Dad and Son down the Westcoast (from Germany)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nils K, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Zakko

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    LOL, it’s not crossed out yet :jack
    But I‘ve heard that only Germans make that trip in August (underlying tone of „we can do smarter...“ Thus, we have to decide whether we join the perception :rofl
    We‘ll keep you posted
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  2. Mavilago

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    Dang, I am about 3 weeks late to this party. When you were north of SF I could have shown you a couple neat places to ride that most people only dream about.....
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  3. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Sounds like they might be north of San Fran again in the next week or so....
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  4. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    If its anything like this:
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/goin-to-see-the-ocean.1399090/
    Let them know! I gave my 2 cents, but thats all I know of the area. Looks absolutely awesome up there!! Cheers!
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  5. Mavilago

    Mavilago Adventurer

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    Its very much like that trip. There are so many awesome roads to go back and forth on around here its amazing.
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  6. Nils K

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    Well we are planning to go back to San Francisco. And then go up north.
    Show us all the roads :clap:wings
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  7. Nils K

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    Day 28

    We stayed in a really nice AirBnB, and after enjoying a great breakfast we jumped on our bikes and cruised from Moab,UT over Hwy 191 to Hwy i70.
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    After a quick ride over i70, which has speed limit of 80mph (fastest I've seen in the US), we took the exit to Hwy 24 West.
    This road is already pretty nice, its straight, but the environment really starts to change. It's a desert, clay, gravel, green mix.
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    We drove through the old Western Town Hanksville,UT, next stop where the Petroglyphs.
    Cool to see, but even better was the scenic drive a few miles further. If u take a left to the visitor center there a signs pointing out a Scenic Drive.
    20miles Out and Back.
    Amazing road! Its paved for about 8miles and then you can take a gravel road which brings u 2 miles further.
    Stunning views and riding through a canyon. So nice!
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    What a nice detour. We then continued our way West on Hwy 24. Right before Torrey, UT we took a left onto the Scenic Hwy 12.
    Since multiple people already told us that would be one of the best rides down here, we were petty excited.
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    And it was true. Hwy 12 is beautiful. Nice views, decent pavement. Even some turns and curves. And even better, it got a little colder in the end.
    Its unbelievable how far you climb up on mountains without knowing it on that road. At some point there is just sign saying Summit 9600ft. We rode a total of 12 000ft up and 10 000ft down.
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    Half way through we followed another recommendation of our tour guide @Gustavo . The Kiva Koffehouse. In the middle of nowhere on Hwy 12 there is this really beautiful little Koffehouse. If u are arround stop! Even if you dont drink/eat something just to see it.

    We continued our ride on Hwy 12 at some point there was a huge drop on both sides of the Highway.
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    Another hour of driving and we arrived in Tropic,UT were we checked into our little Cabin we had for the night.
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    ....continuation in the next post.
  8. Nils K

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    Quick break and time to take the luggage off. Then a 15min drive to the Bryce Canyon National Park. Followed by a 30min drive through the park. Stopped at multiple Viewpoints. Incredible scenic view.
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    To avoid riding in the dark and to make sure we still get some food in town we drove back at 8pm. Drove right through sunset
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    and then arrived at the restaurant of our choice for the night.
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  9. Mavilago

    Mavilago Adventurer

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    Nice. If you make it back to the SF area, send me a PM, I can point out a few really awesome rides for your trip back north. Maybe join you for a few miles as well.
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  10. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    You guys really are having an adventure in the west, spectacular set of shots from riding through Utah and surrounding area. That shot of you riding through the canyon is fantastic, what a backdrop for an amazing picture.

    Appreciate you keeping the trip report coming, was great to catch up over the last couple days of your ride after being off-grid for a few days myself.

    Keep the sticky side down fellas, and keep the updates coming :thumb :thumb
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  11. OlyRider

    OlyRider Long timer

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    Hey Nils!

    How are you liking the Mosko Moto bags?

    And the new Tourances?

    And what are you using for your routing? Google maps?

    Very happy things are going so well! Great adventure!
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  12. Nils K

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    I'm totally in love with this whole bike. Such a perfect combination in between dirtbike and street bike.
    Perfect for touring.
    The bags are doing great, I get all my stuff in there they fit the bike well and are so easy to take off and putt on.
    Also the tires are now wearn in. On pavement they do a little better then the Twinduros. Haven't really taken them offroad so far, but there are incredible good on asphalt.

    I plan the routes via reccomendations and a book called Motorcycle Guide for West USA (Motorrad Guide USA-der Westen) and then transfer them into Google Maps. I got google maps speaking to me over headset or the phone in the nice ram phone holder.
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  13. Nils K

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    Day 29

    Back to the Grand Canyon

    We left our little cabin at about 10am.
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    Then finished the little rest of Hwy 12
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    From there we took Hwy 89 down south. After a few miles we came to a construction zone were we waited for a while. So we were waiting and at some point we saw a cowboy who isn't aging. He now a days isnt riding the horse anymore, he is riding the horse arround (see back of the pickup)
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    After they finally opened the lane for us at the construction we continued our way down Hwy 89
    10miles behind the construction zone we stopped at "Forschers Bäckerei" a german bakery in the middle of nowhere! How Good is that, real bread and typical German food. Actual german food not one of these tourist traps.
    So we enjoyed an amazing german breakfast in the middle of Utah.
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    Happy and full we rode down the 89 till we turned onto Hwy 89A then Hwy 67 into the Grand Canyon National Park.
    Right after the entry we saw some Bisons right off the road :)
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    We did the Cape Final Trail. It's a 3 hour hike Out and Back. You get rewarded with endless options of beautiful views over the Canyon. Hike is pretty flat and takes u mostly through the forest. Highly recommended.

