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We got a little warmish weather last weekend, but winter is here. So lets look back to nicer days.

Last year in august, I rode down to new mexico to visit a friend for a day before I headed off deeper into the desert and south west.

I left Philadelphia PA, at 5am Aug 16 2019. The first night I setup a late camp after dark in meeman-shelby state park outside Memphis TN. I slept for a few hours and hit the road just before sun up. I was west of Fort Worth when I stopped for lunch Saturday. I got to my friends house in Artesia NM at around 11pm.

Sunday was a pretty chill day of hanging out, not riding and getting food. You know, casual stuff.

Monday I left when the sun started to come up. I headed up towards Roswell NM and took 380 across NM into AZ. My original goal was to camp somewhere in Coconino. Then I remembered that there was this wine tasting thing over in Jerome AZ that had stuff from the vinyard the singer in Tool owns. So I figured I'd head there. I had a little too much to drink so I stayed in town at a hotel and hung out. I'm glad I visited Jerome. It's a cute little town.

Tuesday it was near time for my 5k service so I headed down to Grand Canyon HD and they squeezed me in. I'd called them on Sunday to give them a heads up and see if they had room to work me in. They did, it took a while and I headed up toward Flagstaff to check out the scenery. Ended up in Prescott national forrest that night.

Wed I headed to the Grand Canyon. I'd never been there and had a great time. It was late in the afternoon, there was a lot to see/do there. I knew I wanted to see red rocks in Utah so around 3pm I headed off toward Moab in Utah. I passed a lot of scenery that I wished I had more time for, but I have somewhat of a timeline...... I got there late enough that I didn't feel like looking for a place to camp so I slept in a hotel, like a savage. I had laundry I wanted to do anyways.

Thursday AM I left Moab and headed to Arches National park. After a whirlwind tour of that I rode over to Canyonlands National park with a slight detour to see Dead Horse Point and Horsetheif campground. Stunning... at any point I felt like seeing the road runner and coyote would be perfectly normal here. Tick tock... home is calling. I headed east. I ended up in Aspen CO. Here's where things get weird. I ended up in a swanky hotel at a cowboy bar. A girl sits next to me and starts up a conversation. One thing leads to another and she tells me about her kid. I tell her about my wife. We show each other pictures. She looks at me and Kat and goes.... "Did you guys used to go to Ulana's?" and I'm stunned. Ulannas is a dive bar/club my wife and I went to 16 years ago when we started dating in Philadelphia. Turns out, she used to go too. Remembers us from there, and is out in CO for work related job stuff. The world truly is small.

Friday AM sees me riding through some of the coolest greenery I've ever seen. I eventually end up camping in Whistle stop campground just outside of Colby Kansas. It was kinda rainy and mildly annoying. But at least my nose bleeds from the chronic arid deserts had stopped since CO. The rain showers passed.

Sat am I woke up in west Kansas. Today was the day for a push. I rode to Columbus Ohio to visit a friend. I got there at around 11pm.

Sunday I spent the day chilling out, we went to a dog friendly brewpub with his dogs. Very relaxing day.

Monday AM I left at around 7am and rode home. Got there at around 2pm and checked the miles. I clocked in at just over 6k.

Tuesday I spent the day unpacking, washing the bike and getting ready to get back to the grind.

The highlight reel.
 

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I put 25k on last year, the furthest ride was a 900 mile round trip; so a lot of smaller rides, every one almost as good as the other
 

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Last year wife and I rode from VT to KS, visited daughter for a few days then rode back. 3200 mile round trip.
Oh nice. I get up to VT reasonably often. I was born in Rutland and lived there til I was like 10 or so. Nice to go back and visit.
 

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Left Denver on the Friday before the 4th of July and headed to Jackson, WY and Grand Teton. Got up on Saturday and went through Yellowstone to Glacier NP. After that we headed North into Canada to hit up Kootenay NP and Banff NP, before heading east to Moose Jaw, Canada. Then headed South into Montana and North Dakota. Hung out with friends for a few days and went to a wedding. Then went back South. Rode through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt NP, then the Black Hills, then back to Denver. Camped the whole way.

Now we just have to figure out what our trip for 2020 will be!
 

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Getting too arthritic (plus other issues) to do epic rides these days. Gonna have surgery on my thumb/wrist in a couple weeks which might give me some relief. My big ride was when I left here (SW Florida) and rode single to NorEast Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Two buddies and I had attended the White Mountain (N.H.) Boogie and Blues Festival for 6 years in a row and it was always the highlight of our year. When I moved that previous winter to Florida, I figured I had probably attended my last Boogie. But that August was the 20th Anniversary for this wonderful family run music festival and my buds talked me into coming back for it. Initially I rejected their pleas but after a while I just said to myself, "OK, you're too old to do those multiple 7-800 miles days in the saddle, but hell, you're retired so it really doesn't matter if you only put in 400 mile days because you don't have anything better to do." Off I went.

I covered 5,100 miles over the 14-15 days which was really more like 500 m. per day because I was at the festival for 3 days and also visited relatives for a couple days and wasn't riding much those days. The trip was a real blast and I enjoyed everything except for the last couple days headed home. By that time I had had about all the sitting on that seat that I could take and found myself making many more ass breaks than usual.

Sandy and I have talked about riding over to the Biloxi area, and spending a couple weeks traveling up the "Blues Trail", stopping at some juke joints along the way one of these days, maybe in 2021. We can do 300 m. daily 2-up so it'll take a couple days longer than if we did the trip on 4 wheels, but riding is always worth the extra effort.

Most of us on here love hearings stories of others' trips - good or bad, but mostly good ones. Keep this thread going with your adventures.
 

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Left Denver on the Friday before the 4th of July and headed to Jackson, WY and Grand Teton. Got up on Saturday and went through Yellowstone to Glacier NP. After that we headed North into Canada to hit up Kootenay NP and Banff NP, before heading east to Moose Jaw, Canada. Then headed South into Montana and North Dakota. Hung out with friends for a few days and went to a wedding. Then went back South. Rode through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt NP, then the Black Hills, then back to Denver. Camped the whole way.

Now we just have to figure out what our trip for 2020 will be!
Wow! Having lived and traveled pretty extensively through the Rockies for work and play (lived near Boulder for 10 years), I have to say that I don't think you could ever top this past trip in terms of the beauty of the areas and the scenery you experienced. Did you also get into Glacier NP? That is a long time unmet riding goal of mine. Wow, again. That had to be a trip of a lifetime, at least, so far! Lol. The only trip that could ever compare to that one in the US would be to cover a good chunk of Alaska. Been there several times (work and play) but only by plane and rental car.
 

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Wow! Having lived and traveled pretty extensively through the Rockies for work and play (lived near Boulder for 10 years), I have to say that I don't think you could ever top this past trip in terms of the beauty of the areas and the scenery you experienced. Did you also get into Glacier NP? That is a long time unmet riding goal of mine. Wow, again. That had to be a trip of a lifetime, at least, so far! Lol. The only trip that could ever compare to that one in the US would be to cover a good chunk of Alaska. Been there several times (work and play) but only by plane and rental car.
We went up the West side of the park to Logan’s pass. It was gorgeous. We wanted to go down the east side but it would have added 3-4 hours to our trip that day. Another time. Glacier is well worth the trip and there were tons of bikes with pretty easy parking at Logan pass. The move is to leave at like 6am so that you have Going-to-the-Sun all to yourself, otherwise you will get stuck behind all the people who are slowing down to take pictures.
 
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