Here we have ADVrider’s Photos of the Week for April 9, 2021, a delectable selection of images from places far and wide, near and thin, and . . . now and then—for not all of these images were taken within the last couple of weeks, or even the last couple of years. But they are all guaranteed fresh, so sample away, and remember to send in your photos.
Our Featured Image this week (above) was taken more than three years ago but hasn’t lost its shine. @Bomose shot the picture with a Canon G15 as his friend Richard, celebrating his 60th birthday, rode into Cathedral Valley in Utah on a 2011 KTM 990R. There really is something magically delicious about Utah, a state that can boil the water out of your veins if you get lost on a hot afternoon, but also a place with some of the most spectacular landforms in all of North America. When the sun begins to lower and spreads color into the air, almost anything can look good. But when the scene punches back with a built-in palette of colors and textures, the resulting image can be striking. That LOST sticker on the back of Richard’s helmet only adds to the charm.
Blue Ridge Parkway
In late October 2020 @caexpatriate took the 2012 Kawasaki KLR seen below up the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile scenic highway along the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.
A great day to explore some fire roads and the Parkway . . . put 550 miles on.
A June day doesn’t necessarily bring summer to the roads of a country in the northern lats. The 1999 Aprilia Pegaso 650 that cbx1047 rode that day in 2020 made it only part way to the top of a Norwegian road.
This was as far as the road went in the mountains of Ål, Norway in June 2020. From here, the skis were enjoyed to the summit.
Spring is canceled
Enough with the snow, please! The BMWs in the shot below do not sport Norwegian licence plates, but springtime can bring snow to the roads along the Cimarron River in New Mexico, too. The picture was taken by @Dasmith59 in May 2018; that’s his 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye on the left, looking uncomfortably cold.
This picture was taken near Taos, which normally is a much warmer joint.
Stuck on the mountain
Snow seems to be a theme this week, and we apologize for that. It was also a spot of bother for @DaveFromDenver when he tried taking the 2008 Honda Gold Wing (below) down a high-level forest road in Colorado in May a few years ago.
I forgot I was at 10,500 feet in the shadow of Pikes Peak! It was May, I got stuck in a snow drift, and some good samaritans in a 4WD pickup had to pull me out.
Himalayan in the sunshine
And she’s-a-layin on the couch at home, we presume. Pardon the pun; we actually have no idea what @KennyBooBear‘s wife was doing while he was riding in the nearby Sierra Mountains. The shot below was taken just a few weeks ago as his 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan took a break above the American River’s middle fork.
My wife and I recently moved back up to the Sierra Mountains and right away I was dying to get out and ride my favorite forest roads. On this day, after a good 50 miles of dirt, I stopped for a breather.
Arizona’s Box Canyon presents raw and gorgeous scenery to the visitor, but for @Flyfish on his 2021 Honda CB500X, it presented a riding challenge that he was happy to meet earlier this spring.
The Bureau of Land Management Historic Site below illustrates, somewhat vaguely, a bit of the area’s history.
And wherever you go in Arizona, you’re probably not far from a cactus. Some of them are quite impressive!
Absolutely stunning scenery with a couple great buddies!
Water, water, everywhere
Here’s another Himalayan, but no more bad puns, we promise. @Offcamber was enjoying a ride in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine last August when he stopped for a photo of his 20189 Royal Enfield at Seawall. We hope he found what he was looking for.
Cruising the island in search of the best lobster roll!
The Cherohala Skyway near the Tennessee-North Carolina border was brilliant with fall colors in 2016 when @ss1290 visited on his 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure.
And a ride on the historic Trail of Tears near Murphy, North Carolina, which climbs up to the Cherohala Skyway “the hard way” nearly brought the rider to tears about 175 years after the U.S. government forced Native Americans to leave their ancestral homelands in the southeastern United States. Below . . .
2 up, fresh gravel . . . terrified and amazed at the off-road mode chops that delivered us safely back to pavement . . . wife singing on back had no idea just how freaked out and beyond my skill level we were.
A ride last year on California Highway 25, heading north toward Hollister, brought @sailorlite close to the San Andreas Fault on his 2017 BMW R1200 GS. In the shot below, he’s on the Pacific Plate looking across the fault line at the North American Plate.
