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I’m Planning Another Ride – Over 4,000 Miles!

Posted in California, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Helmet, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, National Parks, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Trip Planning, Yellowstone National Park on June 28, 2017 by DRF

I’ve decided a route for this years summer motorcycle trip.

Over 4,000 miles, 6 National Parks and 8 States. (I can hardly wait!)

I plan on taking my 1 man tent and sleeping bag this trip.  Lot’s of state parks, etc. along the way.  At the end of each day I’ll look for a campsite to stay at.  I’m sure I’ll also get a hotel room a few times along the way.  I just don’t want to make reservations all along the way this time, that just means I have to be at a specific place each night.  So if I want to stop several times along the way to relax, take photos, or whatever!  I won’t feel rushed.  I’ll just play it by ear.  Only 1 specific date to be somewhere this trip.  I’ll need to be back home to go back to work (that’s a 4 letter word!) when my vacation is over.

I plan to start in Arizona with a ride to California and ride up the Coast along Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).  A landslide along the highway has closed a portion of it, so I’ll probably start somewhere near Monterey.  I’ve ridden the highway south of this point before, so that won’t be too disappointing!  I’ll ride through the Redwood National Park in Northern California before heading into Oregon and Washington along the PCH traveling through Olympic National Park just NW of Seattle, WA.  Then I’ll ride East through Washington, Idaho and into Montana to visit Glacier National Park (GNP).  Then on the way back home I’ll ride to Wyoming through Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  Then on through Utah and Zion National Park.  After that I’ll enter Arizona and ride just North of the Grand Canyon North Rim (see my last post for this ride) before arriving back home.  I’ll travel through 9 states and over 4,000 miles.

In preparation for the trip, I’ve attached my microphone and speaker set to my new motorcycle helmet.  I’ve had the mic/speaker set for years and never used it.   I haven’t tried it before, but I’d like to try using the CB Radio to talk with a couple other guys while riding.  I’ll be meeting up with my best friend (over 40 years now! Wow!) from high school in CA who will ride with me for a while along the PCH.  Then when I get to WA I’ll meet up with my brother and we’ll ride to GNP together.

motorcycle helmet

Harley-Davidson
Mens Aura Ultra-Light Half Helmet, Size XL.  Part #98210-16VM/002L.
This is NOT a paid endorsement, it’s just for your information.

I just got this new helmet a couple of weeks ago.  It’s Harley-Davidsons new light weight model.  Fancy huh?  I didn’t realize how loose my old one was until I put on this new one.  The padding inside the old one had deteriorated and compressed over the years.

I’ve ridden through Yellowstone a couple years ago, but I’ve never been to Glacier National Park.  If you’re interested in what it looks like, just Google “Glacier National Park” and look at some of the photos.  I can hardly wait to see it in person.

Of course I’l be posting photos of the trip here on the blog.  So stay tuned for more…

Torrey Pines State Reserve & Golf Course

Posted in Beach, California, Motorcycles, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Pacific Ocean with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2014 by DRF

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Another stop along the Pacific Ocean along the Pacific Coast Highway.  Torrey Pines State Reserve.  A beautiful ocean view here.

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Torrey Pines Golf Course.  I’m not a golfer, but this grass was so green I had to take a couple of photos.  Thats the ocean in in the background barely visible from this view.

Seagrove Park in Del Mar CA

Posted in Beach, California, Del Mar CA, Motorcycles, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Pacific Ocean, Scenic View, Waves with tags on April 29, 2014 by DRF

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Another beautiful location along Pacific Coast Highway in California.  Seagrove Park located in Del Mar, CA.

 

Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach CA

Posted in California, Fletcher Cove CA, Motorcycles, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Pacific Ocean, Scenic View, Solana Beach CA, Water, Waves with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by DRF

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DSCF0149Here’s a beautiful location for viewing the Pacific Ocean.  Fletcher Cove, located in Solana Beach, CA along the Pacific Coast Highway.

South Carlsbad State Beach North Ponto

Posted in Beach, California, Carlsbad CA, Motorcycles, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Pacific Ocean, Scenic View, Water, Waves with tags , , , on April 27, 2014 by DRF

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As I head South towards San Diego on the Pacific Coast Highway, a stop at South Carlsbad State Beach North Ponto for a few photos.

For Corners (AZ, NM, CO, UT) and Shiprock in NM

Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Mountains, New Mexico, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Utah with tags on October 5, 2013 by DRF

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First stop on my way to Moab, UT and Arches National Park,  Four Corners Monument.  I must admit the only reason I stopped here was just to be able to say “I’ve been there”.  It was a $3.00 fee for entry.  This also gave me the opportunity to ride North on Highway 160 and Highway 491 through Colorado along my way.  I can now cross Colorado off the list of states I’ve ridden in.  I hope to someday be able to say I’ve ridden in all 50.

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SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI also passed Shiprock in NM on my way.  It was too far off the highway to get a good look at it.  It’s located 10.75 miles (17.30 km) southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

Last Photo of the Yamaha RS Midnight

Posted in Arizona, California, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), South Dakota, Sturgis SD, Yamaha with tags on October 6, 2012 by DRF

My last photo of the Yamaha Roadstar Midnight.  I purchased it for my brother to use when he was able to come out to Arizona and go riding.  After about a year and a half, with some reservations, I decided to let it go.  It served its purpose quite well.  With my brother at the helm, it was ridden in AZ, taken to Sturgis in SD, and made a trip up the Pacific Coast Hwy in CA. It was a 2005 and only had 18,000 miles on it.  It was a nice ride.

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