30th Birthday Cross Country Trip

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  1. CarKid1989

    CarKid1989 Been here awhile

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    The highlight was going through All of Bighorn National Forest. Some curves and elevation changes a d the cool air gave me the oomph to push through to the end.

    I look forward to some downtime with Jacie and recharging my adventurous soul

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  2. CarKid1989

    CarKid1989 Been here awhile

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    We set up camp this evening at Ponderosa Campground in Cody. We have our tent setup routine down pat and things went smoothly for that. Through some stuff in the laundry, been decided to hang out and have a couple local beers to recharge.

    Apparently oh, the beer my wife is drinking is "awful" and tastes like a chocolate Tootsie Pop except she would rather eat a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Mine suits me just fine

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    CarKid1989 Been here awhile

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    B9B9432F-7132-46DA-85F7-EC4CD40DB065.jpeg 768249E8-FFF7-432C-805E-352D604B3209.jpeg We rode through Bighorn National Forest. It was breathtaking. We were pretty high up for awhile, I was able to get some cool pictures while Kevin navigated through the mountains.
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    The wind isn't dying down, you are just getting used to it, I believe.

    Enjoying this report immensely. Let me state this unequivocally:

    If my bride of 32 years would agree to take a moto-trip with me, I'd buy a Gold wing and a bark-o-lounger for her to sit on as pillion. We could stay at hotels every night of her choosing. She could have any beverage she darn well pleased every evening. And I'd wash her clothes for her. That is how envious I am.

    In the meantime, I suppose I'll just go on my own and live vicariously through you. Ride on, man!!
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  5. CarKid1989

    CarKid1989 Been here awhile

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    AB817C41-9F23-448F-98DB-400E425A3D47.jpeg Back!
    Today was a recharge day. Less miles and enjoy Yellowstone.
    We had long hot showers and packed the campsite up all while carrying on conversations with a guy on a Goldwing and another guy from Alabama. We attract all sorts of attention and it seems anytime we stop we chat with someone.

    We had a laid back breakfast at Granny's in Cody and had cup after cup of coffee talking and having a good time.
    We finally got on the road around 1130 and headed toward Yellowstone.


    I planned on Cody to Old Faithful to Paint Pots to Mammoth Hot springs. We did almost exactly that except for a stop for Jacie to stretch her legs before Old Faithful. Plans were awesome and went off without a hitch.
    The pictures will speak for themselves but I had an awesome day hanging out with Jacie and exploring Yellowstone. The pools of colorful water did not disappoint and each one was as magical as the first.
    What a truly awesome place
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  6. CarKid1989

    CarKid1989 Been here awhile

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    ended up putting on about 200 miles but if was scenic and wayyy more laid back.

    We got stuck in 15 minutes of construction traffic so Jacie filled out postcards on my back.
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    Left the park and went to get coldcuts and beers at the supermarket. Limited options but we did ok
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    3E6A44F9-EA5B-4598-9FE3-40F28003A741.jpeg We got in a KOA just outside the park and set up a quick camp and wolfed down food. Errrr I did that, Jacie just laughed at me but I was hungry!!



    The roads in Yellowstone are great riding roads if you can tolerate tourist traffic. We did great with only a few odd situations. I had such a fun time with the Goldwing. It really had a comfy smooshy suspension but it handles rather well. So suspension upgrades and this would be an even more potent machine. Good work Honda.

    I really enjoyed the paint pots that were bubbling and making a crazy noise. The crystal clear pools of steaming hot water in electric blue and perfectly clear were awe inspiring. Mammoth hot springs with it's crazy Candy Land looking sculpture was a treat too. We might be back here in the future
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    Well it seems we have come to an impasse. We have been playing with routes and are wondering if making it all the way out to California and the Pacific coast highway is possible with the time we have left.

    We are looking at all options:dunno
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  9. Road Barnacle

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    Road trips that become obsessed with a specific destination are the least fun IMO. Enjoy each day for what the local environment has to offer and just be sure you have a realistic plan to get back. Enjoying your ride report.
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    Thank you for sharing such a special trip with us! I've dreamed of a cross-country trip for a long time now. My wife wouldn't stop me, but she certainly wouldn't be happy if I did it (ergo, not a happy life as the saying goes). She absolutely would NOT join me.

