This is what Erik And I did today: Experimented with video on the bike:
Archive for the Day Trips Category
My week started with my street glide making noises that I couldnt tell were in my head, or not. Turns out, a cam chain guide fell off and rested in the bottom of my engine, so I took it in to get it fixed. That left me with a weekend to ride, and the untested fat boy in garage. It was time to see what this softail was made of. if it was destined to be an around the town bike that I end up bobbing and make into something worth looking at, or if I would bag it up a bit and make it into something that makes some miles.
So saturday morning I headed out around gunlock, and up towards rachel nevada. That was my goal anyway, to head out, have a couple of beers and lunch in rachel, and mabye see some terrain I hadnt ever seen in nevada.
My first stop was mountain meadow. I hadnt been here for a few years, and figured that it would be a good place to rest my ass and see what new things have been there in the way of monuments. Mountain meadow still holds controversy, as mormon settlers and indians seiged and massacred 120 men, women and children. Its a complex story as to why, and Ive studied it and read about it several times since college. I stopped, snapped some pictures and headed north.
Somewhere up toward Enterprise, erik’s cousin wrecked on erik’s ultra glide the night before. I couldnt find any evidence or wreckage, and bombed to the nevada border.
Just on the nevada utah border, I explored modena a little bit…. another cool little old (almost) ghost town in nevada that vandals havent done anything to.
after modena, another hour and I found myself in Caliente, drinking a beer and hearing my brothers plans had fallen through, so I headed back to st george to meet him, drink a bottle of Glen Livet and prep for another ride tomorrow.
Gotta go back to caliente, theres more to see there.
108 degrees out, and my air conditioner went out friday night. Erik called me to go ride for a few hours, so we headed north out of town on highway 18 up to enterprise, and over to cedar city. Had a bite to eat, then it started raining pretty hard. Who cares. Rain just makes you wet, its just made of water.
Rode up through cedar canyon a few miles and about 4 miles up the road turned into a dirt road, which sucks on a bike but it wasnt too bad. 14 miles of dirt road till we hit kolob reservoir, and then we blew home. Rode about about 179 miles
Southern Utah Harley Owners Group does day runs almost every weekend, and at least one overnighter a month. I’ve done maybe 3 runs with them. Great bunch of guys, and very organized.
Megan, my oldest daughter went with me on this one. Shes a great rider. The weather was not looking all that great, and the original plan was to head through Zion National Park, and up to antimony. We ended up running up through cedar city, and over Cedar mountain. There was snow on the ground, but really wasnt cold. We stopped in Kanab to get lunch, and the thunderheads looks pretty ominous, so we headed back through the park and home.
Every year, Zion Harley Davidson sponsors thunder in the tunnel. This was the first year I’ve made the run from the dealership, up through Springdale, through Zion National Park through the tunnel, out to kanab and back through colorado City and then home. Its a fun little poker run.
This year, Wendy, my 10 year old Daughter went with me. She’s a fun kid. Lots of energy, and I like how she looks at life. She’s just got style. She also refuses to smile for pictures, and I told her on this run, she didnt have to. We’re harley davidson owners right? Isnt there something in the manual about scowling and hiding how much fun you’re having in the name of looking bad and being cool? I don’t quite pull it off, but maybe Wendy can.
Theres nothing like the sound of 500 harley Davidsons booming through a 2 mile tunnel. Wow. It was awesome. We left in the morning, and got back around 3 PM, had a nice lunch, and rode around with some friends.