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Never did post this Ride Report here. It is not on a Sporty, but it may be of interest. Here goes!

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Mary and I are headed up to Alaska.

I am going to try and keep this up to date every day or so. We'll see how that goes!

We are in Pigeon Forge right now for a wedding of some good friends.

Here's a pic of a dog riding on the back of a scooter at 70 mph headed toward the Smokies




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The reason we went east to Pigeon Forge before heading northwest...some friends, Al & Lisa, got hitched.



After the wedding we headed downtown...visited the Ole Smoky Moonshine shop



Had to taste all 12 flavors! :icon_lol:




Woke up this morning to the reason they're called the Smokys-




A few minutes later...



Packed up and headed out thru 3 hours of rain til we finally hit some sunshine.




Went thru a good part of Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. Meant to get further, but 3 hours of 45-55 mph instead of 70-80 mph had us stopping about 100 miles short of expected.




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Left out of Frankfort, IL yesterday morning.




Serious road construction happening in St. Louis.



The Gateway Arch-




The closest we got to downtown St. Louis.

The weather was great...not cold, not hot. Last time we were in St. Louis it was sweltering...hot and humid.




A lot of steel in this bridge...did not see much rust. :icon_beerchug:




A totally different bridge!

We are just pounding out the miles to get to Beartooth Pass, and then to our son & grand daughter in Missoula, MT.

After that we will begin taking some time and seeing new sights.




Some long shadows in Nebraska



We were getting pretty bored and tired at the end of a 540 mile ride through mostly flat land.




Stayed in Council Bluffs, NE last night.

Did not even turn the computer on last night. Got something in my eyes along the road, so we had dinner, put some drops in my eyes, put some ice on to get the swelling down and hoped that I would not need to go to the doctor today.

I think it was something they were spraying in the fields.

Wore goggles today instead of sunglasses. Eyes are almost back to normal.

Back about 15 years ago I looped a bike doing some hill-climbing. Landed in some poison ivy face first. Ever since then my eyes have been a bit sensitive to irritants.
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Left out of Council Bluffs NE this morning. It was a bit wet, dreary and cold.



We hit a few drizzles here and there, but missed the thunderstorms all along the way. :icon_beerchug:



Early afternoon it cleared up somewhere in SD. But it got colder and when we turned west we were running against a 20+ mph headwind.




Gotta mention after running thru Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota these last 3 days...The folks that live in the areas we rode thru grow a lot of food! Thank you!!!

We stopped in Mitchell, SD at Klock Werks. Makel showed us around their shop.




Triumph Trike that Brian is building to attempt a Trike Land Speed Record. Got to hear it run, sounds wicked.




Poster they had up on a wall that Mary really liked.




Mary at the Dyno room.




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Back on the road toward Spearfish




It might not look it, but it was cold!




We're in Kadoka, SD for the night. Will hit old Spearfish Canyon road tomorrow on our way to BearTooth.
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Nice Kevin, was out that way in August, much hotter than your run!
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You're making me home sick..
Last time I was out that way was in 87 before I moved from Colorado to Georgia.
I used to go visit family in Billings, Butte, Missoula, then through Coeur d Alene, Spokane & Grand Coulee.
I really miss it out there.
I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Nice Kevin, was out that way in August, much hotter than your run!
Yeah, we had some warm weather, and a lot of cold weather!



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You're making me home sick..
Last time I was out that way was in 87 before I moved from Colorado to Georgia.
I used to go visit family in Billings, Butte, Missoula, then through Coeur d Alene, Spokane & Grand Coulee.
I really miss it out there.
I hope you enjoy the ride.

Keep us posted..

Lot's more to come to bring back those good memories!


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Been a few days since I posted.

We are in Montana for the weekend and I should have the time to get caught up. Next post will have LOTS of pics from Bear Tooth Pass!

Here's one of me waiting at the HD dealership in Rapid City a few days ago.


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It's been a busy 3 days.

Leaving out of Kodoka, took a pic of some of the stuff sacks that fit in the trunk. It's amazing how much it holds.



Long road from Kodaka to Rapid City. We bypassed the Badlands, we were there last year and we wanted to take our time on 212 (Bear Tooth Pass).





We hit the dealership in Rapid City. We had a vibration that had developed and gotten a bit worse over the last 3500 miles.

I could not identify what it was, neither could my dealership back home. All told, better than 10 hours had been spent checking every fastener, steering head bearings and fall away, engine mounts, wheel bearings, tires, balance, etc.

I thought with all the bikes that pass thru the Rapid City dealership that someone there might have had experience with this on the Tri-Glide.

Fortunately there was a tech, Alan, that had spent a few weeks at Lehman and he is now the go-to Tri-Glide guy at Rapid City.

He checked all the things that we already had gone thru, then called me back and said the only thing he could find is that the front stabilizer had a little play in it, but he did not think that could be causing what we were feeling. We had already identified that in Mississippi and came to the same conclusion.

Plus, Alan said he had never even seen one of the new solid ones go bad.

But, by process of elimination we went ahead and replaced it.

That did the trick.

We continued on our way, 4 hours later. Since we were a bit behind schedule we blew right past Sturgis and Spearfish.

Making our way to Sheridan on the 90, those are the Grand Tetons in the distance. Our camera was not good enough to capture the snow covered peaks that we could see, but we had a nice view of them for a couple of hours.




We hit Sheridan as the sun was setting and stopped for the night.

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We just spent the last 2.5 days with our son Craig, and granddaughter Lydia. Had a great time!

Gonna try and get caught up on the pics tonight before heading for Canada tomorrow morning.

We left out of Sheridan for Red Lodge and then Beartooth Pass!

Those are the Grand Tetons in the distance...camera does not do them justice.







We've ridden close to 2500 mile to finally get to "the beginning" of our trip. Some elevation and some twistys!




Some local art somewhere near Red Lodge.




Red Lodge is on one side of the Beartooth Pass. We stayed here last year after riding BTP, they have a nice outdoor hot tub that was a great way to finish out a spectacular day of riding!




Here are a few pics starting to head up the pass. They don't really do justice to how awesome this ride is.











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