Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Uraling back to Colorado - Day 64: The Rider is Home

A long day in the saddle today, but the reward was being home again with my loving wife and sons.  Almost 11.5 hrs and 771 kilometers on the clock (almost 463 miles).  Not the longest day in the saddle by far but it was a long one!

I left Montpelier, Idaho at 5:40 AM and by 6:00 AM I had crossed the border into Wyoming.  If you're ever in the area, I'd skip Montpelier for lodgings either before or after.  Just saying.

Then it was just riding on US 30 East until it junctioned with I-80 near Green River, WY.  Not much to report about the riding itself, just a lot of traffic with me being the slowest vehicle tootling along in the right lane.

Near Superior, WY, I took the exit as I was feeling sleepy.  I found a frontage road that paralleled I-80 for a bit so I rode along to "wake myself up".  I ended up at this sign as a good happenstance because of my tiredness:

 Near Point of Rocks

 Apparently, one rides a part of the historic Overland Stage Route
along I-80

 I've never seen a gas pump where one puts in cash for gas....weird.

At a RR crossing near Point of Rocks

Continuing on, the next stop was at the exit for the Continental Divide Road.  A sign pointed to a nearby small hill where a couple of signs could be seen.  Again, fortunate happenstance allowed this cool historical find:

 Valencia at the Continental Divide alongside I-80 Slab



 Ya know, finding and riding what remains of the Lincoln Highway
would be one heck of a ride report!


The rest of the day was steady riding at 55 mph along the route shown below.  Valencia did great though as I got close to the Denver Metro area and its smoky air (due to the numerous wild fires currently burning), Valencia seemed to have slight troubles breathing.  I was not getting full power and I bet the air filter is clogged with ash when I check it tomorrow.


Still I made it home safely and Valencia didn't have a single issue!  Martha and the boys were waiting for me in the driveway, and you can check out the photos on Martha's blog:  LINK, once she gets a chance to write it all up.







16 comments:

Spat said...

Welcome Home Dom

GlennandSun said...

....There's no place like home, there's no place like home.....! Sun and I are so very happy for you. Thanks for the sharing, it has been a good ride, our hearts are with you..... Enjoy home and family.....GlennandSun

RichardM said...

You look so … thrilled to see your sons again. Almost smiling (I think). What a nice welcome back. I, for one, really appreciate the time and effort to post your pictures and stories. Thanks for taking us along.

When's the next trip again?

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Spat, it's good to be back

Charlie6 said...

Thanks GlennandSun....it's good to be home, smoke and all....

Charlie6 said...

Richard

Next trip? Probably weekend after next, it's the annual czar rally with fellow uralisti.

Dom

BMW HACKER said...

Glad you're home safe and sound!
Thanks fo taking us along.
Doug S.

bob skoot said...

Dom:

Welcome home. Back safe and sound to a family that misses you

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

SonjaM said...

I bet everybody is happy that you and Valencia made it home safe and sound. Thanks for letting us take part in this trip of a lifetime.

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Happy that you are home safely! What an adventure!!!!

Frank Swager said...

Thank you for your great story. I've enjoyed the journal and pictures.

Greetz,
An Ural rider from the Netherlands,
Frank

Canajun said...

Glad to hear you're back home safe and sound after such a great adventure. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Andy & Laura said...

Now those are some awesome pictures...you back home safe and sound! Thanks for taking us along on your adventure. It truly was an amazing trip and we're glad you shared it with us.

Trobairitz said...

Hooray for happy homecomings.

A long day in the saddle but so worth it to be home with family.

Great pictures of you and Martha and the kids.

Monte Stevens said...

Welcome home. I enjoyed following that last few days of this trip. :-)

VStar Lady said...

As Dr. Suess said ... "Oh, the places you'll go..." But he forgot to say, but isn't it nice to be welcomed home! Welcome home. What a trip!