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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2017, 10:35:36 pm »
He doesn't really mind, especially these days.  The more breaks the better.  He also knows that my two hobbies are motorcycles and photography, so if he doesn't like it, he just deals with it.   ;D

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2017, 08:49:09 pm »
Day 10 – 6/28/2017 – Tooele, UT to Montrose, CO – 500 Miles

Tooele, UT to Montrose, CO – 500 Miles – MAP LINK

The Best Western in Tooele has your standard continental breakfast items, but they have the sweetest lady in there helping.  I’d guess she’s in her 70s.  When I walked in, she asked if I wanted an omelette.  I was a bit caught off guard, but said sure.  She went through all the ingredients they had and I said I’d take them all.  I enjoyed our conversation as the omelette cooked and even as I ate, since it wasn’t busy in there.  We packed up and got moving heading south on UT 36.  We then turned on UT 73 to get around Flat Top Mountain and over to I-15.  This would be a day of construction zones, and it started off first thing in the morning.  It took us way too long just to get to I-15. 



We ran south on I-15 to get to US 6 and head southeast.  We stopped for a break just before getting to Tucker at the Tie Fork Rest Area.  We’ve stopped here before and it’s a good spot to stretch the legs.





Moving on, there was a helicopter doing something just across the river from the road and I pulled over.  We never did figure out what it was doing.  This was just before entering the Price Canyon area.



We filled up in Price and then got caught in more construction before we got to I-70. 





We blasted down I-70 trying to make some time back up on our day and crossed into Colorado.  We exited in Grand Junction to get to US 50.  Before leaving town we filled up. 



Leaving Grand Junction we took US 50 and then turned on CO 141.  The last time we rode 141 we got caught in a rain storm.  I’ve wanted to ride it again sans rain.  Today was the day, we just had a bit of wind to deal with.  It’s a great twisty road with very little traffic.  For the most part, we only saw several groups of BMW K 1600 GTs riding the opposite direction.  A large portion of the road snakes along with the Dolores River.  We made several stops along the road, the first being at the West Creek Picnic Area.













The second stop we made was in the red canyon area.  I always enjoy scenery like this.

















And it never fails, I always stop too early when I’m looking for a good spot.  In this case, a couple corners down the road from the shots below there was a great area, but we had spent too much time here.  Oh well.













After riding through Naturita, we turned onto CO 145.  This road eventually mates with the San Miguel River and pleasantly curves along with it.  We stopped along there for a short rest.









In Placerville we took CO 62 to cut over to US 550.  We got caught in a couple of construction zones along here.  The only positive was we were staring at beautiful mountains.



The remainder of the ride felt like slow motion.  US 550 was congested from Ridgeway all the way up to Montrose.  We turned east on US 50 and road a few miles down to our hotel.  My research showed that the Super 8 in Montrose was a solid choice.  After staying there I’d agree.  When looking at where to eat here, prior to the trip, I noticed Horsefly Brewing Company was just down the road.  After the good experience the previous night, it didn’t take dad any convincing to try this brewery out. 

We sat in their back room and from there could hear the live music playing outside.  This guy was awesome and we really enjoyed listening to him.  I believe it was an open mic night, so several guys played after him.  They were ok, but we could have listened to the first guy forever.





The absolute only negative thing about our experience at Horsefly Brewing Company was that they were out of their blonde, so dad had to get the pale ale.  I tried a couple different brews, all of them were good to me.  We started with some great stuffed jalapenos.  They had a $1 taco special going on so dad tried every one they had.  I tried their special for the night, which was a pulled pork burrito.  The food was great!  We took our time and hung out there for a while.  Dad even bought a shirt!













It was an awesome end to the day.  We headed back to the hotel, filling up before getting there, and then relaxed in the room the remainder of the night. 

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2017, 08:57:39 pm »
That's awesome.
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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2017, 09:15:20 am »
Hella jelly of doughs mad skills, Mang! 8)
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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #34 on: September 07, 2017, 06:28:45 pm »
Hella jelly of doughs mad skills, Mang! 8)

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« Reply #36 on: September 07, 2017, 06:31:45 pm »
Day 11 – 6/29/2017 – Montrose, CO to Dumas, TX – 533 Miles

Montrose, CO to Dumas, TX – 533 Miles – MAP LINK

After over a week on the road we definitely get into a routine in the mornings.  The only thing to throw that off was hoping in and out of time zones.  After breakfast we started to load up the bikes.  When we were almost done and ready to leave, the owner of the V-Strom 1k outside came out and struck up a conversation.  She was from the mid-west and on a 3k mile solo ride.  We swapped a few stories back and forth and then it was time to hit the road.  We headed east on US 50 and the construction theme from yesterday carried over into the morning.  We didn’t get too far before we were stopped by the first flagger of the day.



