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. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    following along once again....have lots of fun and be well,
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  2. Deseret Rider

    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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    I second the suggestion for the Bear Tooth---from Cody, Wyo. to Redlodge Montana-------It's one of the great rides anywhere. Will be following your progress------
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  3. live2ridetahoe

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    Hey Gus,

    What month are you guys thinking about going out there? IIRC, Sturgis is around Aug 5-12 this year. You'll see a lot of, um, slower bikes than your Streetfighters out there...

    When I went over some of this route a few years ago, I was surprised at how many bikes there were out West. It turned out that I unknowingly went during bike week. I did meet some cool people when I rolled into Sturgis with CA plates. I even scored a free breakfast out of it when I said I was riding to Boston and back. The guys just had to hear about my route. I joined a cruise through the Black Hills to Mt. Rushmore. The Black Hills were a highlight of my XC trip. For you, this is probable a bit too far east. Maybe next time. BTW, my bike was the fastest bike out there through the Black Hills. I must have passes 50-100 bikes at a time, when allowed. I was on a F650GS Dakar. I can't imagine how many you guys could pass on the ducks...

    It's gonna be a great trip!

    Jeff G.
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  4. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. I just updated the link. I must have copied and pasted the initial route I had, instead of the updated one. You might have noticed that the image of the route showed the route along Bear-Tooth hwy :thumb

    Also, we'll be coming from the south so for us that will be on the way out of Yellowstone. Just looking at the street view, it looks epic. Reminds me of when we did Highway 20 in the cascades. I remember riding along certain spots that I had seen in the google street view and as you can imagine, to see these places in person, after the fact, is incredible.

    For example, take a look at the street view HERE. I remember seeing this spot on google street-view when I was routing out the trip and just imagining what it would be like to come flying around, I mean "riding" around that turn with that scenery surrounding us. Pictures or words can't describe what the place looks like in person. We were there at the perfect time, in the afternoon. Perfect weather, perfect lighting and hardly a soul around us. Epic....like I expect the areas you guys are describing to be.

    Just after that section in the map:
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    This picture taken HERE (short distance prior to the photo above):
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  5. AirDrive

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    A friend of mine, Charlie, said the secret to living long and well is to be planning 12 months ahead. He got his Pilot license at the age of 73, flew to Alaska 3 months later, and flew with his Girl Friend well into his 90's. He died 6 months short of his 100th birthday, so there must be something to his philosophy.

    When you get to Grand Junction, consider going through Colorado National Monument. It's a short, beautiful ride. Kind of a mini Bryce canyon.
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  6. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a smart guy :wink:
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    TripleTee Over the river

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    So jealous - oh to have two good wrists and elbows again! Enjoy this new adventure and be safe.
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    :clap. It's like the second season of a good TV show.
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  9. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Oh crap!!! Now THAT'S pressure. Hopefully I don't shit the bed like the producers of Homeland did :flush
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  10. live2ridetahoe

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    Or the last season of The Walking Dead.

    JG
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    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Everything gets wierd in the end, so dont let it end...
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  12. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Ha!! I like that
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    I'm in! Always a great read. No pressure though. :rilla:lurk
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  14. pumpe3

    pumpe3 lazy Swede

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    Looking forward to reading about this trip!
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    I am so looking forward to this. Loved your last report.
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    If you ever need a cheap place to stay in St. George let me know. We have an extra room in our house and our door is always open to the ADVRider Inmates...
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  17. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Appreciate the offer. Still up in the air as far as to where exactly our start/staging area will be. But again, thanks :D
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  18. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Appreciate all the support from everyone :D

    So I'm at a point where I should start booking rooms. There's a few legs of the trip where we're stuck with short distances due to what we have the following day (places and things we'll want to have time to see along the way). For example, from Jackson, WY to Gardiner, MT it's only 152 miles, but the next stop after that is Red Lodge. Red Lodge is after Bear-tooth pass and there's no way I'm not going to allow ourselves enough time to stop along the way. Even with the short distances it looks like we'll have an extra 2 nights. I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone as to a few places you think we might want to spend an extra night.

    Google maps reached it's limit as t how many points I can have on this map so I've split it into sections. This map HERE will give you an idea as to the route again though.

    (and for the record, we've done the 400+ mile days thing in the past and that's NOT what this or any of our trips are about. If we're hauling ass, it's for fun and NOT because we're in a hurry to get anywhere :nono ).
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  19. OkieGman

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    You might think about taking a jaunt over to see Mesa Verde and then over to Durango. You could spend the night at the historic Strater Hotel (http://www.strater.com). Ride the million dollar highway (550) up to Ouray and then take 62/145 to Telluride. The million dollar highway is stunning especially if you don't get caught behind an RV.

    Just my .02. I lived in Durango many years ago and love that area. I go back Elk hunting every year.
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  20. OkieGman

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    OkieGboy and I may head up to that area in a few weeks to ride and camp. Probably will ride from Eastern Oklahoma so won't cover as much ground in that area as you.
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