Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fifty - Day 1

It's Thursday about 5 pm and I suddenly realize Monday is a holiday! Yaaaa......planning ahead escapes me. I mean I remember important dates like birthdays and anniversaries with pin point accuracy, but planning for holidays.... that's another story.
So anyway, I have a three day weekend! Quickly doing the math I also realize if I take Friday off I'll have a ..... FOUR day weekend!

So now I have four days to ride somewhere...

Where to ride? I have enough miles left on my oil and tires, all I need to do it install my new Aprilia mirrors and I'm good to go.
I cast about for ride ideas for a few minutes then remember that I have ridden in 49 of these United States, and which state is left? North Dakota.
That's the plan then, my route is north, then east, to North Dakota, then west and then south to return home. Attention to the minutiae details is another one of my strengths.

Friday morning off I go, north on I-15 as I need to burn some miles on this first day.

This old building/poster board is near Corrine, Utah.
You know it's true love when you read it here...

I leave the freeway at Idaho SR 30 and ride past Lava Hot Springs, and on to US 89.
 FIFTY miles to Jackson
Those cowboys are some crazy cats!

 Jackson, Wyoming.
 The Tetons and Gen.
 Into Yellowstone National Park.
Some hot pots.

An oncoming SUV slows down the driver obviously looking at me, so I slow also,  and a tweenish young girl puts her head out the window and with a big smile and wide open eyes tells me, "There is a HUGE bull elk ahead!"
I'm slowly coasting past so I only have time to say, "Thanks!" and give her a thumbs up. She returns the gesture and smiles even bigger.. That interaction was more fun that seeing this cow elk. I never did see the bull elk.
My riding companion. What a handsome fella!
 Road construction.
 My new mirrors perform brilliantly!
 Both sides.

A road blockage a few miles outside of Cooke City.
Just some buffalo out for a walk.

I have to admit I was a little breathless when they finally were past me.
It's all good, I'm soon on my way to Cooke City to stay overnight.


Trobairitz said...

So glad those buffalo didn't take a liking to new Aprilia mirrors. Whew.

Great pictures and a good excuse for a road trip. All 50 States - good for you.

Ken said...

Trobairitz - Me too! The new mirrors are great, much less buffeting, and they stay adjusted so I can actually see behind me!! :)