Two guys, two dual sports, and no solid plans

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Rojobandito, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Rojobandito

    Rojobandito Adventurer

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    We are Johnny and Cody and we ride a KLR650 and a street legal Xr400r.
    For those of you who don't know, it's very cold in Iowa this time of year.
    This is what prompted us to trailer up the bikes and head out in search of warm weather and interesting terrain.
    So far we have been to Kansas City, Mo and Castle Rock, Co.
    We are planning on hitting NM, AZ, then up the coast of Cali to Salem and Seattle.
    Anybody want to ride? We do! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Rojobandito

    Rojobandito Adventurer

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    GPS tracks would be appreciated, as well :lol3
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  3. johnny2k

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    Hello, fellow internet users! This is Johnny of the Rojo Bandito/Johnny Duo, AKA The Algebros. I'll summarize a little of the history of this trip right now and maybe get into it later if needed.

    This is the part where I discover my love of riding and gain the desire to travel.

    I bought a motorcycle and was introduced to this site and ever since I've been wanting to travel. Three years since I started riding the conditions were correct for getting the hell out of Iowa City and into the wild. The problems I had yet to resolve were the timing and the funding. Lots of equipment I thought I would need and appropriate clothing had to be ordered. My plan was to leave a year ago and ride solo out to Oregon through a specific route where I could stay with people or camp to save money. Things hit the fan when I fell in love and acquired the CUTEST god damn puppy in the world. Well, girl and I broke up and I was starting my second semester of community college when I met The Rojo Bandito in my math class.

    This is the part where we decide to get out of Iowa.

    Alluva sudden I'm in my math class trying to sit in the front so I can see the white board. The cute girl with a black and white striped shirt and tall leather boots sits next to me. Nothing ever happened with that so don't get your hopes up. The same day Rojo Bandito decided to sit closer to the front as well and strikes up a convo about me having a helmet. After class we discuss riding and then the next week he rode in so I could see his sweet ride. At that moment I didn't realize I had met someone I would spend many hours in the future riding down gravel, dirt, and mud roads; my first true dual sport friend. Honorable mentions go out to El Guero for being the first ADV'er I've ever met. We had fun but not much off road.

    Cody and I rode all over the areas surrounding Iowa City and made a few videos which I have posted to youtube and in the Iowa regional forums. I'll post one of them here now! It's from the weekend of Oktoberfest in a German colony and includes a few songs by Bavarian stlye musicians.

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    The end of the semester was near and I brought up scheduling up some classes so we can work together on homework again. This is key for any school, right?

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    Let me tell you returning students something. If you're going to be an older person in community college you want to gang up with someone right away or you're going to look like a loser and no girls will study with you. Actually, no girls ever studied with us anyway. :cry None of the other people in the class wanted to join our math study group, The Algebros. Whatever. Who needs people who don't own motorcycles, right? There was one guy, Monty, who was going to join us but he was kind of a weener about getting his bike up and running.
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    I realize you're not here to read my whole life story but maybe people like to have some background, get a feel for what kind of person you're reading about. In short: I'm a friggin' jackass with nothing better to do but to finally make his dreams of exploration come true. Rojo Bandito is fed up with living in a area full of nothing, surrounded by cheating pieces of shit. I think that goes for his personal and professional life but maybe I shouldn't speak for him on that one. Oops?

    The point. We talked about my planned trip and he was interested in going! Perfect, right? Traveling with someone was a huge plus for me because I haven't been more than 500 miles away from home in 6 years. He was ready to leave town right after the semester ended and I wanted to wait until I had more money saved up. I tried to convince him to wait but it was GO TIME for him! I relented with my attempts of coercion and decided just to try to organize a meet up on the road some time in the future. This was near Thanksgiving break so I wished Rojo a good holiday and prepared for a nice cold ride to Cedar Rapids, IA to see a my friend, Kristine, friend from college who ended up marrying one of my best friends from high school. She was in town and I wanted to get together since it had been since their wedding, four year prior, that we had seen each other. During our nice coffee and chat session I became extremely antsy to get up and just go out to Oregon one way or another. Her descriptions of that part of the country were too much. I could not believe that a place in the US could be so cool. Later that night I was on the phone with Rojo asking if he really wanted to leave and to inform him that I could get my shit together and be gone the day after our final test.

    "You serious?" He asks.

    "Very."

    "Let me sleep on it."

    Several days later he says he's in and we began the process of selling all our extra goods for funding.

