Motorcycle Trip Across America 2014 – Day 12: Pushing hard west again!

Post dedication: This post is dedicated to Donald and Daniel, a father and son who have been following my blog. They donated a very generous amount of money to give me some gas and food on the trip. Thanks guys! I really appreciate the support! I hope you guys get the opportunity to take a similar trip!

Today’s travels have no guaranteed destination. I’m just going to go as far west as I can. Around 11 or 12 I’ll worry about where to stay. Hopefully I can find a nice campground so I can drop the luxuries. Hotels are nice every few days but aside from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I’d like to do a lot more camping. Maybe on the way back from the Grand Canyon, I’ll do a zero-hotel run!

Woke up at 6am, I’m gonna run down and see if there’s breakfast. After I’ll pack and get everything together, and depart.

I’m really excited for this ride. For the first time since PA, the road won’t be flat. Apparently I’ll be going over some serious mountains and according to what I researched, it will be amazing. I’ll be sure to stop a lot and get pictures!

After some packing, I finally got on the road at 7:45. I immediately felt how hungry I was and had to stop at a diner. I’ll leave after breakfast.

Today was the best and worst ride. Lets start why it was bad:

I left denver around 8. Once goig over the mountains, I lost sunlight and as a result, any warmth I could hope for. It was probably 55 on the trip, and at 75mph, that can cause hypothermia. It was brutal. Luckily I was able to stop and rest on the engine and exhaust pipes for heat every 30 minutes or so.

After the sun caught up with me, everything turned hot. Incredibly hot. I went from shivering and almost having hypothermia to sweating profusely. Good times.

Now for the good:


Enough said. I’ll let the photos do the talking:




Through this trip I was able to catch the scent of pine trees, enjoy the amazing scenery, and even experience the thinning of the air. The bike gave me some difficulty at higher elevations. I had to give it more gas to get her at the speed limit. It was an awesome experience that I someday hope to achieve again.

After getting out of the mountainous areas, it was a straight line to the Colorado National Monument. Luckily they had campsites so I’m staying there. The ride up to the campsite was gorgeous! I’ll be adding photos later.

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I set up the hammock and im just going to read until it gets too dark out. No intentions of using a tent tonight.

Tomorrow I’ll be getting up early and bringing the bike in to a shop for an oil change and sprocket/chain replacement. I’d do it myself but I don’t have the convenient tools, nor do I want to risk spilling oil in a parking lot. I figure a couple hundred dollars in maintenance won’t break the bank, and I’m also on vacation 🙂

I decided to be responsible and check the weather. Its going to rain for like an hour. I should have taken the hint when I saw thousands of ants scrambling around. Looking to the northwest I saw this:


You can actually see the rain falling.


And here it comes!