I didn’t take very many photos this year at the Laughlin River Run. I’ve been here several times over the years, and for some reason taking photos wasn’t high on my priority list this time.
Anyway, here’s a few I took with my cell phone.
I plan on going to Sturgis again this year. This will be my 2nd time. Tent camping along the way, I plan on staying at Fort Tuthill campground in Flagstaff, AZ, Arches National Park in Utah, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. If I have time I’d also like to ride through Aspen, CO to take in the scenic views. Each time I take a trip I try to take routes I haven’t been on before (unless I feel it was so nice I’d like to see it again). I plan on going through Arches National Park which I rode through last year, simply because I enjoyed it so much. If you plan on camping in any of the national parks, be sure to make your reservations well in advance. They fill up quickly especially in the summer months.
My trip back to AZ will probably have to be along the Interstate Highways since it will be the quickest. I would prefer to take the back roads through the little towns, scenic views, more relaxing atmosphere, etc… But I could only get so much time off from work!
It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired! After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…
I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic. After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch. He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty. This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see. If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well. For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap. He said some dealers may do it, and others may not. I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another. I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.
Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.
I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip. I think I purchased most of these items at REI. They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied. I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store. Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.
A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent. This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.
Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz. It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad). In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″. Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.
Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill. Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.
REI Flexlite Chair. Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.
SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel. Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″. Weight is 4 oz.
An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks! Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc… for my trips. These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip. I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!
My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.
I find planing my next motorcycle trip very enjoyable. How about you? Do you plan ahead or just get on your bike and ride?
I begin weeks if not months in advance searching and planing on a route, searching for sights to see, looking for nice campgrounds and maybe a hotel or two along the way, searching Google for “best burgers, best breakfasts, etc. in the towns I plan on riding through.
I’m still planing my next trip and having fun doing it!
For the past few years I’ve also taken along a small digital recorder to document my ride along the way. IE: Routes I’ve taken, places I’ve stopped at, places I’d like to stop at next time, odometer readings, sights along the way, etc… Then when I get finished with the ride I write it all down it in the book you see above. I’ve found that going back and reading some of the entries I’ve made over the years puts me right back into the adventure! Things I’ve forgotten come back to me just like the day I first saw them. I wish I would have started this a long time ago.
I’ve been fortunate to ride my motorcycle in 16 states now. Maybe when I retire I’ll be able to visit them all.
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With my latest ride complete, it’s time to air out the camping gear and make sure everything is dried out. I don’t want any surprises when I start my next trip. The “green grass” you see is a piece of artificial grass I put in front in front of my tent to help keep out the rocks, dirt, etc. when getting in the tent. It may look strange out in the middle of the woods with my camp set up, but it works quite nicely. It folds up nice and small.
Time for a new rear tire. I’ve already gone to far on this one. This latest motorcycle trip, over 3,400 miles, gave it a real workout. I don’t recall how many mountain ranges I climbed up and over the last couple of weeks between, AZ-CA-OR-WA-ID-WY and back to AZ, but there were quite a few.
I’ve had this USA flag on the back of my bike for over 22,000 miles. Time for it’s retirement. When I purchased this flag a couple years ago, I bought an extra so I’d be ready for this day. Now I need to find an organization that can properly retire this flag. Perhaps the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, ROTC, or a Veterans organization.