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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Flasher

    Flasher Been here awhile

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    Long time , no see.
  2. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    This day turned out to be our shortest mileage day of the trip. Maybe 200 miles. Rainy. Rainy. Rainy. And we had decided to add Big Bend National Park to our itinerary. If we hadn't made a short day, we would have had a reallllly long one:lol3.


    We stayed last night in Camp Wood, TX. Breakfast.

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    She owns the restaurant, had trouble getting Augie out of town........

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    This WWII Navy vet forgot his 9mm in the crapper. The boss lady scolded him.

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    Del Rio Texas

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    We visited this Yamaha dealer in Del Rio. Augie had a low beam quit. They were pleasant, but no help "We don't see many Tenere s arounde here..."


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    Pecos River Bridge, Armistad National Recreation Area. This is all just outside Langtry TX, home of Judge Roy Bean. We should probably have visited his joint, didn't.

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    Looking at the old road

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    View opposite bridge view. Now it's the Rio Grande.

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    Langtry off to the left somewhere

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    Deserted places

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    The place we stayed in Sanderson, TX. Augie's bike is under the roof. Mine is too fat.

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  3. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Early start. Still damp roads

    Early break to convince my GPS to come along!

    Big Bend NP just ahead

    Just inside the gate

    Starting to see flowers
    We had noticed an aroma in the air, like maybe burning rubber??? A ranger inside said it was creosote plants, the rain made them very noticeable

    We took a sideways trip to the Big Bend high country

    Back on the main road
    Exiting Big Bend, heading onto the River Road

    US to the right, MX to the left
    Old movie set at the side of the road, and the Rio Grande

    Small pass

    Lunch in Presidio, TX.

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    Too early to stop, so we did not inquire of rates .....:eek1

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    Heading on toward Van Horn, TX

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    Our digs and views in Van Horn

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  4. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    We were on the road with the sunrise

    New friends


    We found some salt flats
    Somewhere around El Paso we decided to clean up

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    Pecan groves around Las Cruces

    Lunch in Las Cruces

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    We kept heading norhterly, then west.

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    Looking for the ghost town


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    There's rain and mountains over there.

    We passed through a part of the Gila National Forest. Emory Pass. Rain and about 33* up there.


    Then we saw the Santa Rita copper mine, just before we got to Silver City.
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    View back toward copper mine from Silver City, NM
  5. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    On this day we crossed Arizona
  6. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Missed this from yesterday

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    Some views of Parker while we waited for our guide through the horrors of California freeways, my son Jeffrey.

    More cleaning

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    Leaving Parker
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    Fuel stop

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    Augie and Jeffrey

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    The intrepid crew poses

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  7. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    A nominal excuse for the timing of the trip was Jeffrey's birthday, if any excuse is needed :rofl.
    We made it, but just.

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    Where's mine?

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    Fixing his find. Set the fence on fire later.

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    We went for a ride. seeing the coast, the slums and Beverly Hills.


    My daughter in law had to be the bravest one of us. Augie and I couldn't keep up on the freeway. Course she couldn't very well not keep up :eek1:lol3.

    On Monday we used the garage to change oil.
  8. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    We went a little more north heading out of LA. I had never been to the Grand Canyon. More excuses! :lol3

    The next while is old Rt 66. As we are both that age this year, it seemed the thing to do.

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    I believe we spent the night in Kingman, AZ.
  9. The Opa

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    Heading for Grand Canyon National Park.

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    Locomotive formerly used to go to park.

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    Found some dirt

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    About there

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    Leaving the park

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    The Opa experienced

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    We continued on through Tuba City, Second Mesa and on to Winslow AZ.

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    My camera died. Too bad, it was a really magnificent sunset!

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    We had a great breakfast across the street from 'standing on a corner in Winslow AZ' (Eagles).

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    We found a dirt road a short way out of town with an impressive bridge over a canyon river.

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    As soon as we crossed we came upon a Navajo rancher and his wife. They had killed the battery in their car, and Augie jumped them off.

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    Some views of Lincoln, NM, site of the Billy the Kid jail break, not to mention the Lincoln County War.

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    Somewhere in Texas

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    Bigger modern bridge over the Mississippi River

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    Little bridge across the Chatooga River re-entering SC.

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    Done.
  12. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at? Supporter

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    Fixed!
  13. AdvNuma

    AdvNuma Long Rider Supporter

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    Such a fine site to see!

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  14. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Even though I lost a lot of the 'California Dreamin'' pics in the ADV changeover, I did try to finish showing that we made the trip!

    Now back to current times.

    Went for a ride yesterday and went up Sassafrass Mountain (highest point in SC), then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway at 215.

    So you know the motorcycle was there, this is the path to the Overlook.

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    Most of the trees on the top, which is above this point, have been removed. Having never been all the way to the top, I went. I don't know if the view was this good before the tree felling, but it was beautiful.


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    May have to figure out where this place is. Looks high rent from up here!



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    I am still learning this new ADV site. Just found out you can only "Upload Pic or GPS Track" to the tune of 5 pics. Let's see can we add some from a photo hosting site.



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    And the answer is Yes. I just haven't been real impressed with the way my pics link from Nikon Image Space. Well, onward.



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    Couple from the BRP overlook at 215



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  15. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Had a burger the other day in Spruce Pine.


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    Loren
  16. The Opa

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    Took a little ride up to the BRP a couple days ago.

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    The Opa experienced

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    A few more

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  18. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    From the same stop



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    Wiedersehen
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  19. AdvNuma

    AdvNuma Long Rider Supporter

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    Nice photos! Looking forward to catching up with you Saturday.


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  20. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Went on a group ride with Augie, Ken, Larry, and Numa. 9-19-15. Since we all stopped at the same places, their photos are quite similar! :jack



    The route. Up the right side, then west, then a clockwise loop to home. Was about 350 miles for me; I'm sure it was more for Numa!


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    We all photographed this bush, so I went arty.....


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    Craggy Gardens Visitor Center


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