End of March I bought this bike, a 2012 VStrom 650. Except for the ride home from St. George, I hadn't had much chance to ride it. Finally last week it quit snowing and warmed up so my wife and I headed south to thaw out. It just so happened to be our 17th anniversary so the timing was good. We were headed for the Smoky Mountain Road thru the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and eventually Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Started out riding the lesser traveled highways to Torrey. I had forgotten how nice hwy 72 is. Lunch at Diablo Cafe was very good. We continued on down hwy 12 towards the town of Escalante and took this year's official anniversary picture at the overlook up on Boulder Mountain. Capitol Reef NP and the Henry Mountains After a break in Escalante, we rode south on the Smoky Mountain Road, about 20 miles, and found a place to camp. I believe that is Death Ridge. Nice view over coffee anyway, and not a soul for miles or sound except the wind.