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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Just 10 miles short

The wife and I took off on a little road trip on the 4th of July.
1st day; we didn't leave till about 1pm so we road to Topeka, Ks. and jumped on I-70 for the long ride across KS.we made it to Limon CO.

2nd day; continuing on I-70 we rode to Colorado National Monument just south of Grand Junction it is a little known but very nice area we liked it a lot. I had filled up right before going to the monument so we continued on into Utah. Now it began to get dark and my fuel was below the half mark. so I stopped at the first exit I saw with a gas station. I had planned on taking 128 down to Moab but somehow missed it probably cause I was looking for gas by then . At the station I asked how far to Moab and the attendant said you probably won't get a motel there tonight as it is the 4th of July weekend. He suggested that we contact this RV park at this exit and sure enough they had a cabin open it was new and nice also the cheapest night we had.
The guy told us that there were Indian writings a couple of miles down the road and in the morning we rode back and visited them it was worth the time.

3rd day; We rode down to Arches national park and rode all the roads in the park. It is amazing and wouldn't mind visiting again.
Now we rode up 191 and got back on I-70 and continued to Salina UT. where we spent the night. We stayed at the super 8 where we met 2 guys that were from Ohio one was riding a Road Glide the other a soft tail. We talked for quite a while that evening it was a relaxing way to end the day.

4th day; Today we took off across the loneliest Road (Hwy 50). I am not sure how it got that name as I found I-70 in the Utah night much lonelier.
This day brought on the challenge of 50mph gusty cross winds ( according to the weather channel) it was a full day of leaning to the left with sprinkles off and on. Anyway we rode it to Carson City Nv. Where we stayed at a Marriot. Here we had a guy pull up behind us at the lobby on a ultra He said he was in town on business for a few weeks so he brought his bike with him, another nice guy.

5th day; Today we rode down 395 to Yosemite National Park. We rode through the park and took quite a few pics we were on and off the bike so much this day that I got to the point that I didn't think I could do it even one more time.
We stopped just south of the park on Hwy 41 that night and stayed at a Days INN. we ate at a local BBQ which was pretty good even by KC standards. Here we met a couple from England that have been vacationing in the U.S. every year for a while now. He joked that we wouldn't be here if it were not for England I told him that we just had to get away. He said yes and laughed.

6th Day; We rode down to Fresno and took 180 to Sequoia National Park.
Another Great ride another Great day. The Giant Sequoia trees are nothing short of Amazing we took a lot of pics here as well there we rode through a fallen tree that they have cut a hole in . when we left the park we rode up to a little north of Lodi Ca. for the night.

7th Day; Today we went back to Lodi and got on Hwy 12 and rode it to Bodega Bay and turned up HWY 1 We ate at a nice restaurant just as we came into Bodega Bay over looking the bay. Now we continued up Hwy 1 there are a lot of nice little towns along Hwy1 the view of the Ocean is wonderful. The road is a blast, lots of curves and steep inclines and declines in and out of forested areas and all at a balmy 50deg with fog. I absolutely loved it. We spent the night at Ft. Bragg.

8th Day; Today we continued up 1 till it connected with 101 we jumped off 101 at the Avenue of the Giants. Here we got up close and personal with Giant Redwoods. This was another great day with wonderful scenery and huge trees.
At 43 mi from Eureka we decided it was time to head back down 101 to Leggett there we went to the drive through tree this is a live tree they have cut a hole in that you can drive a car through.
After that we continued down 101 to Hwy 20 where we headed east past Clear Lake and on I don't know the name of the town we spent the night in but it was well after dark when we found a motel.

Day 9; Now on I-80 we continued to Lake Tahoe we intered on the Ca. side and rode through Tahoe and most of the way around the lake till exiting on the NV. Side riding Hwy 50 to SILVER Springs where we got back on I-80 we rode to Winnemucca NV. under the threat of heavy rain we decided to stay for the night. Fifteen minutes later it was over but it was nice to stop early for a change. Here we met a CMA member from Northern CA. and he asked if it would be ok to do a bike blessing . I am a Christian but don’t really believe in blessing bikes but I said ok because we could always use the blessing on us that he gave.

10th Day; We continued on I-80 through Salt Lake City to Green River WY. Where we took 530 south through Flaming Gorge National Rec. Area , this is another nice ride with good scenery and on to Vernal UT. Then Hwy 40 into Colorado. As we traveled 40 we came apon a wide spot in the road where we fond a small gas station since we were again under half I stopped there we met 3 guys from Iowa two of which were riding Road Glides the other an Ultra. We stayed and talked with them While getting a drink and stretching our legs. They were also good guys and enjoyed our time talking with them. We rode with them to Craig CO. where they stopped to look for a tire. We continued on till we saw a restaurant. Which turned out to be some of the best Mexican food we have ever eaten at a place called Fiesta Jalisco.
After eating we took off again on 40 till we got to Kremmling CO. where we stayed at Allington INN. There we found a group of about 30 German vacationers riding about 25 rented Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
We were told have three such groups through every year. We spoke with a couple of them that said they love riding here in the USA and come back every year to do so.

11th day; Today would prove to be our most challenging day. I had planned to take a couple of days to get home from here but The wife really wanted to get home so I continued on 40 till it merged with I-70 I had planed on riding 36 across Kansas but in the interest of time I-70 it is. We rode 721 miles this day and arrived home about 11:30 pm with 4990mi on the trip meter.

There were others we met along the way too and everyone we met were nice people

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Really sounds like a great trip. I'm glad everything went good for you and you made it home safely. I road to Moab last summer and really enjoyed it. Looking to get out to the coast next summer.

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Now that sounds like a great time. Let's see some pics!

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Still a 5000 mile trip to me. Congrat, sounds fun.

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Originally Posted by Bikejockey View Post
Flaming Gorge
That has to be Sheep's Creek at Flaming Gorge Reservoir south of Manila, UT. I am out there every September. One of the prettiest places ever.
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Nice; thanks for sharing. Speedo coulda been off; it was 5,000 I'm sure. Just a number, though. Looks like a great ride!!!!!

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BTW, at the Redwoods right around the same time (not on the RG, sadly). Might have seen you in passing. Pretty amazing, right?

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Originally Posted by SharknoseScott View Post
BTW, at the Redwoods right around the same time (not on the RG, sadly). Might have seen you in passing. Pretty amazing, right?
Too bad you were unable to be on the RG there is some really nice riding in that area.
We may very well have crossed paths. You just never know where you might meet someone do you
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Great ride and experience. Time to gas up and get those last hard 10.

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I generally avoid Interstates but I-70 through Glenwood Canyon CO is pretty frickin' cool! US 36 across Kansas is better than the Interstate, but not too much to see. I think we were about a week behind you this summer!

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