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« on: December 25, 2017, 05:26:56 pm »

My 60th birthday was on the horizon.  The big six zero is a reminder that I donít have all the time in the world left; you should not not put off things that you are able to do now. Originally this ride was scheduled to be in early June. It got pushed back to July.  I already had scheduled the days off, so I went to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods and Moab in the convertible with my wife.  When this ride was scheduled in July, I could take the time off, so I did.  I donít know if I will ever have the opportunity to go back.

This event was organized by the guys from the Nighthawk forum.  Tim, Nick, Guy, Gary and I attended.  Great group of guys to ride with.
 
This was a trailering event.  The distances involved are so vast and the time allotted so short, riding would be impossible.  I left early Thursday morning, July .
 
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Made it to a KOA in Waterloo, Iowa.
 
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I spent a hot night in the back of my Excursion.  I brought a window AC I thought I could set in a window, but I couldnít make it work.
 
Friday, July 27, 2017

Got an early start the next morning.  I thought it interesting that Iowa has saddled us with ethanol but offers its residents a choice.
 
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I got 481 miles on a tank.  Not bad.
 
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By mid afternoon, I started to notice some different handling when changing lanes.  I stopped at a rest area and checked my tire air pressure.  Sure enough, I had a low front tire. I started looking for the cause and found what I thought was a nail in a tire.  These guys got me going again.
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Soon I was on the road again.

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Before you know it, I was there!

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The Rampfree makes one man unloading a breeze.

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Saturday, July 28, 2017

The next day, we rode.

Lunch at an old firehouse in Rapid City.

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After a fine lunch at the firehouse, we headed towards Badlands. There was noone at the gate, so we got to ride in without paying.  We rode through it on our way to the Minuteman missile.  It closed at 3:00, so we decided to hit it first and come back to Badlands.

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The arms control treaty that eliminated these missiles permitted us and the USSR to maintain one site for historical purposes.  The USSRís ended up in the Ukraine after the fall of the USSR.  The silos had to have a glass covering so that the overheads (satellite) could verify there was no warhead.

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If we were hungry, Trip Advisor was ready to direct us.

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After a few cold war stories from the knowledgeable tour guide, we headed back to the Badlands.

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As its name implies, the Badlands is a desolate place.  Well. Iíll let the pictures do the talking.

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No weíre not lost.

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Sunday, July 29, 2017

The next day we rode past Rushmore on our way to Devils Tower.

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We rode through Spearfish Canyon and Needles Highway.

After riding a while, including 20 miles of gravel, we stopped for lunch just inside Wyoming.

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Cool old car out front.

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Made it.

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Nice shot of the bikes.

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The ST looks pretty good for its age.

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We blasted back to Keystone right after that.  We had an early dinner and headed to the monument at Rushmore.  We were going to see the lighting of the monument.  We arrived at dusk, so there was an opportunity to capture a few pictures while it was still light.  This place has a massive visitors center.

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Finally, after about a hundred speakers, they lit it up.

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Monday, July 30, 2017

In the morning, we started our final day.  Great breakfast spot.

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After a ride down Iron Mountain Road, we stopped at this lake.  I decided to save my energy for the ride.

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After we left, I broke from the Michigan crew, rode back to the hotel and packed up for the drive home.

I made it to Sioux Falls by nightfall.  This time I decided to rough it in a Super 8.  Sorry no pictures.

Tuesday, July 31, 2017

I made it home late Tuesday.  LOTS of miles.  I think the Excursion used 2 Ĺ quarts of oil.  Not bad for over 200,000 miles considering I drove to almost Wyoming.  This was the last trp for the X.  I recently sold it and replaced it with a Lexus RX330.

I discovered the ST CAN do gravel.  I probably did about 50 miles all told.  Huge pucker factor though.  Somehow I hurt my back on the backrest and my Helite airbag.  I had the Russell lowered, which raised the backrest up on my back since the seating area is lower.  I was in pain for a lot of the ride.  I think Iíve got that straightened out now.

Iím looking forward to the next trip, Michigan crew.

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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2017, 05:43:09 pm »

That was a great trip! Very hot time of year though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2017, 07:14:24 pm »

Nice.  Thumbsup

I want to do that ride someday.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 05:34:06 am »


Nice.  Thumbsup

I want to do that ride someday.


You should!

Just plan an STN National meet there, like we did in 2003 and 2007. Looks like it is well-past time for another one!
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2017, 08:29:19 am »


Nice.  Thumbsup

I want to do that ride someday.


Wife, son, friend and I did that trip from central Oklahoma about a month earlier (end of June).  We rode up through the OK panhandle, up through central CO, eastern side of WY, into SD.  Hit the main sites (hadn't been there in 20 years), staying in Rapid City. Left out towards Devils Tower, spent half a day there, and returned through more central WY, back down a different route to southern CO. Then headed home through the TX panhandle, avoiding all interstates until we got on I40 in western OK to burn on home. All in all the CO part was repeating some of a two years ago trip, with the WY/SD addition rounding out the trip to 7 days and 2800 miles. Need to figure out where we are going for this years trip.

Both my wife and son are on FJ09's, so if you had been along it would have been a rally!
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 08:05:20 am »

Wonderful ride. Loved the pictures!  Thumbsup  Thumbsup
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You should!

Just plan an STN National meet there, like we did in 2003 and 2007. Looks like it is well-past time for another one!


I might as well. It would probably just be me and my wife anyway.  Sad
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You should!

Just plan an STN National meet there, like we did in 2003 and 2007. Looks like it is well-past time for another one!


I was in Custer a few years ago. The resort we used for the 2003 was dead and abandoned. Not sure when it happened, but kind of made me sad. Sad
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 09:33:06 pm »


That was a great trip! Very hot time of year though.


It was incredibly hot.  I had the black Klim gore-tex jacket and a Helite airbag.  White mesh with a cooling vest would have been a much better choice.  Live and learn.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 09:56:33 pm »

Was the Crazy Horse monument closed?  It's very close to Rushmore.
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2018, 10:01:08 pm »


Was the Crazy Horse monument closed?  It's very close to Rushmore.


I think that is where thay went when I broke off early on the last day.
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I was in Custer a few years ago. The resort we used for the 2003 was dead and abandoned. Not sure when it happened, but kind of made me sad. Sad


 Sad  I can see why that would make one sad. There were some good times held in Custer.

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