Mrs Freeflow ride from Phoenix to Wisconsin

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  1. freeflow

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    logged onto Jeff's account, this is Shelly posting.

    I'm new to posting here and I want to get out and put on a few more miles so this will be the short version and pics later...

    Actually started off the trip arriving at our friend - Dr. Todd's house and finding the rear tire was flat - He had just changed out the used up Maxxis tire and put the gripster on and took it for a short test run... by the time I got there - Oops, flat ...Ok.. need lunch and back to change it - thanks for the help Todd!... Put in a new tube and I patched the old one.. pin hole - not sure if it was a pinch flat or what... doesn't matter - this is all part of the adventure!!!

    Took it for a test run and feel the road... 40 miles on Carefree Highway - gotta love the name - CAREFREE!!!!

    We went to 'Ten' for dinner - a little sushi for the evening meal - gotta love that! Great restaurant, great service, and fantastic sushi!.. Back to the ranch to set-up the telescope and look at stars... mostly the moon.. beautiful clear skies and nice evening...

    Day 1 : Left yesterday a.m. from Cave Creek Arizona, thru Flagstaff and up to the Grand Canyon!! Got behind an accident that just happened on I-17 - truck & trailer jack-knifed and flew off to the side... fortunately for me I was just far enough behind I didn't see it and close enough that I was able to pass around it before any police/fire services were there.. no one was injured - but what a mess...

    The rest of the ride was fabulous... weather couldn't be better and the ride was great! Short lunch stop in Flagstaff, a call to my honey - Freeflow... I'm so lucky...

    From I-17 to Flagstaff, 180 North to 64 and into the Grand Canyon

    Awesome - my first time visiting this incredible place on earth!! Riding has been great, very scenic and beautiful weather... Mountains, vista's, plains, canyons - Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon - Absolutely stunning... deer that don't move next to the road as you drive by, a wolf ran in front of me as I entered the park - well maybe it was a coyote, but it was larger than a german shepherd and looked more like a wolf... stopped at every possible vista look-out point there - just unbelievably expansive and we have this right in our own yard!!

    I've seen antelope, deer, a wolf, coyotes, and many beautiful sites..

    The bike has been running awesome.. Thanks honey for dialing it up for me! Gas stops have been quick... and I even gave the bike it's first scar... I stopped by the exit to the Grand Canyon to take a photo in front of the sign and it fell over after I got off of it - I'm fine, I was off the bike and plink - over it went... People are wonderful and friendly... a couple of vehicles stopped and two guys and myself picked it back up again... no problem... They even said thanks because they wouldn't have stopped otherwise and after we righted the bike - 2 coyotes came trotting through right in front of us... they got some great photo's I'm sure... I tried, but I can't tell on the camera screen if the coyote can be seen... broke my sunglasses in the process - good thing I brought a spare - preparation!

    Headed from there to Page - Hwy 64 to 89 - the route was great and coming through the rocky pass was incredible - sorry no photo's on that one - had to keep hands on the bars... passed Page and went to view the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell - the light was awesome as I rode into town just before sunset time... Some black clouds were rolling in but they stayed just south so far...


    I'm in a nice little hotel here - Page Boy Hotel - the owners are very nice and riders themselves.. the motorcycle stays in front of the office under the canopy.. found out I wasn't that hungry for dinner - filled up on fresh air and miles under the tires yesterday!! A nice hot shower, relax, and zzzzzzzz's....

    about 360 miles for the day...

    Today I head towards Durango, Colorado.. looking forward to more wonderful scenic routes...

    I'm slow at posting - thus no photo's right now - those will be posted later...

    I'm off - gotta hit the road!!
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  2. Medicine Creek

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    sounds like the road mojo is workin'.

    can't wait to see the pics..
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  3. rokklym

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    Way to go Shelly!!! :ricky


    Looking forward to seeing the pics! Sounds like your seeing a good amount of wildlife, which is always fun!
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  4. freeflow

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    FYI, that was Shelly logging on under my screen name....

