The Great Southwest Tour of 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Mr_Gone, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    That road through the national monument is fun, even if you have to go slow.
    Sorry you hit rain. None down this way.
    I was just on 141 last Friday. One of my favorites.
  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    It wasn't a lot of rain, but I didn't stop as often as I would have liked. Definitely an epic road.
  3. forxlr8n

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    I was first through the gate for Indy pass on the Aspen side. Waiting just outside of Denver for Mt Evens to open. I heard it would be 12 today.
  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Brrr.
  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Okay, I've been back for a couple days. A ride report is in the works, but I just can't seem to generate any enthusiasm for writing it up. And I ended up taking 1,150 photos, and I don't want to go through them all. About 200 of them are pictures of my riding boots, because apparently when I turned off the camera each time, I pointed it down and clicked the picture button and the power button at the same time. So I have 200 pictures of my riding boots. Plus some pictures of the inside of my jacket pocket. Priceless.

    But here are a couple things I've noticed since I've been back.

    Usually, I have a desire to get back out on the road immediately and see more more more. Right now, though, the bike is in the garage and I'm not even thinking of taking another trip. Strange. Maybe this trip to was too much or too little. I can't decide which.

    Second, a bike trip usually resets my frustration meter at work, meaning that little things don't bother me for at least two or three months. But I've been back at work for three days and every little stupid inconsequential thing still bothers me. Again, strange.
  6. forxlr8n

    forxlr8n Adventurer

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    I go back to work on Saturday morning at 5am. I made it home on Sunday afternoon then left for Detroit for some training on Tuesday morning. Sitting in a hotel on my way home tonight.
  7. HeadShrinker

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    You seemed to have packed a great deal into a relatively short trip (time frame wise)--and got a lot of encouragement from us to do so. I think there is a lot to be gained from a trip like this and maybe it'll take some time to process it in a ride report. I know that we'd love to see your pics and hear more about your experience.

    Maybe let it simmer a little? :wink:
  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I've started culling the photos already, and I've begun writing up some thoughts.

    Thought #1: I hate Oklahoma. Flat roads, constant wind, nothing to see.

    Thought #2: Avoid Oklahoma.

    I did have an excellent trip. I saw nearly everything I wanted to see, with a couple of minor exceptions. I didn't really ever feel rushed, either, for packing 4,000 miles of riding and 10 national parks/monuments into 11 days. I think right now I'm too focused on the little disappointments of the trip, rather than focusing on the fact that I really did have a fun, relaxing, safe bike trip.
  9. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Is a ride report forthcoming? Feel free to post a link to your ride report here in this thread... I don't mind a little hijacking. Overall, how was your trip? Glad you made it back safe.