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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by SpecialAgentNancy, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. MongoLikeCandy

    MongoLikeCandy Long timer

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    wow. Even now it still packed with covid refugees, free money travlers, virtual employees,, coeds, kids and students of the ether, the land is going to take a while while to heal from this season abuse.
    glad you had a great trip through a park I love it when a storm comes in.
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  2. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Especially if you are in a car or have working heated gear!
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  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    It's funny but on moto trips, I never considered renting a car for a loop to tour more comfortably for a day. Not that I never considered it out of some sense moto trip purity, I just never really thought about doing it. I will in the future. Good way to deal with the weather.

    On with the report
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  4. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Escalante Grand Staircase, and Cedar Breaks National Parks.

    Have you heard of Virginia City NV?
    Well there is also a Virginia City MT and it is nearly the same.
    Preserved old wild west town.
    Lot's of ghost stories.
    And at 7 am, not one tourist in my pictures.
    This is the original train station, see the train car on the right behind the building?

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    Some old buildings in very good condition.
    Living history museum.

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    These original cabins on the main street are for rent for the night.
    Prefer my haunted hotel.

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    Some of the shops are also businesses, like this cafe.

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    Original panning equipment, with my shadow in the picture.
    It's the damnedest thing...each morning I have to pack the bike in the full sun.
    No matter how carefully I plan the night before.
    There is my shadow, including my horns.

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    Stopped to air up the tires on the car.
    Woke up to some snow on the top.
    Glad I was not on the bike...

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    As I read this sign, two motorcycles went by.
    I was flabbergasted.
    It was below freezing.


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    Fake air pump.
    Fuckers.

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    So as I neared the top of the pass headed back to West Yellowstone to return the car and hopefully get the bike started for my journey south to Utah...

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    I caught up to them.
    The road was total ice.
    They were riding at about 15 mph with both feet sliding along the road.
    I decided to follow them at a safe distance with my hazards on just in case.

    It cost me an extra day car rental fee but well worth it.
    At the bottom of the pass, they pulled off and all I could think was how lucky I was to be in a heated car. I had 350 miles to cover that day, hopefully away from the cold front.

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    My fuse bypass trick worked and the heated gear was functioning.
    Time to get out of Yellowstone and go south where it is warm and dry.

    As I powered down the I-15, I felt my familiar hunger pains and found this truck stop restaurant.

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    After another four hours of riding, some of it in brutal cross winds off the SLC mountain range on the West of me, I arrived at my Airbnb. This place was super weird.
    It looked luxurious from the outside but the kitchen was tiny without one window so dark like a cave. The master bedroom was huge with the tiniest bathroom and low ceiling, elbow knocking stand up shower. The walk in closet was twice the size of the bathroom and the walls were made out paper mache so I heard every toilet flush, footfall and muffled conversation from the guests in the room above.

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    Still, King size squishy bed.
    Seriously, the rest of the world needs to come sleep in USA beds. Geeze
    I have literally slept on plywood with a sheet on it....Thailand, India, Chile, Macedonia, Turkey...and those are just the ones I clearly remember.

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    Sooooo... a well intending inmate told me to do the "alpine loop" out of Salt Lake City.
    After a pretty great breakfast at IHOP...here we go.
    But not before a pee break.

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    Icy peak in the distance? Eye level. Yep....snow and a fair amount.

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    Love that zoom lens.

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    So I took a long, hour to do this little tiny loop.
    No other cars.
    Plenty of roaming cattle (and we all know how fast they can jump up and run across the road just as you near).

    I was to meet up with another rider in Moab Utah.
    Lots of things went wrong in Moab.
    Still beautiful red rock as far as the eye could see.
    Red Stone Inn.

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    Cozy. Albeit rustic room.
    When I turned on the heat, yeah you read that right, remember that early winter storm?
    Fire alarm went off.
    Great.

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    Soooooo decided a good soak in the hot tub was in order.

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    ARCHES the next morning!

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    At 7am, had to place to myself.

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    Without S.A.N.

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    With S.A.N.

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    And there is the delicate arch in the distance on the left.
    No I did not hike out to it in my heavy gear.
    I paid $400 for a good zoom lens instead.

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    There were many pic nic spots.
    Normally the temperatures here is over a hundred.

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    The long distance vistas were amazing.

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    Later, I felt the bike shudder when I was passing an RV.
    I've been riding long enough to know it was one of two things, the chain or the sprocket.
    After adjusting the chain tighter, (it started with a good 5 inch movement that only started in the last day) still didn't feel right, still seemed off.
    Decided to go to Mad Bro to get them to check the chain. I've got a couple thousand miles to go.