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    ....to be continued.
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  4. johnny2k

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    Here's our updated map so people know where to suggest routes near our path if they would like to.

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  5. johnny2k

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    By now it's obvious I'm a long-winded son of a bitch with no regard for what information is relevant or potentially interesting. This is what I feel like writing so this is what you get.

    This is the part where we're almost ready to leave

    What's worse than quitting your job, moving out of your house and then finding out you can't leave for a few more days? Watching Spongebob all day, every day waiting for almost a month to go by before getting the signal to go. Don't get me wrong here. Sitting on my ass and watching TV is not challenging but when you're anxious to go and you can't stop and everyone is doubting you'll ever leave it can be aggravating. There were no ill feeling between the two of us and I don't blame Rojo for any of that mess. It was just boring.

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    We both spent our extra time getting things even more prepared than we intended. I was going to wait until getting to a warmer place before getting new tires, sprocket, and chain but what the hell? Why not get it while I've got nothing else to do? The tension built to a point where I about considered getting a shipping company to haul the bike but I maintained my faith in Rojo that he was really intending to leave and wouldn't bail on me. It's a scary time when you think back and start to regret making a huge change in your life that you know you want to make and realize it may not have been the best idea. Here are some images to keep you entertained!

    This truck brought me some things.
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    These new tires are going to be put on by the nice guys at McGrath Powersports in Cedar Rapids who don't care that I'm an asshole for bringing in my own parts to save money. I would have done a lot fo this stuff on my own but I sort of already unloaded some things I needed to do the job on my own. Excuses, excuses... I just didn't want to mess with it. :D
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    Gere's a shitty photo of my beast all packed up to get to the shop
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    I like my new sprockets. 14 tooth front now instead of the stock 15. I believe it will help improve my off-road riding. We'll see. The chain was not the one I intended to order but I didn't know I had time to send it back and get a new one so I'm going to try my luck with a non o-ring chain with some advice from people online. More maintenance, okay.

    The third rear tire I've had on this bike. Not pictured is the second front tire I've used on this bike. That stock front is not too bad but I wanted a pair of matching Kendas.
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    Wow. I forgot what tread is supposed to look like. My old tire was getting pretty bald.

    This many miles before getting new tires, sprocket, and chain.
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    This is the part where I'm getting seriously anxious and skeptical that we'll ever leave.

    "Just go." I've read this so many times in reports on this site. In the end I always lose a debate with myself where the victor is the part of me that is too afraid to "Just go." How do you "Just go"? It's not that easy to learn but once I figured it out everything became much more simple. You start getting your mentality in the right place you notice your actions start working for your goals. What I'm trying to say is "Free your mind and the rest will follow." There's no better way to think of it. In my situation it was easy to free my mind. Having lost first a great friend, a brother, then the best girlfriend in the world, and a grandfather all within 365 days I decided that if I didn't get the hell out of the state I was going to continue a very unhealthy path into destruction and never be happy. This is the opposite of what is good. If anyone is curious about my algorithm for "Just go." I will write it up but it's probably different for every person and I already feel I'm getting to deep into aspects of this voyage that most will not want to know about.

    "Shut up and write about motorcycles. Post more stinkin' pictures!"
    - Most people reading this.

    My mind was ready but my body was locked down until... THIS GUY shows up!
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    :clap My days of laying around watching Sponge Bob are over!

    It's time to roll!

    We spent the night at Rojo's mom's place. She made us breakfast in the morning and we set to tying up loose ends around town.
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  6. redog1

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    Ride on:ricky
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  7. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    In...:freaky
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  8. VI-RIDER

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    I will visit Iowa end of next month for my buddy's wedding. :D when will you guys start the trip, maybe I am interested to join you guys.
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  9. johnny2k

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    Right on! Well, I was hoping to have all the updates in before we started getting comments but I'll let out a little spoiler. We've already left Iowa and we're heading in your direction.

    Where in Iowa are you going? Ever been to Iowa? Stay tuned for a flurry of updates tonight.

    Welcome aboard our journey!
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  10. johnny2k

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    Which of those states listed in your location is your current location? We're in Colorado right now and staying for the weekend. Good weather the next few days so we'll be out riding.
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  11. johnny2k

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    This is the part where our trip begins.

    One of our last things to do before leaving Iowa City was to fill all the tires. That's when Cody told me that the trailer has a slow leak on the left side but he has some CO2 cartridges that can fill it up as needed. We guessed it wouldn't be a problem very often.

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    So we proceed to hoot as we left the city and holler as we left the county.

