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My ride to Utah pt 1. w/pics

After 6 long months the day finally came last Thursday for a ride of a lifetime, well for me, going to Utah. I started out early in morning on the interstate to Albuquerque and then on to the Indian Reservations of NM, CO, and Utah. I used U.S. Highways' 550, 64 and 461 in New Mexico that wound through the desert. In Colorado I followed US160 for a while and State Hwy 41 to the Utah border. In Utah I followed a course, Sate Hwy 261, through the desert and to the Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument. This highway is a snaky one as it climbs in and out of the canyons, scrapped the pegs many times before I got to the Monument. It is there that I took a break from riding and hiked a short distance down to view the magnificent rock bridges. Back on the bike I rode through Glen Canyon, over a bridge across Lake Powell and to Hanksville. At Hanksville I headed south to Escalante, riding through the Captial Reef and the Dixie National Forest, where a forest fire was doing damage. This is also where the scenery of the desert changes to forest as you climb up on your way to Boulder. It also is a free range and you had to worry about cattle on the road, which their was plenty, more than the deer.
I finally made it to Escalante after riding down the Hogsback (State Hwy 12). That twisty section is on a ridge, with no guard rails and hundred foot drop offs on either side of the road. I had 840 miles under my wheels when I checked in at the motel that evening. It was a great day riding even if it was almost all in the heat of the desert. The next day was not gonna be as long of a ride when I travel up north to SLC and for the main reason for my journey, The Utah 1088 Rally.


The Colorado Desert on US 491


The Utah State line at HWY 262










Yup that's me and I am still smiling.








Not much room for error on this part of HWY12


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absolutely beautiful scenery! Now what all do you have loaded on the back of that spirit?
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Beautiful shots.....What a ride that must have been. Very !!!!!

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Very very cool man! Thank you for going through the trouble of posting the pics.

I was stationed in Mountain Home, ID for 3 years, and my wife and I are both from north/central Texas (me from Ft. Worth, her from Austin).

I've travelled a lot of roads between Boise and Austin, and I never get sick of it. The scenery is inspiring, and you get a feel for how big the country is when you only travel a small part of it and it means at least 24 hours on the road, more if you want to take the back way. 110k miles on my truck alone in 3 years, wish I could have ridden. (hard to fit the dog, an infant, a wife, their luggage, uniform, rifle, and presents from Korea on a bike. Looks like you may have done it though lol)

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I sure do regret not being able to meet up with you in Cuba. But, since you're in Amarillo, our paths should cross before too long. Love the pics.

Since you've already caught a little razzing about your setup, I feel it necessary to repeat something I said in respsonse to another post, sometime in the recent past: There is nothing so cool looking (to me, anyway) as a bike that's locked and loaded, and ready to hit the road. Considering the intensity of that first day's ride, and your trek through some pretty tricky real estate, I'd say you probably packed wisely.

Anyway, the pics look great, and the bike looks awesome.
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I'm impressed.
Especially seeing how you were drinking from that keg the entire trip.

Really nice pictures.
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Yes, for the record I think your bike looks cool as hell laden like that. Just screams adventure and stories.



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Land Bridges or Natural bridges at the Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument.




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absolutely beautiful scenery! Now what all do you have loaded on the back of that spirit?
Besides the 7 gallon aux fuel tank, just a bag full of clothes with some cold weather gear.


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