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A 2 week ride to a country 10 million years old

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A ride report about friendship, joy, sadness, beauty and devastation over a 2 week period.


I announced to my 5 primary riding buddies: I'm going to southern Utah, northern Arizona and a little bit of New Mexico and Colorado. I'd like to go for 2 weeks, but we can just go to Utah if everyone wants to go for just a week. We'll be camping. Mostly free camping in the forest or on BLM land. Cost will be around $350 to $400 each for 2 weeks. When, they asked? Leaving May 12th would allow all but one to go. Other dates excluded more people so we kicked Jeff out and started planning. Jeff is the starter for CMRA, the promoter for TMGP, father to six children and the father of a young man getting married in June and the family is moving to a new house. He doesn't have time for breakfast, much less a 2 week trip. Bobby Palmer hears about it way over in Georgia and wants to go. Back up to 6. Further discussion ensues. Questions presented by my 5 riding buddies: Why don't we rent a house for a week like we did last year in N Carolina? OK, the price is now $600 each. Why don't we rent 2 houses for a week each and just do loop rides? OK, the price is now $800, assuming we can find houses only a month before departure. Why don't we just go to Ouray and stay there for 2 weeks? STOP, back to the original plan. Who wants to go? Three decide to go for 2 weeks and three decide to go to Ouray for 1 week. We'll meet in Moab for a couple of days riding around Canyonlands, Arches and Colorado National Monument.

The 2 week group trailered to my brother's house in Taos, NM, and got there just before 11:00 on Saturday morning after driving overnight from Byan. The 1 week group would trailer to Ouray a week later.

We have created a tradition of having our waitress sit on my lap after our first breakfast on the road. It’s getting harder as I get uglier.
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This mural was in the parking lot of our breakfast restaurant in Las Vegas, NM
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We were in a hurry to get to Gallup, NM where we were going to spend the night and with 350 mile to go, we didn’t stop very much along the High Road to Taos. I had been there many times before. Also, we bypassed Los Alamos because highway 4 around town is so nice and the town doesn’t allow firearms, even on the main highway through town.

Along highway 4. This is a volcano crater, Valle Caldera. It’s been a while since it’s erupted. Now a National Preserve.
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Maurice and Ray about to be obliterated if the thing blows.
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Someone took the time to pound a lot of nail in an interesting pattern.
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This interesting rock formation was deposited by the water rather than worn by the water like most waterfalls. High Sulphur content also. Jemez Hot Springs is nearby.
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The old railroad bed, worth the short ride off of highway 4.
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One of 2 tunnels that they blasted through rock.
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Popular with rock climbers. I’ve been here twice and saw climbers both times.
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We spent the night in a motel in Gallup NM. A lot of day 1 was spent just riding to get out of my birth state.

Day 2
On to Arizona. This is Window Rock, a formation that gives the city of
Window Rock its name. Window Rock is the capital of the sovereign Navaho Nation.
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…and home to a monument to the wind talkers of WWII.
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Along the highway to Canyon de Chelly National Monument, but it could be just about any road in northern Arizona or southern Utah.
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Our first turn out at Canyon de Chelly. Ray said, “I thought it would be bigger.” He had mistakenly thought we were going to the Grand Canyon first.

Living on the edge.
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Cacti were just starting to bloom.
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There is a herd of about 20 horses to the right of the slight bend in the river just after it emerges from the trees.
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The road north out of Chinle Arizona was closed so we used an alternate route that took us on 20+ miles of dirt road. We got behind schedule and decided to stay in Page. The local campground had a vacancy. We should have driven down and looked at it before we paid. Our campsite was separated from a four lane highway by one other campsite full of youngsters with lots of beer and a radio. There was also a stray kitten that wandered close to our tents several times during the night. Its constant meowing was only drowned out by the occasional 18 wheeler passing. Ray tried to catch it. I'm not sure whether he wanted to comfort it or kill it in a sleep deprived rage.

