30th Birthday Cross Country Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CarKid1989, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Baja_Bound

    Baja_Bound Been here awhile

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    Great trip, great beer and great ice cream. Hope the fork seal was repaired alright. Thanks for the info on the intercom. My wife and I are newbies at riding together and trying to determine what type of communication device we should use.
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  2. CarKid1989

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    Well earlier Jacie at post it about the 92 degree weather. That was only the beginning of it. By the time we pulled into Page Arizona oh, it was 101 degrees. We both were exhausted from the heat. We ran and a hundred degree weather for the last hour and 45 minutes almost 2 hours. It was okay at first, but once you got to certain level of hot you just couldn't sweat anymore to cool off and with the jeans boots jacket and helmet we didn't stand a chance. We suffered on, and counted down miles.
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    It seemed as though the last 15 or the longest, of course.

    We booked a hotel for the night while we were on our way out to this area, courtesy of Jacie. and because she booked it, it was in a prime location, had sweet AC, and a great pool. It didn't hurt that it was across the street from a supermarket. We stop there first grab sub sandwiches and a salad and a bunch of bottles of water. We had a lovely dinner inside our room huddled around the AC.

    After dinner we went across the street from our water. It was very very needed. We both could tell we were low on fluid.

    We went downstairs to the pool area got laundry going, and set poolside enjoying the couple beers together. We talked about everything under the sun and a few hours passed in what seemed like minutes. It was great especially as how not long earlier we were hot and grumpy and tired from the heat. What a great evening.
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  3. pnoman

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    Sounds like you two are enjoying your adventure. I'm sure you will look back on this trip for years to come with good memories.

    I will still be following your RR, but may not be able to "Like" or post. We are leaving tomorrow on our long-awaited Retirement Trip to the Southwest - Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Zion, Page, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonland, Colorado Rocky Mt NP, and more. We were going to go in April, but a last-minute eye problem changed that. My planning thread: https://advrider.com/f/threads/advi...ment-drive-rescheduled-for-sept-2019.1352185/

    My phone does not have data, so I can only view online when we stop somewhere with wifi. If I don't check in for awhile, I hope the rest of your trip goes well. Safe travels to you both!

    BTW - When I used to ride on very hot days, I would soak my long-sleeve t-shirt in water and the air coming thru the mesh jacket was like A/C for a couple of hours.

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  4. CarKid1989

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    A fuel stop, a water stop, a bit of complaining out of both of us and ta-da we made it to the Grand Canyon. As we entered the general area the temps dropped 10 degrees and the whole mood changed to more excitement

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  5. CarKid1989

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  6. CarKid1989

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  7. CarKid1989

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    How many miles a day have you been averaging? A trip like this has been on my bucket list for a while. Safe travels
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  9. CarKid1989

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    It's hard for me to say exactly how many miles we have been doing a day. I have not this time around. I would say at least 325 miles a day? Our longest day has been about 450 miles, maybe more. After the trip I will take a look and have a better answer
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  10. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I would say, it's not important.

    The trip is important.

    The daily mileage, not-so-much.
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  11. CarKid1989

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    That big old crow kept inching closer and closer cawing the whole time. Creepy thing
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    From Grand Canyon we started out to hopefully hit Four Corners monument but mostly to finish the day at Cortez KOA in Colorado.

    The first tank or so out of the Canyon area was a hot hot ride. 103+/- degrees and furnace winds. I finally got smart and soaked my neck gaiter in water at the fuel stop.... Heavenly! Like an AC system.

    After that the riding was more bearable and as the miles went on the temperature started to drop. Both of us were happy for that.

    We got on the highway leading to 4 Corners and the bike just wanted to go fast. Mid 80s just crept up on us. I would catch myself and dial it back down only to find it creeping back up.

    It was a blast.
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    Came up to Four Corners monument as it was getting dusk/dark and we're saddened to find it locked up and closed. The sign said it closed at 6:50pm. Random time.

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    Kept rolling toward Cortez and it was getting dark quickly. It made me a bit on edge but we made it to camp safe and sound. Set-up took minutes and we were settled in to camp quickly.

