Too true! If there just weren't so many beautiful places in that state though!ahh Wyoming, from an old Indian word meaning deargodthatsalotofwind!
I completely agree, I don't want to pour my own beer, I want someone else to do that!That's pretty darn cool, but I think I might miss having a good barkeep.
Excellent report!!! I enjoyed the commentary AND the photos.Day 7 – 6/24/2018 – Lolo, MT to Idaho Falls, ID – 358 Miles
Nice! That's interesting on the 208 Ale. I was looking at going to Grand Teton Brewing Co. when I was planning, but just couldn't make it work out with the routes.Excellent report!!! I enjoyed the commentary AND the photos.
It is indeed a small world. Grand Teton Brewing Company is owned by a former fellow co-worker here in Houston. The 208 Ale was formerly labeled an IPA by the previous owner. When Steve got there, he realized it wasn't really an IPA, relabled it 208 and called it an Amber. It became the best selling craft beer in Idaho (208 area code).
I'm sure you also know that Justin owns the Ten Sleep Brewery. Justin is a Texan living in Wyoming and still active on the TWTex site. When he knows, he will usually goes out of his way to make other TWTex'ns feel at home.
My buddy Chuck and I have been called beer snobs. It isn't true!. We are probably older than your Dad, and we usually travel like you planned on this trip. Set the route and the stops based on where the breweries are, then find a hotel near so that we can walk. There are some great (and not so great) craft breweries everywhere we have gone.
Chuck lives in the Heights, likely not far your dad. I live in Conroe. We have adopted a brewery up in Conroe called Copperhead. We have actually helped in startup and doing some insulation work. In exchange we get free beer (well not quite free).
It is great to see you and your Dad traveling together. Don't knock that Goldwing, it will surprise a lot of the crotch rocket set.
You're right about Uber. When we were in Pocatello, I checked Uber and there was only 1 running around town. I didn't want to take a chance of getting stuck and not able to get back. I should have checked when we were in Salina, but I think my brain was already fried.Love the RR and the tips on places to visit, thanks.
I have found it useful to use UBER or similar services lately when heading out from the hotel for the evening, if it's not a walkable distance. Just because I find myself more relaxed when all I have to do is eat, drink, relax and tell someone else where to go!
Just wish you could have taken a few more pics
It was the BEST welcome home.That's a great welcome home!
Thanks for sharing the trip with those of us who can't right now.
When's your next one? lol
Thanks for checking it out!Thank you for posting y'alls ride, I've enjoyed the pics and the story!
Thanks for following along!Great report! Thanks for posting.
I wish I could say yes, but Google doesn't allow for as many modifications to a route as would be needed, I'm barely able to make it work for some of the individual days.Is there one amazing google map showing all 10 TC's tracks gloriously overlaid?
Kory could teach a class on the art of the ride report...
As you thought, it takes me a ton of time. Most of the time is spent on the pictures though.I really enjoy reading your annual trip reports. Thanks for taking the time to write them up. I expect it is quite a bit of work.
The most amazing thing to me is that you have a Zumo with the buttons intact. You just don’t see that anymore!
Thanks for reading. Yes, that would be an excellent way to get out of here!I'm hoping the future bullet train has freight cars we can ride our bikes on and just make the trip out of Houston go away. And don't get me started on riding through Dallas, Ft Worth not much better.
Thank you for the excellent report and I'm glad you and your Dad made it home safely and with some shared stories to tell.
Thanks for checking it out. I'll definitely check out the Blue Swallow Motel if we stay in Tucumcari again. I see its basically right across the street from Motel Safari, but I didn't even notice it.Great stuff as always. I love what I learn from RR's about places to visit. I learned of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari from a friends RR and we've stayed there half a dozen times now. It has become a predefined stop on our way out or back from family and motorcycle trips west. My wife loves the place with the restored neon lights and the amazing folks that run it. Make reservations, it books up early, and ask for a room with a garage. Yes, a garage! For breakfast, don't zip out of town too quickly. Breakfast at the Kix on 66 diner is a must. You will leave there with a very full and happy stomach.
Happy to say, I have a lot of new reviews in this RR on places to hit and those to avoid. Thanks again for sharing and love the photos.
Even if you don't stay there, it's worth it to swing by after sundown for the neon display. Definitely feels like stepping back in time. The first time I stayed there I didn't realize all the other guests were at a car show. When they came back there was all this noise in the parking lot and I stepped through a time portal as I came outside because the neon was lit and the parking lot was jam packed with antique cars. It was pretty amazing. Definitely a good place to set up the tripod after dark.Thanks for checking it out. I'll definitely check out the Blue Swallow Motel if we stay in Tucumcari again. I see its basically right across the street from Motel Safari, but I didn't even notice it.
Wow, that place has 100% refrigerated air too!Even if you don't stay there, it's worth it to swing by after sundown for the neon display. Definitely feels like stepping back in time. The first time I stayed there I didn't realize all the other guests were at a car show. When they came back there was all this noise in the parking lot and I stepped through a time portal as I came outside because the neon was lit and the parking lot was jam packed with antique cars. It was pretty amazing. Definitely a good place to set up the tripod after dark.
Part of the charm of Tucumcari is that they've retained a lot of the 50's Route 66 kitsch. Back in the day, that "refrigerated air" sign was a big draw. I looked at a picture of the Blue Swallow on Google. Another cool throwback they have is those creaky old metal rocking chairs. All western motels had them - and so did my grandmother's back yard - so that you could sit outside in the evening and enjoy the cool western air.Wow, that place has 100% refrigerated air too!
Thank you! There are so many memories I'll never forget from these trips. I'm definitely not taking it for granted.I have always enjoyed your ride reports and those AMAZING pictures. I am envious that you and your father get to make these memories. Don't take it for granted!
We put 70K on an 08 C-14 before we got the Big Versys
When I lived in N Texas (Plano) the worst part of any part of our trips was getting in and out of Texas. We solved that by finally making the choice to trailer the bike to a location. This allowed us to enjoy the great riding, without having to battle the DFW / Texas grind. We never looked back or regretted that choice.
Now we actually solved the issue by moving to NW Arkansas. There is pretty good riding up here. haha
Keep up the great ride reports. Enjoy the trips with your dad and cherish your family. Life is so very good!