    Shelly get the pics up....LOL...ride safe...
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  5. Hipster

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    If she's on her way to Wisconsin I hope she has a snow tire for that bike. Looks like you could get 2 to 4 inches of wet snow, ouch!
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    Jeff/Shelley, if its gonna be cold and snowy up north, just stop and leave the bike at our house. West side of Chicago burbs, 20mi east of I-39 and I-88.
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    It's been cold and rainy here for the last two days. The forcast calls for more of the same out until Tuesday -that's as far as the forcast goes.

    Take your time getting home Shelly and ride safe.:deal
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  9. GB

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    pics? :lurk

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  10. rokklym

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    What a tease :wink:

    Gets us all fired up for pics then makes us wait :lurk

    Just about out of popcorn Shelly, your gonna have to get off that KLR for a while and post some pics!!
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    it's been a day Chad....some issues....running rich issues..burning fuel and soot...WTF?...i mean 137 miles to reserve....for a KLR this is bad...even with my fat ass on it and loaded in wind and wide open for hours I get 160 miles ot reserve......she is staying put again tonight after a day at a shop and no diagnosis.....ride it as is.

    been tied up all day trying to fix the problem
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  12. rokklym

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    Damn, I hate to hear that! Sounds like she is running pretty rich! hopefully she'll figure it out quickly.
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  13. freeflow

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    well her is a few...the story is coming


    tire repaired

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    loaded and ready for the ride...shelly will finish this


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    honey...tell the story

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  14. Sanam

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    :lurk Yeah, come on now, tell the story Mrs. Freeflow.
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  16. freeflow

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    Here we go – with some pics
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    Actually started off the trip arriving at our friend - Dr. Todd's house and finding the rear tire was flat - He had just changed out the used up Maxxis tire and put the gripster on and took it for a short test run... by the time I got there - Oops, flat ...Ok.. need lunch and back to change it - thanks for the help Todd!...
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    Put in a new tube and I patched the old one.. pin hole - not sure if it was a pinch flat or what... doesn't matter - this is all part of the adventure!!!<o:p></o:p>
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    Took it for a test run and feel the road... 40 miles on Carefree Highway - gotta love the name - CAREFREE!!!!

    We went to 'Ten' for dinner - a little sushi for the evening meal - gotta love that! Great restaurant, great service, and fantastic sushi!.. Back to the ranch to set-up the telescope and look at stars... mostly the moon.. beautiful clear skies and nice evening... <o:p></o:p>

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  17. freeflow

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    Left Thursday a.m. from Cave Creek Arizona, thru Flagstaff and up to the Grand Canyon!! Got behind an accident that just happened on I-17 - truck & trailer jack-knifed and flew off to the side... fortunately for me I was just far enough behind I didn't see it and close enough that I was able to pass around it before any police/fire services were there.. no one was injured - but what a mess...

    The rest of the ride was fabulous... weather couldn't be better <o:p></o:p>

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    and the ride was great! Short lunch stop in Flagstaff, a call to my honey - Freeflow... I'm so lucky...

    From I-17 to Flagstaff, 180 North to 64 <o:p></o:p>

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    Awesome - my first time visiting this incredible place on earth!! Riding has been great, very scenic and beautiful weather... There are sooo many photo’s like this it is incredible!! <o:p></o:p>
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    Grand Canyon - Absolutely stunning... deer that don't move next to the road as you drive by, a wolf ran in front of me as I entered the park - well maybe it was a coyote, but it was larger than a german shepherd and looked more like a wolf... stopped at every possible look-out point there - just unbelievably expansive and we have this right in our own yard!! No – I won’t post every one of them… you get the idea and if you haven’t been there – well whatcha waiting for???
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    Had to get one of the KLR and I in the photo…
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    Mountains, vista's, plains, canyons - Grand Canyon <o:p></o:p>
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    or was it this one??
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    Here is the watch tower towards the right side of center<o:p></o:p>
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    I strolled down to it and walked around on each of the floors and enjoyed the expansive views from within…
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    do I look relaxed? What day is it anyway? The stories this building would have to tell....
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    I've seen antelope, deer, a wolf, coyotes, and many beautiful sites..