Don’t let the picture above fool you, dad wasn’t leading.  He never leads on our rides.  I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself riding behind him or anyone for that matter.  Maybe 15 miles up the road we hit the next flagger because the bridge that crosses Blue Mesa Reservoir was being worked on.



One of the roads I made sure to work into this year’s ride was CO 149.  I’ve heard so much about this road in the past, but I’ve never been able to make it fit in the route.  I can without a doubt say that we were missing out!   What an absolute treat of a road!  It really has everything you’d want in a perfect motorcycle road, but I’m most likely just preaching to the choir.  The first stop we made was just south of Lake City.















From there we continued to climb and I saw a sign for an overlook and turned down it.  The overlook was down the road 5A. 




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The plan was to stop at the North Clear Creek Falls Observation Site.  I even had it built into the route on the GPS.  We must have been enjoying the road too much because we went right by it and I guess the GPS units recalculated.  I was bummed about it, but it’s the perfect excuse to go back down CO 149.  Looking at the map I see we stopped about 5 miles past the falls, oblivious that we were that close. 













The traffic on CO 149 was really light, which made it even more enjoyable.  We finally finished it off and continued to head east on US 160 out of South Fork.  We stopped for gas there and noticed the immediate uptick in traffic around there. 



When I went to push back my bike from there, while sitting on it, my right foot slipped and my shin smashed into my footpeg.  Of course it hit right above my boot, so it was a direct shot.  I was reminded of the incident all the way home, every time my shin would graze the footpeg.  It left bump and a nice bruise on my leg for about a week.  The ride from South Fork to where we exited US 160 was painfully boring.  It didn’t help that we were constantly stuck behind cars with little opportunity to pass due to the traffic coming the opposite way.  We turned south on CO 450 and headed down to La Veta.  From there we took CO 12, our last bit of excitement, prior to reaching I-25.  The only problem with CO 12 was it was pretty busy along there as well.  There’s great scenery along there, and the road is nice, but the traffic ruined it for us.  We stopped for a short break at North Lake. 





We finished off CO 12 and in Trinidad we hopped on I-25 to head south.  The fun was officially over!  Of course there was construction as we climbed up towards Raton Pass.  We crossed into New Mexico and exited onto US 87, stopping for gas there.



Taking off from there, my wife gave me a call a few miles down the road.  I was talking to her for a few seconds when I got absolutely blasted by a wind gust.  I literally thought it was headed for an off-road adventure, but thankfully that didn’t happen.  The remainder of the ride was miserable.  I had a hard time getting connected back to dad on the headsets.  So we were riding in silence, it was late in the afternoon, the road was boring and the wind was throwing us around.  My arms were killing me because I had a death grip on the bars.  We crossed back into Texas and finished of the ride by getting to our hotel in Dumas.  We walked next door and ate at the 287 Roadhouse.  I feasted on the smothered chop steak. 





After showering we basically went right to sleep in preparation for an early takeoff time in the morning to get home.
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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #37 on: September 07, 2017, 06:53:43 pm »
Day 12 – 6/30/2017 – Dumas, TX to Houston, TX – 663 Miles

Dumas, TX to Houston, TX – 663 Miles – MAP LINK

And now for the part we dread, riding across Texas in the heat to get back home.  We woke up early and got on the road as the sun was coming up.  We rode down US 87 and then took loop 335 around Amarillo to get to I-40 and a few miles later US 287.  We’ve done this route several times before and it never gets any more fun.  It’s just a means to an end, and makes me feel better inside than trailering our bikes somewhere.  Our first stop for gas was in Childress.





This year I had to invest in all new gear (other than boots) since my old stuff no longer fit.  I went with an Olympia Airglide 5 jacket and Airglide 4 pants.  For gloves I picked up some Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves.  These items are by far the best I’ve ever owned.  I have no complaints for with any of these items and I feel like they will last for a long time.  While I didn’t necessarily need a new helmet, my modular HJC was a little long in the tooth and I never really liked it.  Over time it felt like it was just going to fall apart.  I decided to give the Scorpion EXO-GT920 a try.  It’s my favorite helmet I’ve ever owned.  It’s the first one I’ve had with the internal sun visor, and for me it’s a game changer.  No more tinted shields or sunglasses.  When it’s hot out, I like to ride with my shield open and the internal sun visor makes that easy.  The only complaint I have is that there is a bit of noise when the visor is shut and the top vent is opened.  I’m very happy with my purchases, no regrets.  



