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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by yzfcathy, Sep 2, 2010.
Nice trip and pics.
Now for some pix.
Day 8 started out in Steamboat with Skip and I meeting up with Tellydoug, aka Doug and Whitewater18, aka Joe.
Breakfast in Steamboat. Yummy!
Left to right...Joe, Skip and Doug.
Last night while taking stock of our gear at Doug's I noticed that my helmet shield was hanging up when I moved it open and closed. I got to looking at it more closely and saw that some of the hinge was broken.
Uh ohh. Gently put it back together and don't touch it...much.
After breakfast we followed Joe out of town and stopped by a shop to see about helmet parts. No luck.
We stopped at Joe's place and he gave us a couple cool route ideas for our journey south today. Thanks. It's always nice to get "inside" info about cool routes.
Following Joe, that's the ski area on the left.
The view out of Joe's front porch. Nice huh! (except for the dirty bikes)
We're off. Heading south toward McCoy
Just before McCoy we turned onto Colorado River Road. Joe's idea. Sweet
Dang, here we are on I-70. A big old Interstate...must be about the prettiest freeway anywhere. Going west towards Glenwood Springs.
Man, if you have to get on slab, this is the slab to be on. beautiful.
We turned onto 82 from Glenwood Springs. Then we caught 133 from Carbondale.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Following 92 south toward Hwy 50 we pass along Morrow Point Reservior.
We cross over the Blue Mesa Dam and join Hwy 50
At Joe's suggestion we were going to turn by Cimaron and take some scenic route to join 550 South by Ridgeway, but it was late in the afternoon, we didn't know how long it would take to rejoin the hwy and thought the possibility of riding out after dark on an unknown gravel road with a map drawn on paper...well we will just save that part of the ride for next time.
Back to my little helmet story....Since we were now going to pass through Montrose we stopped into a dealership there that was just about to close. They had the exact helmet parts I needed to keep my shield in place.
As I was replacing the parts, the old hinge parts broke apart in my hands. Good timing. Tomorrow would have meant Duct Tape shield.
On the road again. 550
I'll bet some of you travellers recognize some of these pix.
We had some more miles to get to Durango but I didn't get any more pix.
Goodnight Day 8.
We enjoyed a nice evening at Steamworks in Durango. They have this Crawdad, Cajun, fishboil thing on Friday's. That and their micro brews and you're all set.
Day 9 Durango to Springerville. The maps
We got up Sat morning and stopped at a quaint little coffee place for breakfast.
The sky was looking a little grumpy. Maybe it will rain.
Uh oh, looks like Mother Nature woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Let's go that a way. Blue sky is good.
My Beau, getting ready to crack off a big fat wheelie...or maybe he's just stretching. You be the judge.
I look to the left and I see this...
I look to the right and I see this...
We press on, cause we're not a skered of a little threat of rain.
This will be the last pic until we get past this little wall of water ahead.
I put my camera in a baggie and stuffed it in my pocket. We opted to
ride through without stopping to put of raingear. We figured we would dry out in a quick hurry in this heat.
Before we hit the wall, the temp was about 85F. In the middle of the rain shower the temp dropped to 57F. It took about 15 minutes to dry out once through the other side.
...and just like that, we're out of the rain.
We're not in Colorado anymore Toto.
Pretty flowers along the side of the road, sweetheart in my mirror...
Life Is Good
We stopped by Canyon De Chelly
Skip says, come on honey...get on your bike and ride!
Ok, back on the road
We rolled into Springerville. and called it a wrap.
Goodnight Day 9
The last day of our little trip and we woke up to warm sunshine and a light breeze.
Springerville to Tucson, the maps
We planned to follow 191 south with the exception of a slight detour west of Springerville. 261 then 273, passing Big Lake.
Then a bit of nice gravel road. Not much Sunday morning traffic here.
No Aspens here.
Back on the tarmac
Before long we'll be dropping off this ridge into the valley below, and the heat.
Now here's a road that has my name all over it
Say cheese honey
Almost out of the hills now. The valley is heating up.
As we finish out the last 100 or so miles into Tucson, we ride into remnants of the monsoon we left behind a couple of weeks ago when we first rode out of town.
I hid my camera away again. I would need both hands for the wx we would enter soon.
