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Motorcycle Rides in the Heat

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Summer is finally here is full swing, and it is hot!

With hot summer riding comes risks, especially if you are riding cross country. With the wind blowing in your face, the thought of getting dehydrated never passes your mind. But it is a real threat.

On my cross country motorcycle trips during the hot summer months, I alway pack with me a camel pack full of cold ice water. Why ice water? Because it is the best thing for re-hydration.

So, enjoy summer riding, and stay hydrated!

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Posted by Brad Stone - July 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

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Southwestern States Trip

After a long winter’s nap, I am taking off this Thursday on a trip down through the southwestern United States. I’ll be riding with three other riders, Braden Hirschi (New son-in-law), Barry Stone (Brother), and Mike Jarvis (My BFF).

We will head southwest our first day, toward Lake Powell, and spend the first night on a houseboat in Bullfrog, Lake Powell. Then the next day, we’ll take a ferry across the lake and head to the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the next night.

Our third day we will head through Laughlin, Nevada (Location of the Laughlin Bike Rally. But he rally ended a week ago) We’ll see if they have any cheat t-shirts. Then on towards Las Vegas. We’ll end up staying the night somewhere between Las Vegas and St. George, Utah.

We’ll then head on to Zion’s National Park and Bryce Canyon National Parks for our 4th day. The fifth day we’ll head back to Salt Lake City, taking the historical hwy 51.

Looking forward to a fun trip. I’ll keep you posted.

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Posted by Brad Stone - May 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM

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Northwestern Motorcycle Ride – 2009

Out of all the motorcycle rides I have taken over the years, this was one of my favorites. The ride up to Mt St Helens, the drive down the beautiful Oregon Coast, and then through the Northern California Giant Redwoods, made this trip one of beauty and enjoyment. This will be one motorcycle ride that I’ll do again.

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Posted by Brad Stone - February 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Riding through the Northwest


Two years ago, my group took an unbelievable motorcycle trip through the beautiful Northwest. Believe it or not, we had no rain. From Salt Lake City, we traveled up through Idaho, across Oregon to the west coast. The Oregon coastline was spectacular. We then dropped down into the Northern California Redwoods. We then cut across Northern California to Lake Tahoo. From there we got onto Hwy 51, known as the loneliest highway in the United States. You can follow our motorcycle trip blog here: Northwestern States Motorcycle Trip This motorcycle trip was just perfect.

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Posted by Brad Stone - January 26, 2011 at 10:53 PM

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Finished another Sturgis Trip

Well, we finished another fun-filled week in the Black Hills and Sturgis. As always, we stayed in a quiet remote campground called Roubaix. It is a beautiful area with pines and a lake. Not some dusty, hot pasture, where you pay premium prices and enjoy loud noise all night long.

The journey to and from Sturgis were great routes, staying our first night in the Big Horn National Forest, and on our return route, traveling over the Bear Tooth Hwy and down through Yellowstone Park.

It is always a pleasure to travel with good bikers, who know how to have fun without the expense on others. (To read our daily blog of the trip, click on the “Sturgis Trip 2010” icon to the right.)

I’m looking forward to next year’s trip, which may be through the northern California coastal areas and a few national parks, or maybe a Colorado trip through some old mining towns and an overnight stay at Lake Powell.

Until then…

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 16, 2010 at 7:46 AM

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Home at last!

What a great trip.

Other than some rain in Red Lodge, Montana, a quart of oil in Barry’s bike (It’s a Harley, what can I say), Quin getting pulled over by a cop (twice) and a dirty hydraulic line on Jeff’s bike, the trip was without incident. We shared some good times together, and adventured into some new realms. (What goes on in Sturgis, stays in Sturgis)

We’re already looking forward to another trip next year.
Here are some recap pictures of the trip:

Until next year…

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 11, 2010 at 8:47 PM

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Bear Tooth Hwy/Yellowstone

Today we climbed from an elevation of 6,600 in Red Lodge, Montana to an elevation of 11,000 on the summit of the Bear Tooth Hwy. It was a beautiful drive, with amazing views.

