Tuesday, July 14, 2015

West coast V-Strom rally

Another rally, this time the West Coast V-Strom Rally - Hosted by Hans aka NoDad.
The rally is to be held at Fortuna, California July10 - 12. I leave Wednesday the 8th for my ride over.

I decide to take highway 50 west from Ely to Reno. To get to Ely I take the Super-Straight, Super-Boring, Super-Flat, Super-Slab across the Salt Flats to Wendover, Nevada.

Shades of 1860!!
 I pass an old Pony Express Station in Nevada and am surprised to see this ghost rider galloping across the desert.... Yippee-yio-ki-Yaaaaaaaaaa!

On my way again..

And on to highway 50 the Loneliest Highway in America.
I stop a few miles before Austin, Nevada at some natural hot springs...I think I'll camp here for the night.
You can see one of the springs in the back ground.
It was a good night and a good soak....life is good!

Not always..... 

Next morning I'm back on the Loneliest Highway and nearing Reno I run into a hailstorm.
Myself, a couple other riders and several cars take refuge in this tunnel. The hailstorm makes me aware I forgot to pack a coat!

This is the 4th second hand store I've stopped at trying to find me a cheap coat.
The sign on the door warns shoppers that, "Cats are inside". About 20 cats are inside...........alllllllllllll over the place. But I'm freezing, desperate and need to find a coat so I shop......
I find the ugliest coat in the world, brush some cat hairs off it and plop down some 'green'....
I was very happy the rest of the trip to have that ugly coat!
Ugly eh?

 Later that afternoon I make it to the rally camp site and set up camp.
Breakfast the next morning.

The group meets for one of the organized rides. One of the riders is skipping his Mother-in-law's birthday to go on the ride. He hopes this gesture will appease her.... :)

I'm not a fan of large group rides, so two other like minded Strommers and I go off on our own. 
Don (red coat) knows this area a little and takes Sharky and I on a spectacular ride through the incredible hills above Garberville.

It's a foggy day.

I go to both dinners, win a ton of swag, and generally have a real good time.
Sunday I leave for home via Oregon.

Some elk are waiting for school to commence...

A momma feeds her pre-schooler while waiting...

Back on the road I stop here for the worst bisquits and gravy I've ever had.
But, notice the two bicycles?

They belong to these two cuties, Mia and Nickola.
They are riding from BC, Canada to San Francisco.....WOW!
We had a very pleasant conversation outside the cafe, I enjoyed immensely chatting with those two!
Before we parted they advised me to take the Newton Drury scenic road.......I did and wasn't disappointed, Thanks for the advise Ladies!
 The a'fore mentioned road.

Annnnnnd.........the coast!

Beaky's first time here so we stop for a pic.

This was a rainy, and hail-ee trip.... My frogs togs didn't let me down, nor did my BUMOT panniers.
2,236 miles. Nice dinner and rally, great riding!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

V-Strom Cache rally 2015

The V-Strom Cache rally is the weekend of June 27 so I leave Thursday heading north and will eventually end up in Victor, Idaho  -  the rally site.

On my way I see this cool barn near Huntsville, Utah;
Lady Liberty and Beaky...I love them both!
I arrive at the Teton Valley RV park and set up camp.

On Friday Jude, Andreas, Don, Phil and I go for a super ride.

This is at Warm River...the fish are thick, unfortunately I don't have an underwater camera...

 Then to Mesa Falls.

 And on our way back to our rally site we stop for some refreshment...I see "Huckleberry shake" on the menu and can't resist!
 The next day the rest of the rally goers show up. Bob rides all the way from Virginia to bring the Cache!

L to R
Don, Bruce, Steve, Bob (holding the Cache), Jude, Andreas, Doug, Phil, Yours truly.
 Andreas (back to camera) surprises us by bringing some chicken and a bag of hamburger patties! We all pitch in with condiments etc and his contribution ends up feeding the group for two nights! 
Our camp site.

 Saturday we go for a short 110 mile ride.
 We stop at Alpine, Wyoming and decide to extend our ride .. 
 We stop at Henry, Idaho and decide to extend our ride... 
 We stop for gas at Soda Springs, Idaho and decide to extend our ride..... 
 We eat at Montpelier, Idaho and then head back north. Our short '110 mile ride' is nearly 300 miles when we are done. And it was a GREAT ride!
Back at the rv park Bob does the Cache hand off  to Phil.
 Don's tent gets an unwelcome visitor...Doug assists with the First Annual Great Mouse Hunt!
Who in their right mind would go to Victor, without visiting the Emporium and having a Huckleberry shake? 
Not these guys;
Don, Me, Steve and Phil enjoy a shake and some great conversation.
Was a super way to spend a long weekend! 1135 miles for me, and a TON-O-FUN riding, visiting, and eating with good friends.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Friends of Ted II

Or more accurately the title should read Family and Friends of Ted Sessions.
This is the second annual road side clean up in Honor of Ted. If you want to know more about Ted you can check out last years post "Friends of Ted" July 13, 2014

One way to make a good cause even better is by turning it into a reason to go for a ride.
Adrian and Cyndi, Rooster and Wendy, Kenny and Jan, join Beverly and I for a 400 wandering miles ride from Salt Lake, Utah to Driggs, Idaho.
 We stop for fuel and drinks at Randolph, Utah; Wendy practices using a straw with mixed results.... 
 Another stop at Freedom Arms at Freedom, Wyoming. 
Inside the bathroom...

 Some of the trophies they have mounted.
 Cyndi thinks it's time for a nap...I agree!
We gather that night for dinner at this place. It was good, but LOUD!

 Grand daughter Izley Rose and Poppy.
 The next morning we are ready for the clean up. We do the pre clean up brief. 
 And everyone gets to work!
 There is nothing quite like picking up roadside trash to say "I love you"....
 Ted's oldest son Craig.

Baked potato anyone?
 Ted's son Ryan, and  my son Theron renew a life long friendship.
 You have to be at least 18 to pick up along the road, so these top notch parents got their kids involved by having them pick up garbage along the jogging path that parallels the road about 100 feet away from the road. Good job!
 And............DONE! It didn't take long with all the help we had.
A bunch of us meet after inside this nursery.....
 ....at The Marigold Cafe...a neat place for lunch.
 Ted's daughter Stacy and 3 of Ted's 4 grandchildren.

(Later that day....)
 Going to Victor and not getting a huckleberry shake at this place is criminal!! 
The post shake chat...

 A back side view of the Tetons.
So...another year down. There were about 30 people there to help with the clean up. Everyone worked hard and I think...had a good time while doing this service.

As for the ride, it was about 730 excellent miles.
THANKS to everyone who helped! See you next year.