Another wall of water met us, this time on I-10 and with cars all around.
The visibility was awful and the traffic got thick as vehicles slowed.
The rain let up just before getting to the city limits.
We made it. What a great trip we had.
When can we go again?
Day 6 for me. Since Cathy finished up I better get with it so we can go on another ride. We left Bozeman to start our second half heading south. Dave had some spare time and decided to join us for part of the day. We headed east on the interstate to Big Timber. Beautiful day.....
Rode through Columbus Montana. I remember stopping here on our way back to Bozeman after skiing the headwall at Beartooth Pass in May and June each year. Turned 21 one Sunday coming home and we stopped in the New Atlas Bar. We called it the See Em Dead Zoo because of all the stuffed animals. Place was always filled with Shriners on Sunday.
Out of "Rockdodge" (Red Lodge) and on to the Bearthooths.
At the pass, I can't believe we skied this, what was I thinking, I can barely look over the edge these days.
Cathy catching up at a construction zone. Where you been honey?
David had to head back home through the park and we headed southeast to Cody on Chief Joseph Hwy. Say good bye honey.
David it was great to see you again and look forward to having you come to Tucson this winter for some riding in the sun. Thanks again.
On to Cody
End of day 6
We headed south across Wyoming and into Colorado
Cathy giving her meatloaf face early in the morning
A little stop for construction
Tellydoug from Steamboat came over and met Cathy and I in Hayden. We took a little 125 mile loop around Slater and Roult National Forest.
These two get together and it's a lot of work keeping up...... but still fun
More riding than pictures on day 7
Day 8 met Tellydoug and Whitewater18 for breakfast and then headed south to Durango.
Following Joe to get maps for some dirt riding today.
Colorado River Road off of 131 near McCoy that Joe directed us to was super
I've ridden Colorado about a half dozen times or more on motorcycles the last two years and it's always a hard call weather of not to ride the big bikes or trailer the dirt bikes. In Colorado no matter what you take it's going to be a breath taking ride.
End of day 8
Day 9 Out of the mountains and back to the desert
Start out overcast so the temps were great for riding
Couldn't tell where this weather was going, every time it looked like we were heading towards it we would make a turn and head away.
The last turn we headed right into it. It had warmed up a bit so we didn't mind the 2nd shower this morning.
It cleared up and we were dry again in 15 - 20 minutes
I had never been to Canyon De Chelly so Cathy and I decided to head in that direction. If you haven't been there you should go, you won't be disappointed
Cathy's ready to hit the road again. Let's ride
Northeast Arizona heading south to Springerville
end of day 9
Day 10 the last one for this trip. We head out of Springerville and over to Eager to catch 261 to Big Lake and then back out to Alpine and 191 aka 666
Time to drop off the rim and back into the real desert
Monsoons aren't quite over here yet
Cathy stops and we talk about taking a 100 mile dirt loop before we get to Tucson. From Benson head north and over Reddington Pass then into Tucson. I plead that we just rode 4000 miles in 10 days and my butt has had enough. I call uncle and ask if we can go home. And off we go.
Rain coming back again.
Here's the mountains we would have come though if we headed up to Reddington. I'm glad we headed home
End of day 10, thanks for looking our ride over, Skip
Enjoyed the pix and reading about your adventure. Thx for sharing.
Great report & fantastic pictures. I did many of the same roads this year (except for the dirt parts) and really enjoyed your view of it. In & out of some rain as well but never put on rain gear either.
Thanks again for the narrative, I can hardly wait for next summer now....
Great report and pictures! That's my kind of bike trip. Thanks for sharing.
Great RR, Great pics! I used to live in SW CO many years ago, the and pics of Ouray and Silverton were great to see. Please keep your RR's coming.
Very nicely done great photo's.I enjoyed meeting both you and Skip at the Ponderosa resort.What a great place for ten bucks a day.I left the next day and headed to Bryce,Moab,Arches then slowly headed home.Utah is awesome.Ride safe and be well Bill the green klr650
Enjoyed the pics greatly! What's up with this weather? I froze my butt off riding in the rain across Nevada.
Next time I recommend The Pocketstone cafe in Bigfork or Echo Lake cafe.....good grub. Montana CT is sliding IMHO....