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    But not before a visit to Canyonlands.

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    I mean...WOW!

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    Epic Scenery.

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    These pillars, quite common due to the erosion.
    And ALL of this was underwater!

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    The formations were so alien looking.

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    Rumbly in my tumbly so, stopped in town for a massive steak salad.
    Notice the lack of dressing?
    My cat like reflexes meant the 'on the side' dressing was on the ground between my boots instead of all over my lap.

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    Mad Bro.
    See that pick up truck on the right?
    Here is where the drama starts.
    He rammed my bike while backing up and caused damage.
    At this time, we know of 3 major problems, bent handle bars, hand guard popped off and nick in front fender. Oh and he hit the Michelin Man squarely.

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    Troy replaced the chain because it was shot.
    He gave me that look that men sometimes do and said "you really should lube that chain more".
    I was furious. I paid extra for a center stand just so I could lube the chain every 300 miles or less.
    I even ask total strangers to help me put it up so I can do that. I take meticulous care of my equipment. What threw me off is the chain only had 13K miles on it. The Tiger, I get 20-25K miles on a chain.
    Oh well, new chain installed and we had a lot of miles to travel before night fell.


    Stopped for gas after an uncomfortably long ride through desert with nothing in sight.

    This place is literally built in the side of the mountain.

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    Finally arrived in Escalante for the night to my rustic cabin.
    I fell asleep in minutes.

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    Next stop, Bryce Canyon National Park.
    But only after some coffee from my jetboil.
    I've got a problem, it won't light.
    No matter, just use one of my 'strike anywhere' emergency matches.
    After trying just about every rough surface I could find, I gave up.

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    Stopped here for an omelet.
    It was another meat lovers one.
    Except the egg part was pure white.
    So I had to ask if they made it with only egg whites without my asking.
    Nope.
    Whole eggs.
    Figured out the next morning when I cracked open some eggs to make my own omelet, there are some very unhappy chickens in Utah. Not only is the yolk a creamy white color but they are flavorless.


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    I wonder how many kids climb up on this before the parents catch them.

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    So I pulled up the motorcycle to take a photo of the park entrance sign and three different cars pulled up right, one at a time, in front of me, got out, posed for their #!&!%#!#%! photo without so much as a nod in my direction. Finally after ten minutes of waiting, got my photo.
    Geeze.


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    So Bryce Canyon is quite epic. There is a rim road drive, much like Crater Lake with many viewing spots. I loved it.

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    All these high elevations mean cool temperatures too.

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    I've seen a lot of shiny new 4x4's on this trip.
    Plenty of jeeps for sure.
    But none quite like this one.
    See it yet????

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    Hood emblem.

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    Made it to Brian Head UT.
    Ski resort town.
    Booked a condo here for three nights.
    They had a luggage cart.

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    My huge, cushy, plush, soft sheets and too many pillows king size bed.

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    Figured out later, 10,000+ feet, overall exhaustion, someone ramming my motorcycle the day before...I was suffering from altitude.
    Surprised me since the 15,000+ feet in Argentina didn't bother me one bit.

    I ordered a T bone from the restaurant here.
    I just didn't have the energy to go anywhere else.
    It was OK. Cooked the right temp but a bit gristly.
    Corn on the cob? Picked that up at a local grocery store.

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    I spent the next three days doing absolutely nothing.

    Here are my photos for the next day.
    My big accomplishment?
    Figured out how to cook bacon on a griddle with a stupid drain hole on the side that I discovered a bit too late.

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    Then it took the better part of an hour to cook shallots and red bell pepper and mushrooms for my omelet on this 'hot plate'. (oh, AFTER I figured out that only one special pan worked with it).

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    After nearly two hours of cooking, I had a bacon infused smell in the condo and promptly passed out on the bed for a 5 hour nap. I was exhausted. Normally when I trip plan, I map out each day and the mileage. Doing it this way, insures I set reasonable distances with usually a 'day off' once a week. I didn't finish my trip plan and realized I paid the price. I've consistently ridden 350-400 miles per day for two weeks now and finally collapsed.

    What did I do the next day? Only photo taken.
    Watched movies, when I could get the temperamental DVD player to work.

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    Ordered more so-so food from the restaurant.
    Just didn't have the energy to gear up. Short of breath.
    10,000+ feet here. Still dog tired.

    I did have access to the indoor pool, (a balmy 84 degrees) and the Jacuzzi mostly to myself.
    I boiled each day in this thing for at least an hour.

