Thursday, September 13, 2012

Post WeSTOC 9/13/12 - Colorado Monument

Grand Junction.. Colorado Monument... Flaming Gorge

Rode right by the Grand Junction Depot... stopped to take a picture just before Amtrak pulled in. The Depot is the old Rio Grande depot. The Grand Junction Depot is undergoing restoration. Talked to the Engineer a bit... poor guy still works way too many hours.

Made camp at the Firefighters Memorial Campground at Flaming Gorge

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

UCT post WeSTOC continues

The Ultimate Colorado Tour continues. 2800 miles so far.

Made the decision not to go to Alabama... too far and I would never make it on time

Short 90 mile ride today over to brother Jack's in Pagosa Springs...
the weather closed in behind me, rain, lightening all of it.

man this is a nice place to live, wonder what the winters are like

I will ride the Million Dollar Highway tomorrow and slowly work my back home... hopefully the weather will be better it was not good up that way today

Garmin player map link will be here

Monday, September 10, 2012

Post WeSTOC 9/10/12 - It was bound to happen

I tipped Rick's bike over today... it hiccuped just as I was coming to a stop... it stopped suddenly and the pavement was sloped away. No where to put my foot. Very little if any damage. Water from the cooler and fuel from the very full tanks added to the yard sale scene.

Garmin telemetry here

This has turned into the Ultimate Colorado Tour
Click the map to find me right now

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Post WeSTOC - 9/9/12

The Tags and I left Leadville this morning about 11am... I ate at the joint next door last night and they could not fix me the eggs Benedict with salmon last night so I ate that this morning. It was a mistake. Went through me without passing go... but made me go and now the part I sit on is sore.Not a good thing when doing 500 mile days on a motorbike. It was cool at 36F this morning anyway so I let thing settle and subside a bit before headed out onto Tennessee and Independence Pass.

Garmin telemetry click here - includes the hike I took at the Black Canyon.

The pictures have not been uploaded to Smugmug yet

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Post WeSTOC 9/8/12

Highlands Ranch to Leadville via High Grade Road and Deer Creek Canyon.

Look for the video here

I left brother Tim's in Highlands Ranch making a stop at Progressive Motorcycles to see if I could get a new helmet. My old one is threadbare inside to the point of tearing my ears off when I take it off. Stroke of luck! 20% off. I have been using the Shoei brand for about 20 years but could not resis the trick Scorpion brand this time. It has a inner visor that can be used as a sunshade and deflects rain to. The face shield as a gizmo that allows it to lock tighter for running in the rain.

Photos starting at 9/8 are here at Smugmug


the Garmin telemetry is here 97.79 miles before the break... there was some data lost

and another 68.8 miles of Garmin telemetry here

Friday, September 7, 2012

Post WeSTOC 9/7/12

Loaded the girls into the Super Shuttle Van and left the Denver West Marriott about an hour later riding to to Highlands Ranch

a short ride via Deer Creek 78 miles total

Garmin telemetry here

and the photos starting with today are at Smugmug

Thursday, September 6, 2012

WeSTOC 9/6/12 - I have the Tags

I got a direct handoff of the tags at WeSTOC in Golden and have taken them on my ride around Colorado. Today they did Vail Pass, Tennessee Pass and Independence Pass and Black Canyon of the Gunnison both directions. Doing Grand Mesa and Delores Canyon then Telluride to Cortez and over to Pagosa Springs tomorrow. Not sure where I'm going as you can see. Original plan was ambitious but may be shortened a bit.

The Tags remember our members who have left us. It's an honor to carry them wherever I ride for a bit. I'll Geocache them at some point for the next guy.

This is Banquet Day...Link

I led Kevin and Cathee along with Mark up to Estes Park and back. Another great weather day. Cathee takes lots of pictures and we managed to get seperated for awile even though we were using the radios. Seems a pair of ST13's were already headed southbound dressed just like Mark and I. Kevin could not raise them but I could just hear his mic crack. Too funny... we were riding different directions but he figured it out and we hooked back up. We made it back with time to spare as it turned out there was no group photo much less a helicopter.

