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

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    I use my phone-a-friend to Curtis (@motoxer667 - MI native) and learn of a nice seafood place back in St. Ignace. We backtrack a few miles for some dinner and to decompress after 9 hot hours at 75mph.

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    A phone call secures a room for the night just up Rt 2 in Moran.

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    Re Antietam. The Illuminaries, as some call them, are striking to see. https://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/luminary.htm

    As you crest a ridge you'll see a few, then a hundred, then thousands!

    We live in State College, PA. Jacks Mountain is a favorite of mine, to include in a day ride. If you look down in the valley long enough, you'll see horse and buggy. Young Amish run up the mountain paths for exercise. I over heard one girl tell her friends, "She runs up this side then right down the other where there is no trail" (bush wacks)!
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    Very cool. I put Dec 5, 2020 on my calendar.

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    Saturday - Moran to Paradise


    Today we head west on Rt 2 along the north side of Lake Michigan. We'll turn north to Miners Castle in Pictured Rocks Natl Lakeshore, back east to Grand Marais, and finish the day in Paradise. BTW, the White Tail Motel has a great breakfast.

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    Snowmobile museum in Naubinway.

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    Manistique

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    Pictured Rocks

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    Rain caught us shortly after leaving Pictured Rocks and continued on and off to Paradise.

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    Lake Superior overlook on the Au Sable Trail

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    The Magnuson Grand has rooms with great views of Lake Superior and a nice restaurant on the property.

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    Sunday - Paradise to Grayling


    Just a few miles north of Paradise is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. That will be our first stop today.

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    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank just 17 miles northeast of here.

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    The museum and the whole facility are very well done. For a few extra bucks you can go up in the lighthouse.

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    Looking the direction that the Edmund Fitzgerald was last seen.

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    It was windy and chilly up here.

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    Our next stop is to head back down the road to Tahquamanon Falls.

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    Lower Tahquamanon Falls. On a Sunday in July this is a popular tourist destination.

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    This wraps up the fun part of the trip, we grab a light lunch before leaving the upper falls and hit the road south for home.


    South of the bridge, we take a ride through Mackinaw City and have dinner.

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    After dinner, we ride another hour to get a room just south of Grayling. That will leave a manageable 400 mile day home on Monday so I can be at work that night.

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    Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado - September 12-29, 2019


    The American West is magic in September. Fall colors, cooler temps, fewer bugs, and less rain generally make for a perfect dual-sport trip. It's hard to resist and we usually try to sneak a couple week trip in if we can. I've had in my mind for a while a loop of the ID, WA, and OR BDR routes that would also incorporate the Lost Coast of Northern California. Working the math though, it won't fit into 2 weeks so we'll put it off for now. Instead, I cook up a roughly 2000 mile route with tracks from some previous trips, a few new tracks, and the Colorado BDR. Something that covers a variety of terrain - with camping every other night - that can be done at an enjoyable pace.

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    I put it out to a few buddies and like that we had a foursome of good, experienced riders. John (@BrokenHalo) is a super strong rider and takes trip prep seriously, he's on a well setup 640 Adventure. Mike (@Fast1) is a buddy from MN who will meet us out there with his adventurized Husky FE501. Jim (@Liteman) is with me on most of our trips with his TE630 that matches mine.

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    Personal note: Sometimes you see a ride report and it looks like a perfect trip for guys who don't have a care in the world. Without going into details, one of our group was just recovering from a serious health issue and been cleared to ride, one has a grandfather quickly declining in hospice, and one had just endured an unthinkable loss in their family. Hopefully for all of them the trip is a little mental break from sadness and they'll enjoy reliving it here.


    We pile in the truck after work on Thursday and as always drive west non-stop to give the maximum time to ride. We arrive in Rawlins, Wyoming Friday afternoon and leave the truck/trailer at the airport (thanks airport guys!). Mike meets us there and we get the bikes ready to roll the next morning.

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    Saturday Sept 14 - Rawlins to Sweetwater Guard Station Campground in the Wind River Range. - 170 miles

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    Today's route more or less runs on the Continental Divide as we go north from Rawlins. A good bit of it runs in the tracks of the covered wagons on the Oregon/California/Mormon trail. Very cool!

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    First stop luggage adjustment... :-)

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    Thanks to John for contributing some pics to the trip!

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    Mike having fun.

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    This is a stop on the Continental Divide Trail. Kind locals stock it with water.

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    There are a few fences you have to open today.

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    The terrain varies a little and the track winds around a bit. I suppose the wagons were always looking for the path of least resistance.

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    This is a beautiful spot on the Sweetwater River that would be a great place to camp. Undoubtedly many covered wagons overnighted right here.

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    We stop in Altlantic City for lunch at Miner's Grubstake, and top up with gas from Wild Bill. (Turns out to be a good thing we did...)

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    And check out the mine at South Pass City.

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    Just after South Pass City we opt to run the Continental Divide Trail instead of using Lander Cutoff Rd to get to our campground. It has beautiful views of the Wind River Range but there's a couple pretty difficult sections. I wouldn't recommend it for a big bike unless you're strong and skilled.

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    An underwater boulder jacked up my trajectory here. Luckily nothing more then a wet boot. This was one of several times I was glad I wasn't on the Tenere. :-)

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    The last couple miles to the campground are easy gravel.

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    I spotted this place on google maps. We highly recommend it!

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    Sunday Sept 15 - Sweetwater Guard CG to Coulter Bay Village - 200 miles


    Today we'll continue to ride the Continental Divide up to Union Pass, and finish our day in Grand Tetons Natl Park.

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    Got down to almost freezing last night, fire felt good this morning.

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    Picture perfect views of the Wind River Range as we ride northwest toward Pinedale.

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    And we're still on the trail of the wagon trains.

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    A lot of history and tough folks traveled through here.

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