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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Sep 6, 2011.
Prototype 2016 Goldwing....
We stop by several pullouts at Yellowstone Lake. Its a big lake. 136 square miles.
At one of the stops, I want to check the water temperature
"I think its warm enough to go skinny dipping" actually its not, its cold.
some places are too hot
We head out the east entrance of Yellowstone, have never driven this
route before. The traffic is very light and is a very enjoyable ride.
Lots of twisty road.
Too soon we are out of the park and I'm feeling like I could have spent a
lot of time just sitting in one place watching the waves on the lake or the
bubbling mud. Will have to come back. September is a good time here.
Incredible rock formations. Wyoming is a beautiful place.
Today's stats. We ride through a tunnel not far from Cody, the GPS
freaks out and says I'm going 1,292 MPH.
We stay in Cody Wy for the night.
end of day 14
Great shots! Was just there last summer with some friends of ours, Craig, and Emily. Had a blast, and we had several days to explore the park. Beautiful place! We unfortunately didn't get time to do some fishing in that lake like we wanted to, though. Although we had several encounters with buffalo in the 4Runner, nothing like what we experienced on our ride through there back in 2000...
Now lessee... who was making fun of me when I missed your driveway by a few feet? Even I can find the bridges from Wenatchee to East Wenatchee without a GPS. Of course it probably helps that I've been back and forth across them a couple dozen times. But you've been up and down your driveway lots of times too. So there!
Keep those great photos coming, and that grin on your wife's face. Looks like you both are having a grand time.
Thanks for providing the cover, man. We can feel it. been couple
small probs but caught 'em quick. and good weather. thanks!
good thing I wasn't drinking when I read this!
I will never forget that, sitting on the bikes in a traffic-stand-still while the
buffalo herd walked within inches of you and me, snorting and swaying,
I thought we were going to get knocked over. Like the buffalo would have
guess I had that coming. yeah, I missed a bridge over the Columbia River. :huh
did see part of Wenatchee I hadn't seen before.
We are having a grand time, am behind on posts and will get caught up tomorrow.
Day 15 Sep 20 2011
We woke up late in Cody and were slow about getting going, but it was cool
outside and we decided to wait for the sun to heat things up. Plus today is
low miles so no hurry.
You can see for a long ways here.
whats around the bend?
more cool rock formations, in white!
We stopped in Thermopolis WY and pick up some lunch. We couldn't find a park to
have lunch at but decided to use this church's parking lot, with a great view too.
Thanks St Paul Lutheran church!
Next up we enter this really cool looking canyon. River in the middle and
railroad on opposite bank
I rode down a little dirt road on the GT "dual-sport" to the river to get some better views
A very nice state campground by the river in the canyon
And then we came to the
I like dams
Great looking lake
and then we are back in forever sky land. love this place and really enjoying the
changing landscape we travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans
todays miles are easy
We spend the evening with Cee's nephew and family in Casper.
We had a great time with them!
Day 16 Sep 21 2011
Today we ride from Casper Wy to Denver CO via 220/487 south from
Casper to 287 at Medicine Bow to Fort Collins and then south on I25
We load up in high 30sF. I notice a small pool of fresh oil under Cee's
Norge and find it coming from a loose oil filter. Its tucked up into the oil
pan and you need a filter wrench to grab it. Cee carries one. We tighten
it up and hope it stops leaking.
one of several stops to check the oil filter, we have spare filters with us
and one quart of oil so I could change it if its doesn't stop leaking. I find
a few drops but not enough to worry about. And, oil dripping onto the
rear tire is not something we want!
more big country
We ride through a large wind turbine farm and count about a 100 and
then spot a bunch more in the far distance
These are cool things up close, none turning today, no wind. Good for us,
not good for the owners. How effective these will be over the long run
remains to be seen.
Break - oil check. all ok.
the terrain begins to change again
Our son, Marc, who lives in Denver rides up to Fort Collins on his '98
BMW K1200RS to meet us. Very cool bike Marc!
hustlin' down I25 with Marc in the lead. I play sweep.
Soon we're at his house and the grandma/grandpa fun begins. Marc
and Leah have a baby daughter, and our Anchorage son, his wife, and
two young sons have come to Denver too. The next four days will be wild.
I'm always surprised by the percentage of turbines that are not turning whenever I pass a wind farm. You might expect one or two to be out of service, but the percentage of non functioning machines seems much higher. I've read that the things are a maintenance headache and one does wonder how effective they'll wind up being.
