2008 Ride to Oregon and Back

9/05 thru 09/15 - 2008


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Over 3,200 mi Over 60 hours in the Saddle



Day 01



Day 02


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Ready to Ride!

We left friday night to head up to Flagstaff and avoid the traffic. It was a balmy 104 degrees in Phoenix, and we were quite toasty until we got up North, where we were, of course, cold!


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Saturday Morning Take Off

...Bill in his gear & smiling- cuz his 'behind' isn't sore yet!!!


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Dave's gearing up


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Stopping at the Grand Canyon, where the ferry is, to take a look.

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It's bigger than it looks in this picture...

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These rafts are actually carrying about 10 people, which helps get some size perspective...

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Too much effort to take off the helmet!

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Gulliver wants to take a look, too!

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Buddies

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Yum!!!

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Nummy Nums!!

These are the BEST mollasses cookies EVER!! They make all their bakery items, bread, and pancakes, etc. from scratch at Jacob's Lake Inn. Love this place!!!


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That's what I'm talkin' about!


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Entering Zion National Park

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Purdy

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Bill taking in the sights

Cool shot of Bill taken by Dave in his rear view mirror!


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Photo Op!

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Bill IS smiling under that helmet!

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Waiting to go through the tunnel

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This is actually pretty cool.

Figuratively, and literally. This tunnel is quite an engineering marvel. It was completed in 1930 and goes right through the rock mountain for over a mile! It has a few openings for viewing- unfortunately you can't stop, but you can creep slowly through!


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Karla and Gulliver taking in the sights.

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Too Cute!!!

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WOW!! That was a really HOT stretch of riding past Zion, through Las Vegas!!!

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Helmet Hair!

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Yeah, nighty night...

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ZZzzzzzzzz


Day 03


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Up at the Crack of Dawn to beat the heat!

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Move 'Em out!

Did someone say Rawhide?


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"Which way should we go?"

"Ah, I don't know, which way do you think we should go?" "Oh! Now don't start that again!"


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Dave finds the ONLY shade in Death Valley

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Go Speed Racer!


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Zzoooommm!

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Death Valley was a really nice ride

We beat the heat by getting there early, and passed through before the forecast of 115 for that day ever even got close to that.


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I love Death Valley. I know it's a desert, but it is so varied and at times bazarre, it is a visual feast!

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Tastes like Chicken!

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Gulliver discovers farm animals.

We stopped for gas and a soda, and believe it or not, there was a little farm behind the store!


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Pointing

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What IS that?!?!?

Gulliver was pretty facinated by the animals. Pretty sure he had never encountered any goats or chickens before. I think he wanted to chase the goats, who could not be concerned whatsoever...


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Dave

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Bill

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Yeah! Let's Chase 'Em!!!

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Chillin' under the shade

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Very Sad

Got a ways down the freeway, and it was a complete stop. This was the scene of a head on collision. The red car on the left was a convertible Spider (Eclipse) and the blue car on the right was Chevy Colorado pickup truck.


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Us motorcycles got to scoot up to the front to wait for them to reopen the freeway.

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Let's get the show on the road!

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No ticket, please, officer!

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The traffic waiting on the opposite side of the wreck.

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Bishop

We stopped in Bishop for lunch. Found this great little park; it was really nice. Across the street was a FANTASTIC bakery, unlike anything you've ever seen!! Racks and racks and racks of all different kinds of breads, coffee cakes- just amazing! (Sorry, forgot to take a picture of the lunch we got there! It was delicious!!!!)


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Huh, ducks...

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Huh, duck-doo...

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Gearing up for the next leg. Gulliver pretends he's not tired...

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We stopped here just before entering Yosemite.

We saw an entire herd of Elk on the way- it was amazing- a good 80 or so at least. (Sorry, no picture of that!) It was a pretty windy stretch, so it was good to rest up a bit...


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nope, not tired, not me...

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Yosemite!

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Yosemite!!

I could not stop turning my head in every direction!


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Unbelievably beautiful- this place is paradise, if you ask me.

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More Yosemite.

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WOW!!

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What a View!!

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Photo Op!

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"What is she looking at?!?"

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Pretty funny!

Gulliver gets A LOT of attention, of course. This was pretty funny because this is the vantage point for the picture just above this one. All these people were there, where they have an amazing piece of scenery, and they were all taking Gulliver's picture instead of the view! And when Dave went to take a picture of them taking Gulliver's picture, then they all looked away! Hee hee!


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Follow the leader

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"Watchu talkin' 'bout Dave!"

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Yippy!

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"I did it!!"

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Majestic

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Dave & Gulliver

We stopped here by this stream and Gulliver experienced another first (we think.) Dave coaxed him out to do some creek walking and exploring.


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Another Great View

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"Yeah, I'm an expert!"

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"I am the master of all I see"

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"Pride Rock"

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This was before G was doofus and fell in! Ha!

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"What's over there?"

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Photo Op!

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Our next vacation-

This place is so beautiful- we were *this* close to scrapping the rest of our plans and staying here in Yosemite- We are planning to go back and stay a while next time!




Day 04


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Great Coffee!

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Karla hides helmet hair under that hat!

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Great Breakfast!

This little town was right outside Yosemite, where we found really good food, and cute shops. Definately worth going back again!


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"Where's mine?"

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Cool mural painted onto the building...

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Nap time!

We stopped for lunch and G conked out!


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Zzzzzzz

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Dave *working* on his vacation... *sigh*

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Guess we gotta go

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Highway 299

We took this highway since our original route was closed because of fire. Turned out to be really pretty and we stopped for a break here at the water.




Day 05

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next morning's breakfast!

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yummy yummy to my tummy!

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The Big Blue Cafe

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Dave, Karla, Gulliver, and Miles

We met Miles the night before, just as we ended our tour of Highway 299. He was super nice guy, we had dinner together, and also breakfast (that's actually Miles' french toast above) and rode a while up the coast line that morning. It was a COLD morning, so we all had our gear on.


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The Blues Brothers...



Day 06

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This is what your hair looks like when you sleep with it still wet!

Bad Hair Day Continued on Page 2

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