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June 2010 Blog Posts (9)

V2V-11, Leg 5 -- Craig CO to Castle Rock CO

Tom picked out a perfect motel at the end of Leg 4 in Craig CO -- Bear Valley Inn, 755 East Victory Way, Craig, CO. A very nice, recently refurbished motel. The managers were very nice to us, bike towels, open pit fire, ice for beer, and some morning supplies. Stop it and visit for the night if you are every in or near Craig CO.

Dean, Karma and I set out to meet up with the V2V from Denver. We had a great ride, and Karma was kind enough to let Dean and I each take a turn on Karma's new… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 25, 2010 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

Got To Get There - VA to CA - Day One

Okay, I'm pulling back on the 60 hours for a few reasons. Most folks think I'm crazy to start with, but I didn't want to stress the bike out and needing to be there for work first thing Monday morning. So I'm leaving today, giving me a good four days of travel. I've got the new tire on and have changed my oil. I've looked the bike over and everything looks well, and it is running at the top of its game.

I think that I'll ride I-70 across to Castle Rock, CO and meet up with the…


Added by VaRyder on June 24, 2010 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

Got to get there, VA to CA in 60 hours

I've got to take a little business trip to the Mojave just northeast of Barstow California. Instead of flying out there at 30,000 feet in a few hours, I've decided to take a day of vacation and the weekend to travel. It is a choice that I am making and feel, having done a few long distance rides already, that this will be doable. Now, by far, 2,500 miles will be the most I've done in a single one-way ride in any length of time. I have a documented IBA 1,036 miles in 15 hours, and I've done a…


Added by VaRyder on June 7, 2010 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Eighth day (22-May-2010)

We depart Page with stiff winds from the SW. Later in the day the winds were steady at 40-50 mph. So, today we mostly had a side wind or a tail wind. We prefer the latter...

Pretty much desert riding in the wind. Miserable with the dust and sand blowing into your helmet and into your mouth and eyes.

We stop at the Anasazi Cafe for a mid-morning break. This cafe serves the best fry bread that I've ever tasted. Several of us made a meal out of just the fry bread and honey. Two… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 2, 2010 at 7:10pm — 1 Comment

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Ninth (last) day (23-May-2010)

We left Delta behind and headed to the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The road brought us out of the desert and into the high country once again, where cooler temperatures reigned.

The view to the south of the San Juan range was a great sight to see...

It was good to be back in the Colorado high country.

We stopped for a mid-morning break in Gunnison at a nice trendy coffee… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Seventh day (21-May-2010)

We leave Las Vegas, some a bit richer, some a bit poorer, but in both cases only about 20 bucks. So, we all felt that we pretty much controlled ourselves. We head out towards St. George, UT -- a pretty boring drive. And then over to the Grand Canyon North Rim. As you close in on the rim, the forest appears and the desert heat dissipates. The views differ on the north rim...not as crowded and cooler.

This guy got in front of my camera and… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 2, 2010 at 6:39pm — No Comments

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Sixth day (20-May-2010)

We left Prescott with gas in our tanks, but not enough. We figured (I as their leader made the stupid decision) we could head out from the hotel without filling up, as there was sure to be a gas station nearby. Hmmm. Bad move.

The road leaving Prescott was fantastic, curves, hills and twists following the terrain. Well, we didn't run out of gas, but we did slow it down to conserve fuel until we reached Bagdad. Luckily Bagdad is still an active mining town and there was plenty of… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 1, 2010 at 7:37pm — No Comments

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Fifth day (19-May-2010)

The Grand Canyon, South Rim was our first stop for the day. The canyon hasn't changed since I was a kid and hiked down to the bottom with my good friend Carl. However, the construction was going full blast to make way for more buses full of tourists. Dean and Greg getting out of the way as they unload.

Steve and Greg take a break from the 1/4 mile hike...

The views were,… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 1, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments

NM/AZ/NV/UT/CO Ride - Fourth day (18-May-2010)

So, we stayed in Show Low, AZ last night. No one really liked the hotel, especially the two ladies traveling in our group. The guys didn't really care, but that is the difference between the fairer sex and those of us not-so-fair...

However, we had two things that happened to us while staying at this flee-bag motel, 1) Steve got a nice long kiss on the cheek as we fumbled to get our cameras turned on and focused, and 2) we spoke to a local who recommended a ride down the Salt River… Continue

Added by Ross Thacker on June 1, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

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