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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dredman, Jul 27, 2020.
I left the rally with my new friend Tim who was traveling in the same direction.
Camping outside of Silverton Co
First trip up tp Grand Mesa in 3 years, a bit disappointing due to smoke, but still a spectacle, and a cool drone shot/crash
7 days to go until your 2 month on the road is done. Looking forward to your conclusion, but from what I can see it looks like you've taking to this like fish to water.
Like many others here I am a fan of Scooter Tramp Scotty and often wish I could live that life style. I can here you says why don't ya...the answer is my Kahunas aren't as big as yours or Scottys.
Keep up the vids, love it.
This lifestyle is easy out West, lots of public land, resources, endless magnificence, and a real REASON to live on your bike. Not sure this life translates as well on the east coast? There are several people I have met that are doing similar, with the help of other bikers - Bunk a Biker is one of the resources they use to find refuge on the road - https://www.facebook.com/groups/babnorthamerica/
I have used the group twice, and both were great experience, if anyone hits the road they should consider the same.
Running from storms, Tim and I found ourselves in Routt National Forest.
After rolling solo out of Routt NF, I found myself camping on the Yampa River in NW Colorado
Just a few miles away from the last camp spot, rolling down into Sand Canyon and into Echo Park proved to be a huge surprise. Not only did deep sand almost dump me on my ass 3x, I was almost blown away literally, and figuratively by weather and spectacular landscapes. The ride into the eastern section of Dinosaur NM will not be soon forgotten.
All the places I had looked at on a map but for some reason, never visited, were getting all the attention this trip. My big goal for this leg of the journey was to make a quick trip out and back to Flaming Gorge, and then roll back into Colorado to meet up with a subscriber - it was rougher than I expected.
on my way back from Flaming Gorge, I needed to camp somewhere, and I thought of a spot in Dinosaur I wanted to try out - a spot on top of the mesa, turned out to be cliff-side camping.....
A subscriber from YouTube contacted me, and we arranged to meet up and hang out in Colorado. His first time ever leaving the state on his motorcycle, he was bold enough to ride from coastal North Carolina, with some encouragement (I may have called him a pussy?) I intended to meet him back on Grand Mesa, hoping to secure the magical spot that had eluded Tim and I many days before - I got very lucky.
As my riding buddy Eben and I rolled out of Grand Mesa for shelter from the weather, we stopped in Moab to explore and camp, and we ran into more weather than we bargained for.
After leaving Moab and the cold, Eben and I rolled into the Bonneville Salt Flats for the afternoon, and camping on the other side of the mountains. It wound up being very cold and windy, and we were in a hurry to leave the next morning. A tricky hillside distracted us from the true dangers of the sandy road below.
After leaving Bonneville Salt Flats, Eben and I rolled up into Idaho and did some stealth camping beside a reservoir in American Falls. It was nice having the change in temperature and a nice grassy tent space.
Eben & I rolled northeast out of Idaho and into The Tetons to camp, and found that motorcycle camping in the Teton National Parks was not gonna happen, so we wandered over the pass into Teton National Forest to camp overnight. Wild camping above Dubois, Wyoming turned out to be much colder than expected.
My nemesis on the road is filth. After splitting off from Eben in Dubois, I headed north into the Wyoming desert to get a well deserved bath - a stealth bath on the side of the road in a creek.
Stealth Camping Shoshone National Forest is harder than you might think. All campgrounds run by the forest service were closed, and I imagine all the private campgrounds were outrageously priced, and besides, I hate paying someone for the privilege of sleeping on the ground. Normally I wild camp, but this night required some stealth mode, & camping in a parking-pad for fishermen. Worked out well.
After leaving the Shoshone, I wandered up into the BIG mountains & ran into Zee from Motorcycle Vagabonds and Bunk a Biker up on top of BearTooth Pass. We wound up riding the mountain and the desert that day - pretty amazing despite the smoke.
Zee-Verse: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MotoVagabonds/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/babnorthamerica