The Adventures of Tyson and Hobbes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by av_mech, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. bretedge

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    Great report and pics! I rode Weston Pass on my 800 XC about a month ago. Fun as hell, that road. Views aren't half bad, either. Cottonwood Pass is a blast on both sides, paved and unpaved. I rode up the paved side and at the top was a guy on a big touring BMW road bike. He seriously looked bummed to know that I was riding down the dirt side and he was going back on the pavement. Ha! Dual sports rule!

    Keep these kick ass RR's, pics and videos coming. They're awesome.
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  2. av_mech

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    I think I read your report. Did you have a get off on Engineer? I was gonna head to that part of the state but I had to work on Sunday. A day ride is all I could manage. Stay tuned.... I leave a week from Friday on a huge trip. Denver, Boise, Redmond, northern Cali, Oregon coast, portland, Redmond, then Nevada, Utah, and back to Denver. Father and sons trip. Dad will be on the goldwing so it will be all pavement. But we are camping the entire trip.
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  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Great stuff.
    I rode some of that last report on rental F650GS in 2008. We thought the area was fanbloodytastic. We did fail Tincup pass. Not because we didn't make it to the top but there was still too much snow just over the top. Have you tried the Tiger up that one yet? :eek1
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  5. bretedge

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    No, I rode Engineer like a (lucky) champ. Ophir, on the other hand...not so much. Yeah, I had a get off on the first switchback. No real damage to me or bike, though.

    If you and your Dad come through Moab look me up. First round of beer's is on me.
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  6. Burren Rider

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    G'Day Tyson,

    Great photo's and report, looks like a spectacular place to ride :thumb.
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  7. DesertDog

    DesertDog Been here awhile

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    Tyson, Photos are awesome. Saw the vid on the Boise thread and nice way to put a cherry on the top of a great hill climb. Getting ready to do some backpacking then off for a week on the Tiger. After seeing how you are enjoying yours, it confirms that the Steamer is going to have to be retired and a new XC bought and tortured. :D

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  8. av_mech

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    39 hours and 53 minutes til the 4000 mile adventure starts!! :happay
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  10. thor.i.am

    thor.i.am ridin' a KLR

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    :D I'm with JerDog. Let see action! :D
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  11. av_mech

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    Home sweet second home in Denver. I am in the process of editing 777 photos and 13 gopro videos from my 3857 mile adventure. Look for the first part of the report to be up late tonight. Some stats from the trip:

    3857 miles across five states
    Day 1= 166 miles
    Day 2= 711 miles
    Day 3= 343 miles
    Day 4= 309 miles
    Day 5= 271 miles
    Day 6= 221 miles
    Day 7= 0 miles
    Day 8= 653 miles
    Day 9= 573 miles
    Day 10= 610 miles

    Best mpg= 54.6
    Worst mpg= 40.2
    Ave mpg= about 44.5
    77 hours 14 minutes in the saddle
    55.4 mph average speed

    1 broken gas cap
    1 new rear tire
    3 bee stings
    1 trip to the hospital

    More to come....lots more to come
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  12. av_mech

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    Day 1

    A long time coming. That's what this next ten days is all about. Work has been long, arduous, trying, and challenging all summer long. The summer of 2011 has nearly slipped completely by. But, not this next ten days. This next ten days will be the ride of the year. I will be with my family, who I love dearly. I will also be with Hobbes. Hobbes is part of my family now and I love him dearly as well.

    Meet the players. Dad. On his '86 Honda Goldwing with 91,000 miles.

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    And my brother, Trevor. Riding his '93 Kawasaki KLX650C with almost 20,000 miles.

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    Then, there's me. Riding my '11 Triumph Tiger 800XC with 2821 miles.

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    My dad left Wisconsin and rode 1200 miles solo to meet me in Denver on Thursday afternoon, August 18. He showed up a little later than expected cause the wing was having some troubles. My dad described the sputtering and loss of power. We determined that his gas cap wasn't venting properly. A #40 drill bit fixed that right up. It was great to be with him on a another moto trip. We had a great one last year together from Boise to Glacier NP and back. This year proved to be even better cause little bro was gonna be along. Deer hunting season '09 was the last time we were all together. :gun2

    My dad and I hardly had anytime to catch up. We had miles to make! It's about 875 miles to my house in Boise from Denver. We had to be there tomorrow night to get the vacation started. My brother only had a limited time off and we needed to meet him in Redmond, OR on Saturday.

