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My Girlfriend (Jen) and I left Grand Junction, CO at 6:00 AM. Jen, though not thrilled about me picking her up at that “ungodly” time, was still a trooper and waiting for me when I got to her apartment. We had already “practice packed” the bike a couple of times so we were ready. We took I-70 due west out of Grand Junction.





I-70 was fairly uneventful except for the semi that had ridden their brakes too far and hot caught their trailer on fire. We had smelled the brakes for several miles before we came upon the unhappy team waiting on the side of the road while their trailer and load burned down. They probably got some nice pics though because that is what they were doing when we rode past.





We saw this just inside of Nevada. Not sure what say about it.



Salina to Scipio, then to Holden then 50 West to Ely, NV for lunch. The GPS got us a little lost trying to get to Hwy 6 due to it sending it us down a road that didn’t exist. That was the only problem I had with my little Garmin Nuvi 50 LM the whole trip. I had it mounted on a RAM Mount and inside a waterproof case also made by RAM. This little setup work great and for a small fraction of the cost of a waterproof “motorcycle” GPS.



As had been warned Hwy 6 through Nevada is a long long stretch of Road. From Ely, NV to Tonopah, NV was 168 miles. Since I was making time the Vic was wound out and getting its worst gas mileage (31.7 mpg) I almost didn’t make it. I had a gallon of extra gas in the trunk so I wasn’t too worried. We were sure happy to make to that gas station though.







We stayed the night in Bishop, CA. The first day was 718 miles. It was a long day. Tied for my longest but it was Jens first long day EVER. I’m proud of her.



The second day we headed north into Yosemite National Park. The scenery was fantastic. I am going to have to limit the pics for this post. Here are a couple.













The next day we were pretty tired so we called it a short day. It was only about an 87 mile ride to Lake Tahoe. The original plan was to stop for a bit and then move on; after we got there and walked around town some we decided to say the night. Here is the view from our table during supper.









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Wow the Lake was clear.





We left Lake Tahoe the next morning and headed north on Hwy 89. We went through Lassen Volcanic National Park.





Oh and while I’m at it I promise not to complain about gas prices here in Grand Junction.





We stopped in Redding, CA. The bike thermometer read 107 when we pulled in for fuel. I commented to the fella behind the cash register about the heat and he kinda chuckled. “It’s usually 115 to 125 this time of year. This isn’t bad” So we got back on the bike and headed west looking for cooler weather.

Now those of you who have been on these long trips can sympathize with this story. Since I missed my 15 minute rest, cold drink, and lounge around for a bit in Redding my butt didn’t get its normal rest. Hwy 299 got real windy. I was hot and tired and was ready to be at the Hotel.



Here is my “I don’t wanna ride the motorcycle, ANYMORE!” pile.

After at 15 minute rest on the embankment on the side of the road we made the last 25 miles to Willow Creek, CA.

Next morning we hit hwy 101 and the coast. It was a little foggy and the breeze was a heavenly 62 degrees.







We went up the coast and through Redwood Nation Park. Those trees are as awe inspiring as you imagine that they are.




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We stayed the night in Crescent City, CA. The next day we continued north. We stopped in Port Orford for lunch and ate at a place called “The Crazy Norwegian”. Their Fish and Chips came recommended by a number of people. Now they are recommended by Jen and I as well. We stayed that night in Garibaldi, OR. About a quarter mile north of town is a really nice restaurant called Pirates Cove. We had fresh crab right off the boat. OMG it was fantastic. If you get to the coast you have to try it.



By now we are about a day behind the mental schedule I had in my head so we needed to take a few shortcuts. We took 101 into Olympia then caught I-5 to 18 then to I-90. Let us just say that traffic was scary. We’ll be nice and leave it at that. We took I-90 as far as Moses Lake that day.



I-90 the next day to Coeur d’Alene, ID. We stopped in the middle of some sort of Art Festival so it was a lot of fun. We made it as far as Lewiston that day. A lot of like-minded people in Lewiston.



Left Lewiston and it was already in the 80’s by the time we left so we were prepped for another hot day. Hwy 12 to Missoula where we had lunch then I-90 again to Butte, MT. We really didn’t expect Butte, MT to be hot but it was.

Took I-90 out of town in the morning then cut south on hwy 287. No real reason just seemed like a good idea. When we got into West Yellowstone we lucked into a room for the night so that we could base ourselves there and explore the park for the rest of the day. Spent that afternoon and the next morning exploring the west side of the Park. If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park don’t think that you can see the whole park in a couple of days. I would expect it to take a full week to properly explore it.









We went through the park one last time and kept going south through the Grand Tetons



Rolled all the way to Rock Springs that day. After a good night sleep we made the last 243 miles home.



We did 3613.5 miles in 12 days. That was an average 301 miles per day. I missed 3 receipts at fuel ups so I had to guess at the exact fuel I bought but a total of 84.337 gallons should be within two gallons. That makes an average mpg of 42.8. My worst single tank was interstate speeds and 31.11 mpg. My best tank was around 52 mpg. That was an average of 45 mph. We spent a total of around $3000 with everything, food, fuel, parks, water. So it cost about $250 per day. That was living large and eating 3 meals a day. No fast food. The oil change when I got home with 5 quarts of Amsoil and Victory oil filter came to $118.



In conclusion, the Vic performed flawlessly. The first 3 days the tire pressures fluctuated a few pounds up and down but it settled and held like a rock the rest of the trip. The fairing and hard lowers work much better for the cold than the heat. The stock seat has GOT to go though. Jen said she liked the passenger seat and love the heated seat when it was cold. The backrest was good. Her only wish was that the passenger footboards went lower. (And yes I have them in the bottom holes). The stock seat for some reason would restrict the blood flow to my right leg after about 20 miles and by the end of the day my leg was killing me. Towards the end of the ride I was having to stop every 100 miles or so just to get off and walk around. I learned on the last two days that if I would scoot my right cheek off the seat every 10 miles or so that my leg never got so terribly painful. Great trick to learn on the last two days.

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Nice pictures

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Great pictures.

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Looks like you had a great time. I would like to do something like that someday.

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You don't have to list Heated seats in your signature, as they come stock. Unless you have some special case where you switched the seat, then list the brand if you could.

I emailed Ultimate yesterday and they said they have no plans in the forseeable future to add a heat option to their seats.

Awesome pictures/trip. I am jealous!

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