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DK Custom 21st May 2018 21:14

DK's Definitive Ride Report - Some of the Best Scenic Roads Out West - Tons of Photo'
 
When Mary and I started planning our Big Trip for 2018 we decided we wanted to ride as many spectacular roads and visit as many scenic locations as we could.

We have around 43 days, and a bunch of family, and a few friends to visit. They are all west of the Mississippi river.

So we began our list….

Bearthooth Pass
Yellowstone
Northern California Coast
High Sierra’s
Ozarks
Mountain Passes in Colorado
Redwoods
Million Dollar Highway
Highway 12 in Idaho
National Parks in Utah


We began working with the calendar, the list above, plus the visits to friends and family, hammering out an itinerary.

Turns out there is a Trike Talk Get Together in Eureka Springs (Ozarks) that matches up with our calendar for a great start to this trip.

We’ll be posting photo’s as we go. Upon our return, there will be a few videos.

Couple of photo's of what we're looking forward to...

Beartooth Pass in June, and...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag.../Beartooth.jpg


...time on the Open Road.

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It looks like it will be around an 8k-9k mile trip. Not a lot of miles, but certainly some of the best riding roads and most scenic views west of the Mississippi.

The TG is ready, new tires, brakes, fluids, and a thorough going over.

Avon front tire-

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...eRide/Tire.jpg



Time for a wash...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...eRide/Wash.jpg



...annual wax on....

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...e/Wax%20on.jpg



...wax coming off.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag.../Wax%20off.jpg



Paint looks great in bright light...wish it always looked like this.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...Ride/Flake.jpg

Packing everything we need for riding in 100+ degree temps and below freezing temps is always a challenge. We’ll be doing a test pack later today.

Just 1 more days at the shop before we take off!


Kevin

DK Custom 22nd May 2018 00:55

Mary and I have ants in our pants to get out on the road! lol

We just finished test packing....it's been two years since we've been on a long trip, so I wanted to make sure we were good.

Oh, here's a photo of the new Comfortred rear tires we're running. Got about 600 miles on them and they feel good, been in some light rain, we're sure to hit some heavy rain on this trip, maybe some snow, so we'll see how they do.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...red%20tire.jpg



So, here is most of the stuff we are taking...a few small odds and ends not in the pile.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...0to%20pack.jpg




It all fits, with quite a bit of room left over...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...l%20packed.jpg




...only thing on the rack is the cooler.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...l%20Packed.jpg




Short day at the shop tomorrow, then Wednesday morning we hit the road til the first week of July!

​​​​​​​Plenty of pics coming. :)


Kevin

rokytnji 22nd May 2018 01:05

Sounds like a great time to me. I will be in Colorado next month myslef.

spoon 22nd May 2018 03:41

Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park to Granby.

DK Custom 22nd May 2018 22:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokytnji (Post 5673893)
Sounds like a great time to me. I will be in Colorado next month myslef.

It's an amazing place...have fun!



Quote:

Originally Posted by spoon (Post 5673939)
Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park to Granby.

Yes, we did that ride last time we were out that way, not sure if we'll get that ride in this time or not. Crazy fantastic views...AND Cold in the middle of summer.

Kevin

DK Custom 24th May 2018 06:11

Our plans were to leave on our trip tomorrow morning. This plan has been in place for over 2 months.

BUT...this afternoon, around 4:30, we looked at each other and said....why not leave now?

So we did....we left out at 5:30 this afternoon...just to get out on the road.

Almost forgot to get a pic before leaving....Mary with her new WHITE helmet.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ving%20out.jpg



It had just finished raining at the house when we left. It's pretty warm, that is steam coming up off the road up ahead.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...off%20road.jpg



...we figured we could miss most of the rain between here and Jonesboro. Even if we did hit some, the forecast for tomorrow is also rain.



After taking about 30 miles of backroads, we ended up on the interstate and crossing into Tennessee.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...-Tennessee.jpg




We did not spend long in Tennessee before getting on the bridge to cross the Mississippi River into Arkansas.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...4-Arkansas.jpg




We are finally on the road!!! Even though it takes 3-4 days before settling into road life...we got started, and it feels good knowing we're out traveling for the next 40+ days!