    Remember that thing I said about having a slow leak in a tire on the traile's right side? Well, it become a problem and Cody(Rojo) noticed it was time to pull over and pump a few of those CO2's into the tire. We had only made it to the Montezuma, IA exit before it needed air (~60 miles max). He pumped four cartridges total into that tire and it only got to 20 PSI out of the 40 it needed.

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    While he was dealing with that I was on the phone looking up a place in Des Moines that sells tires. First result for "tires des moines" was a page for Michelin, phone number 515-237-8473. I wrote the tire size on my hand while calling those fools up asking what they can do. The guy says he can get one in about 30 minutes. We were unsure of the lugnut pattern and didn't measure it until we made it to the tire shop. It ended up being the most common lug pattern so it was fine.

    We were in that tire shop for less than 10 minutes. Those awesome people were able to change the tire before we got change and a receipt. Around the time of leaving Flatt's (lol, great name for a tire shop) hunger struck. I know an awesome taco truck near there that serves up barbacoa tacos for a $1.50. The first time I was there they served the tacos with a roasted jalapeno and lime.

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    Slight difference in the garnish this time. I noticed that the jalapenos looked like the had been roasted for much longer because they were fairly dried out and skinny looking. After downing my taco and my pepper Cody gave me the rest of his because he didn't feel like eating it. That was not a jalapeno. It was something viciously hot. I grabbed a bottle of old water from beneath the seat to cool off my mouth. 20 minutes later my mouth was fine.

    Somewhere between on our way to Kansas City we got a call back from Keith about staying at his place for the night. The action was go. He's moved to a new house since I've been there so it's good we didn't just show up hoping to stay there and then just camp in the back yard when he didn't answer the door. That would have been interesting.

    Keith sent a message with his new location and his schedule for the evening. For the next few hours he'd probably be in his flying device before going to a climbing wall to practice his monkeying skills. He is one of the most interesting people I've ever met in my life and through his lack of fear for his safety and adventurous spirit I have enough stories to dedicate a website to him. Maybe he has a blog I can link to so you can see for yourself?

    His friend bailed on him so we drove back towards his house to meet him in the driveway.
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    This picture sucks!

    We went to a grocery store, cooked some brats went hiking looked at photos from his recent traveling in Africa and I stayed up entirely too late. If you'd like to know more about what happened that night you should check out http://somethingmean.blogspot.com/. I'm sorry I didn't write more already for this site but I've already done a lot of that elsewhere. You know how moms deserve to know right away what you're up to, right? Also, I think there are more important things to write about at this point. Here are a few photos from the evening. I'm sure you'll figure out where in the story they fit in.

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    This is a safety flare that Keith gave us because we asked about where to get some fireworks.

    "Right here." He says.

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    Our original plan would have taken us to Oklahoma City. No offence, people in that area who were willing to help us, but we decided going to Denver would be much better for us. :clap This is exactly what I wanted to do so I was happy that we agreed on that plan.

    In the next episode: Cody drives all day...AGAIN! We eat an excellent dinner and we create a UFO!

    Stay tuned, fellow internet users!
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  12. Rojobandito

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    SO we have made it to Castle Rock, ColorReddo. After a day of drooling on outdoor gear at what was probably the coolest outdoor store ever, fixing the lock on my topper, drooling on bikes and gear, and going for a joyride into the hills, I am getting very antsy to do some riding. With a high of 40 degrees and blowing snow, Denver has not been very conducive to our mission of doing some serious riding. I am thinking tomorrow's forecast of 50 and sun may have to be sufficient.
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  13. johnny2k

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    Kansas Citty, Missouri to Caslte Rock, Colorado.

    This is the part where we get too comfortable

    We leave Kansas City and notice some amazing sights. The hills are cool and cars in traffic are impressive. Just so you know: every cool muscle car I see is dubbed a Camaro to me. Even if it's not a Camaro I still say "Check out that Camaro!"

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    This is a Camaro to me.

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    Wow! Mountains, right? It looks cool so it has to be a sign that the mountains are near, right? Nope. Kansas interesting on each border but not in the middle.

    We joked about these being sky scarpers.
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    Stopping for gas in place like this requires getting a photo.

    How doesn't a condom machine demonstrate the voyaging ideology?
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    I have a soft spot in my heart for old technology. Phone booths played such a huge part of American culture and now they're fairly extinct.