Day 3
Horseshoe bend, a very popular site just outside of Page Arizona. It’s a short hike over rocky trails with some deep sand, but well worth the walk to look over the edge. And, it’s free. If you happen to ever fall over the cliff, grab my hat off the bush on your way down. Wind was high.
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We saw this rig when we got back to the parking lot for Horseshoe bend. Hydraulic lift!
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Mandatory stop at the Navajo Bridges.
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We saw this fellow at the bridges. He said he wasn’t actually a rider.
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We got to the north rim of the Grand Canyon on May 15th, opening day. The N rim is much higher than the S rim and is snowed in most of the winter. There must have been a glitch because when we arrived around 10:00 the line wasn't moving except when someone got tired of waiting and did a U-turn. Looking forward.
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Looking back.
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We did meet this lady traveling alone from around the Austin area. She's camping all the way. Soozie is now my co-hero, along with this lady.
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Of course, the wait was worth it.
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Ray close to the edge. I'm beginning to think Maurice is afraid of sudden stops at the bottom of canyons.
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Me, back in my hippie days.
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Maurice does get close to the edge, sortta.
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Leaving GCNP.
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Beautiful slot canyon coming up. Couple hundred feet deep and Maurice touched both sides at the same time with his shoulders.
 
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I wanted to walk a slot canyon and I knew that The Narrows in Zion would be closed due to high water so I chose Wire Pass which tees in with Buckskin Gulch and was quite a bit narrower than The Narrows.
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We came to this chock rock which had created about an 8 to 10 foot drop. Mo and Ray decided to stop, rather than risk not being able to climb back up. I went on. If I hadn’t been able to climb back up, the walk out was about 8 miles.
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Someone put up a trail marker cairn, like someone could get lost in a 4’ wide canyon.
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My greeting when I got back.
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The climb out.
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Next up, my second or third favorite national park. It trades ranking, back and forth, with Yosemite.
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The dark cave looking spot near the middle of the picture is one of the windows for the 1.1 mile long tunnel in Zion NP. It, along with others, provides ventilation.
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Along the river walk.
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Ray being Sylvester Stalone.
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As far as we could go up the canyon.
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More living on the edge. Maurice doesn’t get close to any edges.
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And, a flower growing along the virgin river.
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Our camp along Kolob Terrace road. I carried a single person backpackers tent and have gotten set up times down to just a couple of minutes. I usually slept without the rain fly. Maurice started doing the same and we were both caught in a rain and had to get out of bed and put up a fly in the dark and rain.
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Meanwhile, Poky and Slowpoke were unloading. Maurice does have several bikes, including a BMW 1000R. He chose to take a 20 year old bike on this ride. Except for a very short period, he has owned at least one Honda Interceptor ever since I have known him, close to 30 years.
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Was the lady from Austin a TWT member? If not, did you tell her about it? :-P

Great photos, keep'em coming! Love that area!
 
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"We were in a hurry to get to Gallup, NM...." ----- I have to admit, that's the first time I've heard anybody say that. :mrgreen:

"We got to the north rim of the Grand Canyon on May 15th, opening day. The N rim is much higher than the S rim and is snowed in most of the winter. There must have been a glitch because when we arrived around 10:00 the line wasn't moving except when someone got tired of waiting and did a U-turn. Looking forward." ----- It used to be that nobody went to the North Rim, & you could cruise right in & out. I hope this isn't a trend.

Great pictures. Thanks for taking us along.
 
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Was the lady from Austin a TWT member? If not, did you tell her about it? :-P

Great photos, keep'em coming! Love that area!
I asked and she had not heard of TWT. I told her about it and she said she would check us out. I'm fairly certain she told Ray she was 65 years old.
 
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Day 5
We left camp along Kolob Terrace Road and rode up to the lake where the road turns to dirt. It started to snow and got really cold so we turned around and went to Cedar City and found a motel with a hot tub. We didn’t want to take a chance on a lonely dirt road with it snowing so hard. The plan, when we started this morning, was to enter the much less visited part of Zion just off I-15 called E Kolob Canyon Road. The snow was too much for us so we slabbed it to Cedar City. It stopped snowing when we pulled into town and we begged the Clerk into letting us check in early. By the time we unloaded and got ready for the hot tub, it had started again. Hot tub across the parking lot. Short riding day today.
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It snowed hard.
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Only about 80 miles today. It sure did seem like more.

More snow tomorrow. Also Bryce Canyon, a thing of beauty.
 
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Was the lady from Austin a TWT member? If not, did you tell her about it? :-P

Great photos, keep'em coming! Love that area!
I'd love to see TWT produce a TWT business-sized card, complete with TWT logo and website name - Something any of us can download and reproduce with Avery software. I'm constantly meeting riders and trying to give them the website name. Just a thought.
 

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I'd love to see TWT produce a TWT business-sized card, complete with TWT logo and website name - Something any of us can download and reproduce with Avery software. I'm constantly meeting riders and trying to give them the website name. Just a thought.
Hmmm... I'm pretty sure we had a template at one time.


