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Missed a few days since my last reminiscing thread; so I'll try to catch up "in a nutshell" Left my visit with my youngest son in El Cajon, rode a day and a half through the Mojave desert, Henderson NV HD for a new rear tire, then on to Utah national parks tour!
 

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#5 Continued (pics are out of order) Menacing weather pics are from the HD dealer in Henderson,NV. Unloaded gear off of my bike into a corner of the service write-up dept, then 5 minutes after they take it back to the shop all h... breaks loose; monsoon rain, hail, trees laying sideways. Whew! Roads were washed out so dealer let me leave the bike there for the night, recommended a close by hotel/casino. Nicest room I stayed in during the entire trip for right at $70 best I remember. They drove me there in the shop pu truck; picked me up the next morning;(after insisting the day b4 that I NOT call them until "I WAS READY". Had a nice dinner, soaked in a warm tub, nice hot breakfast, then a nap; THEN I called them. :smile:(actually need a "spoiled" smilie). :) Loaded bike up, service mgr told me how to get out of the city,(had to bypass washed out sections of interstate), then on to Utah!
 

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#5 continued again! :grin::wink: Woke up in Bryce canyon 3 years ago today! (slept in my tent the night b4) :grin::grin: Pics are again out of order, sorry!(that's what I get for trying to multi-task) #3 should be 1. O well ! :eek::eek::eek:
 

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Utah pics are nice, great places to ride there! Looking at pic 4 on the the last set and man your bike is really packed up! Must have weighed 1500 lbs lol. You definitely were prepared and had everything you needed for that trip!
 

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Sounds like a great rip. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice pics Jack! I remember your Henderson/Vegas stop, that monsoon was no joke! You needed that stop to relax and pamper yourself too lol.
Utah pics are nice, great places to ride there! Looking at pic 4 on the the last set and man your bike is really packed up! Must have weighed 1500 lbs lol. You definitely were prepared and had everything you needed for that trip!
Best I remember, that storm NAILED your town also! I definitely had a LOT of gear on there, including a two burner camp stove & my "cowboy coffee pot" :surprise::wink:
 

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Sounds like a great rip. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks sir, was a lifetime dream fulfilled! Feel very blessed to have been able to do it. If you're interested in the "full story" you can look in the "Road Trip Discussions/stories/pictures" section on page 14. The guys on here gave me sooo much advice and feedback on places to ride to, roads "that can't be missed", etc. Some roads, places I had never heard of; I'm also grateful to them for making it a much more fulfilling trip than I think it would have been if I "had stuck to my original plan". Glad you're enjoying it! :grin:
 

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Too funny! Ride em' cowboy!! :nerd::smile::grin::laugh:
When you’re traveling around on your bike,especially in desert areas, you kinda get that roaming cowboy feel. It’s funny when you enter these small one strip western type towns and the locals sitting outside on porches staring at this cowboy stranger riding in on his “horse” lol. Like a western movie. There’s definitely a cowboy spirit when riding your iron horse
 

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When you’re traveling around on your bike,especially in desert areas, you kinda get that roaming cowboy feel. It’s funny when you enter these small one strip western type towns and the locals sitting outside on porches staring at this cowboy stranger riding in on his “horse” lol. Like a western movie. There’s definitely a cowboy spirit when riding your iron horse
Brother, you keep posting stuff like this and I'm gonna have to "go west" old man! LOL
 

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Cool pics - I just don't understand why so many things are strapped to your bike. Do you really need so much stuff on a motorbike trip?
 

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Cool pics - I just don't understand why so many things are strapped to your bike. Do you really need so much stuff on a motorbike trip?
Well, that's an interesting and DEEP subject! :surprise: I, for the most part, lived off of my bike for one day shy of 7 weeks. Being the age I "was" and having the medical issues I've had I knew there would be days that I would not ride,(or just sight-see close by my campsite). I did not know, at the time, what a jet-boil was so I carried a 2 burner camp stove and a cowboy coffee pot because me and coffee have a long running love affair! (ex-trucker). Had tent, tarps, tarp poles,(to cover picnic table at campsites in case of rain)(don't like sitting "in" a tent just because it's raining. 1 burner to keep coffee going, the other to cook meals on. Sleeping pad,(too old and back is too screwed up to sleep on the ground). Shall I go on? Sure Jack, go ahead! :wink: Actually to answer your question quickly as is "possible" for "me"; depends on age, type of trip,(camping vs. motels every night), physical condition, yada, yada......... I could go on, but I'll spare "us all" the pain of my incessant babbling! Thanks for the compliment on the pics; the ones "in my head" are even COOLER! :grin::grin::wink:
 

