The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. dceggert

    dceggert Been here awhile

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    Prototype 2016 Goldwing.... :rofl
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  2. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Part two

    We stop by several pullouts at Yellowstone Lake. Its a big lake. 136 square miles.
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    At one of the stops, I want to check the water temperature
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    "I think its warm enough to go skinny dipping" actually its not, its cold.
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    some places are too hot
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    end of day 14
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  3. QCORider

    QCORider Colorado Rider

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    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...
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  4. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Now lessee... who was making fun of me when I missed your driveway by a few feet? :lol3 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! :rofl

    Keep those great photos coming, and that grin on your wife's face. Looks like you both are having a grand time. :thumb
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  5. Solarmoose

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    Thanks for providing the cover, man. We can feel it. been couple
    small probs but caught 'em quick. and good weather. thanks!
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  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl:roflgood thing I wasn't drinking when I read this! :rofl:rofl
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  7. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    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
    noticed...
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  8. Solarmoose

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    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.
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  9. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    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.
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    Big sky
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    Beautiful ranches
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    whats around the bend?
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    more cool rock formations, in white!
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    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!
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    Next up we enter this really cool looking canyon. River in the middle and
    railroad on opposite bank
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    I rode down a little dirt road on the GT "dual-sport" to the river to get some better views

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    A very nice state campground by the river in the canyon
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    And then we came to the
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    I like dams
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    Great looking lake
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    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
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    todays miles are easy
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    We spend the evening with Cee's nephew and family in Casper.
    We had a great time with them!
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  10. Solarmoose

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    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
    to Denver.

    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.
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    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!
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    more big country
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    We ride through a large wind turbine farm and count about a 100 and
    then spot a bunch more in the far distance
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    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.
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    Break - oil check. all ok.
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    the terrain begins to change again
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    Our son, Marc, who lives in Denver rides up to Fort Collins on his '98
    BMW K1200RS to meet us. Very cool bike Marc!
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    hustlin' down I25 with Marc in the lead. I play sweep.
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    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.
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    Today's stats
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  11. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    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).
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  12. Solarmoose

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    Will most likely be the only Norge there with Alaska plates :rofl
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  13. Solarmoose

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    Maintenance Day

    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
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    Norge waiting for tires to come back
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    new tires for the Norge mounted and ready to go back on bike.
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    I'll scuff them in for Cee. :evil

    Well back to playing with grandkids. We ride out toward Iowa next Monday.
    Stay tuned.
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  14. AK Bob

    AK Bob AKAM

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    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..


    DA C
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  15. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    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
    out laughing. :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    your money won :deal

    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... :lol3
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  16. dceggert

    dceggert Been here awhile

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    Are you guys thinking of taking 2 all the way through Michigan? Going north to Canada through da UP, Port Huron, or Detroit?
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  17. Solarmoose

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    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. :lol3
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  18. Solarmoose

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    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.
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    They have a great showroom
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    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.
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    this was heavy
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    and then Caele had to hold the caliper for a long long time
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    Finally they were ready to bolt it up.
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    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.

    :D
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  19. TheSeeker

    TheSeeker Slingin' Steel

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    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. :freaky

    Keep up the good work exploring.
    Cheers,
    Justin.
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  20. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    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!
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