Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Day 13 Update

Zion at Dawn

Day 13 started out before 5:30 am to allow time to enjoy the ride through the parks. I wasn't disappointed. Zion at dawn was beautiful. I rode through Red Canyon to Bryce Canyon. It was spectacular with many stunning vistas. The cliffs and mesas east of Bryce Canyon were truly breathtaking. 

Bryce Canyon

Capital Reef

Highway 12 through a massive canyon and over the top of the vast mesa just before Boulder, Utah, was very impressive. Next up was Capital Reef where many formation looked like majestic castles. One formation resembled a massive ark. Next up was Arches, with many wonderful views. 

Red Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Arches National Park

The ride to Colorado and down highway 550 over Red Mountain through Silverstein and the Million Dollar Highway to Durango is always exciting. 

I was able to avoid the random thunderstorms this afternoon in Colorado mountains. Tomorrow for my last leg home, I may see my first significant rain in Western Kansas. At least that's the weather forecast.Through the ride today, I now have logged 5,725 miles. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Day 12 Update

After a great time of fellowship at Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene, I had lunch at a popular German Bakery restaurant and headed out across the desert to Saint George, Utah. The 110+ degree temperature along interstate 15 wasn't too bad, as they say, it's a "dry heat."

I made good time riding against the heavier stop-and-go traffic headed south. Tomorrow will be an early start as I will ride through four more national parks to my destination in Durango, Colorado. I ended today just under my target mileage threshold at 4928 miles.

Rev. Rob and Lynn Brooks, Tehachapi CA

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Day 11 Update

Left Reno to beat the Saturday traffic around Lake Tahoe and got a good photo of the lake at dawn. 
Lake Tahoe at Dawn
The smoke obscured the mountain vistas from highway 4. I got within 5 miles of my connecting road in Yosemite before discovering it was closed due to the fires. I was still able to ride about 10 miles into the open area of the park before backtracking. The backtrack and reroute added over 90 minutes to my day, so I rode nearly 15 hours today and have now logged 4,646 miles this trip.

I rode through King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and saw the General Sherman Tree. The valley views were still great, even with the smoke. 

I had a nice visit with Rob and Lynn Brooks  and will worship with their church in Tehachapi CA tomorrow before heading to Saint George UT. 
Kings Canyon (1)
Kings Canyon (2)

General Sherman Red Wood

Friday, August 10, 2018

Day 10 Update

I left Nampa ID early to beat the heat and rode past several fertile farms and orchards and into the area bluffs. The road soon opened up into hot, barren desert. The mountains in the distance were hazy from all the California fires. 

I arrived in Reno late this afternoon, where I relaxed in the AC of the Harley Davidson dealership while the service department changed my oil. The bonus was they also washed the four days accumulation of bugs and road grime off my bike. I logged 3,990 miles so far on my road trip.

I now head into California where the fires may alter my travels into Tehachapi, where my good friends Rob and Lynn Brooks now live. 

Tomorrow, I will be navigating rugged mountain roads along the Sierra Nevada mountains. I plan to get an early start to beat the Saturday traffic around Lake Tahoe. The scenery tomorrow should be better than all the sage brush and rock I saw today.

Thanks for you continued encouragement and prayers for my safety.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Day 9 Update

Clearwater River

I just pulled into Nampa, Idaho, for the evening, after riding over 13 hours and 750+ miles for the day. That puts my mileage around 3,500+ for the trip so far.

The chilly morning warmed to a pleasant day and then became almost unbearable once I got to the high plains of Idaho. The thermometer on the bike pegged over 110+ degrees. It sure made me long for the 37 degree temps from yesterday morning as I rolled through the Tetons.

Scenery today was fabulous, even with the road construction delays on highway 12 in Idaho. As I rode over Lolo Pass and along Clearwater river, I saw several deer, most of which were grazing in towns on irrigated grass (they are pretty smart deer) and some wild turkey. A highlight of my ride today was watching a bald eagle as he swooped down to the river and caught a fish in his talons. It was  pretty incredible sight. There was a lot more haze and smoke from California and Idaho wildfires. 

I have a little shorter day tomorrow as I will ride to Reno NV where I have scheduled 45,000 mile oil change.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Day 8 Update
Tetons at Sunrise
I made it to Billings MT. Today started out chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s! I was prepared with my full leather gear and gloves--still a little cool. The Tetons were beautiful with the rising sun on the glaciers. 

Yellowstone too was pristine with the river and waterfalls. I saw more elk, deer, antelope and, of course, buffalo. They sure have the deer trained well in Montana. After riding through Bear Tooth Pass and heading into Red Lodge, a doe and her fawn used the crosswalk to stroll across the highway in front of me. 

Thursday will be longer day as I head across the Montana and Idaho mountains to Nampa, ID. 

Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River (2)

Bear Tooth Pass

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Day 7 Update

I had a perfect day for the leg from Rapid City to Jackson WY. I have now logged 2,491 miles. I crossed the continental divide and saw deer, antelope, elk (all well off the roadway). I rode along the Wind River Valley to the lake above.
Wind River Valley

The Grand Tetons were enveloped in haze, I assume from the fires burning in California. 

Grand Tetons 
Traffic in Jackson Hole was very congested--even had the horses double parked! 

Horses Double Parked
The city park entrance made from discarded antlers was an interesting landmark. 

Unique City Park Entrance in Jackson Hole
Planning to head out early to beat the crowd here. It will be 42 degrees here tonight, so definitely heading into some cooler weather. I will try to send some to Kansas!

Tomorrow I'll be riding through Yellowstone and over the Bear Tooth Pass through Red Lodge to Billings, where I will spend the afternoon visiting family.