Lots of the Photos at Smugmug for 9/6 linked here are Cathee's... she has a camera just like the one I left at home... only newer. She is very good.

The Garmin route telemetry is here

Adam gave me the Memorial tags... I'll carry them with me until nearing completion of my ride at which point I'll Geocach them for the next guy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WeSTOC 9/5/12 - Old cycling routes

with 7 ducklings. Bruce and his wife and Kevin and Cathee and Tim and Diana and Norman.

Garmin telemetry and the 226 miles route map link is here

Photos are at Smugmug starting here

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WeSTOC 9/4/12 riding with Betty and Dave

Labor Day Monday...

Retraced my old stomping ground except many of the old roads like Stanly Parks home Rd is paved now.

Garmin 208 mile route telemetry here


Photos start in smugmug here

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

WeSTOC 9/1/12 Jackson Lake Campground to Vernal

It was wet... see pics here

It was 459 miles from Jackson Lake to Vernal, UT

Garmin route telemetry here

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Possible STOC events I'll attend

I'll be touring the NE including Niagara Falls starting AUG 1

Golden, CO

Planned route

BamaSTOC Sep 14-16
Vina, AL

ArkanSTOC IV Sep 21-23
Marble Falls, AR

DinkieSTOC II Oct 4-7
Defiance, MO

TexSTOC #17 Oct 5-7
Harrison, AR

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Just about ready for NatSTOC in South Dakota

A friend posted his lament about his layoff from motorcycling... he had been having back trouble and his Mom was very sick. He rode to see her... she got better.

I get it... I used to visit my Grandma every year... can't do that anymore but I do go look at the cabin and have a little sniff. My favorite place in this world. I wish I had thought to be prepared to buy it myself.

Update: I had a great time a NatSTOC...

I got a new tent that was a big hit. It rained the first night and it was lovely. The tent was superb but I pitched it a bit close to the brideg over the creek. The rain had made the bridge slick so I ended up being the Troll. I had perticulary fun with little Kent and his Mama. The rest of the photos are here

Sunday, May 27, 2012

CreSTOC - May 27 to Jun 6, 2012

SUN May 27 - Billings to Three Forks, Montana - 176 miles 176 miles total
No pictures today...  it was too wet... I do have a new waterproof camera
176 miles in a drizzle and a bit of sleet on Bozeman Pass.
When the weather closed in at Three Forks I stopped for the night...
did not relish the idea of setting up the tent in the rain at the Airpot like I have in the past

MON May 28 - Three Forks to Clarkston, WA - 453 miles (Garmin player link) 629 total
I posted quite a few pics even though it continues to rain on me most of the day.  Chose to go over Pipestone Pass rather than fight the spray for the trucks on Homestake Pass.  The rain thinned a bit but never really quit. Rode Lolo pass to Orofino then the P1 road to Hendrick and the Old Spiral Highway into Lewistown. Try looking to see if their was camping at the Airpot park but ti was raining pretty hard again so Motel 6 in Clarkston, WA.  When I got settled I fired up the computer and found out the Bill Pratt had passed away while I was riding the "ST Mother Road" I was thing of him all day and made a video of the ride.  I'll post it but it may not be proccesed for a bit.

TUE May 29 - A sad day... Rest in Peace Bill Pratt.
 I'll need to decide where to go today...
I am disinclined to continue to CreSTOC but maybe hang around and ride to Oregon - Washington Coast instead. That way I can be around to attend the Memorial.

