Day 15, Sensory Overload

September 20, 2017

361 miles…

As I begin to write this post, I’m sure I’ll run out of superlatives before I’m finished. The day was, breathtaking, awesome, inspiring, incredible, etc.

I mentioned yesterday that I was going through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the morning. The Bureau of Land Management describes it, “Grand Staircase-Escalante remains the largest national monument in the United States – spanning 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. A landscape roughly the size of Delaware, the Monument was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped.” Continue reading “Day 15, Sensory Overload”

Day 14, Back in Business

September 19, 2017

206 miles…

Got out of the dealer around noon and took off for Torrey, Utah. I planned to do a trip through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park the next morning. A guy at the dealership told me I shouldn’t miss it. Roads to Torrey were quite scenic and I arrived about 6:00. It was also quite windy which isn’t a bunch of fun as you ride down the road getting pushed all over the place. Fortunately, I made a reservation about halfway because I began to see No Vacancy signs. I booked a room at the Broken Spur Inn right in Torrey. Continue reading “Day 14, Back in Business”

Day 13, “Adventures suck when you’re having them.” ― Neil Peart, Rush

September 18, 2007

349 Miles…

4133 Total Miles

Spent Sunday doing some sight seeing with Chris. We drove up to Elk Mountain. Saw tons of wildlife and were blessed with semi clear skies and some beautiful views. The ranches in the area are massive with lots of cattle, Pronghorn Antelope and other creatures. The top of the mountain was cold and snowing but the views were special. Continue reading “Day 13, “Adventures suck when you’re having them.” ― Neil Peart, Rush”

Day 12, Fix the Tire, Rest

September 16, 2017

0 miles…

Not much to report. Discovered a pinhole size hole in the tire. I was able to put a plug into it and it appears to be holding air. I had the plug kit in my bag for just these circumstances. It was a really freaky hole since there was no nail or anything in it. Can’t imagine what caused it. Anyway, the plug will provide a temporary fix but I have decided to replace the tire. These plugs are not recommended for permanent fixes on motorcycles and most shops won’t even install them because of liability. I don’t want to worry about losing a tire as I scream around a mountain pass or some of those high speed runs on the flat prairie roads. With only 2 small contact patches between you and the road, you don’t really want to lose one. So I am riding to Salt Lake City tomorrow to have the BMW there fit a new rear tire on it. They are closed on Monday so I’ll get it done Tuesday morning. Piece of mine.

Because of the snow and colder temps in Montana, I have decided to save that ride for another trip. I’ll be heading to Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, etc. next. I want to start to head back East in case the weather turns cold in Michigan.

Probably won’t post Sunday because I’m not doing much.

Day 11, 2 New States, Rain, Wind and a Leaky Tire

September 15, 2017

420 miles…

Took off in a heavy downpour. Got a block away from the motel and my tire pressure warning came on. Crap! It was a slow leak that I could not locate. The portable compressor I packed decided to crap out so I had to go back to town and find a gas station. All of this in heavy rain no less. So for the rest of the day, I kept an eye on the tire pressure and had to stop for air about every 100 miles. I was visiting my friend in Wyoming (picture above) and would deal with it permanently when I got there. Continue reading “Day 11, 2 New States, Rain, Wind and a Leaky Tire”

Day 10 – Great Day with Lots of Variety

September 14, 2017

243 miles…

3390 Total miles…

After a good nights sleep I was ready to move on. After uploading my post and pictures, I took off into central South Dakota. The rolling terrain went on forever. Take a look in today’s gallery at a couple pictures I took. So once again, the plan was to take advantage of the wide open spaces and fly through the country side. I was moving at a impressive clip when I saw an animal on the side of the road. I was able to pull over and get the camera out before he took off over the fence. It was a big antelope! I decided moving at twice the speed limit wasn’t such a good idea with deer-like creatures roaming the roads. I saw 4 more antelopes today. Continue reading “Day 10 – Great Day with Lots of Variety”

Day 9, Lots of Booooring Miles

September 13, 2017

579 miles…

Got an early start this morning to take advantage of the cooling temps. Glad I did as you’ll see later. I had 2 friends who were stationed in Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota during the Vietnam era and I wanted to stop in to see it just so I could talk to my friend Joe Busch about the place. Minot AFB is a huge complex that has many of our ICBM missiles in underground silos sprawled out in the countryside. Joe and Jerry told stories of the legendary cold winters with temps so cold the parking lots had AC outlets to plug in your block heater for your car while you shopped. Anyway, there wasn’t much to see but I’m glad I went. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find any silos to explore. Joe told me to look for a fenced in area out in the middle of nowhere. Everything is underground. Couldn’t find any. Continue reading “Day 9, Lots of Booooring Miles”

Day 8, A Day of Contrasts

September 12

410 miles…

Today’s route took me all the way across the Northern part of Minnesota. I started in chilly 45 degree weather and finished in a blistering 95 degrees. I also started with a glorious 70 mile trip through some really excellent twisty roads and ended with 200 miles of flat, straight and boring torture in the heat. I was planning to go over 600 miles to Minot, ND, but gave up that idea in Grand Forks as the heat and boredom took its toll. Continue reading “Day 8, A Day of Contrasts”

Day 7, Not much to see here

September 11, 2017

Sunday night, I turned on the computer and did a Google search for places to see in Minnesota. One of the attractions is the North Shore Trail along the Lake Superior shoreline. It is 140 mile run from Duluth to Grand Portage. That was just what I was looking for. It was almost 250 away from me but, what the heck, I’ve got nothing but time. Continue reading “Day 7, Not much to see here”

Day 6, 3 States, Herbert Hoover and Field of Dreams

September 10, 2017

424 miles…

Today I traveled in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. It was a beautiful day and a great ride. It was also a good learning experience. So what did I learn today? Let’s start with  Iowa. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been before. I was taken aback by the corn fields that go on forever on gently rolling hills. I’ve seen lots of fields but nothing like this. They went on forever with only the occasional barn or tree to interrupt the landscape. They were mesmerizing. Then, the small towns all look like they are preserved in the 40’s or 50’s. Just like in the movies. Continue reading “Day 6, 3 States, Herbert Hoover and Field of Dreams”