    We got on the interstate and I let dad go first to make sure the wing was running right after the gas cap mod.

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    As we climbed in altitude to almost 11,000 feet, the wing was losing power. We figured it was just the altitude. We were right. The old wing has emphysema. A little tough to breathe at that altitude. This is the first bike I've owned with fuel injection. Mine did just fine. :D

    It was hot when we left Denver. The coolness of the higher altitudes was a welcome comfort. We turned North on 9 and made our way past the Green Mountain Reservoir and into Kremmling.

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    We headed up Gore Pass and the sunset was pretty darn good. My dad commented that no matter what way you look, it sure is purdy.

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    I came around the corner and was completely startled by a moose in the road! I haven't seen one in Colorado in years! Pretty neat.

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    I'm not quite sure what the look on my dad's face was for. Maybe just a bad picture.

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    We went past Finger Rock and my dad remembered my earlier ride report and agreed that "Spire of Death" would have been a much cooler name.

    Time for gas, food, and beer in Yampa. We stopped at a little diner and both had BBQ burgers that hit the spot. I wasn't in the mood for heavy beer, so we got some Kokanee for the campsite a few miles down the road.

    We set up camp at the Stagecoach Reservoir. It took us a minute to find it. GPS is good, but sometimes you just have to look at a map to get the lay of the land and figure out exactly where you are. $21 for a campsite! We didn't pay the extra $7 on top of that for the extra vehicle. We have four wheels. Same as a car. We only had a few beers while we listened to a coyote that was literally just down the hill for us. It was too late for a fire and tomorrow was gonna be a big day. Day 1 of the adventure is complete.
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  14. av_mech

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    Day 2

    We had to set an alarm on vacation!! This was gonna be one long day. We had to make it to Boise tonight. I was really looking forward to showing Dad my new house there. I've owned it since December and I've only spent about 11 weeks there cause of this Colorado thing I have going on.

    We didn't have anything for breakfast at camp. Just a little coffee to jump start the day.

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    Just a quick jaunt back out to Highway 9 and we were making forward progress. At Oak Creek we took a small cutoff road to Hayden, CO. The cutoff road, CO 27, turned out to be a great way to start out the day. It was very scenic.

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    Dad was already bugging me to ride the new Tiger. He did comment that is sounded "funny". "Is that how it's supposed to sound?" "Yes dad. That's how a Triumph triple sounds!"

    So I let him ride and we switched for about 10 miles. I was comfortable on the Goldwing and I knew it well. I did a trip on it back when I was in college in Wisconsin. I took it up to Upper Michigan and rode a lot of the Lake Superior coast with a buddy. He had a classic BMW. Can't quite remember what. That, for many years, was my favorite vacation I took. It was good to be back on the Wing for a bit. It sure is a comfy bike. It would have been a little better if I had my camel back off. I was a little scrunched because of the backrest.

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    We switched back when we got to Hwy 40. I don't think dad was ready to give the Tiger back. He loved the tranny. It's hard not to.

    Soon we were in Craig, CO and it was time for food. I didn't see a dedicated breakfast joint, but the sign said "open" on a pizza place. I ran across the street and sure enough, they had a breakfast menu. It was pretty tasty too.

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    When I took the picture of my breakfast plate, my dad asked why I had done it. I always enjoy seeing these pictures in other people's reports. So, I was gonna go the same thing. Of course, this was the only one I remembered to take. I look at that picture and it really puts me back in that restaurant. I remember those potatoes had an awesome seasoning on them. This is going to be one of those things that I am going to remember to do on trips from now on. Not only does it add to the report, but it helps me to remember more feelings of that exact moment in time.

    I took a lot of my shots from the saddle on this trip. I got pretty darn good at it. I have the camera set up on my chest strap of my backpack. The pouch has a velcro flap that makes for easy access. It also has a zipper for when the weather gets nasty. But the camera is also built for the nasty stuff too. Consequently, since a lot of shots were taken while moving, I lost the zoom function. The quality of my photos throughout this report will be a little lower than usual. So, deal with it.

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    Lots and lots of open country out here. It just goes on for miles and miles and miles. It's on the hot side as well. I wouldn't call it wasteland, but there isn't much going on out here.

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    We saw this little guy while on a pee break. There was also a very low frequency pounding over the hill. We never figured out what it was. It was very, very, odd. I thought it might be a well driller or oil rig, but the sound wasn't quite right.