Photo at left - Bill and Marsh Pratt lead the way

As it turned out, we continued to CreSTOC... Bill would like that

WED May 30 - La Pine, OR to Rio Dell, CA 417 miles

THU May 31 - Rio Dell, CA to Tomales, CA 257 miles

Stealth Camping behind the Presbetarian Church

FRI Jun 1 - Tomales to Greenfield, CA via PCHighway 230 miles

SAT Jun 2- Greenfield to Crestline on a Walkabout 414 miles

SUN Jun 3 - Crestline to Carmel via Angeles Crest Highway

Mon Jun 4 - Carmel, CA to Stranded on the Pass with the Waggoneers

Tue Jun 5 - Adventure Campground west of Lake Tahoe to Wells, NV

Wed Jun 6 - Wells, NV to Home 630 miles

Sun Jun 10 - Ingrid's Wedding - I thought about Bill all days as this was the day of his Marq Party.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Post Moonshine - Ready to roll

I missed a few posts... I'll get back to them but there wasn't really much going on... I went out to the farm yesterday to make sure there wasn't any trash left.. Was stuck in Casey, IL waiting on a new rear tire. Managed to get two Moonburgers in the process and visited Terry Hammond's grave. I have been the only guest for two nights. Casey has great nice people. A local gave me a ride to the shop after my tire arrived. I pulled the wheel in the Comfort Inn parking lot just as the UPS truck pulled up. Lots of train traffic here but no sun so I didn't bother with photos. My little camera quit, it got wet. So did my old waterproof Magellan GPS... I think it will eventually dry out. 1600 miles I did in the rain... I don't think it was that waterproof. My bicycle GPS is still working so I won't get lost.

Headed for Bonne Terre, MO to do some family history stuff tomorrow, then Kansas City the next day.

SPOT will be on
Pictures are here

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Moonshine Lunch Run - raining again

It rained last year too.  Helen told me it would be nice next year.  I don't trust her.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Terrys Farm

Left Donnellson Iowa in heavy rain
Made it to Terry's Farm about 5:30 pm

Johnny O gave me a warm greeting and helped me set up the tent.

Later that evening we went to Richard's Farm for the Banquet.

For all the pictures go to my Smugmug site

Click here for the Garmin Player Map for April 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Moonshine - Badlands bad

Wind and more wind.. and it never got above 57F.. it's cold. Next time I'll bring the Si instead of the ST. Finally ran out from under the clouds but was slowed down running about 60mph for most of the day. Still about 650 miles to go. See ya there.

All the photos on Smugmug


Pigtails Hwy 16a - the Black Hills, SD

A 32" video I took April 11, 2012.  I was on the way to Moonshine, IL but it is a good preview of NatSTOC

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Moonshine 2012 - thinking of Terry Hammond

It's kinda quiet at NatSTOC.

Headed out for the Moonshine run today. It was very cool... I had the vest on high most of the day and used the high viz windbreaker over the vest. Just under 500 miles. Played the USA game along the way but not for real as I didn't get a flag. Shortly I ran through Hammond, MT. We miss you Terry

All Moonshine photos click here

I was alone when I went upstairs at the GEM in Deadwood... man, it changed since 1894, No girls... well except the servers... and all they offered was great food. Seriously, best food there.

Garmin Player

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Moonshine again

I retired early as the weather has been fantastic this spring. I cannot wait to start riding again. I caught the very tail end of Moonshine last year. Moonshine was started by a buddy Terry Hammond who was a farmer near Casey, IL. This ride is about friends and camping and food and fun than the riding as there is not many interesting roads in the central IL area. Moonshine, IL has a population of 2. It is really just a General Store that doesn't even show up on Google map last I checked.

I'll be leaving TUE the 10th of April. I changed the oil and filter. I was going to service the forks but it'll wait as I'll not be working the suspension as much as usual this trip. I shipped a couple of rear tires to Kansas City.. I'll put one on on the way back and have Will keep the other for futre emergencies.

Monday, February 6, 2012

BearSTOC 2012

Well it's an even year so there isn't a BearSTOC

I will however be attending quite a few events as I be retired.
Comon along!

Moonshine April 12-14

Back to Billings

CreSTOC Jun 1-3
Crestline, CA
wander around the Sierras then to
TentSTOC V Jun 16-17
Markleeville, CA

Back to Billings

NatSTOC VII Jul 12-15
Spearfish, SD

Back to Billings

To Texas in the Honda Civic Si AUG 8 to AUG 12


Golden, CO