    You are making memories together that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to more pictures!
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  11. CarKid1989

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    FD816B8E-F18F-4DF6-88EF-7B1EE3E6B9C7.jpeg Yesterday at Yellowstone we came within a few feet of a huge bison. He was just hanging out in the road... in our lane...

    I (jacie) really wanted to see a bear. But we didn’t :(
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    We slept pretty good at the KOA just outside of Yellowstone in Montana. When we first arrived the guy checking us in said it would get down to 30 degrees. Kevin came up with a brilliant idea to zip our sleeping bags together and make one big one. It worked out well, we both were warm all night.
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    The only “bad” thing that happen was the mattress deflated in the middle of the night and we woke up on the ground... well Kevin did I still have a little bit of air on my side. Next stop a Walmart to get a new mattress :lol2
    After a yummy breakfast at the KOA.

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    Well disaster strikes!
    In Salt Lake City and looks as though we have blown out the left fork seals pretty good.
    Fix or baby home with empty forks...
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  14. Road Barnacle

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    I think this one is a no brainer. If you’re riding two up on a heavy bike like that it needs to be fixed for the sake of safety.
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    Made it to the KOA a few miles up the road. Taking a dip and weighing our options IMG_20190829_192443810_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpg
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    The day started off well enough.
    Jacie finally found the beer she was hunting for in all of Yellowstone...sorta

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    Our simple campsite
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    We set our GPS coordinates for Salt Lake City and headed south. at first it was nice leading Yellowstone, the scenery was nice and the weather was brisk which made it comfortable riding all geared up. After that we got on to 15 South and the temperature started climbing.
    At first it was no big deal just warm. But the temperature kept climbing into the 90s. the wind was pretty strong but a lot more manageable today than other days on our trip.
    as I alluded to earlier disaster struck today. We went from 80 miles an hour to 50 miles an hour in the blink of an eye full on break, downshifting as quick as I could, and traffic then continue to slow to a halt..
    I think that's when the fork seal blew.
    I didn't realize anything that happened for miles and miles and miles. I actually didn't realize anything happened until we got off the bike. And that was at least half an hour later, closer to 45 minutes later. I noticed a smell coming from the road and I just thought it was one of the hoopties driving around me. It smelled like some fluid smoldering. I didn't think much of it so we continued on in the hot traffic.

    I'll be honest we got off the highway in Salt Lake City and we both had had it. I was hot, I could feel sweat dripping from my head down to my lower back. My helmet was soaked in sweat. My jeans are sticking to my legs and we were barely crawling in traffic. I hated it. Ended up at some fuddy-duddy Cafe that looked appealing from all the reviews and Google menus. It sucked. If anyone here works there or owns it my apologies. The soup was so so the brussel sprouts had no flavor and everyone was all judgey that to dirty bikers came in to have lunch at their prized restaurant.
    after we ordered I went outside to examine the bike and determine that the left front fork seal was blown. I made some quick calls and tried to save it asap.
    Today was a hell hell. Hot and long and ugh.
    We had had it. Dripping in sweat from the 95+ degree day we we just wanted off the bike.

    Set-up camp in record time

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    made it into the pool and enjoyed a couple adult beverages. A much deserved reward for today's hell IMG_20190829_193200525.jpg
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    Sorry to hear about your fork. Since you will have to get it fixed eventually, I'd say "Save The Trip" and get it fixed there in SLC so you can continue your fun. Yeah, it stinks, but so does canceling a nice trip you've planned. Plus, you don't want to have it cause a wreck trying to get home. That would be even worse.
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    Someone earlier asked about what intercom system we were using.
    It's the factory Honda Goldwing intercom with a aftermarket two speaker / mic setup in each helmet. Wired, not Bluetooth.
    I think it's been great for talking. I wish the music sound quality was better but it's still not bad
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    Left Salt Lake City after a Denny's breakfast.
    We had a deep talk and decided we both were a bit burnt out. We talked out what was causing this and how to fix it.
    It was nice to have a really blunt talk about the trip and to find a solution.
    We finished another cup of coffee and headed out.

    We just stopped about 130 miles south of the city for an ice cream cone and Gatorade. Much needed in the mid 90s and windy environment

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    85D2CB19-A554-4E50-A552-F6E60D4BAEF6.jpeg On the road again heading towards the Grand Canyon. Beautiful scenery the only downside is that it’s 92 degrees and we are both in full gear and very hot. Only a few more hours and we will be in Page Arizona where we will set up camp for the night.
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