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    We are starting to near the Utah border and Dinosaur National Monument. For all my loyal readers, you'll notice that we are running the same route from here til Boise as my opening post in this thread. There's just not a lot of options out here where you can still make good time.

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    We have passed Vernal, UT and are now approaching Duchesne, UT. I'm pretty sure it's pronounced do-chase. We had to stop for construction and dad's meat thermometer was reading 100 degrees. Yep, it's hot in the desert in the summer.

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    We gassed up in Duchesne. I am still operating on maps alone. I had four BENCHMARK Atlases with me on the trip. I highly recommend this series. I looked at the map and knew where I needed to go after we left the gas station because I saw the sign for 87 North a block away. I guess I should have told dad we were taking the scenic way. He was lagging behind after I turned North and I couldn't figure out why. His GPS was telling him to do a U turn. I knew where I was and I was getting angry that dad wouldn't listen to me over his electronics. I was still really wound up from recent months of toil. He finally conceded that I knew where I was and we continued on.

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    We were now starting the climb up Wolf Creek Pass. Dad has improved his riding skills on the Goldwing a lot since our trip last year. But, the Wing is no match for the Tiger and I leave pokey behind while I wear the sides of my tires.

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    I stopped at the top to enjoy the cooler temps and wait for Dad. There was another group of bikers there too. "Jesus, you got enough shit with you?" said the douche bag in the doo-rag. "Yeah, it's a lot more than I normally carry, but I'm on a ten day road trip. Not so worried about weight." "Hey that's a nice BMW," says one of the other dickheads in the assless chaps sitting on his overpriced POS. "No, I think it's a KLR." I'd had about enough of these assholes. I started my bike and made a comment something to the effect of, "FUCK YOU! Catch me on my KLR! That is, if your bikes start and run long enough with out breaking down." I gave the ADV rider salute as I redlined out of the parking lot.

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    I am an ex-snowboard bum with five years under my belt in Breckenridge, CO. That being said, I've always been very interested to check out Park City, UT. Colorado and Utah have some of the best snow in the world and this was always a place that I thought I may want to live someday when I go back to an easier work life. It was getting on towards 2:00 and we hadn't eaten since breakfast. Lunch in Park City it was. I filled my Camel Back with ICE COLD water at the restaurant and we took a little drive down the main drag.

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    Yep, looks like a great place to party life away.

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    The rest of the day would be spent on the Interstate. We still had five hours to go. Dad and I were hauling ass down the mountain into Salt Lake City.

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    We made it almost all the way through SLC with out hitting Friday afternoon traffic. Just a bit of stop and go. Back up to speed and it's getting to be a long day. I found that I can put my feet up on the tank and the Happy Trail crash guards hold my legs. A pretty decent alternative since I don't have highway pegs.

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    We stopped for gas in "The Middle of Nowhere."

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    In my first post, I said there will be no pictures from the Interstate in Idaho. Well, here's making up for lost time.

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    The farmland of Idaho actually is quite pretty.

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    I'm ready to see my house and get off the bike for today!

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    The sun was setting as we only had about 50 miles to go. It was a good one.

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    And so concludes our 711 mile day. The longest one of the trip. Now things can start slowing down a little.
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  15. bretedge

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    More great photos and anecdotes, Tyson. I feel for ya w/ the douches in do-rags at Wolf Creek Pass. I'm not a fan of Harley's and most of the riders I run into on the road are pretty cool but it seems like any time I find an asshole, he's on an H-D.

    Lookin' forward to more of your trip report. Might have to hit you up for some dirt road recommendations between Dinosaur & Steamboat as I might be heading that way next month.
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  16. av_mech

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    Day 3

    After a restful night my own bed, in my own house, we woke up and got packed. I spoke with my neighbors and took care of a few things that needed attention around the house in my absence. Some breakfast at Micky D's and gas. Day three has begun.

    We will travel from Boise, ID to Redmond, OR today. Trevor lives there and will join the adventure. A few more miles on the interstate to the Oregon border and we get off onto Hwy 26 which will take us all the way to Redmond.

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    We were riding along the farmland and a flock of birds flew into my Dad's path ahead of me. He got one and rolled to a stop as I rode by. About a mile later, another one fell off his bike and came to a skidding stop on the pavement. It must have gotten stuck somewhere and then fell off. I'm not sure if that is funny to anyone else, but maybe a little.

    We left the irrigated farm land and entered the desert again.

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    We started to gain a little bit of altitude as we got close to Unity, OR. One of the fields was flooded to my right. There was a dad and his two kids on an ATV out mud bogging. I gave an entheusiastic wave. They waved back. I remember they all had the biggest smiles on their face. Pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday with the fam.