Loving the ride report. Great photos and descriptions. Other than the slot canyon I've been most everywhere so far.
 

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I'd love to see TWT produce a TWT business-sized card, complete with TWT logo and website name - Something any of us can download and reproduce with Avery software. I'm constantly meeting riders and trying to give them the website name. Just a thought.
http://twtex.com/linkfiles/TWTCards/TWT-CardNoName.pdf

You can edit that and insert your username/real name. I think BlueDogOK made it YEARS ago.

These were made by Nathan,

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You'll have to download the images (right click, saveas) and then edit them.

:tab I have no problem with people making their own cards. As I do have the trademark rights for Two Wheeled Texans, my only requirement is that you let me see the artwork BEFORE they are made and handed out as I do retain the right to veto it if I don't think it suits the image of TWT. The artwork in the above images by Nathan are also mine and I can give you those image files if you want to use them in your own creation.
 
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Day 6
The next morning we decided to ride to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Bad idea. About 5 miles past here, at Brien Head, they decided to stop snow plowing. Cedar Breaks was snowed in and closed. Turn around time, but we decided to get to Brien Head. It was snowing too hard to take out my camera. We turned around at Brien head.
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Maurice wondering who planned this trip.
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Ray enjoying a moment of levity. It’s easy to laugh when you’re nearly frozen and the alternative is crying.
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On to Bryce Canyon. Still a little chilly here.
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Photo from one of the roadside turnouts. By this time, I had come to realize that hiking was not going to be one of our major pursuits.
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Ray found a pretty lady to snuggle with.
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On to more sights.
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Kodachrome State Park was worth the $4 entry fee.
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Why????
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Along the highway to Boulder.
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Ray enjoying a moment of levity. It’s easy to laugh when you’re nearly frozen and the alternative is crying.
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And what's more, laughter doesn't freeze to your face and make it even worse.

What a great trip! My wife and I had planned something roughly along this route for last June, but family circumstances forced a cancellation. For this year, I live vicariously through your travels. And I'm taking notes for when we try again in a couple of years.
 
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Patches of ice, but they had been sanded. It was snowing so hard when we turned around that we were a little anxious going back down the mountain from Brien Head. We were not in any danger of getting a speeding ticket.:trust:
 
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We camped beside a creek along Burr trail. The next morning we rode 20 miles of paved road and 10 miles of dirt road before turning around when Burr Trail teed into Notom Bullfrog. Beautiful ride. Someone commented that if this were your first ride, you might as well stop riding because it wasn’t going to get any better than this.
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Along the highway.
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On to Capitol Reef NP and the end of the paved portion of Burr Trail.
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The end of Burr trail is the Y just before it connects with Notom, about in the center of the picture. We turned around there. I suggest you ride the dirt portion of Burr Trail as well as the paved portion through the canyon. The switchbacks are nearly as tight as the Dugway.
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Start of the interesting part of Burr Trail. The first few miles are just another nice ride. This canyon is one of the nicest rides I have ever done. We saw 3 other bikes and a couple of cars.
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Waking up this morning was a little chilly. This was in a pay campsite along a creek. Bunk toilet and table were the only facilities. $5/night.
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Start of a 3 mile hike and the beginning of the “sad” portion of our trip. These pretty flowers were beside the trail down to Upper Calf Creek Falls. There are three falls close to the highway and this one is the least visited because of the elevation change. It was recommended by a local.
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Trying to make it look steeper than it really is.
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Another pretty bloom beside the trail.
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And the waterfall. Not much water by North Carolina standards, but we are in a desert. The water was extremely cold. I jumped in and immediately regretted my decision. Ray and Maurice opted out of getting wet.
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Back at the top and ready to ride.
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The start of the sad: The next morning I was informed that one of my partners didn’t get much sleep because his hip and bad knee was hurting so much from the hike to Calf Creek. Bad hip and knee???? When was I going to be informed about this? A good time would have been in Bryan when I said, “We’re going to ride about 3,000 miles, about 60 of it on dirt roads, and we’re going to hike, with the longest one about 3 miles one way. Cancel the rest of the hiking.
 
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What a ride!
Thanks, we had fun for most of the ride and memories for all of it. Second week coming up. I've shown you joy, sadness and beauty. Devastation along with Utah highway 95 (Natural Bridges) and Co. highway 145 to Ouray coming up next. More joy, sadness and beauty also coming up later. I just lost 2 hours of typing and picture copying.
 
