Sunday, July 3, 2016

Torrey, Utah.

I have three free days so I ride south.
I end up in Torrey, Utah at the Wonderland RV park.
I can pitch my tent here.....
 or rent one of these cabins.....
 or stay in the sheep herder wagon.....
 But no, I choose this...the price is right and even though I feel guilty for not using the tent I brought......
 ............the guilt feeling goes away when this happens...  

 My 'backyard'.
 Later that night I go here for dinner.
 Excellent burger, and super service!
The next day (Saturday) I find a place to watch the Independence Day parade.
 The best part was the classic cars.

 Then I'm off for a ride on the Burr Trail.

 I stop and take a short hike into this slot canyon.

 On my way back out.

I continue on to Escalante and 'lunch' here;
Berries are good for you...right?
 The Three berry favorite kind of health food!
 Aaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnd it's raining again.
I somehow time my ride across the exposed Hogback for the worst part of the storm. I can almost say, "one thousan..." before the thunder sounds after the lighting hits....  My ears were tingling by the time I rode out of that storm.
It was a great ride despite the rain. 600 miles of southern Utah beauty!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

3rd annual Cache Rally

I started the Cache Rally 3 years ago, a few of years after Andreas resurrected the V-Strom Cache (doing that after the original Cache was mysteriously "lost"...)

This years Rally was held in Enterprise, Oregon at the Log House RV park. The Log House is extremely motorcycle friendly and accommodating. It was a good choice!

I'm on my way north, I'll meet Steve aka Eagleeye in Challis. Idaho
I get on the freeway until Malad, Idaho, then take back roads to Challis.
Challis and its 1081 residents make up the largest city in Custer County Idaho.

I stop in Arco for this photo-op. 
Arco, originally named Root Hog, is the first community in the world to be completely lit solely by electricity generated by nuclear power.

 Then on to Challis where I meet Steve, we overnight in Challis and the next day we're off to Cambridge, Idaho where we'll meet up with 6 other V-Strommers.

Steve in front of the Sawtooth mts.

The Cambridge 8 campsite.

Breakfast the next morning. Good food and a cute waitress! After our meal, as we stood in line to pay, the Waitress scanned the bill and  innocently said to Bruce, aka T-Ville Trooper, "Lets see, you're my sausage boy....right?"
There was total silence for a few seconds, followed by laughter..
We referred to T-Ville as Sausage Boy the rest of the trip.

Its raining when the Cambridge 8 ride up the incredibly beautiful Hell's canyon to the visitors center.

Five of the eight..
L to R
Steve (from Wisconsin), Don (California), Sausage Boy (Utah), Dan (California), Andreas (Utah).
 On our way out of Hell's canyon.
 A few hours later we arrive at the Rally location, Enterprise Oregon. Eventually there will be 15 attendees.

 Dinner Friday night.
 Jay has a motorcycle suspension business;
here he is putting one of his custom shocks on Greg aka notacop's bike.
 Saturday we go for a ride.  We stop in Elgin.....bad spelling didn't start with the advent of texting...

Sharky's Strom and Jay's Tiger.

Sunday morning and most of us are leaving. I had originally planned to stay until Monday, but decided to ride with Andreas and Sausage Boy back to Utah.

A photo op of most of our group.
L to R
Sharky, Bill, Don (Day-ride organizer), Sausage Boy, Don, Andreas, Mike Steve, Jay's Dad, Jay, Dan, Yours Truly.

Andreas hands off the Cache to Steve

Andreas, Sausage Boy, and I stop at the Hell's canyon overlook......
 .....while we are there these beauties pull in. They are on a week long trip.

We stop in Cascade, Idaho and stay overnight at the Arrowhead RV park the site of the Historic 1st annual Cache Rally...
Andreas cooks us a delicious dinner.

The next morning we're off for home. We ride south to Boise and then on the freeway to slog it home in SLC.
A 1750 mile trip for me. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did, it was a laugh a second the entire trip.

Thanks to Andreas, and Don aka Nvr2old for all their help putting on this rally.

Next years Cache Rally will be held in Torrey, Utah.