The tectonic plate I’m on is heading south about 1–2″ per year. The earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906 was caused by a much greater shift along this fault.
Oh (look, it’s) Canada
Highway 6 at Willisville, Ontario, is one of the province’s best riding roads, according to @schmittenhymer, who took the photo below of his 2010 Suzuki V-Strom 650 a few months ago. He says there are “lots of sweeping corners and elevation changes” between Espanola and Manitoulin Island. And “an incredible lookout view.”
Speaking of corners
Capital Reef National Park in Utah provides an abundance of them, and @GISKev is taking good advantage of that on this 2013 Kawasaki Versys. The Samsung 360 mounted on a selfie stick behind the rider takes a wide-angle picture, so the curve looks tame, but consider the horizon angle, something like 40 degrees—GISkev is railing it.
@newmexktm says he was “somewhere in Utah” when the image of another rider on a 2016 Triumph Tiger (below) was captured with a GoPro Hero 4 aboard his 2017 BMW GS Adventure . . .
. . . after 9 days cruising Monument Valley, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon in June of 2018.
Leaving their mark
Inmates from all over the world have passed by this sign (below) at the top of a pass in the Baviaanskloof of South Africa, according to @Dexter88, who paused there for a photo with his 2015 BMW R1200 GS last year.
Maybe someone can spot their own sticker on the road sign.
Bottom of the tank
A ride-it-till-dry mileage test brought @Major Taylor to Red Rocks National Conservation Area near Las Vegas, Nevada, in March where he photographed his 2020 Honda Super Cub carrying a can of get-me-home gas.
After a night of measurable snow fall on the higher mountains, a cold & beautiful day for a ride.
Results for the 0.98 gallon tank: 133.5 miles.
Stays in Las Vegas
It’s pure coincidence that this photo of the 2017 Yamaha WR250R ridden by @dirtpilgrim was taken not far from where the previous photo was taken, but then Las Vegas is a town full of coincidences, some of them worth money. Dirtpilgrim says this was a trail exploration with two riding buddies near Lava Butte Road, and the picture was taken within the past few weeks.
Back to the snow country
It was a bright sunny day, says @GrizzLee, when he photographed his 2009 BMW R1200 GSA in Alaska near the Canadian border in front of the Salmon Glacier’s ice fields.
Best way to celebrate turning 100,000 miles on the bike.
That’s a pass!
In the French Alps, the Col du Parpaillon is a pass in the Parpaillon massif with a tunnel that was built by the French Army in the last decade of the 19th century. It’s 1710 feet long and is one of the highest elevation (8,652 feet) tunnels in Europe. That’s @DP55 taking a break on the tunnel roof, trusting it won’t let him down. The photo is more than 3 years old and the bike is a 1984 BMW R80 G/S.
Plain of Jars
Riding back from the Plain of Jars near Phonsavan, Laos, @Tjilpi was on a 2017 Honda CRF250L when this photo was snapped more than three years ago.
In the shot below, Tjilpi and his Honda were near Van Vieng in Laos. The picture is more than three years old.
And here (below) he’s at the Laos-Burma border. The shot is about eight years old.
Another shot of the Honda in the countryside of Laos, this one (below) about nine years ago.
And for something nearly completely different, here he is in Morocco. The shot was taken just a couple of years ago and the bike is an SWM650 Adventure.
End of the road
Who among us hasn’t experienced a need so deep, a thirst so great that a place that advertises “Booze, Grub (and) Rooms” doesn’t look like a small patch of heaven on earth?
In desperate need of Covid relief and a beer at the end of a therapeutic 70 mile off-road ride from Deeth, Nevada, to the southern end start, or finish, of the ID BDR in Jarbridge, Nevada. July 2020.
That’s a 2017 BMW F700 GS that @Meatn’taters has left parked in the sun while he enjoys a cold one, sometime last year.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
@Delser and his son ride all year long in Daphne, Alabama. That’s a 2006 Honda 750 Spirit and a 2014 Kawasaki 250 Ninja sitting behind the Lexus. Can’t say for sure, but we’re betting that’s Pop on the Honda.
And with that, and a fond wish to receive more of your pictures, we in ADVrider’s POTW department wish you all, including Delser and son, many many days of good riding in the year ahead.