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Texas T, it's no wonder that our pictures look so similar. When you tell me to go somewhere, I usually try to comply. I haven't been disappointed yet. Canyon de Chelly is a case in point. You did notice that the Canyon is deeper in my picture? Yep, in 7 years it got 0.07 inches deeper. That's a little more than two hairs diameters.
 
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Our original plan was to meet the rest of the Yahoos in Moab the day after tomorrow, but we decide we had plenty of time to go to Ouray since we were a day ahead of schedule because of the closure of the river in Zion and the decreased hiking. We head south from Hanksville to Natural Bridges NM.

Typical scenery along Hwy 28 and 95. The latter has red rock cliffs bordering the highway for nearly the entire distance from Hanksville to Natural Bridges NM.
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An Iconic picture of the highway 95 bridge over the Colorado River, framed by red towers. This is also the beginning of Lake Powell, which extends all the way down to Page Arizona. The lake is nearly 200 miles long and nearly 600 feet deep.
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Superman Maurice holding up Owachomo bridge. Difference between a bridge and an arch? A bridge is formed by flowing water along a creek or river. An arch is formed by erosion caused by wind, rain, freezing ice etc.
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A young ranger lady took this picture. She was on vacation at the monument.
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We met this guy and his buddy, both from Australia, at a convenience store. They bought 2 bikes off Craigslist and are riding them from Arizona to Canada and back. They’re on a one of those “ride abouts” for as long as it takes.
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We spent the night along a Forest service road before going to Natural Bridges, so day 9 actually started with Superman Maurice holding up Owachomo Bridge and day 8 was a lot of riding. After Natural Bridges, we headed to Ouray.
Along 145 south of Telluride.
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I stopped here because I liked what the clouds and mountains were doing to each other. I’m actually blocking someone’s driveway. They have a sign for no entry and that we were in their scope cross hairs. Ray pointed out later that they should have someone come by and remove the UPS delivery notes as there were about 10 to 12 of them. Maybe the sign would be more believable.
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Last of the pictures on day 9. We got a 911 text from Fast F3. Disaster had struck. The three of us would continue our ride without the other three riders joining us. Nothing we saw on the way to Ouray seemed worthy of pictures. We did meet up with two of them in Ouray and saw them again in Grand Junction.

Day 10
We decided to ride to Grand Junction to visit Bobby in the hospital and then decide what to do for the next 5 days.

Again, not a lot of stopping. I think we stopped to delay the meeting with Bobby rather than to enjoy the scenery.
The old flume alongside the Delores river.
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Along my favorite road in Colorado, 141 from Naturita to Grand Junction.
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I saw this sign beside the highway. Lots of Harley parts piled around the base. Headlight and fairing made it recognizable as a Harley. I turned around and took a picture because I was riding with C. Ray (Charles Ray Holder).
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Bobby was in intensive care and they would only let one of us go in at a time and the first one was me. Bobby was in good spirits, but in a lot of pain. Bobby explained that he was riding alone when he fell, due to each of them stopping to take pictures and also different riding abilities. Phil was ahead and Mark was behind. Neither saw the accident. During our brief visit I asked him if he needed us to do anything for him and he told me his wife was in route from the airport and Phil and Mark had taken care of his bike and gear. He encouraged us to continue our trip and keep him in our prayers. He also requested that Maurice and Ray not come in so that he could give himself some morphine and go to sleep. After a brief discussion with my friends, we decided to do exactly as Bobby requested. We went to Colorado National Monument just outside Grand Junction. Phil and Mark decided to take a couple of days to pick up camping gear, trailers, etc and head back to Texas.

There are some steep cliffs in Co. NM.
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Scenery similar to Canyon de Chelly.
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The road in the park is great.
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We spent the night in the Colorado National Monument campground. The rules:
No more than 7 people per campsite
No more than 3 tents per campsite
OK so far.
No more than 2 vehicles per campsite.
A 40 foot motorhome towing a car was OK, but the camp host told us 3 motorcycles was not. We paid for two campsites and used one. I parked my motorcycle in the second one. We went to Fruita for dinner and when we returned there was a small motorhome in our second site. The camp host had rented out the site to another camper. My pay tag had been removed from the spring clip, signifying that the site was available so, the driver of the camper parked and walked back to the pay station where the camp host told him to fill out a form and deposit it, along with full payment, into the lock box. I parked my bike behind his camper. I guess you get what you pay for with volunteers.
 