Been enjoying the RR. Ya learn something every day. I didn't realize that the Wind River flowed north.
I'll be heading down to the vintage races at Barber and keep an eye out for a Norge (nice looking bike).
Will most likely be the only Norge there with Alaska plates
Today the K1200 went to Foothills BMW of Denver to read the error code
and determine a repair. I get to Foothills a few minutes before they open
and get in line. The bike gets looked at in about an hour while I spend the
time looking at the BMWs and Triumphs in the showroom. I'm tempted
to demo the K1600 but not today. The prognosis is a bad TPS sensor in
the front wheel. The rear TPS is ok. Why the bike will not display the rear
sensor they don't know but it does after they clear the error.
A new sensor is ordered up for overnight delivery and I'll be back in the
morning to drop the bike off.
Next we take the K bike and the Norge's wheels to Woody's Wheel Works
to have new tires mounted up. I had already ordered the tires and stashed
at my son's house. The trip through Denver following Marc in his truck at lunch hour to Woody's
is crazy traffic (for me) but they are very welcoming when we get there.
They give me a place to take the K bike wheels off, (I carry enough tools
to do that for both bikes) while they start on the Norge's wheels. Darn,
I forgot to take pics there but Woody's is the real deal if you want
wheel work done, polishing, spokes, repair and more. They also make
some cool stuff for paraplegic folks too, like ski sleds and custom
crutches. (hmmm, i have had several broken legs.) All serious stuff.
Jeff gives us the tour of the place. Highly recommend.
New tires and scuffed in on the K
Norge waiting for tires to come back
new tires for the Norge mounted and ready to go back on bike.
I'll scuff them in for Cee.
Well back to playing with grandkids. We ride out toward Iowa next Monday.
My money is on Cee scuffing in her OWN tires. Just like working on her OWN AIRHEAD..
By the way I got the Odesy Battery for my bike in West Winachee, but couldn't find the freeking bridge in the dark and rode in some real high winds going east along the Columbia too..
about five minutes before we both read your post, Cee informed me SHE
would be doing the scuffing.... and then we read your post and both burst
your money won
Yeah, coming from the west on 2 you have to exit 2 to stay on 2 and
cross the river and I have forgotten that twice now. I'm sure I won't
forget it next time...
Are you guys thinking of taking 2 all the way through Michigan? Going north to Canada through da UP, Port Huron, or Detroit?
We're a ways south of 2 now. Our trip plan takes us through Nebraska on
the way to Iowa, we'll be there a week, then south through Missouri to
Birmingham for the Barber Vintage Festival. Next is Iron Horse Lodge, ride
the Dragon in NC, and then head for the Outer Banks around the 12th
from Charlotte for two days, back to Charlotte and start the return trek
west on the 17th through the southern (and hopefully still warm) states.
Day 18 Sep 23 2011
The K GT went back to Foothills BMW this morning to complete the repair
to the TPS. Part made it in overnight.
They have a great showroom
And bike was done by early afternoon. Glad to be rid of error lite on dash.
Grandson Caele helped grandma Cee with her bike, he's three.
this was heavy
and then Caele had to hold the caliper for a long long time
Finally they were ready to bolt it up.
and now both bikes are done with maintenance.
It was hot today.
We spend the rest of the day with the kids and grandkids. Life is good.
Hey David and Cee, Great reading about your trip. Looks like we crossed paths in Colorado but I was up in the mountains. I successfully made it to Grapevine, TX and am enjoying a frosty beer waiting for the BMW fashion show to kick off tonight at the 2011 Aftersales Trade Show. I managed to stick to the small highways all the way down the mountains. Incredible... until the hot push to Grapevine yesterday. 5-star Gaylord Texan Resort was quite a bit better than the typical sweaty hostel in South America I'm used to.
Your trip looks great so far. I'm really looking forward to reading/seeing more, but not as much as I'm looking forward to an evening ride with you guys back in the 'banks next spring.
Keep up the good work exploring.
I like everything about this ride. Been following you ever since you said "Outer" Banks. Glad you'll be coming through NC. It appears that you'll take on "the Dragon". It's a good road and quite a novelty but the nearby "Cherohala Highway" is mighty fine too. If you have time, catch the "Blue Ridge Parkway" and make a stop at Mt. Mitchell. The highest point east of the Mississippi River. It in no way compares to the giant mountains you're used to but you can ride right up to the parking lot, walk up a nice paved walkway to the observation platform.
Take care, looking forward to more of your adventure!