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Yes, it's going on midnight but I can't slow my brain down for some reason! Had a thought and decided I would "throw" it on here. What would have been really cool was a "genie photographer" that appeared when I needed him; one of "those guys" with the "artistic" through a lens eyes that I could have described what it was in "front of me" that I wanted to "capture". O' forget it; go to bed Jack; and yes, my brain worries me "sometimes"!. but it's all I got. Thank God my wife has learned how to "pull it back in" when needed, but she's sound asleep. Nitey-nite! LOL
 

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Cool pics - I just don't understand why so many things are strapped to your bike. Do you really need so much stuff on a motorbike trip?
Well, that's an interesting and DEEP subject! :surprise: I, for the most part, lived off of my bike for one day shy of 7 weeks. Being the age I "was" and having the medical issues I've had I knew there would be days that I would not ride,(or just sight-see close by my campsite). I did not know, at the time, what a jet-boil was so I carried a 2 burner camp stove and a cowboy coffee pot because me and coffee have a long running love affair! (ex-trucker). Had tent, tarps, tarp poles,(to cover picnic table at campsites in case of rain)(don't like sitting "in" a tent just because it's raining. 1 burner to keep coffee going, the other to cook meals on. Sleeping pad,(too old and back is too screwed up to sleep on the ground). Shall I go on? Sure Jack, go ahead! :wink: Actually to answer your question quickly as is "possible" for "me"; depends on age, type of trip,(camping vs. motels every night), physical condition, yada, yada......... I could go on, but I'll spare "us all" the pain of my incessant babbling! Thanks for the compliment on the pics; the ones "in my head" are even COOLER! :grin::grin::wink:

It also depends on how much money you have. Lightweight backpacking gear takes up a lot less room but can get pricey in a hurry.

I carried very little "cotton" clothing on my travels. Synthetic quick-dry clothing that could be hand washed and dry the next morning in the low humidity parts of the country really cut down on gear.

When I was really loaded up was because I was combining work trips with some vacation time and then needed gear for both.

The Voyager loaded up for a work trip to New Mexico. No camping on this trip.

The 2nd and 3rd pics are of the Versys loaded up for adventure.

The 4th photo also shows my travel bud on his ZRX1200 with the same amount of gear as I have on my Versys. He is an avid backpacker and has very compact gear.

I even had a little carrier that went to the receiver so I could carry a cooler when wanted.

Still never loaded down a bike as much as Jack! Other than BMW GS world travelers, I don't think I ever saw anyone load down a bike as much as Jack! :grin:
 

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(snip)It also depends on how much money you have. Lightweight backpacking gear takes up a lot less room but can get pricey in a hurry.
Still never loaded down a bike as much as Jack! Other than BMW GS world travelers, I don't think I ever saw anyone load down a bike as much as Jack! :grin:
Very valid points David! I had, before this trip, bought an REI aluminum pole tent that was a fourth the size of my previous Walmart tent,(but cost five times as much), was well worth it! I could set it up in 4-5 minutes,(even in the dark). BTW: thanks for turning me on to the Jet-boil, sure is better than the 2 burner and much more efficient; although on those rare occasions when I trailer my bike to the campsite I still take my 2 burner and the COWBOY COFFEE POT; something about being able to set that coffee pot in, or right next to, the hot coals that gives coffee a very unique flavor and keeps it constantly hot.
And, in relation to line 2, thanks I think! LOL :grin::grin::nerd::wink:
Addendum: You've done a lot more "road-trippin" than me, maybe one of these days I can come for a visit and check out your pics!! Or, you could start POSTING THEM! LOL
 
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