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Old 17-06-2015, 11:06 AM   #26
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I'm with Hans....that MUST be a painting.
Oh maan....what a place

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Old 17-06-2015, 11:18 AM   #27
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I'm with Hans....that MUST be a painting.
A good artist would have cropped the iphone and the camera lens out of the bottom hahahah.
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Old 17-06-2015, 11:36 AM   #28
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When I was planning for this trip, I had a rough outline of where we would go, and which roads we would take. The route was about 10,000km which was about right for a month on the road. The rough plan was 1 week heading south to get back to Bryce Canyon, which we'd missed on our 2010 trip due to the weather, and then a week heading north to get to the Canadian border, a weeklong loop through Canada, with various contingency routes to make up lost time or avoid bad weather, and then the last week to tootle around Washington and Oregon.

That night in Ridgecrest, some more searching discovered a bike accessory shop in New Hampshire which dealt in Autocom gear. Because they were a few hours ahead of us on the east coast, I was able to ring them at the crack of dawn California time and see if they had the parts. They did. Now where to send them. The guy on the phone was very helpful. He had access to the USPS postage calculators which would advise how long it would take various classes of mail to get to various places, and a pretty good knowledge of the west coast. It was a Friday morning, and Post offices in the USA open on Saturdays, but even the fastest postage would only get to very major cities overnight. We went down the list of large cities on my planned route.. oh yeah.. there were none... eventually we settled on Provo. A city about 75km south of Salt Lake City, which wasn't on my list, but we could be there on the Monday when the post office opened.

Next point to decide was how to get there. From Ridgecrest there was either 500+km of hwy/fwy to get to the other side of Nevada, or another route via Death Valley. A check of the weather made that decision easier, rain in death valley, sunshine on the I-15. So this day wasn't very spectacular scenery or riding wise.

We passed this massive solar farm just north of Barstow,



an array of sun tracking mirrors as far as they eye could see.



After we passed Barstow it was getting past Breakfast time, and the road we were on took us straight onto the I-15 without passing through Barstow business district. A few km further on, lo and behold, I saw a sign "Peggy Sue's Diner".



Instantly I knew what was for breakfast. We'd stopped at this diner for breakfast on our ride from Las Vegas to LA on our last trip. Nothing had changed. The entrance was the same, the interior was the same, we even sat at the same table that we had the first time, and I think I ordered the same food.





And especially.... the portion sizes had not changed.



Baker CA was our next stop.. for fuel and Jerky



Most of the trip through Nevada looks like this



Another solar farm in the Mojave desert.



and don't forget your gun rack..


This shared accomodation between a church and a payday lender in Mesquite provided some laughs

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Old 17-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #29
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What a great trip Nev & Jo.
I'm jealous!
Thanks for posting your fantastic pics.
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Once we left Mesquite we were almost immediately in Utah. We rode through Zion National park to Mt Carmel Junction. On our 2010 trip we arrived at Mt Carmel Junction dripping wet and freezing cold. It was about 5c and we were dressed for summer. The Subway sandwich shop at the junction sold soup. It was just what we needed. We went back 3 or 4 times for more. This time it was a lovely sunny day, probably around 15c. We didn't need soup, but we had some for old times sake. It was still the only Subway we'd ever been to that sold soup. From there we headed north, to Bryce, checked into the motel, left one bike behind and rode two up into Bryce Canyon national park. I always through Bryce canyon road went through a canyon. How wrong was I. The canyon is down below the road. The road at the top lookout here was the highest point we rode to on this trip, at 9100ft, 600ft higher than Carson Pass in California. There was a very light snowfall when we were at a couple of lookouts.

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