For the first portion of our trip this is the route that we took. I made a wrong turn at Teec Nos Pos and ended going thru Shiprock missing the four corners area and costing us 27 extra miles but we were able to enjoy a shake at the Sonic Burger because of it.
So far this is the longest ride that Dee and I have taken to date and the main reason was to go see our new grandson in Denver, Colorado. I can’t think of a better excuse to hop on the bikes and see the countryside. Our first stop was Flagstaff, Arizona. We knew that it would be a hot ride so we got up early and were on the road by 1 AM to beat the heat in the desert. Most of the photos were taken on the fly by Dee because she has longer fingers than me but I managed to snap off a few with my little stubbies.
Here I caught Dee bringing up the rear in my mirror.
I know this may be a snails pace for some of you sport bikers but this is OSD pushing the limits.
Dee managed to catch a snapshot of this barn as we zipped along on our way.
I think I’ll start by posting this portion of my ride report and get to the rest as soon as I can. I think I’ll title the next part, “North to Wyoming then Home” or “Look at all Them Durn Critters.”
After invading Dee’s sister and brother-in-laws house for 4 days (thank you Linda and Matt) we said our goodbyes to all our loved ones in Denver and pushed on to Dee’s brother’s house in Cheyenne. We could only spend a day and a short ride out to lunch with Mike because we had to be in Evansville before dark due to the high chance of encountering a critter on the road after dusk. Mike rides a 1984 softtail that he just repainted himself and it really looks sharp except for the engine which the paint job now makes look like crap according to him.
Here Dee caught Mike and I shooting the ch1t.
Our arrival coincided with the annual “Wyoming Wind Festival” which runs from January 1st thru December 31st.
A short ride out Hat Six road will yield abundant finds like this!
When I used to come out here with my four wheel drive the end of the pavement wouldn’t deter me but this is when I’m wishing I could turn this bike into a duel sport.
My brother Ed is a master griller! He even cooks his Thanksgiving turkey on the Weber every year. I always know that when I visit him I won’t be losing any weight!
Dinner is served! Country style ribs and they were delicious!
My brother and I did a little fishing at Alcova Reservoir on our visit but I forgot to bring the camera. On the way out to the lake we came very close to running over a badger that was trying to cross the road. We caught about 8 rainbows between us with the largest being about 2 pounds. Not the best we have done on our visits out there but not bad. No visit to Wyoming is complete without a fishing trip! The cost of a one day out of state license is up to 14 dollars now but is was worth it. I have never been skunked on a visit there.
With our visit to my brothers over it was time to saddle up again and turn our scooters south. This is the route that I had chosen to take us on our journey home.
Just outside of town we paused for a photo op.
Once back into Colorado our next destination was through Rocky Mountain National Park. Then on to Hot Sulphur Springs where we would spend the night. To get there we traveled along the Poudre River on highway 14. Here we spot a fly fisherman.
Taking a break in the shade along the Poudre River.
This was my first time in Rocky Mountain National Park and I was impressed! The scenery is unparalleled. We saw elk in the trees as we passed by and laying around in the high meadows. It was also very windy and very cold!
Once out of the park along Hwy 34 we come upon Grand Lake to be followed by Granby Lake.
We finally make our destination the Ute Trail Motel in Hot Sulphur Springs. Nice place to stay and affordable too. This was a real friendly place and everyone seemed glad to see us!
Heading south on the131 we encounter the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Consider yourself forewarned of the many tar snakes out to bite you!
Just one of the many gas stops along the way.
If anyone asks, now you know where they got the Grand in Grand Escalante Staircase!
We spent the night at the Best Western in Cedar City and although I was disappointed when the Jacuzzi next to the pool turned out to be a kiddies wading pool, the beds were the most comfortable we had slept on the whole trip and that along with the continental breakfast made up for that bad construction choice. In fact knowing that Zion National Park might be an all day ride we booked an additional night before the final leg home.
The next morning it was off to Zion!
This isn’t what you like to see on a Harley Touring Bike!
I’d like to thank Matthew Perry for posting the tutorial on how to post interactive Google maps on Pashnit and my daughter Teri for showing me how to get the damn map into Paint! Thanks to all you Pashnits out there for taking the time to view this thread! Now I need a butt massage!