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 Post subject: Re: Motorcycle owners
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:40 am 
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Just got back from another motorcycle trip. Eleven days, 25 states, 8,000 miles. A fair number of miles to ride in the time I had, but it allowed me to finish riding my current bike to all of the lower 48 states from my home in North Carolina (needed Oregon, Washington and North Dakota to finish).

I haven't unpacked my camera yet, but here's a camera-phone photo from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon:
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While it's been unseasonably hot in North Carolina, most of the northwestern US was just the opposite while I was there - most days it was raining and the temp never got out of the 50's (Fahrenheit), and it was in the 30's a couple of days (got caught in a snow-storm while riding through Mount Rainier NP).
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Here's a Google Earth snapshot of the route (though we did end up making a few minor on-the-fly adjustments). Each day's ride is a different color:
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EDIT: Unpacked the camera. Here's a few more photos - most were shot blind from a moving motorcycle, so forgive the less than carefully-framed subject matter:


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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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That's a whole lot of awesome, recondas!

I really envy you for taking the trip. A few of those photos bring back some terrific memories from years ago for me. :D


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That's a whole lot of awesome, recondas!

I really envy you for taking the trip. A few of those photos bring back some terrific memories from years ago for me. :D


Ditto. We didn't ride bikes out, but took almost the same route. I'll have to post some pictures also.

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Looks like fun, I can wait to take a long trip at the end of July, quick run to monterey for the motogp race, from denver through salt lake and renno. The trip home will be up the west coast to washington the long way and through boise and then eventually back home. Only 3500 miles or so, but an FJR1300 is only so confortable.

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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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I ride a 1999 Yamaha R1, currently sporting a nice gaffer tape effect... has been a fanatastic bike, 42k miles on it so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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josehill wrote:
That's a whole lot of awesome, recondas!
Thanks!
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A few of those photos bring back some terrific memories from years ago for me.
I understand that, I have some that will last a lifetime. Even the colder days were spectacular. It was 39F/4C and raining when we passed through Butte Montana, and cold enough at the higher elevations in Mt. Rainier NP for the snow to fall and stick to us, the bikes and the roadway (first time I ever had to wipe snow off of the windshield while riding so I could see where I was going).

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We didn't ride bikes out, but took almost the same route. I'll have to post some pictures also.
I'd love to see some of your photos. I took less than I would have liked - it started to rain in Reno Nevada, and only occasionally stopped through California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

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Looks like fun, I can wait to take a long trip at the end of July, quick run to monterey for the motogp race, from denver through salt lake and renno. The trip home will be up the west coast to washington the long way and through boise and then eventually back home. Only 3500 miles or so, but an FJR1300 is only so confortable.
That ought to be a great trip - sounds like you'll be riding a few of the same roads we did. Not that you don't have some great asphalt to ride on near home - the stretch of I-70 in Colorado that passes through Glenwood Canyon is hands down the most beautiful piece of Interstate I've ever been on.

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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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The State of Kansas would like to formally apologize for I-70. But at least I-70 in Colorado makes up for it.


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The State of Kansas would like to formally apologize for I-70. But at least I-70 in Colorado makes up for it.
Not this trip, but I've been to some beautiful places in Kansas too (posted a photo of the Tall Grass National Prairie a couple of pages/years back in this thread). Because of the heat in the southeast, we left central North Carolina at 9:30PM Wednesday and rode to Lawrence Kansas the first day. The second day we left Lawrence at 2AM and rode to Salina Utah, so most of the Kansas portion of I-70 went by in the dark.

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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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Hey recondas-
Did you take I-74 through Indiana and meet up with I-39 in Illinois? If so, you went right by Champaign. If you had stopped I would have bought you a beer :-)

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Nice trip, recondas. Sadly, my FXSTC (1997) haven't seen much road (other than between home and work) this year. Too busy. I still have fond memories from the long trip last summer; Oslo (Norway) to Åre (Sweden), then over to Trondheim (back in Norway again) and up to Svolvær (Lofoten) in northern Norway, and back home again via the scenic route (Røros in this case).

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Hey recondas-
Did you take I-74 through Indiana and meet up with I-39 in Illinois? If so, you went right by Champaign. If you had stopped I would have bought you a beer :-)
Thanks for the offer! Went right thru Champaign on the way back. Would have loved to take you up on the beer, but the first few and last few days are always long ones so we can burn off some miles (in places that are easier for us to ride to than the west coast). So that day's ride was around 1,000 miles (Fargo ND to Greensburg IN) - didn't leave much time for a cold one till real late in the day.

Passed pretty close to a number of nekochan locales. Just of the top of my head there'd be 87Porsche in Kansas, nekonoko near San Francisco, SAQ in Washington (did an oil change in Olympia WA, which didn't look to be too far from Renton), and a few others I'm sure I've overlooked.

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Nice trip, recondas. Sadly, my FLSTC (1997) haven't seen much road (other than between home and work) this year. Too busy. I still have fond memories from the long trip last summer; Oslo (Norway) to Åre (Sweden), then over to Trondheim (back in Norway again) and up to Svolvær (Lofoten) in northern Norway, and back home again via the scenic route (Røros in this case).
Norway and Sweden sound like a great ride (I'm envious, a ride across Europe and maybe Australia are on the short end of my bucket list). Your Heritage is a great bike to travel with. I used to travel on an FXSTB (if you'd like to see it I sneaked a couple of photos into my nekochan gallery).

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 Post subject: Re: Motocycle owners
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Very nice Recondas! I'm planning a similar route for a road trip in July, the only difference is I'll be departing & returning from/to New York. Want to see San Fran, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, Crater Lake, etc. Will be driving a Nissan Pathfinder. Any recommendations regarding route or attractions?

Very impressed that you packed all that into 11 days - you really covered a lot of ground!


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I've driven around the USA a bit...

My picks of what I experienced in no order were...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon_National_Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_Crater

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_Nation at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley

I remember a gas station/burger king in monument valley that was also a museum to the wind talkers of the second world war, where coded messages to the US pacific fleet were inter mixed with news of the reservations births, deaths and marriages, recipes for snake, etc all transmitted in the native american language... Oh they made a movie about that too... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Talkers

I thought the Grand Canyon was a let down for some reason... maybe I wasn't in the right mood that day.

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I thought the Grand Canyon was a let down for some reason... maybe I wasn't in the right mood that day.

Perhaps it was the weather or lighting, too. I had to be dragged to the Grand Canyon on my cross country trip. I figured that I had seen it hundreds of times on tv and in photographs, so why should I go out of my way to see a crack in the dirt? I arrived at the canyon just before sunset, and I was totally unprepared for the scale, the depth, and the range of colors. Almost a sensory overload.

Strangely enough, despite all that, I don't have any particular desire to go back. Maybe I'm afraid that the second time wouldn't be like the first, and I want to keep the memories of the first time undiminished.


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I've been puttering around on a 1997 Kawasaki EX500* / GPz500 (?) since 2001. I've just put 19,000 miles on it as I spend too much time in cars, and the longest trip I've made (Boston <-> Philadelphia) wouldn't count as a grocery run to what recondas has been doing...


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