Western US 2011

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Great Falls, Montana to Waterton, Alberta (HWY 89)

Heading Home

Frost had covered the bikes overnight and we’d moved them into the sun to warm up. The R1200GS wasn’t fond of cold mornings and would complain a couple of times before actually starting, so I was surprised when she started right up without fuss. The plan was to head towards Waterton National Park which lay […]

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Boulder, Colorado to Casper, Wyoming (Racing North)

Racing North

It gets harder to write the closer you are to home. Part of me feels like it’s denial – that if we just hold off a little longer on the writing the trip won’t actually be over. Another part of me feels like the mood changes when you know you’re heading home. Everything begins to […]

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Vail to Boulder, Colorado (Woodys Wheel Works)

Woodys Wheel Works. And Denver.

When we walked back to the hotel that night the temperature had dropped and the rain was falling. We wondered what we’d wake up to, but as it turned out any snow that had fallen had long gone and the streets were wet with a new sheen from the night’s rain. The morning was definitely […]

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Ely, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah (Heart-shaped Path)

Heart-shaped Path

Taking an extra day off in Ely was the right thing to do. The weather was still just ahead of us and to continue riding into it didn’t make much sense especially with the Colorado rockies entering the picture in a couple of days time. Ely was an interesting town. We walked around town and noticed […]

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Out of the Fire, into the Freezer

Since we’d had a good dinner at Jerry’s the night before we decided to grab breakfast there before heading out. Before grabbing a bite to eat, we packed up the bikes and noticed the morning was quite cold. So, instead of rushing we decided to take our time in the hopes that it would warm […]

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Featured Image: Tahoe to Fallon (Loneliest Road)

Short Ride, Long Stay

Tahoe had turned out to be a great experience. We practically had the Ritz to ourselves. Michael and Nuri had left the previous day and everything felt too quiet. Still, Nita had time to grab a massage and I could start trying to catch up with all the writing that needed to be done for […]

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Featured Image: Mono Lake

Just When You Think it Can’t Get Any Better…

I loved the cabins at Mono Lake. The night was spent planning our route through Yosemite with Michael and I pouring over maps and a laptop that had to be tethered to my phone to get any kind of internet connection. I’ve definitely moved toward traditional maps on this trip with our version of “the […]

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Featured Image: Death Valley

But it’s a Dry Heat

Palm Springs was hot. Like the kind of hot that made 29C (89F) feel almost cool. Our plan for the day was Death Valley and a trip that wasn’t exceedingly far. I’d been excited to see the area since our early talks with Michael and Nuri in NYC during our May visit. I knew it […]

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Featured Image: Palm Springs


Palm Springs was supposed to be an overnight stay but honestly, from the warmth of the greeting that met us in the driveway, to the ridiculously amazing home and a backyard (the likes of which we’d only seen in magazines) we knew instantly we’d be there for at least a day or two. As architects […]

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Santa Barbara to Palm Springs, CA

Palms, Pines and Joshua Trees

At some point it all starts to blur – what was done and where. Leaving Monterey wasn’t difficult – we’d spent eight days there that had shaped our lives forever. But, the road was calling and on this part of our trip we’d have some company on the road. Over the days since the wedding […]

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