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Old 06-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Trip report: 3000 miles around the west

Day 1 of my 3000 mile road trip. Not a dead bug on me.



Mile 310: Mount Shasta. There is a cult called the Lemurians that believes an ancient civilization lives inside if it. Who knew! http://www.lemurianconnection.com/ca...out-mt-shasta/



Well fed bull snake at my brother-in-law’s house.
He did not seem happy about getting his picture taken.



Mile 554: Bend Oregon. Tons of breweries here. I met some great people.
I stayed at a place that used to be Catholic school. When I stepped inside, the building spontaneously burst into flames. Weird.



Mile 578: I am always on the lookout for artistic taxidermy.
Somewhere on highway 20 in the Oregon high desert I talk my way out of a speeding ticket:
"The speed limit is 55? I'm from California and it is 70 out in places like this. As you can see on my driver's license it is my birthday and I'm celebrating by taking a two week motorcycle trip..."



Mile 877: Boise, Idaho. When entering a new state it is always wise to figure out what color the cop cars are.

Unexpected wisdom from a sign. Evil indeed…



Craters of the Moon, Idaho. Volcanic rock everywhere. It is like being on another planet… or at a place where there is volcanic rock everywhere.



Mile 1140: My fancy Italian gloves were giving me blisters so I bought some new cheap ones in Idaho Falls. You don't always get what you pay for.

Dubois Idaho. Stopped here for coffee and talked with the owner a long while about bikes. Everyone was super friendly.



Mile 1224: Welcome to Montana. The sky really is bigger here, but the wind was crazy for about the next 200 miles. I stayed crouched down and held on tight.



I talked motorcycles with an 88 year-old woman who was buying cigarettes at a gas station in Dillon, Montana. I told her that I was second guessing my decision to not get a wind screen in this cold weather. Her comment, “Honey, your bike looks much cooler without one.”

Mile 1355: I stayed at a cool hot spring near Anaconda Montana. The biggest difference between a hot spring in California and one in Montana is the astonishing number of animal heads in the lobby.



It was 41 degrees when I hit the road and raining, but not too hard. I took a what I thought was going to be cool Montana back road, but about 40 minutes into it the pavement ended. I had to back track, a motorcycle road tip sin of the highest magnitude.



Montana back roads. So much open space.



This is earthquake lake in Montana. In 1959 an earthquake caused a landslide that diverted the Madison river into a camp ground, killing 28 campers. This is where the camp group used to be.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_Lake

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Bison everywhere, even on the highway.



Near boiling pools in Yellowstone. Beautiful, but the hydrogen sulfide makes them smell like fart.



Lots of fly fishermen in Yellowstone. Looked pretty ideal.



Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Like nothing I have ever seen. So impressive.



Mile 1682: Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Priceline set me up at a super swanky hotel for cheap. I love pulling up at places that only have valet parking on a motorcycle.
This arch is made entirely of antlers. It still isn’t the largest antler arch, however. That is in Afton, WY. I rode my bike under that one. You don’t see a lot of antler arches in California. Hmmm…



Wyoming. After days of rain, hail and snow I finally get some good weather.




Mile 2250: Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah. Pictures don't capture how beautiful it is.




Zion National park. Great place to ride a motorcycle.




Mile 2530: After freezing in Montana and Wyoming I arrive in Las Vegas were it is over 100 degrees. Check out my dehydrated, tired look when I checked in. I was feeling pretty jealous of the guys I saw riding in tank tops and shorts. Priceline set me up at the Wynn Resort for $100 a night. I drank 2 complimentary bottles of water while checking in.



One day and several poolside Mai Tais later, I am back in the game. Here I am on the white leather couch in my giant room.



I got up at 4:00 am to beat the Nevada desert heat. This was the view in front of me for a long, long time.



Mile 2840: Yosemite. Always beautiful




Almost home, in Manteca, a kid turns left in front of me. He sees me and stops after blocking my lane and I am able to slow down and go around him. From the look on his face, I think he crapped his pants. I was feeling tired before that, but my adrenaline sure was pumping afterward.

Mile 3035: Back at home. I met so many friendly people and saw a lot of beautiful things. Can’t wait for the next trip!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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Great trip report. Enjoyed your pics and the comments equally. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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Nice! Glad you had fun. Nice shots.

Can you post google maps of your route?
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Great stuff!

I edited a bad tag on a photo, but it looks like it was a duplicate of your Montana open space pic. Do you want me to delete that pic?
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #6
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Well done! Looks like you had quite a bit of fun!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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Heck yeah MIB!!! Looks like a fantastic ride! Did you do any camping along the way?
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Great stuff!

I edited a bad tag on a photo, but it looks like it was a duplicate of your Montana open space pic. Do you want me to delete that pic?
Thanks Kurt. I fixed it. It was meant to be a different pic.
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Heck yeah MIB!!! Looks like a fantastic ride! Did you do any camping along the way?
I went back and forth about whether or not to pack camping gear, but ultimately decided not to. I think it was the right choice because it was too cold, wet or hot in most of the places I went.
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Nice! Glad you had fun. Nice shots.

Can you post google maps of your route?
Here is the route I took: http://goo.gl/maps/w8kgK

I was originally planning on going to Spokane and then west across Interstate 90, but it was looking pretty cold so I opted for a more southern route at the last minute.

I also got good advice from people along the way, like taking highway 66 in southern Oregon. Great motorcycling road.
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When did you actually take this trip? You certainly had all kinds of weather. Cold north, hot south. Hmmm. Late May???

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looks like a great ride, thanks for the pics! how long were you gone, how many days riding?
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I went from 5/27 - 6/8. I road about 300 miles a day on average, but I spent 3 nights at the Fairmont Hot Springs in Anaconda Montana (meeting my girlfriend's family) and 2 nights in Las Vegas.

I had a lot of rain in Montana and snow in Wyoming south of Yellowstone. I wore long underwear every day until I reached Utah, which got steadily hotter as I went south and Nevada was 100+. Heated gear and cooling vests go against my purist instincts, but I managed pretty well by packing layers of clothes. There isn't much you can do for 100+ degrees when you are wearing a leather jacket and jeans lined with kevlar, though. I soaked my clothes in water the night before and that kept me cool for about an hour and then they were completely dry. (Good way to do laundry on the road if it is hot.)
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