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The second half of highway 128 from Cisco to Moab is a joyous road. It follows the Colorado River at the bottom of a red rock canyon. Fifty miles of this. It's going to be hard to take.
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Maurice pointed out this dinosaur rock.
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We ate lunch at a restaurant in Moab. We all thought it was good. I notice a chicken fried steak on the dinner menu for less than $10. Other items similarly priced.


Dead Horse Point outside of Moab. That's Potash Road down in the canyon. It ties into the White Rim Trail at the top of the picture.
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Grand View in Canyonlands NP. Grand View is the actual name of the point. The White Rim Trail is somewhere down in that maze. Makes one want to be mounted on dual sport bikes.
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Mesa Arch The second picture is taken from about the point the red shirted little boy is standing in the first picture.
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Balanced rock in Arches.
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Dinner time. “You guys want to eat at the same place we had lunch?”
“No.”
“No.”
It wasn’t until later that I realized that our inexpensive diner didn’t sell beer. We rode through Moab to Monticello where we decided to spend another night in a motel. I believe smell had something to do with our decision. We ate in a small restaurant across from the motel. Ray and Mo each had chicken fried steaks. The best description of their meal would be: TV Dinner. They cost $15.95 each. The irony? Our restaurant was the only one open in town and it didn’t sell beer.
 
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Your trip pictures and narrative continue to keep me engrossed. I especially love the picture of the I-95 bridge. I wish that were my picture. Great shot!

As for the campground host, they tend to run the gamut. At the high end was Chuck Silas, who hosted outside of Creede for years, and once volunteered to drive 50 miles to pick up a trailer tire to replace my blown out one. At the low end was an old geezer near Crested Butte whose generator, which he ran from 7am to 11pm, sounded like a lawn mower engine. If anybody complained, he would rev it over & over like a drunken Harley rider, just to let the campers know who was boss in the campground. Most of the ones I've met are very tolerant of things like 3 motorcycles, as long as everybody is quiet and plays by the rules. Unfortunately, you hit the exception..... :thpt:
 

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Texas T, it's no wonder that our pictures look so similar. When you tell me to go somewhere, I usually try to comply. I haven't been disappointed yet. Canyon de Chelly is a case in point. You did notice that the Canyon is deeper in my picture? Yep, in 7 years it got 0.07 inches deeper. That's a little more than two hairs diameters.
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I count at least six more photos that I have duplicates of from the same spot but I won't bore everyone with posting them. The day we rode down the hill to the bridge over the Colorado River / Lake Powell it must have been 100° or more and the tar snakes were incredibly treacherous. We were probably doing under 35 mph for most of that last stretch. Your photo indicates that they must have repaved that section in the past seven years.

Your ride report is wonderful.
 
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That bridge picture is easy on a bike. There are no shoulders, but there is enough room for a bike without getting hit by passing traffic.
 

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Nothing we saw on the way to Ouray seemed worthy of pictures.
:tab :lol2: Right.... ;-)

Bobby was in intensive care and they would only let one of us go in at a time and the first one was me. Bobby was in good spirits, but in a lot of pain.
:tab So how is he doing now? Is he still in the hospital up there or is he back home? Any word on the extent of his injuries? Any specific prayer requests for him?

:tab It is kind of funny how we all end up with the same pictures from these trips. I try to keep that in mind when deciding what pics I want to take on a trip, but dang, there are shots you just HAVE to take! And by the way, the White Rim road is an amazing ride if you have not done it yet, but do it on a 650 or smaller DS and run it counter clockwise.
 
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:tab :lol2: Right.... ;-)



:tab So how is he doing now? Is he still in the hospital up there or is he back home? Any word on the extent of his injuries? Any specific prayer requests for him?

:tab It is kind of funny how we all end up with the same pictures from these trips. I try to keep that in mind when deciding what pics I want to take on a trip, but dang, there are shots you just HAVE to take! And by the way, the White Rim road is an amazing ride if you have not done it yet, but do it on a 650 or smaller DS and run it counter clockwise.

Bobby is in Denver. Rehab. Broken back. Another surgery coming up to release pressure on his spine. He seems to be in good spirits. Anybody have a design for a wheelchair sidecar that allows the sidecar passenger to be the driver? Prayers really appreciated.
 
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About the belly button down. T11. Right now it seems doubtful he will have any feeling at all.
 