    Once we got into the 50 miles surrounding Denver we started to notice the amazing change in topology. Several wrong turns and small emergencies with the straps keeping our bikes attached to the trailer made us very cautious about the remaining miles into Castle Rock. We made it into town and found our hosts waiting with a pulled-pork dinner. I ate so much I needed to lay on the couch in recovery mode. A long night of getting to know Blake and Anita really was especially cool. At the first greeting I felt like they were already best friends. The were Iowans so it does make sense but how often do you meet a stranger and immediately feel a tight bond.


    This is the part where I must come to a close for the evening because I have other things to attend to. Documenting the trip is but one of many responsibilities of mine. I promise I will explain later. Future posts WILL leave you wanting to know what happens next but I can not end on a cliff hanger here.

    Good night, friends. Let us all dream merrily of responsive throttles. :freaky
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  14. Rojobandito

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    So I am up and anxious. Still haven't had the bikes out, but that will change very soon....I am getting anxious to push forward. Our hosts have been very gracious and I would love to stay longer, but we have a mission. We need to see as many states, cities, people, places and landmarks as possible before we run out of resources. After making the tough decision between Brakes Plus, Just Brakes, and Brakes and Pancakes, we got new front pads put on for under $100. Not bad. I will be a little more at ease pulling a trailer through the mountains with actual brake pads. New Mexico, here we come. Suggestions on where to stay and what to see in NM would be greatly appreciated.
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    Gale B.T. Long timer

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  16. johnny2k

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    Thanks! I have a long post about today coming soon but I have to go out and have waaaay too much fun instead of picking out my favorite photos of the day.

    :D

    I LOOOOOVE Colorado.
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  17. johnny2k

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    I maxed out my capacity on imgur.com so this post will be without pictures until I resolve that issue. I left myself some notes about where to put the pictures. For now just enjoy these words.

    This is the part were we become the 4 best friends any one could have.

    Dinner was hot and ready to eat as soon as we walked in the door. Pulled pork, corn, potatoes, wheat bread, hop sodas, and salted chocolate covered caramel for dessert. After eating until I nearly had to pump my stomach we got to checking all our messages, transferring photos and making updates on ye olde internet. Most of my Denver area friends were unavailable and it was getting dark so we made ourselves comfortable.

    It was immediately clear that Blake and Anita were exellent people. Their sense of humor matches up with ours pretty well. It's always nice when a guy can let loose with the vulgarities over a plate of dead animal and potato. Blake is a computer guy as well so talked nerdy for a bit and then discussed the fun toys we get to play with.

    Blake has night vision goggles and I was given a "Red Rocket". The Red Rocket is a safety flare with the ability to shoot up to 1000 feet in the air. The luminosicty of this beast is a whopping 30,000 candela. The attached parachute is capable of keeping it in the air for up to 40 seconds. 30 miles is the advertised visibility for this thing! Thanks for the flare, Keith! Where does one get such a cool toy? Gun shows! Instead of giggling like a bunch of children over the possbilitis of this device someone has the suggestion that maybe we should set this baby off soon. Normally I'll be the one to suggest some crazy activity and have to argue my way into getting cooperation from my cohorts. I decided to try to be the one to discourage getting into any trouble. That didn't last conversation didn't last long. My best point was that we had the rocket for less than 24 hours and setting off soon instead of later when we might need to use it for it's intended purpose.

    "The action is go."

    "This happens tonight!"

    Since Denver is only 25 miles north I figure I can get someone to stand outside and point a camera at the sky so we can get a nice shot from far away. This failed to work because of the clouds that night. Another camera positioned a mile away failed to start up in time and my camera had the wrong SD card in it so the video was all janked out. Good thing the night vision goggles can record video! I would have felt pretty bad for failing to record video for Keith to see as per our agreement.

    We were extremely pleased with the performance out of this thing. The flare landed not too far away from us so I ran into the field to retrieve the chute and to make sure no fire was going to start. Safety first! We cackle maniacally all the way back to the house then get to checking out the photos and videos to get a nice replay. This is when I realize I have no video. This, my friends, is why you aim for redundancy in your systems.

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    This is the part where I take a shower and we head into "SoDo"

    Nothing feels better than washing the stink off.

    The truck needed a lock for the rear window so we get to a topper store and get that purchased and installed while eating some popcorn and pokin' around, getting photos.
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    "Oh hey, a Kawasaki dealership. Let's check it out."
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    Cody fell in love with a Joe Rocket mesh coat that was 50% off. $80 dollars for a bright red Honda jacket is pretty awesome but not really needed at this point. We ended up back there hours later for him to try it on just to make sure he shouldn't get it. This is the same time I discover that there are helmets specfically made for dual-sport riding. Huh? Cool! Expensive. We managed to leave without spending any money and start to head out to REI.

