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  1. Blue Mule

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    spose I should do something here, eh?
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    fine, fine.

    let me see where I fell of the rails here.
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    so this trip...
    this was my last post before I got sidetracked by life.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/mule-tracks.1146840/page-3#post-29553686

    my sidetracking included a bit of work OT, some family drama, other drama, a house sale and moving.
    in the movin and drama I seem to have misplaced my camera and lost a bunch of photos from this trip. I have them, cant find them. i'm still living out of boxes and a garage.


    I'll refer to this post of Cyberdos's...it sums up the next day well and leaves me at the point where I went solo and heading home.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/mule-tracks.1146840/page-3#post-29666990
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    so the group split up and I headed north and east.
    my plan was to make the interstate and get a good ways east, making the next day an easy 700 mile ride home.

    about 200 miles after we all parted ways I caught up to a large storm, parked in Vail pass.
    I thought about pushing through to Denver and getting on the east side, (and I should have).
    but lightning and torrential rain made me rethink that idea.

    so I parked for the night at a hotel, did laundry, ate well and got a good nights sleep.
    the new plan was to get up early and eat as many miles as I could.
    I was still roughly 1200 miles from home and I thought maybe...maybe I would push the whole way if things went smooth and I kept my energy/concentration up.

    yeah, NO.

    remember Cyberdos talking about the snow?
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    I woke up to that storm still being parked in the pass, and temps that had dropped enough to make snow,in fact they were calling for upwards of 12".
    This aint cool. :bluduh
    so I start pulling up radars, weather sites, hit the hotel office and have them look on a PC and check their sources.
    right that moment the snow was just starting in the actual pass, I was an hour from it and the storm was growing as the temps fed more energy into it .
    so off I go in a race to beat the brunt of the snow.

    the pic above was just at the start of the decent.
    I pulled over to get one pic, warm up at a wayside and add a layer of dry.

    the day went like this
    leave hotel, dry and warm. 1 hour west I hit drizzle.
    the next hour was drizzle->rain->sleet-> snow.

    took that pic
    plows on road, cars coming from the other direction covered in slush
    talk to people at wayside, they said 3 inches of slushy stuff on road.
    :baldy

    no choice anymore
    so feet down at times, 40MPH on interstate, downhill in slush for 45 minutes.
    then it turned back to rain
    COLD HEAVY RAIN.

    oh joy.
    now soaked and butt puckered I can see Denver.

    whats this? Hail?
    :clap
    3 minutes of pea sized hail.

    and finally out of the mountain gap I come out into the open plains and into Denver.
    stop for coffee
    :vardy

    by this point i'm pretty much soaked,chilled to the bone and see more rain ahead but at least out of the nasty bits of it.
    so I peel of a wet layer, dig out a warm dry layer, wring out my gloves and grab a dry set.
    the rain has stopped...for now it Denver at the tail end of morning rush hour and I still have a 1000 miles to home.
    off we go.

    the next bit goes like this..

    dry for 30 minutes.
    light rain, builds to heavy enough rain to slow me down for visibility. 1 hour
    out of shower.

    repeat...for the next 350 or so miles.

    soaked again, I make north platte Nebraska.
    all the good sleep, food and ambition from the night before gone.
    I stop for gas and coffee. look at radar, maps and my now pruned up fingers.
    shivering, no more dry layers without a complete change of clothes.
    I know a good cheap hotel here with beer and food close by.
    I pull the plug.

    took this pic of my gps in the hotel room that night( I think)
    WP_20160516_007.jpg

    unpack, hot shower, warm dinner and some hijinks in the bar.
    all my gear dried out or drying.
    set alarm for early and look forward to the day of boring, dry warm interstate.


    800+ miles of this
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    at least it was warm and dry that last day.
    I had set an extra day in my schedule for the return trip.
    if it had went as planned I was going to wander a bit around western Wisconsin along the Mississippi river.

    but nope, the rain, snow and cold the day before really blow it all up..
    so home I went


    FAST!!!
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    He seemed to think I was going too fast. :csm
    Iowa Troopers, no sense of humor.

    made it home, right around 4000 miles in the 6 days.
    just in time to park bike, shower and go to bed and back into the grind..

    THE END
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    theres two pics of that here... about 2 weeks apart. :bluduh
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    Damn.... I rode the Dugway last year, sorry I missed it. The place is lousy with great places to ride. Utah is becoming my favorite place to ride in the US. I'm jealous for you guys who live closer.

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    Utah.
    I've been back and forth through that state 6 or 7 times now, it never disappoints.
    This trip came out of my desire to explore there more.
    Sadly it was shorter than i wanted and i lost the extra wandering time to the flat tire and crappy weather.

    Another very interesting area was N Idaho/E oregon.
    The bits i rode with @CamoGreg @Reddog* and @knybanjo were pretty spectacular.
    LoLo didnt suck either.
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    so new tires and shock on bike.
    haven't been on a decent wander in a while.

    took off for 7 hours today.
    pissed this whole weekend away...it felt good to do nothing for a change.


    screenshot of Basecamp with todays track and data.
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    north of town, its farm country for 75 miles or so.
    well a blend of forest and farm.
    was hoping trees may have started turning, but not many yet.


    3 generations of silos.
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    rode through some new areas.
    the farmland was mostly boring, being a marginal area with little preserved history.

    then I made it into the woods.
    went back to an area I used to deer hunt.
    lots of rivers and waterfalls.
    got off the bike and hiked a bit.

    This is called Smalley falls.
    A 50' deep slot in the rock.
    drops a total of about 50" also.
    the gap is around 20' wide.
    covered in moss, ferns and cedars.
    the pool at the bottom had small trout jumping into the rush of water, trying to get upstream. :lol3
    P1010010.JPG WP_20160918_005.jpg

    hiked out the 1/4 mile and ran some twisty back roads.
    then headed south towards home stopping for water and gas.
    I looked over the GPS, and found a road I know, but I didn't know it was this far north, crossing 2 counties.

    the first 40 miles were gravel. P9180013.JPG
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    stopped to check out a small trout stream

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    got this weird swirl.

    :scratch


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    off down the road I went.
    found a county park i'd heard of but never managed to check out.

    it is a confluence of the pine river, and 2 small creeks.
    made up or at least 6 islands with bridges across the river from one island to another.
    some old stone works and an old cabin.
    i'm guessing, but I imagine its a CCC cabin?


    the Peshtigo river, good trout water, more so upstream
    WP_20160918_016.jpg


    the main bridge, where I took the first pic.
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    the Cabin, in a Hemlock stand.
    hemlock trees in big stands are getting scarce here.
    deer eat the saplings as soon as they sprout and logging, old age and humans have taken a toll on many stands.
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    you can see the third bridge, off to the left.
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    some random pics from the day.
    didn't try to hard for photos, was just happy to be out today.

    colors are coming...

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