Good morning, afternoon, and evening, Inmates, wherever you are in the 25 time zones (that’s 24 plus Twilight). Speaking of the Twilight Zone, we have a wonderful Featured Image for you by @Orangecicle, who this spring exposed his Fuji’s sensor to the heavens as well as his campsite on a farm near Midland, South Dakota. We’ll let him tell you about the ride, and then we’ll tell you how he made it.
RoundOz and I were on the first day of our ride through South Dakota. We were attempting to finish the Trans-South Dakota Adventure Trail, which I had started with another friend back in September. We had to turn back because of winter weather in the Black Hills. This second attempt started where that first trip left off—at a farmstead south of Midland.
Okay, get your notepads out, Inmates. Orangecicle used a Fuji X-Pro2 camera to get this shot. He attached a Rokinon 14 mm f/2.8 lens to the body over a Zhongyi Speed Booster adaptor to eliminate or reduce the crop factor and restore the lens approximately to its f/2.8 speed. An iOptron SkyGuider mount stopped the universe from spinning while he made the exposure. A camping flashlight served for painting the bikes and the tent with photons.
It’s a lot of gear, true, but if you have a camping flashlight, you’re halfway there. And, it’s a terrific picture. Curious about the bikes? Let’s turn it over to Orangecicle again.
Left bike is mine: 2010 KTM 690 with rally kit. Right bike is a 2019 that belongs to RoundOz. That bike has a Nomad kit.
Much of North America is baking in a dangerous heat wave at the moment, so the thought of going to Utah, where the thermometer bottoms out at 90° (in the summer, anyway) does not exactly leave us cold, if that makes any sense. But Blacksh33p and a few buddies managed to get there early in June, before the sky turned molten. And, on this ride down to the San Rafael Swell on a quest for new places, to take some striking photos with his Samsung Galaxy 10S. The bike in the photos below is a 1992 BMW R100 GS.
Whew! Been a long day in wonderful Utah!
There are lakes in Ontario?
Near Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park in central Canada, the water runs deep and clean, as @schmittenhymer and buddies found while they were touring trails and back roads.
It was later in the day, we were hot and tired and came across this spectacular spot for a much-needed rest. Dunking our heads in the crystal clear water brought instant relief. This would be a great place to camp someday.
Schmittenhymer’s ride is a 2001 Suzuki DRZ400E. Ontario is chock-full of lakes: about 250,000.
According to @alpina, Gold Hill was the first permanent mining camp in what is now Colorado but was part of the Nebraska Territory back in 1859 when gold was discovered in the area. That’s his 2021 Suzuki DR650 parked in front of the Gold Hill Store.
Gold Hill is located above Gold Run, the first lode discovery of gold in Colorado on January 15, 1859. In March, 1859, the Gold Run discovery became the first mining district in the region. Word quickly spread among miners in the region, prompting a flood of new arrivals.
ATGATT. All the time
That’s Johan in the photo below, taking his 2021 Honda CRF300L (below) up a “newly punched in utility road” near Anderson Lake, British Columbia, according to his friend @hollywoodcrash. “His first day ever riding off-road on his brand new Honda . . . and all the gear, all the time. Photo taken in June with a Motorola Moto G phone.
Can’t get enough Utah!
A few years ago, @West of the Miss took a solo triip to Moab, and while he didn’t run into trouble, he went quite far into the backcountry. “Should have taken a buddy.” The Pelican box on the back of the 2010 Husqvarna TE 610held his Nikon SLR—when he wasn’t taking pictures (see below), that is.
The Husky was a great handling bike with good power. Great trip with lots of wonderful memories.
Meanwhile, over yonder in . . . Utah
Here we have a 1998 Suzuki DR350 ridden by @wahoo_ on the SlickRock Bike Trail at Moab.
And below, Mrs. wahoo_, and her 2019 Yamaha TW200, with the Suzuki, in wonderful Utah!
Just south of Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort on the Tail near the Dragon in North Carolina, U.S.A., lies the Fugitive Dam, otherwise known as the Cheoah Dam, which was a good place for @Bar None to pull over on his 2021 Ural CT a few weeks ago and take a picture.
You got to lava big hole
A few years ago when @Bomose and his wife were riding the Arco-Minidoka road in Idaho on the way to Craters of the Moon National Park, they came upon a hole in the ground called Bear Trap Cave. It’s a lava tube, and like lava tubes everywhere, its pull was irresistible. Going down!
It is large and very dark, but we had our flashlights and explored it.
That’s a 2011 KTM 990 Dakar opposite Mrs. B. And now, join us, please, for a journey with Mr. and Mrs. Bomose. A journey into a netherworld, a journey, oh yes, to the very center of the earth.
“Whew! Why, Bomose, I thought we’d never get out of that lava tube to the very center of the earth. We . . . uh, Bomose? Bomose! . . . Oh, dear.”
