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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Planning a trip in the middle of july from Iowa to 29 palms California. My son is getting deployed sometime in August to afgahnastan and i want to spend a few days with him. my buddy says im nuts for wanting to ride out there because the temps can reach up to 140 and im gonna die riding through the desert on it. any thoughts? ive never been passed Nebraska on a bike and really want to ride through colorado!

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If you are riding alone, and haven't had any long distance hot weather riding experience, I would suggest taking your ride thru Colorado (spectacular), continue into Utah, store the bike for a few days and fly to see your son. Back to pick up the bike, and take the trip back thru Wyoming, South Dakota, etc. Desert riding can be dangerous during that time of year. A simple breakdown could be a disaster if you're in the wrong place. Just my .02.
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my buddy says im nuts for wanting to ride out there because the temps can reach up to 140 and im gonna die riding through the desert on it.
Pardon my frankness, but your buddy is a pu$$y. Go to Cali, ride your bike there, and see your boy before he deploys. The heat you'll face is nothing compared to that which he will (figuratively and literally).

I rode Hester two-up across Death Valley in August. The temps in Stovepipe Wells reached 130 that day. I crossed in the early morning and it didn't pass 110. You can do it. Your bike can do it. Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can. You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.

When you ride across Colorado, I suggest taking 70 westbound to Salina, UT or down to the Grand Canyon and the opposite on your return.

Time your trip so that you can spend the night in Vegas before you cross the Valley. Leave early and you'll be across in a couple of hours before the extreme heat builds. Stop at the Death Valley sign and take a pic few will have the opportunity and/or guts to take themselves. When you get home, show it to your friend and offer him a tampon.

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Pardon my frankness, but your buddy is a pu$$y. Go to Cali, ride your bike there, and see your boy before he deploys. The heat you'll face is nothing compared to that which he will (figuratively and literally).

I rode Hester two-up across Death Valley in August. The temps in Stovepipe Wells reached 130 that day. I crossed in the early morning and it didn't pass 110. You can do it. Your bike can do it. Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can. You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.

When you ride across Colorado, I suggest taking 70 westbound to Salina, UT or down to the Grand Canyon and the opposite on your return.

Time your trip so that you can spend the night in Vegas before you cross the Valley. Leave early and you'll be across in a couple of hours before the extreme heat builds. Stop at the Death Valley sign and take a pic few will have the opportunity and/or guts to take themselves. When you get home, show it to your friend and offer him a tampon.

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When I was in the service in So Cal I would travel the desert early in the morning to beat the heat. Keep an eye out for the occasional critter.
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Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt across the desert. Take extra water and a Reda gas can.
You might not need it, but you might ride up on someone who does and karma goes a long way in scooter world.
Now everyone is talking about going through Colorado. Go down I-35 to I-44 in Missouri and find the Old Route 66.
I ride across the California/Tennessee route every year around the first of August. I love taking I-40 and going off on old
Route 66 when possible. It is good to see the Old "Mother Road". And there are still a lot of Motels along the route that
don't charge an "Arm & Leg" to stay the night. Just be sure to ask to see the room before you pay. This way you can find
out if they are keeping the rooms up and are clean. I Love the Route 66. It is a great ride.

Just be sure to do as suggested. Light colored long sleeves and carry water. It can get hot but it is a great ride. I carry a
Reda gas can because I want to pick the gas station to stop. Not to have to stop at just any station. And I have pushed it and
ran out of gas once or twice across New Mexico.

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Thanks guys, im definately doing this !

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Thanks guys, im definately doing this !
Which route??

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While riding through CO and its twisties and beautiful scenery, just remember to stop and gawk!! If you don't you could be in trouble before you know it.

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not sure yet. gonna do some planning!

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