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    If anyone is ever near Eastern Oregon, please be sure to stop at the gas station there. See their Facebook page HERE. It is owned by motorcyclists and they cater to our needs. The guy was out at the pump with a glass cleaning wipe to get the face shield clean and we talked for more than a few minutes. They have a really good thing going there and I hope they do well. There was recently an article in one of the motorcycle publications highlighting Eastern Oregon riding. There are hundreds of miles of great off-roading trails, as well as wonderful, deserted, and twisty tarmac roads. There is a section of road just to the North of Unity they are calling "Little Dragon" after the famous "Tail of the Dragon" out East in the US. I'm gonna have to go back and run "Little Dragon." And you can bet I'll be giving these guys some business. They sell liquor there too.

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    Time to leave dad in the dust again and have fun with Hobbes going over the Strawberry Mountains.

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    Highway 26 follows the John Day river down this side of the mountain range. Mountains to my left and farmland to my right.

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    There is a really cool canyon that climbs out of the basin just past Dayville. Another spectacular twisty section. Hobbes just eats this stuff up!

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    Dad didn't make it long in the lead after this photo.

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    I didn't get very many photos. Tough to take them when the road is so much fun!

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    We got gas in Mitchell, OR. Just a little old mining town. Pretty neat. The guy manning the gas pumps was a behemoth of a man. He looked he had that "old man strength" that you just don't wanna screw with. He had the change sitting on top of the pump. I sure as hell wouldn't steal from this man. You can tell from the picture just how large this man was. Look how he towers over the pumps.

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    Redmond is getting close!!

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    The first view of the Sisters Mountains as we grow closer and closer.

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    We made it! Trevor is in love. He met an awesome girl in Redmond. This is Kathleen and the wonderful desert she made after our meal at the little hometown brewery in Redmond.

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    My bro needs a bigger garage! You can't see em all, but there are seven motos in there!

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    Dad and two sons are finally reunited after much too long. We only had a few beers while bullshitting in the garage after a Walmart restock run. I had to do an oil change and Trevor was putting the finishing touches on his machine. I'll give him credit here. He has taken that KLX and made it an extremely capable ride. He does 2-up off road camping on it with Kathleen!!!! They got a large Big Agnes bag and share a sleeping bag to save space and weight. Wouldn't you be in love too if you found a chick that would do that with you?

    I'm sure he will chime in here sometime soon, but he's got a DRZ rear shock to support both of them, a new Fischer seat, Rotopax fuel canister, "custom" angle iron highway pegs, X2 torch headlight, and I'm sure many other things I'm forgetting. He's got the street tires on for this trip and I'm thoroughly impressed with what he's done.

    Time for bed. Tomorrow we head South and will be in California by dark.
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  17. zedx9

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    Great ride report so far. I got to meet your dad today. I was standing in REI and he and Trevor came in. Nice to meet him. Great that you and Trevor were able to spend the time on the road with him.
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  18. av_mech

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    The only way I can recommend from experience is the Sand Canyon/Echo Park/Yampa Bench/14N gravel road that runs 40 miles all the way through Dinosaur. You can see pictures in the ride that started this thread. You could actually follow the rest of my route through Meeker and over the Flat Tops Scenic Byway and then turn North on 131 when you get to Yampa. That'd take you right to Steamboat and you can make pretty good speeds on those roads.

    As far as day trips out of Steamboat, 100 looks like a pretty good day loop heading South off of Rabbit Ears Pass and then back on the highway. Or Buffalo Pass might be pretty good if you take 36 out of Steamboat, to 38, to 60. There's a pretty big wilderness area to the North of Steamboat, so no riding there. Strawberry Park Hotsprings are totally worth the money in Steamboat. I took my hot ass Argentine G/F I had many moons ago there in the winter. Highly recommended.

    Business or fun going to Steamboat? That's doable for a weekend ride from Denver if you wanna do some exploring.
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  19. bretedge

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    Thanks for the recommendations, Tyson. All fun, although I will write off the whole trip since I'm bringing along my tripod and camera. Nice to be able to do that. Probably be some time in mid-September, middle of the week. If not then, maybe early October. Just depends on the weather. I'll let you know if/when I plan a trip up there. Would be cool to ride with you.
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    "Naw I think its a KLR said the dickhead in the ass-less chaps sitting on an over priced POS!"

    I love it! :lol3
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