Here we are in Delta UT after 6 days on the road. We left 24 hours behind are scheduled time of Labor Day. There was so much to do in the last few days that it was impossible to get out the door on time. We are still doing things that would have been so much easier at home, but you have to leave some time and you will never be a 100% ready to go. On our first day we just went up the road to Santa Clarita and spent the night with friends. The next day our target was Panamint Springs in Death Valley, we took the Sierra Highway to California City and then to Trona avoiding the big roads, which is a route we have never taken before. We both love the desert scenery and wide open spaces; I suppose being Irish we had neither growing up. The next day we left early for obvious reasons and even by 9am you could feel the heat building. The bike ran great pulling a steady 40 over the pass between Panamint Valley and Stovepipe Wells and 50/55 the rest of the time. We then took 95 to Tonapah a favorite road from back in our trucking days. It is so nice not to have deadlines and commitments and you can really appreciate the scenery at the Urals pace. Spent the night in Tonapah, another trucking memory. The Hotel Mitzpah has reopened so we had a beer in the Bar Mitzpah more memories. Our next destination was Ely, Highway 6 is a 167 miles of open range and the occasional ranch no gas good thing we had invested in extra gas cans. It is a long empty road and if you have any problems it would not be fun. Had 2 nights camping and then to Great Basin N.P. unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see the caves. Had a great dinner in Baker, what a night sky with no light pollution you realize how magnificent the stars can be. Had a nice run today to Delta. Almost 1200k’s so far four 7000+ft passes numerous smaller climbs, no issues at all so far and we are loaded. We are very happy campers. Hope you like the photos
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Glad you made it though the the desert without a hitch. I've been though Nevada several times along the back roads, and yep, civilized comforts are few and far between. I always asked myself, where do they get gas, food etc. ?
Anyway, looking forward to following your trip.
2011 Gear Up - "Erika" Yorktown, VA
Mains: 127, Idle: 40, Needle: 1 shim MKIII air filter 60,000Kms and counting
It is hard to avoid freeways in Utah but we tried and were successful until just before Salt Lake City and there we had to jump on a short section of I80. You feel very small and vulnerable at 55 while being passed by everyone doing 80. We spent 4 days with family there and then headed for Kennewick WA, the plan was to take the interstate to Twin Falls ID and then up 93 to 12 and across to Washington from there. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans. It rained most of the day and I missed the turn for the 95 and we ended up north of Sun Valley before I realized my mistake. As we didn’t want to chance the 9000 ft. pass north of there, we back tracked over an hour to the 20 and went to Mountain Home. A cold, wet and miserable 6 hour day and we made 50 miles towards our destination. Such is the joy of touring by bike. We got a motel and took everything off the bike and dried it off in the room. There seems to be a leak in the trunk. This was unexpected and not something that was a problem at home in SoCal. As the weather wasn’t getting any better we decided to stick to I84. It wasn’t not too bad until we got to single lane road works which always seemed to be on hills with a major head wind. 45 mph in single lane 60 zone does not make you a lot of friends. 200 miles of freeway later we got to Le Grande OR and got out of the rain and cold again. Today more rain but only 150 miles to go, we are getting resigned to it now. Hopefully this storm will pass and it will get better as we still have to cross the mountains again to get to Billings.
Whenever I want to avoid the highway. I am spoiled on google maps. I use the “avoid tolls and highways” feature. I gives me a general direction but I frequently disregard it because it can’t see what my eyes see as a fun or scenic road. Good traveling.