USCA 2013 - The Long Way Back

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  1. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    Did some more touring of Canyon de Chelly 7/3 morning - ran the south rim road [N7]. Took some pics but none of them turned out - even an iPhone defeats me sometimes. It's too bad because that is the side with Spider Woman Rock - a really impressive spire that's been used in a bunch of commercials and movies.

    Then headed to Monument Valley. There's not much on N59 from Many Farms to Kayenta except sand and rock; mostly sand. This was the most greenery I saw on that entire 60-mile run.

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    Checked into my room at Goulding's Lodge and took this pic - lot of western and western movie history associated with the lodge and MV.

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    Obligatory picture of the left and right mittens in MV.

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    I wasn't able to do the 17-mile loop road "NO MOTORCYCLES!!!" :cry altho I'm fairly certain the rig would have done just fine, even in the loose sand.

    Thursday [7/4] morning I woke to find that the smoke from the AZ forest fires had settled in. Here's the same view as above from my room.

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    A real tragedy about the 19 Hot Shots who lost their lives fighting the fire.
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  2. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Looking good.

    Canyon De Chelly is one of my favorite places. Monument Valley isn't bad either.
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  3. airspro

    airspro Been here awhile

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    Nice write up , having problems on the road sucks big time :( . Glad you got it going .

    I see you about went the same way we came back from Ca.

    If anyone stays in Springfield , Mo . I can't say enough about this motel . Very nice and was priced right IMO . They let us check in early and the room overlooked the pool , had REAL chairs that fit big men and nice a room . Lucky us ( my wife Debora_Cay and me ) got to stay the second day here waiting for our trailer home , instead of standing on the side of the road .

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    Interesting trips are at least not BORING :)

    best
    spro
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  4. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    I just spent a lot of time typing [ok, i'm a slow typist], loading pictures up to smugmug and down to this site and then the $%@**&%$$ site decided I wasn't working fast enough so it logged me off and I lost everything I had done.

    To heck with it.

    I'm home. Rig is in Enumclaw getting fender and frame repaired.

    That's all.
    Duncan
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  5. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Congratulations that was a big trip, I don't know how many sidecar miles you've logged before this but for a long trip with breakdowns you've done well.

    I hope to dog they are getting that swaybar off before you really hurt your self !!!!! :D:D:
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  6. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    DB:

    I've got about 15,000 sidecar miles in since I bought the rig from Elmer last August. 90% paved roads. 9.5% well-manicured dirt & gravel. 0.5% stuff I [with my riding skills] had no business on.

    Day I left Moab for cooler climes I did 575 miles in 11 hours including dealing with broken fender and cracking frame. Not quite in DirtyDR territory but close. Next day was 390 miles in 6.5 hours with the nasty fender and a cracked frame.

    DirtyDR: Have you done Valley of the Gods and Moki Dugway?

    Duncan
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  7. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Duncan your ahead of me but not by as much as I thought, I'm just figuring out how this all works now.In fact only lately am I glad I went through with the whole sidecar thing. So riding the damn things without being an acrobat is coming along finally.I knew it couldn't be as hard as I was making it, " the going in too hot" thread has been helpful. I had some really worn sore shoulders at the start but learning finesse seems to relieve allot discomfort. Being a gearhead I like machines.DB
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  8. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Adventurer

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    Know the feeling as we had a drive shaft break on our R80 GS in the back blocks of Queensland. Had 5 great days waiting for a replacement while meeting locals, attending a cattle muster and relaxing. Seems easier to remember breakdowns then some other parts of a trip. Happy trails.:D
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  9. SwampFox883R

    SwampFox883R Been here awhile

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    Welcome home Duncan. Thanks for the pics from Canyon de Chelly & Monument Valley.
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  10. DirtyDR

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    That is a good day of riding by anybody's standards.

    Yes I have done the Moki Dugway and been in the Valley of the Gods many times. That is a great part of the country for riding but a little too warm for me this time of year.

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  11. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    That happens. With Firefox, you can use the "Back" button to skip back to the page where you were composing the post, then copy the entire message, and then paste it into a new message box after logging in again.
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  12. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'll try that next time it happens

    DirtyDR: Re heat. July 4th bank sign in Moab said 103 in mid-afternoon. I pulled out my trusty iPhone weather app and it said 73 in White Salmon. That's when I decided to head home. Ride had stopped being fun and turned into a temperature-endurance test. Even my cool vest didn't help much - would dry out in an hour.

    Duncan
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