Tuesday morning I got up early, loaded up the bike and headed south for Beartooth Pass, one of my favorite motorcycle roads in America. I had ridden there last year with Shannon on the back on our way to Yellowstone but wanted to ride it again by myself to hit the curves a little faster. I had a great time riding it and saw some more great scenery along the way as you can see in this video.
Not quite as extreme as Beartooth Pass but still a great ride is the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway from the south end of Beartooth over to Cody, Wyoming. I took one picture of my bike near a curve that had some lens flare that actually looks pretty cool.
Ron and I left early Sunday morning, he headed to the cabin and I headed 780 miles back to Moore. The first hour of our trip was pretty scary riding down Hwy 92 in the rain, fog, and local deer convention. Maybe it was my new lights, but I saw more deer in that 1 hour trip down the mountain, than I've seen in all my other riding combined. That, combined with rain, fog, and 20 mph curves, made for some tense riding.
Once we hit Highway 50 though things got easier, still some nice curves and scenery but no rain or fog. Ron followed me over to I25 and left it to me to ride the rest of the way home. It was nice riding weather until I got to flat, hot, windy Oklahoma. I made the mistake of coming thru the panhandle and that has to be some of the most boring riding in all the land.
I got home around 9:30 Sunday night, about 14 1/2 hours of riding that day. I was definitely ready for a cold beer and sleeping in a real bed.
I rode a total of 5605 miles on this little 2 week jaunt and saw some great scenery along the way. I'd never been to Oregon, Washington, or Idaho before and all 3 states were great to ride in. The bike ran great, I had no problems, and I'm ready to go again. I washed the 10 states of dirt off my bike Monday and added 3 states to the little map on back of it to show the states I've ridden in. The bike has just over 38,000 miles on it now, is out of warranty, and is resting up this week before she gets fresh oil next week. I hope you enjoyed reading about my little trip, I sure enjoyed taking it.