Monday, June 30, 2008
On his ride home, he stopped in Pullman to spend the night on a friend's couch. In the morning he found that the main wiring harness had been cut. Senseless vandalism. He made arrangements to borrow Ross' pickup to haul the bike home, filed an insurance claim (he should include a claim for the earlier tow) and hopes to get to work on time on Tuesday.
I enjoyed his visit, I hope he had a good time while in the park.
I spent a couple days in Glenns Ferry, ID, at a combination winery, golf course and RV park. It sounds lovely but the temperature reached 115 on Sunday - too hot to leave the air conditioned coach. I did play some golf and toured the winery. While there, my wireless card died. I'm back on-line now - better than ever.
I am in Pasco, WA, looking for a Honda dealer (maybe I should go to Cour d'Alene) to perform a 24,000 mile service on my bike. I have ridden over 8,000 miles in these four months.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Don't get to close to the bison. They recommend 25 yards. On Thursday a 12 year old boy from Pennsylvania got tossed by a bull. The family was posing one or two FEET from the bull even though other park visitors told them to get away.
Enough soap box dissertation, I'll start posting pictures.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm in Cody, Wyoming for the night. The next four nights will be spent at Fishing Bridge inside Yellowstone National Park.
I like Wyoming. From south to north, east to west - I like it. They have over 300 clear sunny day every year. Of course some of those days are thirty or forty degrees below zero, but it's a dry cold.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I am a Tony Hillerman fan. I'm certain that I've read everything he's written. To pass the time between the issuance of his books, I've searched for similar work.
Margaret Coel and Father John O'Malley.
Her books are centered around the "Wind River Reservation" just outside of Lander. Father John runs the Jesuit mission and is always discovering bodies when he is not solving all of the problems of the people around him.
I head for Yellowstone tomorrow and meet Thom on Tuesday. I can't wait to see him.
Friday, June 20, 2008
From the north, you will see "Sweet Tooth" digging for honey in a rotten stump.
There are reproductions of sculptures by Remington, pronghorns are as plentiful in town as in the surrounding meadows, and the flower holding prairie dog is "cute".
My days are pretty lazy. I get up early, have some coffee at the local coffee shop (Folklore) and check my e-mail, then ride for a few hours before the heat of the day sets in. Most of the real "sights" are at the end of gravel roads - mining towns and ghost towns and wildlife sanctuaries. If the road isn't too rutted I give them a try. I spend the evenings making sure nothing has rattled loose on the bike. In the afternoon I read. The folks at the library have been nice about letting me borrow books without getting a card. The library closes at 4 on Friday, I have to go.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Lander http://www.landerchamber.org/ is a nice town situated in a lush green valley split by the Popo Agie River. The river disappears in to the side of the canyon at "the sinks" and reappears a half mile downstream at "the rise".
I got to town in time for a beerfest tomorrow at the city park and there is a golf course next door to the RV park. I've drug my clubs around for months, never swinging them in anger, so I think it's time I did.
I plan to be here until the 22nd. I hope I don't have to continue to visit the library for internet access. (I found a nice coffee shop with wifi, too)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I almost got stuck trying to turn around to get out of a National Forest campground, found out that you need to make a reservation two days in advance at Steinaker State Park and I am getting very tired of driving in 30 mile per hour winds.
Highway 191 is a great road to drive or ride - but not in a motorhome. Running along the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, it crosses the plateaus at 7,000 to 8,000 feet, the snow fences are blown over, with semis crawling up and down the 8% grades, but the vistas are amazing. A person can see forever - if your eyes can focus after all of the bouncing on the uneven pavement. I've learned to put things away and secure them. I saw two moose, a badger, snow geese and swan on my drive.
Today I'm in Fort Bridger at (oddly enough) the Fort Bridger RV Park. A nice, quiet park with wifi and cable television. There are no trees so the wind is bouncing the coach around. The snow has stopped falling.
