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Yellowstone Wrap-up 2016

Time: 10 days

Distance: 4922 miles

So much amazing riding, but missed opportunities to visit friends.  Normally my road trips are a mix of scenic riding and visiting folks that I do not see any other time; on this trip I was focused on the riding and missed some opportunities to visit people.

The Vision

On my first long road trip, I was worried about everything from where I would stay to running out of gas.  At the time, I had plenty of riding on the Kingpin, so that was one aspect that was not a concern.

Since the Vision is new and focused on touring, a big focus was how it would perform: it was amazing.  I’m really happy with the tweaks I have done and the one thing remaining is to do something about the grips: the Kingpin had comfort grips, but changing the Vision grips would mean losing the heating elements.  Still trying to find the right solution.

Destinations

Yellowstone was amazing, but my favorite part was riding US-14 thru Bighorn National Forest.

I originally planed to turn south leaving Yellowstone, but because I started late and took longer to cover the distance, I had to drop that part of the trip.  Even though I returned home a day early, that extra day would not be enough to include a southwest loop.

Looking back on the trip, there are several things I could have done differently, particularly visiting friends, but was just not where my head was at during the ride.  Even with the missed opportunities, this was an amazing trip.  I’ve been home for three days and would be ready to start another trip tomorrow, but have to go back normal life, at least for a little while.

Visuals

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in Slideshow, Touring, Vacation

 

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Long Ride 2012 Wrap Up

Route

Statistics

19 days
15 states, visiting 2 for the first time (Arkansas & Kentucky)
Starting Odometer: 16,413
Ending Odometer: 22,491
Rain Storms: too many to count
Friends & Good Times: also too many to count

Special Thanks

  • Jane for a great weekend in Albuquerque (and introducing me to my future home town)
  • Trumbauer’s for getting the Kingpin ready for the trip at the last minute, as always.  It ran like a dream.
  • Kristen for good times in Houston
  • Dan & Sam for rides to / from Trumbauer’s.
  • Everyone who sent encouragement & travel tips, so I never feel like I’m riding alone.

Most Memorable Moments

Moving Map Slideshow

Music by Boogaboo.  See the video here.  Buy it here.

Pictures
Nice Day to RideIowaIowaStorms near Hays, KSRaccoon TanKansasOpen RoadOpen RoadSugar CitySugar CityRookies in SightWolf PassThru the RookiesRoad to Wolf PassWolf PassWolf PassWolf PassWolf PassWolf PassOne of these things is not like the othersRoad to PageRoad to PageRoad to PageRoad to Page

Long Ride 2012, a set on Flickr.
 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow, Touring

 

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Grand Canyon of PA 2012

Below are the photos from the road trip that started it all.  In August of 2002, I travel from my home in Abington, PA to San Jose, CA.  After a few days a conference I started my tour of the southwest US, visiting the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and a number of other sites.

Yosemite Pull offTurkey ManEbay Parking LotEbay Parking LotDowntown San JoseDowntown San JoseRidge WineryRidge WineryRidge WineryRidge WineryRidge WineryRidge WineryRest Stop Heading into YosemiteRest Stop Heading into YosemiteRest Stop Heading into YosemiteRest Stop Heading into YosemiteRest Stop Heading into YosemiteStanislausDSCN0295.JPGDSCN0296.JPGDSCN0297.JPGRest Stop Heading into YosemiteRest Stop River ViewDSCN0302.JPG

Southwest Loop 2008, a set on Flickr.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow, Touring

 

Sturgis 2011

In August of 2011, I finally made a pilgrimage to the motorcycle Mecca: Sturgis.

I traveled by RV, with fellow bikers Bryan and Sam; we traveled by in Bryan’s RV, trailering the bikes.  For Sam & I, it was the first trip the legendary motorcycle rally, but Bryan had been before.  Sam & I both owe a debt a gratitude to Bryan for: organizing the trip and doing (nearly) all the RV driving.  Sturgis is quite the event to attend and the area has some amazing sights.

Even though it was a great trip, I think I’m done with rallies for a while.  I’ve developed a preference the open road and constantly changing scenery to the massive events.

Show BikesCustomizedDevil's TowerDevil's TowerDevil's TowerCustomized
Devil's TowerMount RushmoreCrazy HorseBMW w SidecarBike BuildoffBike Buildoff
Bike BuildoffBike BuildoffCB900 in DeadwoodBadlandsBadlandsBadlands
BadlandsBadlandsBadlandsBadlands - Version 2BadlandsBadlands

Sturgis 2011, a set on Flickr.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow

 

New Mexico 2011

In the Spring of 2011, I traveled to New Mexico meeting up with my friends Linda & Dan, and visiting with Jane.  We spent a day in Santa Fe, then a few more days in Albuquerque (where Jane lives).  In just those few days, I feel in love with Albuquerque and hope to move there eventually.  Many of the photos were taken by Linda, check out her site!

Next I traveled to Houston, TX.  When I was a kid, your neighbors & close friends moved Houston.  It had been around 30 years since I had seen them, but (thanks to Facebook) we were able to reconnect and get reacquainted.

After Houston, I made my way back home.

Around Santa FeAround Santa FeAround Santa FeAround Santa FeAround Santa FeAround Santa Fe
Around Santa FeAround Santa FeAround Santa FeDinner with the MorrowsDinner with the MorrowsDinner with the Morrows
MadridMadridHello Kitty ScooterHello Kitty ScooterNuclear MuseumNuclear Museum
Nuclear MuseumOld TownOld TownOld TownBiker JaneCarlsbad Caverns Caverns

New Mexico 2011, a set on Flickr.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow, Touring

 

Outer Banks Bike Week 2010

First BreakfastBryan Makes a FriendKite BoardingKite BoardingKite BoardingKite Boarding Kites from the TowerFrom the TowerFrom the TowerKites from the PathMonument TowerTower from Kite FieldFirst Flight Markers
Outer Banks Bike Fest 2010, a set on Flickr.
 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow, Touring

 

Thunder in the Smokies 2009

Jonathan Creek Near ParkCabin DeckCabin DeckTraditional VillageMonumentMonument
MonumentMonument Panorama2Clingmans DomeClingmans DomeClingmans Dome PanoramaJonathan Creek Near Park
Jonathan Creek Near ParkJonathan Creek Near ParkJonathan Creek Near ParkJonathan Creek Near ParkMoutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm Restored
Moutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm RestoredMoutain Farm Restored

Thunder in the Smokies 2009, a set on Flickr.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Motorcycle, Slideshow, Touring