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Great write up. Beautiful country.

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Very nice write up! Thanks for sharing.

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Nice... i have been through some of those same places...   great riding

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Looks like you had an amazing trip!  Curious how cold it was when near all that snow... and if you had to camp near it.  What would you say were your riding temperature extremes?  I have the same bike and just trying to mentally plan for what I'd need to bring along to stay comfortable should I plan a similar trip from Wisconsin.  Great photos btw.

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50 minutes ago, Goldcrown44 said:

Looks like you had an amazing trip!  Curious how cold it was when near all that snow... and if you had to camp near it.  What would you say were your riding temperature extremes?  I have the same bike and just trying to mentally plan for what I'd need to bring along to stay comfortable should I plan a similar trip from Wisconsin.  Great photos btw.

In Black Hills, it dipped to 48F at night. Not bad in my opinion but sleeping in a hammock for the first time and so I got cold. Next day, I was in Buffalo, WY and it dipped to 50F at night but I was in a cabin so it was kind of stuffy. Temps are probably getting even warmer as we are approaching summer.

The pics with all the snow is way up on the top of Medicine Bow mountains in WY. A great place to ride through but it gets way too cold at night.

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Wow, looks like a fun trip, great pics, thx for sharing! :fing02:

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Great story and photos - thanks for sharing them!  My wife and one of our sons drove through some of those areas a couple summers ago.  They said I would love the roads there.  I'm looking forward to going on the bike someday!

I know exactly how you feel on two different fronts:

1. When you have the road to yourself, you kind of want to just keep riding, especially when you've seen the scenery before.  I don't like stopping all that often anyway, and I get very frustrated if I end up being an RV or large truck I can't pass.

2. I lost a job in Sept. 2012, and was unemployed for a year.  I took the opportunity to do tours around the Great Lakes (except Erie & Ontario, which I'd already done).  Those were terrific trips, and I did them on small budgets as much as possible.  I figured I might not another chance to do that much riding in a year, and I was right.  I think since then I've done just one or two tours.

 

Enjoy this downtime.  We don't get very much of it anymore.

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8 hours ago, TimC said:

Great story and photos - thanks for sharing them!  My wife and one of our sons drove through some of those areas a couple summers ago.  They said I would love the roads there.  I'm looking forward to going on the bike someday!

I know exactly how you feel on two different fronts:

1. When you have the road to yourself, you kind of want to just keep riding, especially when you've seen the scenery before.  I don't like stopping all that often anyway, and I get very frustrated if I end up being an RV or large truck I can't pass.

2. I lost a job in Sept. 2012, and was unemployed for a year.  I took the opportunity to do tours around the Great Lakes (except Erie & Ontario, which I'd already done).  Those were terrific trips, and I did them on small budgets as much as possible.  I figured I might not another chance to do that much riding in a year, and I was right.  I think since then I've done just one or two tours.

 

Enjoy this downtime.  We don't get very much of it anymore.

Yeah, I'm trying to keep it positive and make the best of it! Thanks!

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nice  dija c ani prairie dogz like mine ?

 

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Lots of them on the wildlife loop. Happy prairie dog’s Father’s Day!

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Re-reading your ride report, I was reminded of one of the dumber things I've ever done, on or off a bike.  Several years ago I did a tour with the goal of riding the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Not really that ambitious of course, and plenty of people do this.  My mistake was doing a good chunk of it in very thick fog.

 

The first day was great, and I got off the road just before dusk, not wanting to risk collision with deer.  I think I stayed in Roanoke.  The next morning was chilly and damp but not terrible.  As soon as I got onto the Parkway, I was shrouded in fog, the worst I've ever seen.  I could barely see 10' in front of me most of the time.  It was pretty spooky, and I could see zero scenery.  I came up behind maybe 1-2 other vehicles piloted by people as dumb as me.  I wasn't worried about hitting someone in front of me since I was going pretty slow, although the couple times I did come up behind someone it was a little freaky having taillights appear out of nowhere.  But really I was more worried about someone hitting me from behind.  I stopped a couple times to rest and try to warm up, which didn't work out very well.  Finally, somewhere near the southern terminus of the Parkway the skies cleared up and it was actually a nice day, and I was able to see some nice views and take a few photos.  I would liked to have taken a few photos in the fog, but I was worried about my camera getting ruined in the damp air.

 

I should have abandoned my trek early that day, maybe at the very next off-ramp, gotten down off the mountain and tackled the length of the BRP some other time.  What a terrible experience, but definitely a memorable one.

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My 1st day on the BRP was in fog and rain.  

But I didnot fly across the Atlantic to sit on my ass doing nothing now did I? :goofy:

 

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, TimC said:

Re-reading your ride report, I was reminded of one of the dumber things I've ever done, on or off a bike.  Several years ago I did a tour with the goal of riding the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Not really that ambitious of course, and plenty of people do this.  My mistake was doing a good chunk of it in very thick fog.

 

I should have abandoned my trek early that day, maybe at the very next off-ramp, gotten down off the mountain and tackled the length of the BRP some other time.  What a terrible experience, but definitely a memorable one.

Yup, first lesson of the BRP is head downhill when fogged in. You can walk faster than you can safely ride. Here's Blowing Rock, late April:

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Similar experience on the BRP about ten years ago riding with a couple of friends. It was just overcast in the lowlands but climbing up to the Parkway entrance we hit a wall of fog. We were basically in the clouds. You could barely see the hand in front of your face. We did ride a bit but got off asap at the next exit. Very surreal and dangerous.

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I was made redundant 4 years ago and still not secured a new position. 200+ job apllications and countng.... Did a 4 month consultancy job that's all.

Upside is lots of riding and tinkering on my bikes, smile on my face every day.

Keep yer chin up!

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