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Old 10-16-2007, 10:08 AM   #1
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Salt Lake City Trip (Lots of Pics)

Obviously I have survived the trip to Salt Lake City and back. It couldn't have gone better, including the weather. Well, except for one minor tipover that was my own fault.

The trip took a total of seven days ... three days there and four days back, going only about 300 to 330 miles per day. Obviously I could have done more miles per day, but this was my first long-distance trip so I budgeted a lot of extra time for pictures and rest. Here are some pics for your perusal!

Just east of Waterford on CA-132. Driving out of SF during morning commute all the way through Modesto was terrible. Glad to finally have some scenery:



Some sort of dam. I believe at the Don Pedro Reservoir?



Approaching a fun section of CA-49 south of Coulterville:



And looking back on that same section of CA-49 once I finally reached the top. The previous picture was taken from the end of the bridge at the bottom:

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Old 10-16-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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Entering Yosemite on CA-140:


Half Dome:


The bike is happy to take a short break:


Actually, it took a lot of breaks so it could pose:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Heading east on CA-120 through Tioga Pass. Started getting a bit colder above 9000 feet elevation:


Who is this? The reflection turned out pretty cool:


Stopping for a view of the mountainside in Yosemite:


I sure hope that mountainside doesn't slide away while I'm coming down that road:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:35 AM   #4
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Finally made it into Lee Vining. Since it was the off-season I nearly had the entire town to myself:


Heading east on US-6 from Bishop. Starting to get a taste of what the next few hundred miles will be like:


First time the WeeStrom is crossing into another state!


It's a long, lonely road ahead:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:38 AM   #5
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Just east of Tonopah is the Tonopah Test Range. I don't think I'll attempt any offroading here:


More cattle than people out here:


And I found them. Notice the nice trucker bomb off to the right.


Still heading east on US-6:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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Day three. Got a very early start as I was trying to stay ahead of a storm that was coming east. Sunrise behind the mountains east of Ely, NV:


Welcome to Utah! Here in Border, UT is one of only two gas stations along the 150+ mile stretch of highway between Ely, NV and Delta, UT. In Border, the gas pumps are on the Utah side in order to benefit from Utah's lower gas taxes, and the convenience store is on the Nevada side for the more liberal liquor laws.


Better fill up:


Because it's a long stretch of nothing before you get to Delta, UT:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:45 AM   #7
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The roads are so empty that you can park on them, stand in the middle and take pictures.


Finally made it to Salt Lake City, right before a winter storm came in. After the storm, headed up through Little Cottonwood Canyon to view the final color changes of the season:


More seasonal color changes:


Tooling around the neighborhood in Salt Lake City:
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Emigration Canyon, through which Mormon pioneers first entered Salt Lake Valley in 1847:


Heading out for the long trip back. This is UT-132 between Nephi, UT and Delta, UT:


Ha!


Approaching Snow Canyon State Park northwest of St. George, UT:
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Cool trip! Very nice! I love motorcycling through the fall color changes.
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Coming through Snow Canyon State Park:


Day five. Welcome to Arizona!


Heading down Old US Hwy 91 in AZ:


Which presented some very nice rides through the canyons:
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:58 AM   #11
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Glad you made it back in one piece! Please share with us the story of your tip over. Nice pics!
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Approaching Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada:


The bike is happy:


Really starting to see some incredible colors in Valley of Fire:


Which provided a fun ride in addition to the scenery:
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Very nice! I missed the Fall colors this year
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This day of the ride took me about ten hours. From this picture you can probably see why:


And this picture:


Heading out of Valley of Fire:


Decided to take a slight detour back to the east. Quite an impressive feat of human engineering:
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wow, awesome and varied scenery
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