2019 in pictures - BikeWeek, Moab, MABDR, the UP, WY/UT/CO ... and more Moab :)

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  1. DYNOBOB

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    While we didn't pull off any super big trips this year, we were blessed to ride several beautiful areas of our country. In March we hit Daytona BikeWeek, then took an 8yr old to Moab on his first dual-sport trip. We did the MABDR 2-up in May, the UP of Michigan in Aug, a loop in WY/UT/CO in Sept, and snuck back to Moab in Oct. I'll break each trip into several posts, and as usual start with a few highlight pics from each.

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    Moab in Oct


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    Beautiful shots except for the last one!
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    Yep, Ian got the tough guy award on this trip. Story to follow, but it happened at 4pm half way around the White Rim Trail.

    Bear with me folks, I got this opening post going to force my hand on getting this RR done. Now to write it all...

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    Daytona BikeWeek probably doesn't excite the ADV crowd much, but I'll tell ya the sun and warm wind sure feel good after a cold dark winter in Cincinnati. Besides, 250,000 people having fun in the sun on motorcycles is a cool piece of Americana. My crew is not into the bars and cole slaw wrestling, we do a bunch of day rides up and down the coast.

    My favorite ride from Daytona takes you up the intercoastal through Tomoka and Bulow Creek State Parks, then up the coast from Flagler Beach to St Augustine. 60 miles each way, It's a great ride to lunch.

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    Flagler Beach
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    This year Wynette saved her personal days up (school teacher) to go with us for the first time in ~10yrs.
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    St Augustine has a beautiful new bridge over the intercoastal.

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    The historic district is a great walk and shopping area for the ladies.

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    Henry Flagler built 2 fancy hotels in St Augustine to give east coasters a reason to ride his new railroad south. One is now Flagler College and one a government center.

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    St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the USA. The Castillo de San Marcos was constructed from 1672-1695 to defend the city, this was the first time in years that we went inside.

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    We stop at the same spot every year for a group shot.
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    At least one night you have to spend some time down on Main Street and people watch.

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    Another favorite day ride is to Mt Dora for some Cuban food. On the way we'll check out a bike show at the Cabbage Patch, and ride thru Canaveral National Seashore.

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    While these bikes don't run to my taste, I can appreciate the creativity and work that goes into them.

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    Mt. Dora is a little lake town that caters to tourism with a nice shopping/restaurant district and a railroad stop.

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    Las Palmas serves some great Cuban food.
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    I've never ridden into the Canaveral National Seashore so on the way home we detour over to the coast.

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    Phil (@) didn't have tags on his just purchased Tenere, so we brought mine for him to get some seat time. As you can see he really likes it. :-) It's more comfortable then the Speed Triple for 150mi days.

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    Cape Canaveral, the Daytona International Speedway vendor area, and Ponce Inlet Lighthouse are also worth taking in while your at BikeWeek.

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    And when in Rome you should really get up and catch a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

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    And take your bike for a ride on the beach... :-)

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    That's it for BikeWeek.

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    Great pic, as always. Thanks a lot.
    The slaw wrestling is an acquired taste ( Pun ) and you would probably want to shave your beard!
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    Thanks Ben.

    Yeah, the debauchery that some imagine takes place at BikeWeek is almost non-existent now. Topless women, biker gangs, street racing - not what it was 20yrs ago. Even the crowds are smaller.

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    Moving on to Spring Break in Moab.

    Getting to take my 8yr old grandbuddy on his first adventure ride will be one of my favorite trips of all time. Tristan and Mamaw (Wynette) are in the same school system and share a spring break so I got the hairbrained idea to burn it out to Moab for a week. Although she has her motorcycle license, Wynette rides infrequently and is 5'2", so I shaved the seat, cut the kickstand, and lowered the KLX250 as much as possible to increase her confidence. Her being willing to ride was what made this trip possible - and Tristan's mom trusting us with her most precious thing ... thanks Megan!

    He helped me load the trailer so we could roll west after work on Friday. As always we drive straight through to maximize our days to ride. This was the first time Tristan has been west of Ohio so it was fun to see him experience, and talk about the things we saw on the drive. Giant windmills, center pivot irrigation, seeing the Rockies as we approached Denver, talking about why the Colorado Rockies hit a lot of home runs - all good stuff!

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    We make the run in about 28hrs, arrive Saturday evening, and set up camp. We're at the front end of the tourist season in Moab and Canyonlands Campground has plenty of room.

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    Sunday March 24th - first day of riding.

    I knew going in we would keep Wynette off of anything technical or dangerous and Onion Creek Road is a great warm up ride. This was a super cool day for me as it was the first time Tristan has ever gotten to ride on a motorcycle.

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    UT 128 runs right along the Colorado River - what a great first road to ride on! :)

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    Onion Creek Rd is famous for it's numerous water crossings and the scenery is pure Moab.

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    After Rose Garden Hill you emerge onto the above plateau. From here up to the LaSal Mtn loop the trail gets more difficult, and I wasn't sure it was clear of snow at the top, so we turn around and head back to town the way we came.

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