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Day 1 - Indianapolis, Indiana to Springfield, Missouri (Right Here)
Day 2 - Springfield, Missouri to Shamrock, Texas
Day 3 - Shamrock, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico
Day 4 - Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona
Day 5 - Flagstaff, Arizona to Williams, Arizona
Day 6 - Train Ride to the Grand Canyon
Day 7 - Pink Jeep Tour
Day 8 - Rafting the Colorado river from Glen Canyon dam
Day 9 - Visiting the Hoover Dam
Day 10 - Williams, Arizona to Cedar City, Utah


Day 1 - June 16th
Indianapolis to Springfield, Missouri
Note 1:I am not a photographer! I often come across things when I'm on my motorcycle journeys that I wish I could photograph, but never have a camera handy. Let's not forget that you just can't reach over to the glove box and pull a camera out (Hey, it's not a car). I decided to try to tether a camera to myself and see what happens. What I came up with is a strap around the neck with the camera attached.
Note 2:I am not a photographer! With a helmet and traffic it is impossible to "aim". All pics taken while on the bike are really "point and shoot"!
Note 3:I am not a photographer! Do we see a pattern? :D

A little background...
My mother-in-law began planning a trip to the Grand Canyon back in 2008. The plan was to spend a week at/near the Grand Canyon with 7 days or so of travel (it's a loooong way!). She invited us and suggested we could ride our motorcycles while they drove their car. We could meet each evening at a hotel.

Flash forward 2 years...
Well, the in-laws decided to purchase a motorhome... Hmmm. That's awesome! No hotels. No need to carry anything on the bikes. Built-in sleeping quarters. What more could we ask for?

The Equipment...
Here is my wife's Yamaha FZ6R. The reason she chose this bike? Because it had pink graphics! Yup, that is the only reason. Notice the added pink details, including "Barbie" on the rear. Let's just say that "someone" has a pink problem! :D

Here is my Honda CBR600. Pretty plain with a patriotic red/white/blue paint scheme. The white and (very dark) blue have a beautiful metallic finish that is gorgeous in person!


I know. Not exactly what you expected, but I really like curvy roads! Not as bad as you'd expect either. We've done a couple 1000 mile in 24hr saddle sores.

So we have 2 neat bikes and a full fledged chase vehicle!


And We're off!


BTW, you will see more pics of my beautiful wife along the way - I'm the one with the camera! ;)

Not much detail heading through Indiana and Illinois, sorry but it seems boring to me as I've seen it before. We also started about 3 hours later than anticipated.

I love clouds. There are some amazing scenes painted right above us every day. I miss most of them in the city, but spend a lot of time looking up when I'm out in the country!



Looks like someone is having a good time...


Crossing into St. Louis Missouri I tried to get a good picture of the Arch, but
 

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you will have to be the judge...




Leaving St. Louis the sky just kept getting darker and darker. It wasn't long before we were faced with this...


Before we could pull over and put on rain suits the sky unleashed a torrent of rain. Of course it slowed to a drizzle after the suits were on.

The camera was put away and the remainder of the evening was spent trudging toward our campground in Springfield. We pulled in at 11:30pm. It was a long day and we slept like babies!
 

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nice pictures you guys have over there! the great USA!
is it as great as they say? :)
 

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Sweet bro, hope you enjoy your trip with your wife.. Keep the shinny side up! MORE pics.

Oh an that one pic looks like you could possibly be a start of a tornado. Pretty sick.
 

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Day 2 - June 17th
Springfield, Missouri to Shamrock, Texas

Another late start as we "learn" the ins and outs of using the RV - ask someone about "black water"!
It was a beautiful morning, unlike the previous evening. Sunny skies. Comfortable temperatures. What more could we ask for? Today's destination is Shamrock, Texas, which is just inside the Texas border. We are going to be on Highway 40 for the remainder of the trip. Highway 40 crisscrosses the old Route 66, which you may have heard of! You can see the remnants of the famous Route 66 from 40. Unfortunately the highway 40, while providing a faster, more modern, highway has meant the death of much of the charm that Route 66 had in it's heyday. :(

A beautiful day!



Oklahoma - Where the wind... OMG the wind!


Hay anyone? This was simple, yet beautiful. Acres of hay all lined up neatly with the sun shining down. Waiting patiently to fulfill their purpose!


Moooooooo


A beautiful little river.


Hard Rock casino in Oklahoma? My wife wouldn't let me stop!


Painted with a delicate brush. This picture doesn't do the sky justice!


A passed these. Yesterday I passed some neat surplus tracked vehicles, but missed the picture.


Checkout this overpass in Oklahoma. Notice the dream catcher?
 

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Leaving Oklahoma City I noticed flashing lights. It appears my wife was speeding (like that ever happens). After a short "visit" with the local law enforcement officer we left with a stern warning that she should slow down! It was time to stop for gas anyway.

Outside Oklahoma city we stopped for gas. As I pulled up to the pump I noticed a "sweet" smell. I also noticed a pool of liquid under the bike. I originally thought it was condensation or drips from the awning... till I got a closer look!



No noticeable damage or bent fins, just a nice stream of antifreeze shooting out of the radiator. Fortunately the station had "stop leak" and the chase vehicle brought me some antifreeze. The repair worked and I haven't seen any additional fluid loss, but it looks like I'm up for a new radiator when I return home!