I've already visited the old fort. Originally it was Jim Bridger's trading post on the Oregon Trail, then the Mormons bought it, then in 1858 it became a frontier fort. It was a stop for the Pony Express and the Overland Stage. It was abandoned in 1890 and all of the buildings sold off. In 1933 it became a historical landmark and the old fort was rebuilt. It is now the site of the mountain man rendezvous on Labor Day weekend.
I've made a reservation at a park in Lander, Wyoming for the next week or so. The weather is supposed to improve this weekend.
It's snowing again.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
A big thank you to the anonymous commenter that told my sister about the doctor in Bremerton.
p.s. I am in Vernal, Utah for the night. I'm looking for a place to spend a week, but this isn't it.
p.p.s. I hope there is no snow in Yellowstone.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Highways 89 and 12 from Kanab to Bryce Canyon are scenic drives - they aren't lying. Kanab has it's own canyon and it's very nice. Before you get to Bryce Canyon, you drive past the Corral Pink Sand Dunes and through Red Canyon.
Unlike Zion, you can drive from one end of the park to the other, or you can choose to ride the shuttle buses to about half of the view points. If you visit the park be sure to drive the 18 miles to Rainbow Point.
There are a number of trails that take you down amongst the hoodoos. They are well marked and not nearly as scary as the Grand Canyon trails. The brochure identifies the level of difficulty for each. I took an easy 1-1/2 mile hike down to the Queens Garden. It would have been easier without the leather coat, but I hadn't meant to go all the way to the bottom. Younger legs should come and explore all of the trails.
Our weak dollar is a boon to the foreign tourist. I have a hard time identifying US citizens in any of the parks. I met a busload of folks from Australia in Zion, a group of motorcycle riders from Argentina and I chatted up a couple of lasses from England. They like getting two dollars for one pound. They also said that they get about twice the food they would get at home for the same price and told me diesel is selling for about $10 per gallon there.
I saw two condors soaring in the park, riding the thermals. Huge birds, not pretty. Kind of like the turkey vultures in Arkansas.
Ebenezer Bryce said of the canyon, "It's a hell of a place to lose a cow". Come and lose yourself.
Friday, June 6, 2008
The weather is going to play a big part in a lot of planned events that are coming up soon.
I'm not going to come north to sit inside my rv while it rains outside. I am hooked on sunshine and warm temperatures.
Get the drum circle going and start the sun dance!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
What have I learned in the 12 weeks that I've been on the road? That I have good friends and a supportive family, that I don't mind being alone but appreciate the company of others, that I don't take up a lot of space and that I like sunshine.
I have no idea where I'll settle down or when, but it will be in a sunny place. I like being brown and warm. I like getting up in the morning and putting on shorts and not much else.
I look forward to seeing all of you in a month or so, but I'll be back down this way in the fall. Maybe not Albuquerque, although it's nice enough.
Where is that perfect place? Sunny but not too hot, enough rain to keep down the dust but not enough to make me blue, winters that aren't too cold with no snow, enough activities to entertain but not enough to draw too big of a crowd, enough trees to provide shade on a hot day but not so many that you can't see the horizon, close to family and friends, away from the maddening crowds, convenient to the interstate highway system but surrounded by roads meant for riding and driving.
I've learned that at times I'd like to have a vehicle other than a motorcycle for daily transport. Grocery shopping is a challenge. I have to gauge the volume of my saddlebags while wandering the aisles of the store. Perhaps another sports car... I have not learned how I could possibly take all the toys I'd like to have available with me on the road, but have learned that I don't need all of those toys.
I have learned that I enjoy being lazy. I may need to find something productive to do as some time, but for now I don't have to.
I bought some movies yesterday: "Wild Hogs" since I've been to most of the sites used in the shooting of the movie; "City Slicker" because it was only $5; and "Big Trouble in Little China" because we were talking about it. So, if my travels lead me to areas without television reception (like Chris and Don's yard), I'll have something to watch.
Time to start packing things away. I'll soon be on the road again.