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Published on September 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

State Route 20 is a very scenic drive across northern Washington State. The highway snakes it way over passes and through meadows, meandering only a few miles south of British Columbia. I drove by pristine lakes, wide rivers, and dense forests that stretch for miles and miles on end. I would have liked to have

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Published on September 20, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

For a while now I have been wishing for a cup of hot chocolate on these chilly evenings. Every time I get groceries I mean to pick up some of those packets of powdered, instant hot chocolate, but I either forget or rule it out as a snack food that’s unhealthy for me. Then the

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On the second day of my stay near Troy, MT, a game warden stopped and informed me I was not allowed to camp there. I said I thought I was on national forest land. He said it was but a lumber company held the lease and didn’t allow camping. I like to think of it

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Published on September 15, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It has been raining a lot. I guess that is good as I head west into Washington where fires still burn. Northern California is still in bad shape and most who live there hope they get some rain soon. Mother Nature surly influences my journey while I try to evade the devastation she is causing

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Published on September 13, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

They figure that by 2030 all the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone. I guess it’s a good thing I decided not to wait until I’m 85 to see this park again. The campgrounds are expensive but also the best place to set up a base to see the park. I came in

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Published on September 10, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Great Falls, Montana turned out to be an expensive visit. As I entered town I saw a McDonald’s ahead, and being that i have not eaten a burger in several weeks, turned down the side road to park. I thought I would turn around and park heading out to make my departure easier. While making

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Published on September 7, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I hope I can get out of here in the next couple days. With all the rain over the last week, and pickup trucks driving back and forth across this muddy spot in the road, I’m a little concerned about making it out. When it is dry you can sometimes straddle the ruts, but if

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Published on August 27, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I spent the night in Gallatin National Forest at the end of a dirt road. It was a parking lot for a trailhead and not really a camping spot but nobody seemed to mind. In the morning I drove to White Sulphur Springs and stopped at the Ranger Station for the Lewis and Clark National

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Published on August 26, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It is time to move to a new location. I have enjoyed the area around Red Lodge with many motorcycle rides, visits to interesting landmarks, and trips into town. The weather has been almost perfect. A few chilly mornings and a little smoky haze from the western forest fires have not been a problem. Richard

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Published on August 21, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Yesterday I rode the Beartooth Highway to the top of the pass. It was a beautiful day for a motorcycle ride and a beautiful road for a motorcycle ride. The road is a marvel. My admiration to the engineering and building of such an awesome stretch of highway. After winding up through miles of switchbacks

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I’m in Montana at a town called Red Lodge. I stopped and talked with a ranger working at the Custer National Forest. He told me of some dispersed camping that sounded nice, so I will go check it out. He says there is no cell signal there so I will be out of touch for

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Published on August 16, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The mountain road that I’m camped on continues up to the Bridger Wilderness. I drove up the other day and was surprised to find about 50 cars parked at the trailhead. Some girls loading up backpacks told me it is a very popular trail system. These rugged mountains are home to grizzly bears so everyone

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Published on August 12, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This is just a quick post to report my position. The cell signal here is poor so I may not stay very long. It was an uneventful drive of about 200 miles into Wyoming. I found a campsite in the Bridger – Teton National Forest a few miles north of Pinedale, WY. Pinedale is about

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Published on August 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The weather was better this morning so I decided to ride to Flaming Gorge Dam. I also needed drinking water and thought I could find a campground with a spigot. The highway to the dam was above 8000 feet for most of the way, so it was a chilly ride until the road dropped 2000

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Published on August 7, 2015, by admin in Pieces of my Mind.

Here’s my dilemma: When it’s rainy or cold I spend more time inside watching tv, and that means I use more electricity than my solar can recover. I can run the generator to charge but it’s not free like the sun, so I decided to construct a way to use my small tv when I

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Published on August 5, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Minnie and I are in the Ashley National Forest, a stones throw from Flaming Gorge National Rec Area and the border of Wyoming. We only traveled about 150 mile today. I was pretty lazy this morning and didn’t get on the road until 10:30. It seem like the longer I stay in a place the

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Published on July 29, 2015, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

Water nearby… open sky… high elevation… good cell signal….. this will be a good place to live (for a few days). I’m about 30 miles southeast of Heber City, UT, near the Strawberry Reservoir, in the Uinta National Forest. I’m not sure how to pronounce Uinta but I have a feeling it is an Indian

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Published on July 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This was my best pair of pants! I don’t even remember my leg touching the muffler on my motorcycle but I guess I need to be more careful. Today I went to visit Bryce Canyon National Park, the longest single trip I’ve put on the Honda so far. The park was only 40 miles to

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Published on July 21, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I guess I kind of left everyone hanging last post when I alluded to some health issues. Something happened to my eye that made it very sore for a few days I would wake up every morning with it glued shut and the lid swollen and red. About the same time I developed an extremely

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Published on July 16, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I found a stream nearby where I can get extra water. I only use it for cleaning and flushing. Water is the commodity I seem to run out of first so it is nice to be able to replenish and supplement my supply. I took apart my spare water pump and found a broken housing

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Published on July 14, 2015, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

All the way from Grand Canyon to Lake Powell there were a gazillion travelers on the road. I thought being a Monday that there wouldn’t be as many tourists out, but it is the time of vacation and families are in full swing for recreation. I stopped at a few sights along the south rim.

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Published on July 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

There are all sorts of ways to spend money while visiting the Grand Canyon, and those ways reached deeply into my pocket yesterday and today. I figure I will only get to do this once, so why not add a couple more things to the bucket list. Although I have already seen the IMAX movie

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Published on July 6, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I woke this morning to bright sunny skies and decided to make the move before the rains came again. I packed up and drove back to Flagstaff for a quick dump at the Giant station and food at the Walmart, then headed back up 180 to get closer to the Grand Canyon. Rt. 180 was

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Published on July 2, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Through the trees I can see the San Francisco Peaks with the formidable prow of Humphreys Peak standing proudly in the middle. Humphreys Peak, the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12,600 feet, beckons me to climb, and if I were a little younger, I would welcome the challenge. When I was here a couple of

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Published on July 1, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

There were several trucks on the side of the road as I drove towards Flagstaff. I asume that most of them were in some stage of mechanical distress because many had their hoods up and they were stopped in places normally inappropriate. It is tough on a vehicle to climb several thousands of feet onto

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Published on June 20, 2015, by admin in The Great Outdoors.

For some time I have been thinking of getting a larger motorcycle. I found this used Honda dual-sport crf250 while visiting family in Tempe and Mesa, and bought it. It has enough power to keep up with traffic on the highway and still take me on back roads when I camp in national forests. Pictures

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Published on June 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

A violent thunderstorm came through this afternoon, and along with torrential rains, dumped a coating of hail on the ground. The temperature went from 65 to 45 in just a few minutes. Heavy rain is loud on Minnie’s roof but hail is deafening. I was listening to some music on my laptop and finally had

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Published on June 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Day two of cellular blackout found me doing a little exploration of the surrounding area. I rode several forest roads that branched off highway 67 out of Jacob Lake and each of them had a few nice, dispersed campsites. Several times while exploring these roads I would come to a parking lot where the Arizona

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Published on June 14, 2015, by admin in Pieces of my Mind.

When you travel alone and camp on an obscure back road in a National Forest, you really are on your own. A few miles south of Jacob Lake, AZ, on the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I pulled onto forest road 217 in the Kaibab National Forest and drove about three

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