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  • O.T. Western Trip

    Just got back. 7000 miles and 14 days. Went out through Northern Michigan (Mackinaw City), the Dakotas, down through Yellowstone to Dinosaur Country (NW Colorado) to Telluride and Monument Valley, over to Zion and down to Vegas for a business meeting on 7/26.

    Came back on I70 through Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and into Pa. I hit rain yesterday in the Western Mountains of Pa. that totally blinded me on the turnpike. All I could do was follow the spray from the truck tires in front of me. Thank God for the 1 Mil miles of MC experience.

    For what it's worth, I70 is to be avoided. There was serious road construction and detours all the way. I only took the interstate because I had to be back by 7/30.

    I had forgotten just how incredibly boring Kansas is from a scenery standpoint.

    All in all, a great trip. Even at my age, the 600-700 mile days (10-12 hours) were still no problem. I'm not sure I could have done it at 25.

    When I get them all organized and sorted, I'll try and post more.

    It's always good to be home.



    Yellowstone- The Lamar Valley

    Beartooth Pass

    Zion National Park

    Mexican Hat in Monument Valley

    Monument Valley- If you listen closely, you can hear John Ford talking to John Wayne.

    Last edited by kurt48; 07-31-2019, 12:30 PM.
    "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

  • #2
    Wow what a trip! I was just thinking about you last night and wondering how you got on. Cool stuff Kurt

    I need a new watch


    • #3
      Thanks TK.
      "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


      • #4
        Awesome trip, Kurt - beautiful scenery too. Yes, driving through Kansas is not too exciting - it's mostly flat fields. If you're ever near KC again, let me know - it would be great to meet ya.


        • #5
          Thanks Mike, I went right through both KC and St Louis. I used to stay at the Alameda Plaza
          right off the 'ditch' when I had business over on Burlington.

          One of my best friends lives in Overland Park, but now spends most of his time in Naples Fla.

          It would be great to personally meet you too.

          Next time!

          "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


          • #6
            Very nice Kurt! What watch(es) did you wear?


            • #7
              I wore my Swiss Military 20,000 feet the whole time, but honestly, never looked at it.
              The Bike had a GPS screen with the time prominently displayed.

              I'm in the process of a major sell off. I've been happier lately just wearing 2 or 3.


              Last edited by kurt48; 07-31-2019, 02:28 PM.
              "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


              • #8
                Beautiful country! Sounds like it was a great trip!

                They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.


                • #9
                  What a great trip, glad it went so well for you. What a relaxing, enjoyable 14 days. We need to do a trip like that soon, just to get away for more than a few days.. Thanks for the inspiration...
                  sigpic Let the music be your Master, will you heed the Master's call?


                  • #10
                    Thanks JP, it really was.
                    "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


                    • #11
                      My pleasure.
                      "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


                      • #12
                        Awesome looking trip.

                        Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!



                        • #13
                          Thanks. Several years ago I rode the Trans-Canada from Thunder Bay to Calgary. Four
                          days of solid rain. It was a Moose Convention all the way. You literally couldn't ride at
                          night because they were all over the road.

                          Beautiful country.


                          "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


                          • #14
                            What a great trip. The pictures brought back memories for me. This is an amazing country. As for Kansas, I used to feel the same, then someone taught me to look up more, and appreciate the vastness of the vista. I wish I had thought that way growing up at the bottom of Mississippi Delta. Please post more pictures with travelogue.



                            • #15
                              Thanks, but IMHO, you'll NEVER be able to make Kansas pretty, either looking up or down.


                              "So Many Watches / So Little Time"