The open road: 2010 summer trip — Epilogue

Epilogue

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Home sweet home

Nikon D70, ISO 800, ƒ/3.5, 1.6sec, 18mm focal L.

Miles on the odometer: 6964
Fill-ups: 45 — [...]

The open road: 2010 summer trip day 22

Day 22: Boise, ID to San Jose, CA — 701 miles

It was a chill week in Weiser/Boise staying at my folks and my sisters. Mostly bumming around, playing with the kids and relaxing. But, all good things must come to an end as I’ve yet to find a motorcycle adventuring gig that’d pay well enough to feed a family of five, or, even just myself, for that matter.



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The plan was to loosely caravan with the family in the car. What this really means is that I’ll see them when they arrive at our next stop. What can I say, my wife knows how it goes…

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 15

Day 15: Helena, MT to Weiser, ID — ~445 miles

After two weeks on the road, it was finally time to rejoin with the family and see the kiddos whom I was missing so dearly. Valerie had driven from San Jose to my parents the day before in order to meet us when we arrived today.



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Heading west on US-12, the forests had been ravaged by beetle kill. One “good” fire will clean up the mess and enable new growth to start the forest cycle over again.

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 14

Day 14: Murdo, SD to Helena, MT — 689 miles

The second day of heading home was going to be another day of making miles, but, we’d finally break away from the interstate for many of those miles, making for a much happier day for me.



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Welcome to a rainy morning

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/160sec, 31mm focal L. @79 MPH, ~63mi from prev photo, map

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 13

Day 13: Beaver Dam, WI to Murdo, SD — 664 miles

Our 2 days at the big air show were over and the time had come to point the wheel toward the west so as to make our way back home. There be kids to play with, wives to kiss, and birthdays to attend to upon our arrival back at my folks’ in Idaho, so it was to be a fast burn on the super slab across the Midwest; not exactly the highlight of the trip, but, the Midwest never is.



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The dawn start heading out of Beaver Dam.

Nikon D70, ISO 400, ƒ/4.5, 1/400sec, 18mm focal L. @51 MPH, map

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 9 & 10

Day 9-10: Bumming around Memphis, TN, and then off to Beaver Dam, WI — 722 Miles

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The date was July 24th, a Saturday. The big air show (remember, this trip has a real destination!) started in 2 days on the following Monday. With 700+ miles to cover, we figured it’d be doable in 1 day, even though it’d be a little bit of a stretch. That gave us a free day to bum around Memphis and see the sights.

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 8

Day 8: Plano, TX to Memphis, TN — 552 Miles

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While I had been touring around Colorado and visiting in Texas, my father was making his way from Idaho to Tennessee on his new to him R12RT. After the fact, we discovered that we’d missed each other in Grand Junction, CO, by just a couple of hours.

He’d arrived in Memphis the day prior and it was time for me to make my way to catch up with him there. I bid a silent farewell to Clint and his wife and tiptoed out to the garage at O’dark thirty.

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 6-7

Day 6 & 7: Bumming around Plano, TX — 281 Miles

After 5 days in the saddle to get to my buddy’s in Texas, what’s the first thing that we do? Take off and do some riding, of course!



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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 5

Day 5: Pagosa Springs, CO to Plano, TX — 824 Miles

Today was all about miles. If I’d planned it smarter, it wouldn’t have been too much more to have made a Saddlesore 1000 out of the day.



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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 4

Day 4: Ouray, CO to Pagosa Springs, CO — 498 Miles

The sunrise broke fairly late down in the bottom of the valley that Ouray, CO, sits in. The night before, I’d seen several places that looked hopeful for breakfast, and indeed they held true to their promise.

Over breakfast, I consulted the maps and GPS and called my buddy, Clint, to discuss plans for my arrival in Plano. Clint had already made arrangements for my arrival the next day, yet, my planned route called for 1300+ miles of mostly 2-lane roads between here and there. My previous slackardly days and road repair delays were starting to catch up with my plans to take the long winding roads to Texas. A bit of ciphering, and I figure it’s doable, with a slight modification.

Little did I realize, 500 miles and 10 hours later, I’d only be 64 miles (as the crow files) away from my starting point!

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