Rain to the left of us...lots of lightening, but it's a ways off.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...0to%20left.jpg




Mary in the mirror....we are taking a slight detour here, to get around a pretty big storm we were headed straight into...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ig%20storm.jpg




...rode thru a lot of Arkansas farmland on some back roads, they had seen some heavy rain right before we got there...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...20farmland.jpg




...we threaded the needle a few times, missing the heavy rain and....

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...avy%20rain.jpg




...just riding thru a little light rain here and there.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ght%20rain.jpg




Those of you that have read our previous Ride Reports know that Mary likes Cloud Pics....here's one as we get close to Jonesboro, Arkansas, around 7:30 pm.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...0Jonesboro.jpg


More coming soon.


Kevin

DK Custom 24th May 2018 06:52

Day-2

Leaving out of Jonesboro, heading to Eureka Springs for the Trike Talk Get Together. Sunny, blue skies and more farmland!

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...20farmland.jpg



We weren't on the road long until we happened upon an 18 wheeler that had left the road...the utility company was already there, working on the power lines the truck had taken out...and the wreckers were working on getting it back on the road to be towed away. You can see the sheet metal at the front of the trailer had all been peeled away. We sat there about 20 minutes until they started letting traffic pass through.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...mi%20crash.jpg




Back rolling....On the left a coupe pulling a trailer, on the right (right above the windshield) a crop duster at work.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...%20rolling.jpg




Another pic of a crop-duster. We saw quite a few today...some quite close coming over the road....sorta difficult to get a clear photo.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...Cropduster.jpg




Starting to climb into the foothills before the Ozarks....lots of nice sweepers.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...blue%20sky.jpg




A cloud pic....when the clouds were still being nice. lol

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...loud%20pic.jpg





We stopped for gas in Mountain Home. We saw there was some rain off in the direction we were headed...lightening too. Looked at the weather app and it showed ONE LITTLE Spot of rain between us and Eureka Springs.

So we decided to put on our rain jackets, but that we would not need our rain pants....anything that got wet would dry out long before reaching Eureka Springs.

Well, that was a mistake. lol We spent over half the time in heavy rain...like so heavy that I was slowing down quite a bit and putting on my flashers. Here's a photo of some of the not so heavy rain when Mary had the camera out.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...0of%20rain.jpg



Every now and then it would stop raining and we would see a little blue sky.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...8-inandout.jpg




In the Ozarks now, and having a little fun on the roads going into Eureka Springs.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ng%20close.jpg




We're here! This is just a few the the Trikes, will get more pics tomorrow.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag.../10-Eureka.jpg



Had a great time visiting with some fellow trikers, and looking forward to riding the Ozarks and visiting more over the next couple of days.




Kevin

rokytnji 24th May 2018 15:08

I'm a Pussy when hard rain hits. Though once I rode at a 45 degree angle at night through hard rains between Las Vegas New Mexico and Albuquerque New Mexico. The winds kept me sat at a 45 degree angle while riding in a straight line. There were no overpasses on that road.

Anyhows. I find a overpass. Guess what I am doing? That's right. I am kicking back waiting for the worse to pass. My rain suit is usually a garbage bag and a rope or string.

RandyMac 24th May 2018 21:02

I'll be watchin' for ya, I'm near the junction of US 101 and US 199, Redwood Country.

DK Custom 25th May 2018 23:15

Day 3-

Our first full day in Eureka Springs, headed out in the morning on the 302....

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...%20of%20ES.jpg




...ES is all about the twisties, and riding them with friends...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...%20of%20ES.jpg





...we're on the 221 now. One of Mary's cloud pics. We knew it was going to be a short day, sometime this afternoon thunderstorms are supposed to roll thru, but right now it's perfect!

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/3-221.jpg




Headed toward some curving roads that wander thru some hills and hollers...

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/4-221.jpg




...with a river every now and then.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/5-221.jpg




Back in some curves now....

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/6-221.jpg





and more curves as we get on the 311.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/7-311.jpg




The 311 heads up into Missouri....

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...ings/8-311.jpg




It has sweepers, tight turns, hills and great views of the countryside.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...11%20cloud.jpg





Today is the first day to sorta stretch our legs and enjoy the twists, turns, hills, and views.

http://www.dkcustomproducts.com/imag...11%20curve.jpg



​​​​​​​More in next post....


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