    It's now Monday and the end of my three day stay.
    It's time to go....having a hard time generating energy to get going....did I actually make myself sick of riding? Stay tuned...








    The next day I was to meet up with another rider in Moab Utah.
    Lots of things went wrong in Moab.
    Still beautiful red rock as far as the eye could see.









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  5. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Subscribed..! So glad i found your RR, you're riding in my backyard. I too was in Crescent City and worked my way up the coast and back to Idaho/Montana. I did not know i was just a week ahead of you, riding the same places also on a NC. It would have been so cool to meet up for a meal, trade stories and ride a few miles together. I'll stay tuned and maybe we'll meet up for a ride another time. I have ridden nearly all of the locations you mentioned and posted. I also enjoyed US12 (the Lewis & Clark trail) and i too got a photo of all of those pickups with my NC! Excited for your next post/update. :{)
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  6. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Good chance I'll do more of the US next year!

    There is a highway 12 in Utah too that is not to be missed. RR coming soon.
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  7. MongoLikeCandy

    MongoLikeCandy Long timer

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    yes!!! the 12 was fantastic!!....however.....I think that the 93 from Missoula > Sun Valley(east side) is marginally better than the west side, 95/12 Boise > Missoula.....fuckit....make it a loop do them both! epic!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CE9q9ZWlpGq/?igshid=ayoacqvjcgqa
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  8. squidchief

    squidchief Long timer

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    still amazing to me to see recent pics of Glacier National Park. I rode through there on two wheels for the first time back in'84. Middle of the summer, everything covered in snow.... there actually was a glacier there at that time. A sign of the changing times...…..
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  9. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Fantastic! Many memories brought back for me. Thanks. :clap
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  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Natural Bridges and Monument Valley

    Once I got on the bike, after the first hour of riding, I felt very sleepy but didn't want to turn around. I knew I just needed to see something new and feel the excitement of discovery again. It was disconcerting that I was not giddy with happiness being back on two wheels...this had never happened before. NEVER.

    I passed this Cedar Breaks canyon look out as I checked in a few days ago so stopped to take a look this time.

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    Spooky signs.

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    Utah really did not disappoint.

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    In ALL my years of riding, I have never seen this.
    I saw this on the way in.
    Freakin hysterical.
    Google maps is not always right.
    That is why I carry paper maps, a GPS and triage that with Google and trust them in that order.

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    So the importance of this is two fold.
    I was told by an inmate that a place called Tandoori Tacos in Panguitch was well worth the stop. I checked online and they looked open. Called, left a message. No answer. Tried again a second time, still not open. Too bad. So sad.
    I deviated my route, JUST to pass through this town to have these tacos.
    Guess I will have to come back to Utah. *sigh*

    And

    Reference to the elusive 89 route.

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    Gorgeous drive through red rock arches.
    Even more nonsense here like at Bryce Canyon with the sign.
    This time after the first ding dong pulled in front of me as I got ready to snap the photo, I pulled up really close so no one could cut in line again.

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    The Utah landscape is so unique and changes every 10-20 miles.
    Highway 12 is epic and worth doing in each direction.
    As I type this, I just want to go right back to Utah to see it again.

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    This has to be one of the prettiest rides I've done in a while.
    It was a lot more fun, with time to spare and during daylight.
    I will say, the good thing about the world catching on fire....a lot less people on the roads.

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    Adventure riders live for this kind of view after a turn....

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    The road then meandered through a valley of red cliffs along a stream.

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    These landscape photos really don't do the colors justice.
    Cloudy days are better for this...

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    Normal distance for perspective.
    Yes. I cleaned my camera lens after noticing all these little dust dots!

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    So....riding a few days before, late in the day, under the pressure of the setting sun, after my bike got rammed and a new chain installed, passed by the "Broken Spur" where they have a well known steakhouse and the smell of steak nearly made me fall off the bike.
    I was so hungry.
    I kept thinking about this place, all three days at Brian Head, eating not so good food....so what did I do?
    I decided to go back and stay the night, just so I could eat that steak!

    After looking at this photo, my sleeping bag and tent/cot look a bit droopy.
    Maybe I should open my saddlebags and get a change of clothes.

    I kinda stop doing things like brushing my hair, changing into clean clothes and other normal things after the first week of a ride.

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    Yep, giant stuffed cougar on the wall behind check in.
    This place is SO awesome!
    If you go, ask for Francine.

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    Room #7. Lucky. Lot's of 7's in my birthdate.
    Remember I had #7 in Virginia City in a haunted hotel where Janet suggested that a ghost closed the door behind me, locking me out.
    King size bed. Not as squishy and soft but still comfy. The water was soft though, so I washed my hair. It's been a few days....

