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Just Ride

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Just Ride

May 22, 2009 thru May 30,2009

9 days

3854 miles

Longest days ride 18 ½ hours Saturday 9 AM to Sunday 3:30AM 878.7 miles.

Last 2 hours was a long cold ride, when I arrived home in Hugo, Minnesota it was 37 degrees.

10 states Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska

Special rides or places visited:

UFO museum in Roswell New Mexico

Riding right next to a rattlesnake that was raised up to strike on the roadway into Bottom Less Lake Campground Roswell New Mexico.

30-mile ride thru Painted Desert and seeing petrified trees, flowering catis, and seeing a big hole created by a meteor hit.

5-hour 25-mile ride along the beautiful North rim of the Grand Canyon.

Riding through and camping in Monument Valley Pass Utah.

Riding on snowy, icy, watery Red Mountain pass road 11075 feet high going into Silverton Colorado and meeting a snowplow coming up the mountain with snow in front of and on the plow (Thinking “That just can’t be good”). Remember several times saying to myself “I want to live”.

Flagstaff Arizona was nice with lots of large ponderosa pine trees but it was hard to breathe at the high altuide.

Liked crossing the Shawnee, Pawnee, Pecos, Rio Grande, Arkansas, and

Plate Rivers.

Met lots of nice bikers from all over the US plus New Zealand and England.

Got to love to ride and “Anne” my 2003 Anniversary Harley Heritage Softtail Classic with 30749 miles on it now, enjoyed it too.

Just Ride


PS: I wanted to make it home so I could go to 9 AM church with my wife, who said she missed me, the previous Sunday. I made it!

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Awesome!!!! I don't have a bike anymore, but when the kids are grown and gone, that's something I'd love to do!!!! AWESOME!!! not sure about the snow part though!! smile

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OK Tink, a guy needs his rest and understandably so after a marathon ride like that. But where are the pics?

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Here are three of the 500 plus pictures I took.


Beginning of adventure in front of Mc D’s in White Bear Lake Minnesota. Notice the clean and well-packed bike. Rode 599 miles that day at 75 to 80 MPH.



Tink at the Grand Canyon Arizona.



In Silverton Colorado, cold and shaky and very glad to be alive and down from the mountain. Guess I am just a flatlander.


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18 and a half hours!?!? WOW you must have a very comfy seat on Anne to last that long. Sounds like a fascinating trip though thanks for sharing! Take care and N Joy the Hunt././Jimbo

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