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The wait is almost over. After months of planning, I am just a few days away from what may be one of my last big trips on two wheels. I leave Thursday to fly out to Denver for a 10-day, 3,200-mile solo trip through 10 states to honor a friend who was supposed to make the trip with me.

I'll be picking up my rental bike outside of Denver, and will make a big, counter-clockwise loop. My planned itinerary:

Day 1: Denver, CO to Alliance, NE (travel day)
Day 2: Alliance, NE to Rapid City, SD, through the Badlands N.P.
Day 3: Ride the Black Hills, including Needles Hwy, Mt. Rushmore, and out to Devi's Tower.
Day 4: Rapid City, SD to Forsyth, MT, traveling through ND (travel day)
Day 5: Forsyth, MT to Gardiner, MT, via the Beartooth Highway
Day 6: Gardiner, MT to Jackson Hole, WY, through Yellowstone N.P.
Day 7: Jackson Hole, WY to Nephi, UT, through ID (travel day)
Day 8: Nephi, UT to Page, AZ, stopping at Bryce Canyon N.P.
Day 9: Page, AZ to Farmington, NM through Monument Valley and Gallup, NM to have dinner with a high school friend
Day 10: Farmington, NM to Denver, CO, via the Million Dollar Highway

Weather will vary from 40's-50's over Beartooth Pass to over 100* traveling through AZ, So I'll be packing everything from winter gear to a cooling vest.

I'll try to post daily updates and pics as my connectivity allows. I'll probably also post, to a lesser extent, on Facebook as well.
 

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Awesome Ken!!!


You gotta know your friend will be with you, watching over you for every mile.


Have a safe trip!!!
 

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Ken, have a great ride and be safe. Like Jay said, that friend will be riding every twisted roads and just smiling and laughing throughout your trip.... HUGE dude. Best, D
 

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Ride safe my friend..... I can see his smile now and know he'll be watching out for you.

Shawn
 

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Due to the flight(s), You can't pack Colonel Colt along for the adventure.
May the Good Lord protect You, and keep all harm far away, throughout this trip.
 

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Day 1 is in the books. 250 miles of long, straight, flat roads in eastern CO and NE. I took it for what it is...a travel day. Speed limits on state roads were 65 with no real breakdown lanes to speak of, so I only got one pic. Not that I wanted to take pics of endless fields of grass, corn, and wheat. Cross winds were fairly strong too.

Early start tomorrow heading to the Badlands, and on to Rapid City.
 

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Just met a group of riders out in the Parking lot who will be taking virtually the same route as me tomorrow. One guy on a 650 Burgman with no shield riding 2up, a guy on a Nomad towing a trailer, and a guy on an old 650 GS, with a green pillion. Very nice folks, but I think I'll ride alone tomorrow. Thinking they might slow me down! :biglaugh:
 
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