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    End of the building with beautiful vistas.
    Pick Up trucks kept wailing around the corner and I was just rammed by one, so I re-positioned the bike closer to the door.

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    Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi. Didn't go in.
    I boiled long enough in Brian Head.

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    Luxury 'wagon' accommodations.
    No thanks. I'll take my toilet inside my accommodations.

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    Yes. In 20+ languages.

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    Waiting for my dinner....fun western stuff on the walls.

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    I went to the office after I checked in and met Francine.
    I'd emailed her that I had ridden by a few nights before and wished I could have stopped to eat.
    I had a hard time deciding between rib eye and rack of lamb.
    I saw a lot of sheep that day so opted for that.
    Thank God they put a full rack, I was hungry.
    It was delicious. I was happy and excited again.

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    The next morning I woke up at 7, so excited to get on the road.
    Thank God, back to normal.

    That cold front was holding and fortunately the desert temps were below 80.
    Had rubber eggs and dry breakfast sausage. (yuck)
    Free breakfasts are terrible.

    So I-95 south from Torrey UT has got to be in my top 5 rides of all time.
    I can hardly believe I am saying a major road is amazing but it was. Even more beautiful than the 12.
    I was slack jawed most of the way.
    I swear I almost teared up a couple times because it was so beautiful.
    I even slowed down to 40 mph just so I could admire the scenery more.

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    That's the Colorado River below.

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    Scale. Little Grindle over there to the right.
    I've named the Honda Grindle too since it's the smaller adventure bike to my Tiger.

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    National Bridges National Park.
    If you are secretly a mountain goat. This is the place for you.
    No crowds. Beautiful natural beauty.

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    To see most of the bridges required a short hike.
    Fat chance. Will come back with my mountain goat next Spring.
    He can go hike and take photos while I sip margaritas in the shade.

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    Now it was the Moki Dugway.
    Two miles of steep downhill gravel, sheer drop offs, and heart pounding inducing turns.
    If I was on knobbies and a 21" front, I would have enjoyed it more.

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    At the bottom, epic wide open desert with red rock towers.
    You look back up and can't even see the damn road!

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    Seriously, where is the road?

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    This is Goosenecks park. Spectacular too.

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    I couldn't take enough photos.
    Spent 20+ years in the desert.
    I know how pretty it can be.
    Somehow all this made 110+ degree weather 8+ months of the year justified.

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    First glimpse of Monument Valley.

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    Remember that short fuel range? I was at the last bar and a bit nervous.
    Then I saw a road construction sign that said Hwy 163 closed at Mexican Hat starting Sept 15th.
    Where is the available gas? Mexican Hat.
    What day is it? Sept 15th.
    My heart sunk....thankfully they weren't going to shut the road down until 6 pm that night, otherwise I would have had a four hour detour....made it to Page AZ to my lovely Airbnb mid afternoon instead of after dark.

    Nice and cool inside. 98F outside. Yikes!

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    One of my decent 6 meals. Fried Chicken, four different flavors. Disgusting raw broccoli salad though.

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    Tomorrow Zion National Park.
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  11. MongoLikeCandy

    MongoLikeCandy Long timer

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    ah.....you lucked out!!!

    when we were out there recently during #LRRHTourdWildfires2020 it was a total shit show of the wobbling, jiggling, teetering, sneezing, sweating, throbbing , glistening, farting masses of humanity...a perfect storm of covid/fire refugees and

    "I don't have to go to work or school I have a laptop"

    we have officially had our collective faces thrust into the cowpaddy of virtualness....JohnQ got the memo....god help mother nature and us all.

    enjoy the peace, quiet, and solitude that we didn't git....and more pix! [/b][/center]
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  12. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Last posting coming....the return to the Bay Area and creepy alien skies.
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  13. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Another great post, I too spent several years in the desert(Tucson). Some of the most beautiful sunrises/sets i've ever seen. loved the pictures too, so good to see that area again. I was just in that area last year. I spent a week at the 3-Step Hideaway and rode all over from there. Colorado, New Mex, Arizona and Utah before heading back up to Idaho. Loved the ride, beautiful area. Glad you're enjoying yourself on your NC. Safe travels on your last leg home! :{)
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  14. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Zion National Park and the ride home

    On this ride, I've had a total of six excellent meals.
    That's 22 days of riding.
    6,000+ miles of riding.
    Two meals a day, usually I have three....
    So a sad commentary on food in my home country.
    This is some of the best fried chicken I've had in a while.
    Page AZ. Bird Coop.
    Boy was it good!