    "Oh hey, a Honda dealership. Let's check it out."

    Neat store for sure. There was an old bike hanging from the ceiling and they sell synthetic oil. Anything else notale about that place, Cody? I guess I could just ask him right now. He's in the car with me right now. Eh.. oh well. Maybe later.

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    "Oh hey, a BMW dealership. Let's keep going. REI, baby."

    R. E. friggin' I. WOW! What a cool place that is. We've only ever seen their goods in catalogs, on the website and on their facebook and twitter. Enjoy the pictures. Cody bought a coffee from the Starbucks. &#3237;_&#3237; Why's there have to be a Starbucks in every last thing on Earth? I bought nothing. There were some awesome deals though.
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    Sick of consumerist horse crap we decided to head into the hills for some lovely nature action.

    This is at Mother Cabrini...something something.
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    The brakes started making noises. Ahhh, balls! It was time to get off these steep slopes and into a brake shop. So many options for brake repair out here. There was "Just Brakes". They just do brakes. Then there's "Brakes Plus" where they do brakes and probably some other crap. We looked for " Brakes Indeed" but it doesn't exist yet. Denver could use a really classy brake place that also sells monocles. Brakes, indeed. Quite.
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    We got a quote from Brakes Plus and then headed back to Castle Rock but before we got to far we see this thing.
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    Once we got back into Castle Rock we noticed there was a Brakes plus. Perfect! We'll do this live! The mechanics did their thing while we did ours. I was starving so I got started on the process of converting roast beef, Jarlsburg cheese, and wheat bread into poop. We checked out an organic grocery store for a bit but decided to get supplies for dinner at the reasonably priced King Soopers. Stupid name, low prices.

    Dinner is served! Thanks, Cody!
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    This is the part where we're not sure what to do.
    Dinner was made. Whiskey was drank. After a bit we took a nice night drive and then returned for some planning. Some friends in the area that I want to see are being difficult to make plans with so I wanted to have a shot at that before leaving. Cody really wanted to get back on the road soon and he's right. We really need to move on. I just want to see these friends who I haven't seen in several years. Oh well, if it doesn't work out that's okay. Maybe I'll be coming back soon. We settle on the idea of getting the motos off the trailer so we can ride in the morning after breakfast at LePeep.

    "Oh, hey! There's a gun show! Let's check it out. Maybe we can get some more Red Rockets?!

    Nope. They're controlled. Also, no cameras allowed at the gun show so I can't show you the nifty guns, hot babes, stupid bumper stickers or the grandma sweaters. "Bad fur day" with a picture of a messed up looking cat. I get it. It's a cat. Now shut up.

    Blake bought a gun. I bought two empty Winchester 40 caliber shells for $0.16. Including the $8 cover makes that some overprices brass. Cody bought nothing. He's thinking hard about getting the new GoPro camera. I think $300 is unreasonable for a camera that only has a few advantages over the other cameras they make. Any one know of a current coupon code for that thing? I got my Naked for $180 because of a 25% off code. Totally worth it.


    This is the part where you're all up to speed with our trip!
    I'm in the back of the car headed back to Castle Rock. We're not sure what to do for the evening and we know we're headed out of town tomorrow morning. Options include going to a birthday party, going for a ride even though it's started to get a bit cold or try to get together with my friends tonight.

    What are we staying tomorrow? Lol, we have no clue yet. It's time to make some calls to distant cousins and hope they like me enough to let us crash there. Albuquerque, baby. It's been a long time since my Amtrak trip with cousins and grandmother to Gallop, NM so it's going to be good to see all that lovely dirt. It's cold there so we're going to hurry over to Arizona ASAFP.

    One last thing I almost forgot.

    Which one of you FF'ers is this?!
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  18. Rojobandito

    Rojobandito Adventurer

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    wooohooooo!!!
    finally got to ride the bikes!
    I have a little work to do on the ol 400, but she ran pretty well for 6,000 plus feet above sea level
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  19. Rojobandito

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    this is ol J Bone frollicking around the good ol' Rocky Mountains.
    I had forgotten how therapeutic a little time in the hills can be
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  20. Rojobandito

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    REI Denver was the coolest outdoor store I have ever been to.
    It had a very nontraditional layout.
    I got the impression that it used to be a freight house
    The giant three story tall rock intended for climbing was rather interesting
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