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Day 12

Just before going down Moki Dugway, there is a dirt road going to Mulie Point. It’s about 5 or 6 miles long. The end of the road overlooks Goosenecks State Park, which makes the ride well worth it. Although, I did hear it described as, “Just another deep hole at the end of a long *** bumpy road.” You decide. There is a much better view, but it requires a hike and we are through hiking for this trip.
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Moki Dugway. Way over rated as a difficult road. Note motorhome.
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Mexican Hat, the formation and the town are at the bottom of the Dugway.
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Valley of the Gods, aptly called the miniature Monument Valley.
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One of three Chinese girls that were touring the southwest. They were on summer break from some school in Boston. Two wanted to have their picture taken sitting on my bike. None wanted a ride.
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We split up in Mexican Hat, with Ray and Maurice going back to Taos to drop off luggage before getting a motel with a hot tub. They will ride back tomorrow. I went to Pagosa Springs where the cheapest campsite was $25. No thanks, I spent the night down a national forest access road just west of Wolf Creek Pass. Free. Did I mention I’m cheap?

Day 13
A little waterfall not far from Wolf Creek.
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Highway 149 headed N toward Lake City.
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I rode the dirt road that parallels 149 and Clear Creak to this waterfall. The North Clear Creek Campground was closed.
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149 is a beautiful ride, especially early in the year.
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I ate lunch in Lake City and headed back to Taos to spend the night with my brother and his wife. I couldn’t drive past the gorge bridge without stopping.
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I’m tired. I think I’m gonna go home.
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About 3,400 miles on the FZ1. New tires waiting when I get back to Bryan. On the drive back, I found Story Lake to be as full as I have seen it in 15+ years.
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About 3 years ago, I told my 4 primary riding buddies that I wanted to be told when they were tired of me tagging along and slowing them up. We've been riding together for more than 25 years, but you see, I'm 20 or more years older than they are. All they had to do was tell me, "It's time." Well, I never dreamed that it would be me making the decision, but I did on this trip. We've grown apart in what we can and want to do. I drink less than a case of beer a year and most of that is when a group of friends meet for our monthly beer meeting. Some of the riding buddies on this trip are included in the monthly meetings. We had dinner one night on this trip and the food portion of our bill was $32.95. The total bill was $90, including tip. I drank water. I don't want to decide where I eat dinner by watching for beer signs.

One can see a lot by driving down the highways of America, but get off the road and the scenery gets better and it becomes possible to take pictures without strangers being a part of the scene. I want to hike. I'm GOING to hike. Hiking is the "H" word to my buddies.

At this point, I have planned my last long trip with the group. A long weekend ride would be OK. If one of them planned a longer trip, I might join, but I think I see a lot of solo rides or rides with couples in my future. Well, not a lot. I am past 69 years old.
 

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:tab Finding good riding buddies is priceless. Over the years, the riding buddies have changed now and then, but I have really appreciated the time spent with all of them. I am lucky to have a few right now that I really enjoy doing trips with because we just seem to mesh well in terms of expectations, abilities, attitudes, riding styles, etc,... My biggest problem now is finding the time to ride with them more often than once or twice a year. We've made some great memories over the years though!

:tab Time spent riding alone is also priceless. That freedom to change things on a whim means a lot. The solitude to just be alone and take it all in is great. I'd totally be into hiking. My knees aren't as wild about it though :-P I can't afford knee work and don't have insurance, so I have to really limit the amount of off the bike walking I can do. Stairs in particular kill me in a very short time. Interestingly, riding the bikes, even off road, don't bother my knees beyond just general stiffness and soreness.

:tab I really hate to hear that about Bobby. I mentioned him to the kids this evening before they went to bed. They will make sure we don't forget to pray for him and his family. They've been praying for Zac for years and look how far he's come since his accident!
 

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Thanks for making the time to write and copy pix and post.

I appreciate the details you point out in the pics; the horses, the names of roads-- it makes it even more real. AND, great for planning purposes.

Speaking of planning, which month do you think is best for a Utah moto, hiking and camping trip?

Also appreciate the honest reappraisal of riding buddies.

Thanks again,
 
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Thanks for making the time to write and copy pix and post.

I appreciate the details you point out in the pics; the horses, the names of roads-- it makes it even more real. AND, great for planning purposes.

Speaking of planning, which month do you think is best for a Utah moto, hiking and camping trip?

Also appreciate the honest reappraisal of riding buddies.

Thanks again,
This trip took place the latter half of May. We chose May because school was still in session and maybe it wouldn't be crowded. I think lots of others had the same idea. We saw 28 degrees and 96 degrees. I've been there in the later part of June and was glad my wife and I could zip our sleeping bags together at Bryce campground. My choice for hiking would be May and October. For motorcycle riding add June and September. Expect extremes in weather any month.
 
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