I believe Oklahoma is where most of the early oil exploration and you can see signs of this occasionally.


A beautiful reminder of Route 66. This looks like a 57' Chevy could pull up any moment for a fill up.


Of course this old drive-in just up the road isn't fairing as well.


Wind is replacing oil... This are HUGE!


And finally, one of the best sunsets I've seen in a long time.




Shortly after the sunset pictures were taken we stopped at a Pilot truck stop for gas and a beverage. While we were sitting enjoying our beverages we were approached by a truck driver who asked us to watch his dog while he went inside. Such a cute and personable lab mix she was. Very affectionate, but not a substitute for our own pets at home. Wish I would have gotten a pic.
 

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Sounds/looks like a great trip. I wish I had the means to do that. Someday =D

Make sure that you thoroughly flush your coolant system when you get home. That stop leak stuff is gnarly. You don't want it in there longer than it has to be. Its known to gum up t-stats and anything else in the way. I had the same thing happen to me on my old RR. Rock split the radiator right open. Make sure to invest in a radiator guard so this doesnt happen again.

I hope your stallions hold up through the trip and is it uneventful from here on in. I have two radiators for sale if you choose to replace it. See them in my signature. Ride safe!
 

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Sounds like your having a good trip. Ride safe brother I've made that trip across from Missouri down here to El Paso quite a few times...
 

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I just drove those roads 2 weeks ago. I went from Ozark Missouri to Kentucky. I hope you guys have a great time!
 

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Sorry for the delay folks, but the internet was extremely slow and unreliable making uploading pics nearly impossible! I spent 2 hours in New Mexico trying to upload the pics from one day - without success. Time was also short.

Day 3 - June 18th
Shamrock, TX to Albuquerque, NM

Leaving Shamrock you could tell that the interstate highway had brought a terrible death to life along old Route 66.


Although when we approached the main intersection we noticed this gas station. It was lit in bright neon the night before, but I didn't have the camera out when we passed. It isn't a functioning business, but definitely looks like it is straight out of the movie Cars.


Somewhere between Shamrock and Amarillo. Looks to be long deserted, but I would love to wonder around inside!


Something is VERY wrong with this water tower... It's actually meant to be that way. Catches your eye doesn't it?


You can see the tower on the top of their sign.


Another abandoned building I would have liked to explore.


According to the sign this is the biggest cross in the world! Hey, everything is bigger in Texas!


Even the steaks are big - I guess they have so much beef that the steaks are free too!


Miles and miles of what appeared to be wheat.


I'm not sure what to make of this sign. Is this someone's attempt at catchy advertising?
 

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This field was full of old 50's and 60's cars. Most looked to be in good shape and just in need of paint.



Amarillo TX!


In case you were wondering where all the old school buses go... I found them! There were literally hundreds and hundreds of old junk school buses here.


We stopped for gas in Amarillo and this pulled up next to us. Sweet!


What is wrong with this picture?


Off in the distance I can see the landscape changing...


We're starting to see some small (but interesting) rock formations.


OMG - are we there yet? This picture gives a good idea of the distances. The road goes all the way to the horizon. I think it was 7 or 8 miles.


I thought Kansas had the tornados. Well, whether it was wind, or old age, this building didn't stand a chance!
 

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We crossed into New Mexico and someone turned on the oven! It was 100 degrees (at least) and at that temperature any air, no matter what speed you're traveling, is still HOT air. The sky was beautiful, but God was it HOT!


It was quite some distance until we found a gas station, or human liquid station in this case. We did run into another couple heading to Santa Rosa for a bike meet. Pretty cool old school Harley's and nice folks.


It was at this point we decided to shorten our distance between stops to 75 miles so we could cool down and drink fluids. We started to see larger changes to the landscape in the distance.


We stopped in Santa Rosa, NM, for gas and water, where we met a nice South African gentleman. He has been in the US for 8 years and had quite a story to tell. I took this opportunity to capture my first true wild west plant!


We left Santa Rosa and continued West. We passed hundreds of bikes, who must have been heading for the biker fest in Santa Rosa. Funny, I guess I'm not cool enough for the Harley crowd - none of them returned by wave. The sorry part is I probably rode farther in the last 3 days than most of them do all year!

Nearing Albuquerque I could see the mountain ranges in the distance. He's a final pic showing the mountains peeking through the crest of the hills.
 

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hmm... southeastern? i work just down the road on arlington...
Yes, the land of "we can stretch this 6 month sewer project out to 3 years" and "we only work 1 day a week - and only if it's sunny and warm"!
 

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Make sure that you thoroughly flush your coolant system when you get home. That stop leak stuff is gnarly. You don't want it in there longer than it has to be.
That's on my short list.
Make sure to invest in a radiator guard so this doesnt happen again.
I've never had that happen in 66,000 miles on CBR's. I really don't think it was a rock - no damage what-so-ever to the fins. The road in that area was crap. I'm leaning toward a broken solder joint due to the vibrations, but I've been wrong before (once). :bootyshak
I have two radiators for sale if you choose to replace it. See them in my signature.
I'll have to get something. Are they new? Perfect? I don't want to run into that situation again. The front tire was covered and it would have been a pretty crappy end to my vacation if I had hit a ramp too hard.
 

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Great job documenting the trip, glad the stop leak worked that would have sucked if you had needed a new radiator LOL.
 
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