Terre Haute to Poway to Terre Haute September 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by scarysharkface, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Gotta love a place that goes all-out with the menu.

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    John was our waiter, and while he's probably a super really nice guy in real life, one also has to wonder if he's got people buried under his old porch in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Lube the chain on Tracy's bike yet again, then we're off yet again.

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    Mostly today we're just making miles. We backtrack to where we got on the interstate and make for Searchlight, where we head south. No Christmas Pass for us, although the Route 66 detour through Peach Springs, Arizona, is nice.

    I-40 has its challenges.

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    Tracy and I are off the bikes for a bit and a lady runs up to us and asks if we would join her for a picture, so we do.

    At some point west of Flagstaff we refuel and jump on what the GPS calls Old Route 66. It turns to red gravel and is actually a nice little diversion.

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    We end the night camped out in the Green Tree Inn in Flagstaff.

    John
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  2. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    As we're heading back east, we're also trying to avoid a couple of reasonably large weather systems that are dumping quite a bit of rain. So after heading south and east yesterday, it looks like north is our friend today. So north it is.

    No pictures because, well, we didn't stop to take any.

    Out side of Tuba City I notice a black-ish res dog working it's way from the barrier fence down toward the highway. I'm watching as we all do to make sure our paths don't intersect. As I pass him and have a good line of sight back up to the fence, just on the other side are three mountain lions (the long tails give them away at a quick glance), just kind of standing there. It looks like probably a mother and two adolescent cubs. Again, just standing there where the dog has just walked down from. The dog is in no hurry and these things don't seem at all interested in causing it any grief. Weird. Anyway, Tracy saw them as well and wonders aloud about turning around for a better look. Of course they would be gone by now (we're a half-mile down the road at this point), and I have no interest in turning around to go back to three mountain lions bold enough to stand out in the open near the road like that.

    We hit rain before we hit Kayenta and brunch.

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    Since we're heading north, I understand there are some photogenic landscapes in the area we should keep an eye out for.

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    We skirt rain all the way up past Mexican Hat.

    The view is still spectacular as we climb out to the north and look back toward the southwest.

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    We grab a quick bite in Blanding at the gas station on the south end of town, then keep moving north.

    Paradox Pizza in Moab is where we're planning to eat dinner. The food is fantastic and it's become kind of a ritual to eat there whenever we're in town.

    But we discover it's closed now, for good. Apparently they've had a struggle keeping good employees and finally threw in the towel.

    The brewery is next door, so even though they apparently have a four-year-old wrapping silverware we eat there instead.

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    Our day ends in Grand Junction, and we actually stayed mostly out of the rain.

    John
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  3. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Oh my do I miss the desert. It's months away. We're stretching it out but the white shit is near.
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  4. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    I could never understand how or why people could love the desert, then I visited Big Bend and that kind of changed everything for me. I can't explain it, but now I understand.

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  5. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Next stop was Hays, Kansas for Thursday night and then the big push home by Friday evening.

    Only one picture from those last two days, just west of St. Louis.

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    Gas and cheeseburgers.

    Made it home as the last light of dusk faded into night.

    I rode 5146 miles. I can only assume Tracy rode a similar number of miles.

    Big pic of the route:

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    A bit more detailed view of the more gooderer parts:

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    Best part of the trip was seeing Sarah and Neko, of course, but there were some highlights and nice surprises.

    Rachel, Nevada, yielded a very good experience for us. The few people we met there were great and very engaging. The scenery was beautiful. It was just a very laid-back cool.

    Kennedy Meadows, California, was beautiful. The ride up the east side of the mountains was nice and of course once up top the road is twisty and breathtaking with zero traffic most of the afternoon. The General Store was as absolutely hip/cool/laid-back/anachronistic as one could possibly ask for, and again the folks there were utterly helpful and interesting.

    It wouldn't kill me to spend some more time in and around Torrey, Utah. Same deal with Mexican Hat, Utah and Mojave National Preserve, California. Salvation Mountain has a vibe that is intangibly good, and next time I'll pop around the corner to check out Slab City.

    Really, seriously, the entire trip was good and I look forward to the next one.

    Thanks for following along, and for being a welcoming community that incites this sort of thing. Particularly, I am thankful for Baldy putting this whole site together and making it work the way it does. I don't know that it would ever have occurred to me that I could do this stuff without having stumbled upon advrider, and it has enriched my life beyond all measure.

    John
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  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks for taking the time to share. What a great trip! Nice you could enjoy it together.
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  7. KillerDyller

    KillerDyller Teabagged your drumset

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    Great report John, thanks for sharing again!
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