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Made it to the Southwest
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:54:24 am »
Got to Albuquerque, NM yesterday and to Cortez, Colorado today. Amazing scenery. Snow on the ground in Northern New Mexico on the way to Colorado. Incredibly strong crosswinds between Durango, Colorado and Cortez almost knocked me over on the bike. The scenery is iconic. I kept missing it because I had my Sena 10c off. I misquoted in the first video. Should be Hwy 14 not Hwy 333.






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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 02:28:19 am »
What kind of temperature differences have you experienced so far? What type of gear did you take?
Thanks
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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 09:17:11 am »
My C-10 doesn't have a thermometer so I'll just have to give you my estimate but temps were in the low 50's in the am in New Mexico and rose to the 80's in the pm.  The upper elevations were in the upper 40's to low 50's.  Even in the snow covered areas I was comfortable with a sweat shirt covered with a windbreaker and a mesh riding jacket as well as gloves.  Overall, pretty nice temperatures except when I hit the extreme high winds in Colorado coming off of the snow capped mountains. 

Heading over to Utah this am (5-7-2016). :motonoises:

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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2017, 02:02:30 pm »
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Be safe - have fun - never pass something you want to stop and see  :motonoises: on my first long trip I spent hours on the salt flats. Just standing and looking and feeling far from work and home. Nirvana. Enjoy  :great:

I'll try to check out the vids this evening

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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2017, 11:52:09 pm »
Spankin'  :great: You can spend 2 weeks in UT and not see all. Keep us updated. You going to try to get to CA? Idaho in 11 days!  :beerchug:
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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2017, 05:57:49 am »
Utah is amazing! Worth the ride out here. My pictures and video don't do it justice. Am staying near Bryce Canyon tonight but I have trouble staying in one place. My Connie continues to be great except when in high altitudes. Should probably remove the foam block from the airbox if I stay in elevations above 7000 feet where more downshifting is necessary. Was at 9600 feet at Dixie National Park yesterday. Snow on the ground. Here's a picture of Connie there. I can't stay in one place so will be off somewhere else tomorrow. A real gem was Capitol Reef National Park!!!

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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2017, 05:49:09 pm »
All great - keep on posting the adventure ...
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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 02:24:54 pm »
Went from Southern Utah to Northern Arizona and over to the Navajo Reservation.  Incredible scenery! Then stumbled on a sign for Monument Valley.  Rode through and then over to Mexican Hat and then back to New Mexico.  Weather started turning bad and the forecast for the rest of the week was bad for the Four Corners region.  Decided to head home to Tennessee and arrived last night after a wonderful 18 hour ride.   :motonoises:

Videos of a slippery road from tar going toward Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah and Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (long video). The video did not pick up the colors as good as I saw them.

https://youtu.be/fObPiY3zoUM






 


 
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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2017, 02:20:25 pm »
Here's a few more video's for anyone interested.  Highway going through Monument Valley headed from Northern Arizona toward Mexican Hat, Utah.  Also Highway out of Mexican Hat and highway heading South to link up to go back to New Mexico.

My Connie was indeed bullet-proof. The Winter maintenance paid for itself on this trip. The vastness of the area was overwhelming. Beauty everywhere I looked.  This was the trip of a lifetime and I'll always remember it.






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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2017, 05:29:14 pm »
Glad you had a good time Fred. Ya'll come back now  :great: :beerchug:
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Re: Made it to the Southwest
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 12:23:50 am »
Thanks for sharing!
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