The "Trifecta" - a three plus week tour of the West/Pacific Coast/North West

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  1. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    I'm headed out on a three plus week adventure on Tuesday.

    Tuesday morning we (a buddy and I) will leave Spearfish and head South down through the Rockies to Alamosa CO, we will camp somewhere in Northern Colorado Tuesday night and arrive in Alamosa on Wednesday evening after touring the Rockies.

    On Thursday we plus two more friends will ride North and then up over Independence Pass and on to Glenwood Springs CO for the weekend NAFO 2021 (National FJR Owners Meeting) event. I used to have a Yamaha FJR 1300 and still have lots of friends in this group. Due to one of my friends changing jobs and moving from Chicago to Phoenix I ended up the chief organizer for the event. I kind of have to go.

    While in Glenwood Springs we will ride 2-300 miles each day seeing the sights etc.

    On Sunday Aug 29th my friend Kip and I will leave Glenwood Springs and work our way West to an event just South of Bridgeport CA for Labor Day weekend. We plan on staying up as high as we can before making an early morning blast across US 50 or US 6 on Wednesday, then riding South to Bridgeport CA trying to avoid any fires en route. We will be at the Virginia Settlement Thursday- Sunday AM for a really special event put on by a great lady. While here we will ride as many Sierra passes as we can certainly Sonora, Luther, Ebbetts, Carson, Tioga (if we can get a Yosemite Transit permit), Kingsbury Grade, and maybe others, we will try to visit the ghost town of Bodie while we are there.

    On Sunday we plan on leaving the Settlement and heading South down US 395 before turning West and riding over the Sherman Pass. I think I've ridden over all of the Sierra Nevada passes but the Sherman Pass, I want to fill that box.

    We will probably camp up high Sunday night before blasting across the San Joaquin Valley en route to the coast at Morro Bay on Monday, and up the coast on CA 1 to San Francisco on Tuesday. A kind friend has offered us dinner and a place to lay our heads on Tuesday evening.

    On Wednesday morning my friend Kip heads back to Alamosa CO while I will continue up the Coast as far as Oregon. I hope to visit the Lost Coast before cutting over to La Pine OR (just North of Crater Lake) arriving on Thursday evening. La Pine is the location of the "Tenth Annual Reuben Run". You can get just about the best Reuben sandwich in the world at "The Depot" in La Pine, just ask the 100 some motorcyclists that will show up this weekend to eat one or two.

    After riding central Oregon, I'll leave La Pine on Sunday and take a couple of days to get to a friend's in Helena, MT.

    After a day or so in Helena, I'm heading home to Spearfish. I haven't ridden the "Highline" on my bike, it adds a few miles but if the weather isn't too hot or too wet, one can only hope for some rain up there in Northern Montana, I might just do it. I'll be looking for UJer's hunting the Highline. If you will be out there somewhere. PM me and let me know, maybe we can share a few lies and a beer or two one evening.

    Here are the planned routes, all good until the first stop sign or the first interesting looking road along the way, can you spell "serendipitous"? Gravel is part of the adventure but Google Maps doesn't like to show or do gravel. we have a fair bit on our schedule.

    Home to the Virginia Creek Settlement

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    https://goo.gl/maps/Edf2Ckp9Pfduy6Y87

    Virginia Creek Settlement to La Pine OR -"The Reuben Run"

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    La Pine OR to Helena

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    Helena to Home via the Highline

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    Looks like about 4,400 miles of "Travel" and I figure another 1,400 miles of "Recreational Riding" at the three events. Should just about burn up another set of tires and about 135 gallons of Premium. Glad to try and meet any inmates along the way for a beer or a coffee.

    The first update will be from Alamosa next Wednesday night.

    SPOTWALLA Link goes active on Tuesday - https://new.spotwalla.com/trip/6b52-450d77-e9e6/view?p=Trifecta 2021 The Password is "Trifecta 2021"
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  2. steved57

    steved57 Long timer Supporter

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    Sounds like a great trip - have fun, enjoy and be safe

    What bike will you be riding
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    fastring Been here awhile

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  4. bigjohnsd

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  5. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    P :finger: H :finger: U :finger: C :finger: K :finger: :finger: :finger: :finger: !

