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Took a little ride this summer.

over 7000 miles. 15 states. 4 weeks total. 300 Gbs of memories.

NM, CO, WY, SD, MT, ID, NV, UT, AZ, TX, OK, AR, MS, AL, TN

The versys handled the trip great!

Ready to ride!


No, they don't do nuclear powercell conversions.


Colorado fires put a damper on some of our proposed routes.


The ranger assured us that the smoke was blowing the other way so we set up our tents in Mesa Verde only to wake up with soot on our gear.


Mesa Verde was definitely worth a stop on our tour.


Then we ran down the road to 4 corners.


That was a hot ride so we had to run as fast as possible.


Leaving 4 corners we knew we needed to get up in elevation. On the road to Ouray, CO we got our first look at summer snow.


Ouray is a quaint tourist town on the million dollar highway. Nice and cool and great views. The hotel had a hot tub as well.


That's just the first two days. More to come...
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Awesome!

Can't wait to see more pictures.



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Sweet.... love to see the V on an adventure!!! I'm subscribed
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Keep 'em coming...........

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AWESOME, both the photos and the packing of the V!

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Wow, that is a big loop! Looks like some great variety and a trip to remember
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Day 3:

From Ouray, we headed north and up Grand Mesa. Saw a lot of sport style bikes on the roads up and down Grand Mesa. Turns out there was some gathering happening.


The road rose to over 10,000 feet in elevation. I was amazing to go from warm to cold and back to warm in a short period of time. Great view from the top.


The north side of Grand Mesa turned more desert like and we even saw a huge dirt devil cross the roadway. Would not have wanted to ride through that!
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Wyoming was also plagued with fire. That is smoke in the air.


When we stopped for fuel in Casper, WY I asked a lady what people do around here to earn a living and she said oil and work that supports oil. I guess this gives you an idea how long ago they found oil.


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Nice trip - keep 'em coming.
Is your buddy on a yamaha or suzuki, and how did it compare to your V?

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Nice trip - keep 'em coming.
Is your buddy on a yamaha or suzuki, and how did it compare to your V?
'07 ZZR 600. I won't tell him you thought his Kawasaki was one of those other bikes. LOL. Totally different bikes so can't really compare. Mine did better on dirt and his did better above 100MPH. Not that we rode above 100MPH.
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Coming into Gillette, WY my buddy got pulled over by a female trooper. I think she liked what she saw. I told him I was taking a detour and would meet up with him later so I rode down this road at 65 MPH before I thought it prudent to slow down a little.


I saw this guy pulling this strange looking contraption in July when I had stopped for fuel in Gillete. Thought maybe he knew something I didn't. LOL.


Saw this guy when I was heading from Gillete to the Devils Tower. We stared at each other for a few moments trying to figure the other one out.


First sighting of the Devils Tower. Need to see if Netflix has "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".


Our campsite was awesome! We went in on a National Park Pass. $80. They allow two individuals to sign the pass and as long as you pass through the gate at the same time all is good. Definitely saved us money on this trip.


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From the Devils Tower we headed to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Amazing formations and tight twisty roads.






In Custer State Park we ran into a herd of Bison (Buffalo). They were with calves which made it a little scary. Don't want to mess with a momma.




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I hope your memories of Los Alamos were pleasant. If you went up state road 4 while they were chip sealing, then perhaps they were not.

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We camped at Horsethief Campground while in the Blackhills. Spent our evenings sitting on the porch of the camp store charging our electronics.


Definitely had to go see Mount Rushmore.




And we did ride up to Deadwood and Sturgis. Not much to see when the rally isn't going on.





The pinacles hwy is a must ride. Be prepared for slow moving cages though. The views are worth it.


From the Blackhills we headed west across northern WY. We were going to go directly into Montana before heading west but the road was closed due to fires.
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The KOA in Sheridan, WY had camping shelters with electricity so we were able to charge our electronics. They also have a pool and hot tub which was especially nice after a day of riding.


Even had some curious bunnies around the campsite.


This guy was riding a trike, pulling a camper. He had to come and check out our crotch rockets and regaled us with stories of years of motorcycling.


Sheridan is at the base of Big Horn Mountain. Hwy 14 over the mountain is an awesome ride and our first close encounter with snow.



Proof that a ZZR can handle a dirt road. Great scenery as well.




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Sounds like a great trip and wonderful photos as well.

All I get's a great view of the Wal-Mart on my trips.

Or was that look THEN leap?

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Awesome pics again!

I did a similar trip in a car years and years ago.. need to do it on my V now.



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