    The North Rim is so much nicer! Less people. Nicer hiking and still absolutely gorgeous views!

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    We finished the day in a nice vegetarian restaurant in Kanab,UT where we are staying tonight.
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  14. Zakko

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    As oldfashioned offline map enthusiast I have to admit that Google maps offers quite some advantages. You can use it while driving, @Nils K looks and books online from the map accommodation, traffic and other background infos right available etc. I‘m glad he‘s so quick on it. Advantages of traditional maps are pretty much reduced to don’t run out of batterie, don’t turn off when they become to hot, and easier to share with a group of people. :photog
  15. NSFW

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  16. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    ^^ +1 to @NSFW's comment - that's an incredible picture (and the other shot). So cool you guys had the opportunity to explore more of the Grand Canyon, and how neat to find a German restaurant to have a bit of home comfort whilst out riding.

    Enjoying the report guys, keep it coming and continued safe travels :thumb :thumb
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  17. Shadowed_Stranger

    Shadowed_Stranger Been here awhile

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    Whenever I hear about Germans going to death valley I'm reminded of this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley_Germans

    Or maybe that's what you were going for but your sneaky German humor got past me.:y0!

    Here's the guy that ended up finding them recounting the search: http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/

    Anyway enough derailing the thread from me. Great RR! Enjoy Vegas, maybe we can meet up for a beer when you're in town.
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  18. Zakko

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    DEATH VALLEY CHALLENGE

    The decision has been made
    We will challenge our fate.

    They are truly crazy,
    @Nils K and his Dady.

    Reaching the Valley‘s lowest point at noon
    might cause us to „give away the spoon.“

    But I won’t let the sun me fooling
    will wet my shirt for cooling.

    Put a chilly Dead Horse Amber
    Into my boiling belly chamber.

    And in my melting head
    the Songs of Greatful Dead.

    „In the desert you can remember your name, cause there ain‘t no one to give you no pain...“


    written in August 2019 by @Zakko in still presumably healthy condition at air-conditioned temperatures of 78°F. And yes! The quoted line of the song is not by GD :strum
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  19. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    You've had an incredible journey. I really enjoy joining you on this. Love the pics too.
    I've lived in the West for 6 decades, and you've been places I never have. Awesome, just awesome!

    You know, you might have to become a tour guide and bring 400-500 of your close personal friends from Europe to experience what you have. Now that you've experienced the "Wild West," you have to admit, it is different than Europe. This, I think your bretheren would find amusing.

    Ride safe!
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  20. Nils K

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    Day 30

    Red Sand and Sin City again

    9am. Breakfast at Kanabs Bakery
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    Then drove up Hwy 89, took a left onto Hwy 9 towards Zion Canyon National Park.
    The National Park was pretty need. I wonder why they made the Hwy red aswell, I guess they just used red sand since its everywhere
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    Zion Canyon is a stunning drive through Canyon.
    We continued our way on Hwy 9 east all the way to till it merges i15. To avoid driving the Highway all the way into Vegas we exited probably after 1hour onto Hwy 169. This one takes u down through Lake Mead Recreational Area. Way cooler then I15!
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    At 3pm we arrived in Vegas again. We drove to the Luxor Hotel & Casino, which was our hotel for tonight. After we parked in the self parking lot and walked our bags probably 15mins through this insanely huge building we found our room.
    Our Hotel is build like a pyramid and has a whole recreational area in the middle + casino for sure. 20190820_185727.jpg

    Since my the Big GS was now in urgent need of new tires, we took the the big to Eurocycle (which is the BMW/Triumph Dealer that works with eagleriders).
    Arrived at 4pm, they close at 5pm. We tried 4 days before to call ahead. We were told off with they would call us back or didnt even reached someone. So we were kinda worried. Anyways arrived, showed the tires. And were told he could get it done, in one hour! Amazing!
    So we were waiting in the BMW Store.
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    An hour later the service guy told us this bike is in bike need of service, new brakes front and rear, valve service and some more things. He would get it done first thing next morning. We could pick it up before noon. That was fine with us so we rode back to the Hotel together on the Small GS :ricky

    Arrived in the Hotel walked 15min to our room again, sat down and then got a message from Gustavo, who we contacted earlier to meet up. He picked us up and we had dinner together.
    Great Guy it was a pleasure meeting you :) and he is even giving us a tour through the Las Vegas Solar Power Plant today (this day report is one day to late :bow). Awesome!
    We had a decent conversation and good food.
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    He dropped us off at the Strip and my dad and I walked it down back to the Hotel. Since I'm not 21 it's more looking than doing :johntm
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