. he even sang us part of a song (from a movie) he said he was just reminded of. Thanks!!

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    Lunch was good the last time we went through Grand Teton so if it aint broke……

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    The scenery hadn’t changed in the last few days. Still amazing and still interrupted here and there by road construction along the way. Not the funnest when it’s hot out. Still beats working though.

    We made it back to Jackson and checked in. Good day of riding again so why not finish the day off with a good meal. Sushi it is. Check out this fence we saw on the way there:

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    When we got to the place we were surprised to find a metropolitan-city style sushi restaurant. Nice place but the ambiance must have gotten to the hostesses head because she seemed SHOCKED that we would even consider showing up there on a Monday and NOT have reservations. Never mind all those empty tables you have around you lady. Regardless of that, we were put in "time-out" and made to wait at one of their “waiting tables” by the bar.

    Our server could have been friendlier, but the food was really good. I’ll give them that. But come on guys, lose the attitude. Neither you OR your place are all that. The message at the bottom of the menu should give you an idea as to what I’m referring to (really?? You can’t be bothered with separate checks??):

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    After a stop at a yogurt shop and a t-shirt store, it was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for our ride back to the storage unit in Idaho Falls in the morning.


    We took a bit of a different route the next morning. It was actually the route the GPS had recommended the previous time we came into Jackson (along Pine Creek Road instead of HWY-26) before the recommendation we were given. This route back to Idaho Falls would take us through Victor, ID where we got gas and also, unbeknownst to us, there is a really great BBQ place called Big Hole BBQ. Couldn’t have been better timing really:

    Gas at the Victor Gateway Station:
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    Lunch at Big-Hole BBQ:

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    We get a lot of this along the way:
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    All gassed up and ready to go (literally!!). The storage unit was now only a bit over 60 miles away. Sadly, this turned out to be the end of any substantial riding on the bikes. With the change in plans our trip ended up with more frequent stops along the way which made for good sightseeing, but not so good for riding opportunities. From here I’ll continue the story with pictures and some captions to summarize the rest of the trip......
  20. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Driving into the night in Idaho
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    approx 2 AM along hwy 20 from Idaho into Oregon. Had to stop for sleep:
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    Americana at it's best. Breakfast at RJ's Restaurant in Burns, OR.
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    Straigh, arrid, buggy drive on HWY-20 towards Bend, OR
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    Time for a wash (Bend, OR)
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    Mexican food for lunch in Sisters, OR. (and view of rig from our table)
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    Hike into Jawbone Flats (small forest town with population of nine. read more here). Very cool place. As if it were stuck in another era. The old mining equipment pictured is scattered all along the 3 mile hike into the small "town".

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    Stephanie getting information from one of the volunteers stationed there at the time:
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    Making our way to the California Coast
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    Crescent City, CA
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    Santa?? Not quite. Craftsman at the Redwood Gift shop along Hwy-1
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    These guys were on a trip from Argentina to Alaska. He had his website on the side of the vehicle
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    Lunch in Trinidad, CA:
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    Apple Cider at Clendenen's Cider Works:
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    Camping at Salt Point, CA. Almost home...
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    Would hate to be the guy in the water here:
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    Mexican food run in Gualala, CA.
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    Last day, headed home on Hwy-1
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