    I enjoyed a beer and some star gazing with my wife and the night ended on a relaxing but exhausted note
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  12. CarKid1989

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    The Grand Canyon was breathtaking. It almost didn’t seem real. Very happy we stopped to check it out.
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  13. CarKid1989

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    Wonderful evening in the tent. Since we zipped both sleeping bags together to make a huge bag there has never been a cold night. The heat gets trapped in quite well. Last night was not cold per say but in the low 50s.
    Slept pretty well.
    I told Jacie that I think I was more comfortable in the hammock setup I had but warmer in the tent setup. Just something I noticed. Certainly it's easier to find a tent spot vs hammock

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    It’s been a relatively cool day today. Being in the mountains in Colorado definitely helps. Heading towards Mt. Evans for the night. Looking forward to getting there early ish so we can have a nice sit down meal... fingers crossed.
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  16. CarKid1989

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    Headed through the Colorado mountains and all started well. Caught a few drops of Rian and we got worried the dark skies above would rain down on us. It was stop 4 miles ahead for a break or 22 miles. We did the early stop.

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    A couple on Harleys coming from the other way said it was smooth sailing and clear the way we were going.

    Cup of coffee.
    Tank of fuel.

    Off we go
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  17. CarKid1989

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    Wellllll we kept trucking and made it to Buena Vista. We marked it earlier in the morning as a first stop for the night (KOA). We planned two stops daily one is closer just in case we are tired and can't make it or have mechanical issues. The second spot is farther but somewhere we can still reasonably make it.

    We stopped at a Mexican place to have dinner. We each had a huge portion of food it was delicious and much needed. We were quite hungry. My tacos and chalupa were awesome and Jacie's tacos we're good as well. Some chips, salsa and queso and we were ready for a few more miles.

    We set our sites for Central City CO KOA.

    Things were going well at first. We only stopped for fuel and again to put our jacket liners in. We made good time.
    I was getting tired toward the end a d it got dark quickly up in the mountains for extra extra care was taken while riding. Jacie and I kept talking about everything under the sun on the intercom and I really enjoyed our time.

    Finally! We made it to the KOA.

    Woohoo.

    The deep gravel drive made it tricky to maneuver the heavy Goldwing but I got it to the office. We got off ready to get our campsite setup.

    "We are sorry, no spots. Totally booked solid"

    Ughhhhhh

    I told Jacie Colorado has it out for me. Every time I visit, some issue arises.
    They gave us a list of nearby campsites and hotels Jacie got on the phone and started making calls.
    I was not having any of this I started walking around the campsite hoping to find an empty spot.
    As I did this Jacie texted that every hotel and campsite was booked solid. One hotel was $260 or something. Nope.
    I asked two people and told them our situation but neither was too keen on letting us set up our tiny tent on their HUGE camp area.
    Miffed I walked back to Jacie who, understandably was a bit worried and panicked.
    I told her I was going to try one more tent site.
    I came across a couple our age and explained our situation. They saw us earlier and told us they actually had booked the last campsite. I offered to pay some money in exchange for letting us stay on the site and they agreed!! I was elated!
    I was so excited I hurried back to Jacie and we got the bike moved over to the site. They were awesome and the two of us were beyond happy to have found a site to lay out heads.
    Unfortunately we had not stopped to pick up beer or water or juice or chips so we had nothing to snack on.
    while wandering around the campsite I asked a guy walking the same direction if there was any vending machines. She said no but asked us if we needed anything open up the office we could buy anything we wanted to...
    Turns out he was the owner's son. He was very nice and after picking up some drinks we headed out for a walk to admire the beautiful night sky and the Stars.

    what kind of luck for the night. How happy we wereto be able to find such great people and such a lovely campsite
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    The morning started out great. After waking up to the sun and morning nature noises we headed over to hit the showers. I was extremely tempted to hit the hot tub for a bit as Jacie dried her hair but decided to pack up camp instead.
    We tried to tuck the bike and tent as far in As possible...kinda worked
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    After packing we chatted a minute with our new found friends and headed to Mt. Evans
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    We made it to Mt. Evans, beautiful ride to the top and I was able to get some really cool pictures while Kevin kept his eyes on the road so we wouldn’t fall off the mountain. It was a bit scary bc there is no guardrails. Very narrow roads and well most people don’t know how to drive so you have to be extra careful. Kevin was teasing me and kept looking down instead of keeping his eyes on the road.
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    When we finally made it back down we stopped into the little gift shop/restaurant. We had coffee and a muffin. There was a guy sitting next to us who ordered their homemade pie. He was telling us how great it was and that we should have gotten the pie instead of the muffin. A few minutes later the guy asked the waiter to get us a piece on him. Kevin was in heaven. He got the peach and ate every bit of it... well I had a bite but that’s all he would let me have.

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