    The bike has been running awesome.. Thanks honey for dialing it up for me! Gas stops have been quick... and I even gave the bike it's first scar... I stopped by the exit to the Grand Canyon to take a photo in front of the sign <o:p></o:p>

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    and it fell over after I got off of it - I'm fine, I was off the bike and plink - over it went... no sorry – no photo of it on its side… wasn’t there long enough – isn’t there a 5 minute rule? People are wonderful and friendly... a couple of vehicles stopped and two guys and myself picked it back up again... no problem... They even said thanks because they wouldn't have stopped otherwise and after we righted the bike - 2 coyotes came trotting through right in front of us... they got some great photo's I'm sure... I tried, <o:p></o:p>
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    but I can't tell on the camera screen if the coyote can be seen...I can make out where I think it is barely – in the tan grass head just going behind the tree branches towards the right… zoomed in it gets pretty blurry…<o:p></o:p>
    broke my sunglasses in the process - good thing I brought a spare - preparation!

    Headed from there to Page - Hwy 64 to 89 - the route was great and coming through the rocky pass was incredible - sorry no photo's on that one - had to keep hands on the bars... <o:p></o:p>

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    passed Page and went to view the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell <o:p></o:p>
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    the light was awesome as I rode into town just before sunset time... Some black clouds were rolling in but they stayed just south so far...
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    I'm in a nice little hotel here - Page Boy Hotel – you can see the KLR under the canopy.. <o:p></o:p>
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    the owners are very nice and riders themselves.. found out I wasn't that hungry for dinner - filled up on fresh air and miles under the tires yesterday!! A nice hot shower, relax, and zzzzzzzz's....

    about 360 miles for the day...

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    Jeff here....checking out the pics my gal uploaded....coming home to me right honey???:D ...the bed is too big without you....:wave :raabia


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    Since I skipped dinner last night I thought I’d start off with a good breakfast.. met a chemist from Switzerland who seemed to think I was crazy to be riding a motorcycle, let alone solo… too each their own.. I filled up with gas and headed on my way…not too far out of Page the bike started kicking and bucking pretty bad… I wasn’t sure what was up – bad gas?? It wasn’t getting up to speed and if I continued I may of ended up getting thrown off… Turned back to the last gas station and called my honey for some advice… I couldn’t take the KLR through the desolate area’s I was going to be traveling the way it was… so I found a Honda dealer on the outskirts of Page
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    explained the symptoms to them and then the mechanic took it for a short ride… he thought it was the air filter so he went to get tools while I unloaded everything and loosened the side rack and opened up the side.. he took out the air filter and YUCK was it filthy!!!
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    Here’s Chad – GREAT help!!
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    That made a big difference on the performance and I headed merrily on my way. It didn’t resolve everything.. I was still having problems with it ‘hiccuping’ around 4500 rpms.. however that I could deal with and make it through the area …
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    I stopped in Kayenta and called in an update and for reassurance from my honey… of course he advised – there is no way the KLR will quit running… no matter what happens – it will get you where you are going… OK – now I felt better and continued on…
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    Stuck with the plan going through Monument Valley
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    Mexican Hat
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    the other direction
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    beautiful roads… I really enjoyed this area and began to realize how small we are in the vast scheme of things on this earth and how important it is to enjoy the moment…
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    Continued on through Bluff and then on to Cortez…the weather was sunny and hot through this area… it’s amazing as you get closer to Colorado you can feel it cool off a few degrees..
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    I rolled into Durango 406 miles later…Freeflow had worked things out to have the Kawasaki dealer take a look at the bike in the morning to see if they could fix the hiccups… so before relaxing I stripped the bags off the bike so I could bring it in bright and early…
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    Dinner at the Mahogany Grill – MMMMMMMM Good!!!
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    Full tummy, relaxed, and time for a good nights sleep…
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  20. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in Supporter

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    You betcha baby!! Logged some good mileage today in that direction!! Be home soon!
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