Need we say it?
The windscreen in the photo below is attached to a 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré, which is sitting on the narrow shoulder of Hwy 128 in Moab, Utah. Photo by @Orphan33 and taken this spring.
Toe of the glacier
@Yinzer Moto took this picture of the Kennicott glacier and mine in Alaska (below) a few years ago, having penetrated the area on a 2007 “BavarianMoneyWaster” R1200 GS.
This area can only be accessed by motorcycles or walking. The pile of gavel in the background is actually the toe of the glacier, covered in the gravel that it pushed down the mountain.
Phantom of the Canyon
With a new Ténéré 700 under him and a buddy on a BMW F 800 GS A for company, @Podzo’s PD left Canon City, Colorado, a few months ago andheaded up Shelf Road to Cripple Creek for lunch, then down Phantom Canyon and back to Canon, “60 miles of great scenery and all dirt roads. Wildlife with deer, goats, and sheep.”
And for those skeptics concerning wildlife . . .
Those aren’t cows, honey
On a trip to Estes Park in Colorado a few years ago, Miss Sharon called out “Stop! Let’s get a picture of all the cows in the field.” Well, bless her heart, she had never seen elk before, a city gal through and through, says @Triumphsidehack—but he set her straight. Honey, those are not cows. Those are mooses.
And that mobility device beside Miss Sharon is a BMW R1100R with a Hedingham XL hack.
Norway? No way!
Way. @Steinarsv’s 2011 KTM 990 Adventure R was feeling frisky this spring, and so seeking adventure it went.
Freshly built and refurbished after a long winter hibernation, this thing has gotten new life! This was supposed to be a short solo ride, that ended up in a 5-hour epic ride.
Awesome day at Khardung La
The woman in the red Roadcrafter suit is @Ssa2’s wife, and she is happy because she has made it to Khardung La Pass, which we all know is the highest “motorable” road pass in the entire world. But the journey, taken a few years ago on a Royal Enfield Bullet, was not without struggle. We’ll let Ssa2 tell it after you enjoy the photo.
We rode there after surviving the flood in Leh. Several hundred were killed in the flash flood and they were still digging up bodies. The road had been washed out but we made it cross-country into Leh. The airport had just been reopened so we flew out as Anu had come from Manali to pick up some bikes from others that had been stranded. What a trip through the Spitting Valley and you can see from my wife’s picture it was an awesome day.
Having heard a gazillion stories and seeing countless pictures of this magical place meant visiting Gurudongmar Lake was to unfold sometime soon!
In the photo below, unfolding has occurred, and @Touragrapher has parked his 2017 Kawasaki Versys 650 on the shore of a lake named after—oh, we’ll let him tell it:
The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava—also known as Guru Rinpoche—founder of Tibetan Buddhism, who visited in the 8th century.
It’s one of the highest lakes in the world and in India, located at an altitude of 5,430 m (17,800 ft), in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus.
You can see that the place is at a high altitude in the photo below.
And even farther below, you can see that the mountains of the region are not for the faint of heart. But what a ride!
After 65+ days of being on the road, riding through some of the majestic landscapes of Arunachal, Meghalaya & Sikkim, it feels extremely amazing to finally be at Gurudongmar.
It wouldn’t be POTW without—
a cat on a motorcycle—in this case, a 2017 Honda Rebel. Photographed a few months ago by @Tjilpi, who says he rode “up to north of Chiang Rai (Thailand) to do some riding with a mate” and found that “his pet panther was guarding my bike when I went out to warm up the engine next morning.”
And staying with Tjilpi for another one, below is his Honda Africa Twin RD07, which he purchased a few years ago and photographed at a “mountainous pit-stop out from Chiang Mai.”
A windmill power site a few kilometers away from @hansz’s home in Florida, Uruguay, provided access to some “almost abandoned old trails” a few weeks ago. Naturally, his 2007 Kawasaki KLR 650 wanted to come along for the day.
Getting back through a trail that Google maps showed was kind of a challenge. Seems like nobody has been through it for many years, there was no clue where to go through and I saved the pig and myself from falling several times as it was all bumps and mud through tall week. Some good workout, though, on a cold afternoon.
Hansz says there are “plenty of dirt roads” connected to dirt trails in the area, which gives him an opportunity to go offroading from the starting point. Lucky guy.
A very good evening
On a solo motocamping trip to Thomas Mountain in Southern California, @Ronvdp5 found an “awesome getaway.”
Great road and offroad ride to get here made for a relaxing evening with steak and cold brew.
And with happy thoughts in our head of brilliant campsites and always always a steak and cold brew, we will wish you and Ronvdp5 a very pleasant good night.
And don’t forget to submit. We love seeing your photos.