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    Utah 2017

    I'll be heading out Oct 1 for a ride out to Utah to lean the canyons. Over the years I managed to ride the best roads Utah had to offer, but I promised myself I'd come back and spend several days and nights. I'm making good on that this year. Home will be over the high country of North Colordao in Fall color.

    In this chapter of my long riding career, I'm spending time in places I most just passed through back in the day. I have always taken my time on a long tour, but even more so now. I'll be on backroads except for first and last day. Those are the only days I ride to get somewhere. In a case of poor planning I planned my 2 nights in Moab on Columbus Day weekend. Not really my fault, in Alabama that day is just another day, but other parts of the country its a big deal.

    This will be a camp/motel mix tour.

    For the first time in my career I won't be riding alone. My brother is accompanying me on his 2014 Concours. He's been riding since the days of his Rupp Minibike, but not any long rides. I've coached him up as best I could. He has the proper gear and extras down to the sena bluetooth. The last month he has been busy riding almost everyday, to get use to the extended saddle time needed for a cross country ride. He is beside himself and looks forward to seeing things only seen on tv/movies.

    This ride will come in somewhere between 4-k miles spread out over 12 days, so the pace will be good. Gives us time to see things and enjoy where ever it is we find ourselves.

    I'll be riding the RT for this tour. It is still the most comfortable stock bike out there. The BMW is now closing in on 100k miles. In our buildup we've found the Connie almost 2-1 gas stops over the stingy 50 mpg RT with a 7.6 gallon tank. He has a smaller gas tank and more thirsty motor, so run the numbers.

    Looking forward to a great ride.
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    Re: Utah 2017

    Enjoy your trip. I'm leaving out on the 1st with a buddy headed to Washington State. We're on a 12 day ride also. We will be staying a night in Moab also. Hopefully Make it there Monday night is the plan. Sounds like we will be a day or so ahead of you.
    Have a safe ride.

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by okckeith View Post
    I'm leaving out on the 1st with a buddy headed to Washington State.
    Keith-
    You might check the status of the wildfires in the NW before you head up there. We were in western central Oregon a few weeks ago and the smoke was so bad in some areas we altered our itinerary because the air quality was so bad it just wasn't healthy. At the time in some areas roads were closed due to the conditions. A stretch of I-84 east of Portland was closed for several days while we were there. We had no idea before we went up there about the fires and smoke conditions until we found ourselves in it. Also at the time, we found out it wasn't just Oregon. Several states in the NW as well as in BC in Canada were having the same problems. Hopefully things have gotten better since then but when we were there it was pretty bad in a lot of places and it had been going on for a while.

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaRider View Post
    I'll be heading out Oct 1 for a ride out to Utah to lean the canyons.
    Looking forward to the ride reports when you get them journaled up.

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Where y'all stayin in Moab?

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaRider View Post
    Where y'all stayin in Moab?
    I'm not sure. We are going to try to camp there. Kind of playing it by ear.
    I'll be on my silver 07 ST. And my buddy on his red and white Ducati MultiStrada.

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken H View Post
    Keith-
    You might check the status of the wildfires in the NW before you head up there. We were in western central Oregon a few weeks ago and the smoke was so bad in some areas we altered our itinerary because the air quality was so bad it just wasn't healthy. At the time in some areas roads were closed due to the conditions. A stretch of I-84 east of Portland was closed for several days while we were there. We had no idea before we went up there about the fires and smoke conditions until we found ourselves in it. Also at the time, we found out it wasn't just Oregon. Several states in the NW as well as in BC in Canada were having the same problems. Hopefully things have gotten better since then but when we were there it was pretty bad in a lot of places and it had been going on for a while.
    Most all the fires are well contained......and the smoke has blown out. A little rain and lots of fresh ocean air cleared us up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddC View Post
    Most all the fires are well contained......and the smoke has blown out. A little rain and lots of fresh ocean air cleared us up...

    ToddC
    Thanks for the reply Todd. And sorry Ken I did not reply. Kind of busy making sure I am over packed and forgetting something.
    Todd had posted several pictures of the smoke. Yes it was bad.
    Thank you for the warning though.

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    Re: Utah 2017

    Turns out I'll be in Utah from the 8th until the 13th of October. Visiting my daughter while she is on fall break from school. You guys have fun!
    I am not young enough to know everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okckeith View Post
    And sorry Ken I did not reply.
    No problemo Keith. Have a great trip!

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