The next stop for gas was in Alvord.  It was already getting steamy out so we filled up and then parked in the shade for a break.  



The all-stars for this trip were the highway pegs.  We just kept on wondering why we didn’t add these earlier.  They are worth their weight in gold for trips like these.  Having the extra position to put your legs in makes a HUGE difference in comfort at the end of the day.  Dad was able to stretch his legs further on his, but I felt just fine with mine.  Also, he never did take 5 minutes to remove the heat deflectors on the fairings, so he just dealt with the edge of them pushing against his legs.  Here are some pictures showing the difference, the first ones being mine.









After riding through Rhome, mom called and said that I-35 traffic looked terrible.  I wasn’t surprised at all and always dread that part of the route.  She ended up routing us over to Business US 287 down to loop 820.  We took the loop all the way around and exited back on US 287 on the southeast side of Fort Worth.  With it being as hot as it was I would much rather deal with riding some extra miles in lieu of sitting in traffic.  It worked perfectly.  We took US 287 down to Ennis and then got on I-45 to head south.  I wanted to make it all the way to the Buc-ee’s in Madisonville on that tank of gas, but it became clear that wasn’t going to be possible.  We ended up stopping in Fairfield for a quick splash of gas and moved on down to Buc-ee’s where we stopped for a longer break.  It was hot as heck there and the place was absolutely packed.  All the shaded spots were taken so we had to park out in the sun.  As the bikes baked, we stood on the side of the store in a sliver of shade.  We normally would have stayed there longer, but it just wasn’t worth it this day.  I went in and picked up some beef jerky for my wife.  We slammed some drinks and headed home.  

We took I-45 down to the Hardy Toll Road.  As I say every time, it’s always an eye opener when we get back on I-45.  For days we’ve been used to passing everyone, and all the sudden when we’re running our normal pace we’re the slow ones on the road.  The predators become the prey.  Even when we got on the Hardy Toll Road it was crowded.  We finished off the ride and split off by my house.  Another successful and amazing trip in the books filled with memories.  The only blunder was the tip-over dad had in California.  It was a shame we were snowed out of Lassen and half of Crater Lake, but if it wouldn’t have happened I don’t know what I would have done for a title to the report.  

5,627.8 Miles for this year’s trip according to my odometer and my Connie now has over 61k.





Here are my GPS totals for the entire trip:







Thank you for following along!

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #38 on: September 10, 2017, 03:54:04 pm »
I put this little map together... 39,413 miles together in the last 9 years.  


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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2017, 10:25:24 am »
Absolutely stunning pics and ride report...thanks so much for sharing mate!  :thumbs: :thumbs: This thread has been hugely entertaining and interesting from someone outside of the USA, I've managed to live vicariously through the entire trip thanks to you and your dad....thanks once again!  Awesome that you guys can share these experiences together. Respect!! :chugbeer:

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« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2017, 12:33:03 pm »
Absolutely stunning pics and ride report...thanks so much for sharing mate!  :thumbs: :thumbs: This thread has been hugely entertaining and interesting from someone outside of the USA, I've managed to live vicariously through the entire trip thanks to you and your dad....thanks once again!  Awesome that you guys can share these experiences together. Respect!! :chugbeer:

Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you've enjoyed it! 

Some of the best memories of my life have been on the road with dad.   8)

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2017, 10:15:09 pm »
In the words of Gomer, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!".

I've thoroughly enjoyed your report and your excellent photos.
From the posts after the photo of your dad's finger (2 points off for that disturbing image, still that's a 98 or A+) until Dumas TX., it was a top notch
report and (it appears) trip. I've been through Dumas too many times to have any interest in the ride after that.
Thanks again, very well done.   :thumbs:

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #42 on: September 13, 2017, 11:03:52 am »
In the words of Gomer, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!".

I've thoroughly enjoyed your report and your excellent photos.
From the posts after the photo of your dad's finger (2 points off for that disturbing image, still that's a 98 or A+) until Dumas TX., it was a top notch
report and (it appears) trip. I've been through Dumas too many times to have any interest in the ride after that.
Thanks again, very well done.   :thumbs:

Welcome, and thank you for the comments!

 ;D to your finger and Dumas comments.  Wasn't much of a trip after Dumas, never is.  Just gives me a chance to talk about gear and mods.   ;)

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Re: Trippin' Connies 9 - Snowed Out
« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2017, 07:17:27 am »
Very nice write up & excellent pictures. Doing a motorcycle trip with your dad must be a wonderful thing. Something many of us would like to experience.

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