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    My other passion is swimming.
    I have to reserve my swim times via an online system that opens at midnight on Tuesday's.
    It's Tuesday today so I get to stay up till midnight. OK, power through first season of Cobra Kai.

    So on to less emotional topics. Here is the dam for Powell Lake.
    I lived in AZ for a couple of decades and never saw this before today.
    Quite impressive.

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    Gorgeous in each direction.

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    On the road from here towards Zion I saw signs for wild prairie horses roaming.
    Along the way, I saw a mother and her foal off to the side of the road.
    Thought about stopping for a photo but know how these things go.
    Best to just take a mental photograph as I'll most likely disturb them and they will move off anyway.
    Don't think I'll ever forget that image.

    Tiny town Kanab right before Zion....cars painted and dressed up like Disney's 'Cars'.

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    Zion was the last Utah National Park and quite spectacular.
    Felt like I saved the best for last.

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    Entering from the East side, what I didn't know is how high up I was in the park.

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    This is the long tunnel to exit the park on the St George side.
    There is an attendant at each end that allows cars to enter.
    Only one direction can go through the tunnel at a time despite a double yellow line in the middle of the road, because I went slow (couldn't see a thing, no lights) and it's a lot more work on two wheels, I exited a bit after the cars ahead of me.

    Which prompted the other side to let cars and RVs in before the opposite side had exited.
    I know I caused an issue....fine with that....frankly I find people rush through things a bit too much.

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    So after this tunnel, the road drops into a valley and just goes down and down and down.

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    And it got hotter....

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    Cracker Barrel is a place I like to have breakfast or lunch.
    We don't have those where I live so I stopped there to cool off.
    I had a pretty good salad and was able to get out of the heat for a bit.

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    I planned to stay in North Las Vegas for a couple of nights with a friend from my Leapfrog days.
    I got the 'evil queen' room which was nice and dark. Thank goodness because I woke up with a migraine.
    Maybe it was because I had to ride in 115+ degree weather for a few hours...?

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    Decided to treat myself to one of the best mani/pedi's I've ever had!
    My hands have a mood stone reflective color and bright bug green on my toes.
    It has been 8 months since....Wow, I'm a girl again.

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    From here I rode north past area 51 where they now train pilots on how to fly drones and one was landing parallel to me.
    Oh I forgot to mention, I left at 6 am to avoid the heat and even at that time it was still 80F.

    I ended up in Tonopah and saw this Bob's Big Boy!
    Love Bob's Big Boy chili spaghetti.
    In fact, I have a legit horde of the sauce in my freezer.

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    I found this old hotel with a restaurant in it.

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    They take 'a cup of coffee' seriously here.
    Large carafe.

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    Choked down another terrible omelet with tasteless tomatoes.

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    Original vault for gold.

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    Mini museum.

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    Lobby.

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    I powered north towards Reno where I would stay with my friend for a night and eat his fabulous BBQ!
    I passed a lake with a 'big horn sheep' sign and sure enough I slowed down just enough to see one on the side of the road looking right at me. Thankfully there was a metal divider between it and me.

    So a rather abrupt ending to my ride this year....I pushed through a storm, heavy smoke, relentless to get to Reno then the final ride home on Kit Carson pass to see dad in Lodi and home to my sweetheart and a very big G&T.

    Thanks for coming along on the journey with me.
    My spotwalla of the journey.

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  15. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Good on you for hitting the national parks, too many Americans don't even know they exist, or care. Which is a very sad statement.
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  16. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    :super
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  17. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    What a fantastic trip girl, thank you for taking the time to do a great RR and bring all of us along with you. Next year!
    :{)
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  18. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    Good report. Thanks for taking the time to write it up. I've ridden through many of the places in the write up but I'm always pleasantly surprised to see it through someone else's eyes.
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  19. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer Supporter

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    Great ride , great report. Can't ever go wrong with the National Parks.
    Couple of points, hay is baled. The finished product is a bale. Never a bail , bail is what you do with the water in a leaky boat.
    Point 2. The lake in Montana that filled and was released in warmer times , over and over. In Washington there's a place called Dry Falls that's worth a visit. When Lake Missoula's ice dam gave way the lake emptied in a short time and the water swept across Idaho and eastern Washington and over the falls. When the floods happened more water went over the falls than all the rivers on earth combined. Pretty neat.

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  20. MongoLikeCandy

    MongoLikeCandy Long timer

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    the Mitzpah!!! great hotel!!! probably the best one we stayed in the whole trip....haunted too!!! you should have had the eggs scrambled and the pancakes....much better!!

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    we parked in the same spot too!



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