The big trip

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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:06 pm

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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Re: The big trip

Postby Lokiboy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:54 am

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.
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Re: The big trip

Postby cateyetech » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:14 am

Hey Fran
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Re: The big trip

Postby sagerat » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:29 pm

Love the Great Basin and Death Valley, too. Good to hear the Mitz is open again. I've spent several nights in Tonopah as well as riding 95, 50, 6 and similar excellent Nevada highways.

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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:56 am

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.

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Re: The big trip

Postby Lokiboy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:45 pm

Yep, all Ural trunks leak. If you have rubber floor mats, don't forget to remove them and dry underneath
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Re: The big trip

Postby canoe68 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:53 pm

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.
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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:13 pm

The interstate decision was weather based and I agree google maps are great. Hopefully we will have better weather when we head for Billings MT in a weeks time

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Re: The big trip

Postby Wildhorse Cafe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:22 pm

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Re: The big trip

Postby Manscout » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:32 pm

Fran wrote:The interstate decision was weather based and I agree google maps are great. Hopefully we will have better weather when we head for Billings MT in a weeks time

If you have time, let me know when you are leaving Billings if you are still interested in meeting up.
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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks Manscout I will do that.

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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:31 pm

After Le Grande we ran the last 150 miles into Kennewick to see our friends, it was nice to sleep in the same bed for a few days. We still have a lot of paperwork to organize as we left with a lot of loose ends to be tied up. We had 2.5 days to concentrate on that as our friends were at work. Of course as you tie up one loose end something else arises, but hopefully that will get less as time goes on. My advice to anyone planning something like this is to double the time you think you need to prepare.
We spent a week in WA including 3 days up the mountains in a little town called Plain. The fall colors were just starting, it is nice to see but a reminder that cold weather will soon be here. I keep thinking of the two flocks of geese I saw in Provo flying south. That was in the middle of September, I hope it is not the sign of a hard winter.
We hit the road again last Friday taking the 12, it is a very nice road though the wheat country of WA. The weather was perfect, a beautiful warm fall day. I was hoping that we might get lucky and get to Montana without any weather issues but it was not to be. It was cloudy and chilly when we left Lewiston and started across the Idaho panhandle. That section is completely different than WA. It follows the river nearly all the way across the state, unfortunately the valley is steep and what little sun there was never made it to the bottom. What a great road for motorcycles; 120 plus miles of sweeping curves, I missed my old bikes. We meet 4 others from CA, including one who is heading to Argentina on his Guzzi in a few weeks. They were having a great time even with the cold and wet sections they confirmed how good it was. It might be great bike road but it was hard work at times with the ‘car. We got over Lolo pass without any major problems and arrived in Missoula cold and tired but thankful we had dodged all the rain showers. After a nice dinner with a lot of hot soup we finally warmed up and returned to the motel for a good night sleep.
With Helana only about 120 miles away we were hopeful we would beat the weather. We decided to take the freeway to save time and avoid the weather on the mountains as much as possible. It worked until we were less than 30 miles away. First the temperature dropped like a rock and it started to rain which quickly turn to hail. After a few minutes it got better and the sky began to clear. The visor unfogged itself and I was thinking happier thoughts. As we climbed to the last pass the weather changed again as it does in the mountains. Now it was snow and I instantly fogged up again.My hands were so cold I couldn’t feel them and the only way to see was open the visor. Now my face was freezing and then pants started to leak in the worst possible place. It is hard to convince yourself that you are having fun when you are freezing, you can’t see were you are going, your pants are leaking and you are on a 8% downgrade. I don’t even know what the pass was called but I know I will ever forget it. At the bottom sunshine again and only 6 miles to Helana. We got a motel and finally thawed out again but now just heard it is going to snow tomorrow and will be cold Tuesday. Oh what fun we are having.

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Re: The big trip

Postby Fran » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:34 pm

Some photos so far.
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Re: The big trip

Postby hotflash44 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:01 am

Fran, unbelievable, keep the pics/info coming this is a dream ride that most Uralistas would love to do! :bow: :cheers:
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Re: The big trip

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