    I just learned my wife and I had a pretty good exposure to COVID "D" on Tuesday and Wednesday from some visiting friends, I'll get tested on Monday. Just what I needed!
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  6. steved57

    steved57 Long timer Supporter

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    Hoping you are fine - time to ride :)
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  7. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Tested Negative, we leave in the morning!
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  8. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to you RR. Very glad you tested negative!
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  9. bigjohnsd

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    Trifecta Days One through Four.Five
    It has been a great trip - 1504 miles so far.
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    Day One - Spearfish to Encampment WY
    Relive Video - https://www.relive.cc/view/vYvE5KRwWGv
    After a 1000 arrival by AbercrombieFJR from Fargo (hereafter Kevin) we installed his new Cardo Packtalk Bold headset, paired up and departed Spearfish about noon headed down Spearfish Canyon. We weren't far down the Canyon when Kevin remarked "I can feel the stress leaving"!
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    We meandered our way across Wyoming
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    before stopping in Medicine Bow for a cold drink and to check out the old photos on the walls of the Virginian Hotel - if only these walls could speak.
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    We made it as far as Encampment WY where we camped for the night.
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    We had a great supper at the Bear Trap bar/cafe across from the Lazy Acres campground.
    Day Two - we were up and on the road after a quick energy bar and coffee breakfast. We took a scenic route down through the Rockies designed to get us to my friend and co-rider Kip's at
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    Another cohort, Skip, arrived from Missouri just minutes ahead of us. He was glad for the air conditioning and comfortable seat in his Jeep trailering across Kansas!
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    Days one and two
    Day Three - Alamosa to Glenwood Springs "NAFO"
    Relive Video. https://www.relive.cc/view/vWqBrP5YBQq
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    Helping our fellow NAFO attendees in a moment of need.
    Day Four - a long ride to Mount Evans via a circuitous route!
    Some dumb ass forgot to start the Relive video until atop Mount Evans.
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    A Climax along the way.
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    We rode over 400 miles on Friday, too far....
    Day Five - an easy day along the Colorado River
    A recurring theme seems to be creeping into this report/trip!
    "Some dumb ass forgot to start the Relive video until.........."
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    Tomorrow Skip heads home,
    Kevin heads home,
    Kip and I head towards YFO at The Virginia Settlement just North of Mono Lake on US 395 in California.
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  10. skipn

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    It’s been a great time! Glad I could make part of it and hope to rejoin in LaPine.
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  11. SuperCape

    SuperCape "There's No Cure For It"

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    Beautiful ride John, very well done. Thank you for the entertaining RR. I love the Relive software
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  12. bigjohnsd

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    Trifecta-2021 Day Six -

    Kip and I departed the NAFO site at 0830 and took a circuitous and scenic route to Payson UT.

    Kevin decided to try and document a 1,076 mile Iron Butt ride to his home South of Fargo ND in 24 hours.

    Skip departed at 0630 bound for Alamosa CO and his trailer before going on to another somewhere in Kansas.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/vAOZzwWp2yO

    Day Six Relive Video above.

    We, Kip and I, found an in the words of @Festar "New Favorite Road" as shown on our trusty Butler Map, "CO 5" cuts the corner from CO 13 to CO 64 intersecting just East of Rangley CO. After a boring run across what seemed like half of Utah on US40 we really enjoyed our spirited sprint down US 191 to intersect US 6.

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    Arriving at our humble Quality Inn Payson UT, just a stones throw from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC we did laundry, soaked in the hot tub, ate Wendy's salads for dinner and are now about to crash.

    A tad over 1850 miles since Tuesday morning, on a three week pace!

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    Tomorrow after getting Kip's front tire renewed at RMATVMC we will head South down through the Wasatch, possibly to Brian's Head. No firm destination in mind, we just want to be high and kool!
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  13. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    My companion for the next two weeks - Kip.


