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Dirt road riding

Riding on dirt and gravel roads is 75% in your head and 25% using good skills. While I have not yet taken a skills course with a professional instructor, I choose to ride a good amount of off road trails. I look forward to taking the BMW Off-Road Course in Spartanburg, SC to further build skills and confidence. The tips I gained (so far) from people at the BMW Rally, the MSF course, and others are: Keep feet firmly on the … Read More

On to Colorado

After spending time with family and friends, I left Heber on the Lake Creek dirt road, over the mountain to Currant Creek, then onward to Vernal, Utah.  Enjoyed pizza at Antica Forma in Vernal.  Route 191 heads north from Vernal toward Flaming Gorge.  Within Ashley National Forest, dispersed camping is possible (as well as several campgrounds).

Monument Valley

I approached Monument Valley from Kayenta, AZ. While I have visited Monument Valley many times, this time felt like I was seeing this special place for the first time.  I arrived at mid-day, the lighting for photographs was not ideal.  I left Grand Canyon early to avoid traveling through the Cameron area during the heat of the day.  It might be possible to find nice Lodging in Kayenta to enjoy this part of the drive in the morning light.  There … Read More

The Grand Canyon

I visited Grand Canyon twice on this trip.  I stayed one night at a motel in Tusayan and on the return trip, I stayed in the Mather Campground (easily booked at https://www.recreation.gov).   I enjoy the camping better than hotels.  The Mather Campground is a large campground, the sites are positioned close to each other, and my campsite did not have water or electricity.  If was a little walk to the bathrooms.  My campsite was reserved with only 2 days advance … Read More


Weather became a primary influence on my trip itinerary.  From the early days of the trip out maneuvering thunder storms, to additional nights spent in hotel rooms, to adjusting the route to minimize hot hours in the sun, monitoring the weather was critical. AccuWeather was the primary application that I used.  Using the hour by hour view for my current and planned locations was helpful.  I found the radar maps to provide the best information to adjust my route. Riding … Read More

Lake Havasu – Parker

Lake Havasu and Parker have many activities; but visit when the weather is favorable. Temperatures ranged from 105 to 117F during my visit. We spent more time indoors and site seeing from an air conditioned SUV. From off road riding, boating, classic cars, and even taking a ferry across to the Casino, there are many things to enjoy.  I especially enjoyed the company of my good friends and their dogs. 

Tips for Packing

Each person’s style of packing will reflect their personal preference.  I tested my packing approach before starting the long road trip. Here are my tips based on my experience and preference. Take everything you need – and nothing that you don’t (except emergency tools and first aid kit) Stuff expands to the available space Keep the things you need on the road easily accessible Organization helps A packing routine helps insure you don’t leave things behind For my luggage, my organization method … Read More

Oklahoma Route 66

Route 66, or the Mother Road, is one of the most famous roads in America.  There is a lot of information available for the part of the trip.  The primary sources that I have used for my trip planning are;  Butler Motorcycle Maps, Oklahoma Route 66 attractions map,