Here we are at one of the turn out on the Bear Tooth.

A lot of construction stops along the Bear Tooth.

The gang over-looking the Bear Tooth Valley.

Entering the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone Park.

Biker dudes at Old Faithful.

Biker dudes letting off a little steam.

Biker dudes at the falls.

A bonding moment.

An exciting moment at Old Faithful.

Leaving Yellowstone Park.

Tonight we are staying at the Flat Rock Campground in Max’s Inn, Idaho. It’s been a fun-filled day of a lot of sightseeing. We are all missing our families and eager to drive for home tomorrow.

Until then…

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 10, 2010 at 10:49 PM

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Northeastern States Trip – Home Again

I’m home!

After putting in about 300 miles today, I arrived home with the greetings of several family members.

Three of my four daughters.
Two of my grandsons.
My one and only true love.
Logged just over 6,000 miles in 18 days, through two countries and 18 states.
I officially checked off the last of the 48 contiguous states. Now all I have left to travel through is Alaska, and that will have to be another day. Right now, I’m tired and am glad to be home.
Here’s my official route on this trip. Kind of a figure 8.
Some closing thoughts. I experienced a lot of different things on this trip. The weather was remarkably good. Other than a few sprinkles, I had dry roads the whole trip. Interesting enough, the worst of the weather was my last 4 miles of the trip returning to the Salt Lake Valley. As I merged onto I-15, off of I-215, I hit some pretty strong winds and rain. I had to travel over 6,000 miles to experience my worst weather right in my own backyard.
I had some very special and personal moments in the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York. Penny and I shared some special times in Kirtland, Ohio. I met a lot of different people in my travels and saw some incredible countryside. But there is nothing as exciting and pleasing to my eyes as home and family.
It’s good to be home. Thanks for following along with me and sharing in my trip.
Until next time…

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

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Day 14

After a tearful goodbye to my sweetheart this morning, I set my GPS for Bismarck, North Dakota, a little over 1,100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio. Why Bismarck? Because I missed North Dakota on my trip out, due to weather conditions, and it is the last state to check off my list of states I’ve driving through. (Except for Alaska)

I’ll drive through North Dakota tomorrow, and then my lifetime goal will have been accomplished. (Of course, except for Alaska. I just might do an Alaskan trip next year) I don’t think many motorcyclists can lay claim to this goal.
When I got up this morning and looked at the weather forecast, it called for rain, not just a chance of rain, but a pretty darn sure amount of rain. So I thought should I put on my rain gear first thing this morning, or wait and suit up later. I decided for later.
And you are not going to believe what happened today. Not a single drop of rain. There were several times during the day, I would look to my left and see dark rain clouds; and I’d look to my right and see dark rain clouds; and I’d look straight ahead to no rain. Thanks to all your prayers and faith, I have not had an increased risk of riding through rain. Someone up above has been looking out for me.

Today I logged 562 miles. I could have probably done 700 except for the darn toll booths. (See my comments below)
I drove through four states today: Ohio, Indiana, Illnois and Wisconsin. Once away from the metropolitan cities, I drove mostly through farmland.
Okay, now for the toll booths. Can I just say how much I truly dislike toll roads. They are a real pain. Most of the problems I had was on the Ohio Turnpike. About every five to seven miles, on the interstate, I would have to go through a toll booth, stop my bike, put it in neutral, dig in my wallet for a couple of bills, sometimes only 50 cents, and pay my toll. Aren’t the interstates funded by federal money? If so, then why are these states (Mostly the eastern states) so hung up on toll roads. I think toll roads are way outdated, and a very inefficient way of moving traffic.
I am so looking forward to our western highways, where I can roll down the road, uninterrupted, and stop when I want to stop, and not be inconvenienced with these inexcusable toll booths! There, now I feel better.
I stopped for the night in Wisconsin Dells, the World Capital of Water parks. Everywhere you turn in this town, there is a water park. They claim to have the world’s largest indoor water park called “Noah’s Ark.”
The only water park I’m going to enjoy tonight is the hotel’s hot tub.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

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