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    Kip and I have been to the Arctic Ocean, the tip of Baja California, as well as to many points in between.
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  14. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Trifecta 2021 Days Six and Seven
    Day Six - Payson UT to Joe's Valley. https://www.relive.cc/view/vMv8yG97gPO
    Day Seven - Joe's Valley to Panguitch UT
    https://www.relive.cc/view/vMv8yG97gPO

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    Yesterday (Day Six) we started by putting a new Front tire on Kip Walker 's bike, then we rode the Mt Nebo Road, avoiding tickets with the Radar Detector just after we started. After the Mount Nebo Road we rode the Energy Loop before taking Skyline Drive - a gravel byway South from US 6. We ended our day camped at Joe's Valley Reservoir.
    This morning (Day Seven) among brief showers we headed South to Torrey UT where we ate our lunch. We paid homage to the Brian Maddy memorial intersection on the loop around Fish Lake. Ask him about it, there is a story there. After We then rode UT 12 South to Bryce Canyon, picking up two FJRs and an S10 along the way. All five of us, Myself, Kip Walker, FJRtist, Panman and Fontanaman are ensconced at the Days Inn Panguitch UT after a great dinner and a few beverages. Tomorrow we set forth for Ely Nevada via Great Basin National Park.
    Lots of pix in the Relive videos tonight.
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    Definitely following your report, looks great.
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    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Last night featured a good Porter.

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    We woke up to a steady rain, decided to hang until 0900,
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    then set forth in our rain gear.

    Rained steadily until we gassed up in Minersville. Then conditions improved.

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    Stopped in Baker NV at the entrance to the Great Basin National Park, hoped for sustenance, but both restaurants were closed so some removed rain gear and all had a snack.

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    We rode up to the Lehman Caves visitor center.

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    We then rode up the 16 mile Wheeler Scenic Byway

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    We are in Ely NV now, early departure for YFO in the morning.
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  17. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Day Nine - Ely NV to YFO at the Virginia Settlement- turned over 3,000 miles on the trip at the US 395 Junction.

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    https://www.relive.cc/view/v36AgRDgDZv
    Relive Video Link a few pix.

    No smoke here, we rode in heavy smoke most of the day, the prevailing wind takes it just East of here.

    Tomorrow will be an easy day probably Sonora Pass over and back. Saturday a run on the gravel to Bodie and them a dirt run from Bodie to Bridgeport.

    No sign of Miss "T" yet? DCarver is in the house along with Fontanaman, EscapeFJRtist, Paxman, JREW, and the inestimable Kip Walker.
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  18. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Day 10 - Short day today, Up to 108, Sonora Pass, over to Dardenelle and back with a stop in Bridgeport for lunch. Ran into Panman in Bridgeport, he joined us for lunch.
    Relive Video
    https://www.relive.cc/view/vQvydQL3oKq

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  19. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    As will be readily apparent, I'm no longer headed West. Combination of feeling "crappy", literally, and the potential for awful smoke in La Pine caused me to "Truncate the Trifecta".

    Saturday afternoon we rode down to Mamoth and found the HD Pan American Demo Truck. When Kip and I arrived there was no one else in line to ride the 15 demo bikes. We got to take a 50 mile paved demo with no "minders".

    The Pan American is an awesome motorcycle! Truly a "Houligan" bike!

    After riding on road they turned Kip 9069.jpeg and I loose on two knobby equipped bikes for a ten mile gravel loop.

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    Here is today's Relive Video with some photos from yesterday included too.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/vKv2ydRVy4q

    Yesterday and today's route - Screenshot_20210905-213103_Chrome.jpg

    Bridgeport to Evanston WY today, 647 miles 0830 - 1930. Not much traffic anywhere.
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    Today - Evanston WY to Spearfish

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    Todays Relive Video

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    The entire trip.

    I'm feeling much better, and when I stepped on the scale I'd lost weight since I left home!

    Hot and smokey from Buffalo WY to home. The warmest Temps of the entire trip 97F.
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