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Voyages on Two Wheels – The Ride – 15 June 2012

Howdy, folks :D

I’ve had a few minutes here and there with a computer and thought I’d try to post some new pics and events from the time since I’ve moved up here to central Utah :)  I’m looking for a job, worried about many expenses, and I’ve just moved into a house with Cindy.  I haven’t taken many long rides, but I managed to go for one by accident not long after I rode up from Las Vegas :)

15 June 2012 - The V-Star 650 Classic is just a misunderstood dirtbike :wink:

15 June 2012 – The V-Star 650 Classic is just a misunderstood dirtbike :wink:

So, I’d wanted to see how my bike would handle dirt roads for a while.  There’s plenty of dirt roads out here in Utah and lots to see from them.  Long time readers may recognize the scene above from earlier trips :wink:  I know the caption says the V-Star is a misunderstood dirtbike, but I kinda lied on that one – it will do dirt roads but you do have to go really slow :P

15 June 2012 - My V-Star at the Wedge Overlook on the San Rafael Swell :cool:

15 June 2012 – My V-Star at the Wedge Overlook on the San Rafael Swell :cool:

I had developed a bit of a cold and cough the morning I left for this ride, but was feeling better so I figured I’d head out and see what dirt roads I could travel down and test the bike on.  I figured the Wedge Overlook was pretty close, why not go there?

This is now one of my all time favorite pics of the bike to date :thumb:

15 June 2012 - View from the bike on a long, lonely dirt road near the San Rafael Swell :cool:

15 June 2012 – View from the bike on a long, lonely dirt road near the San Rafael Swell :cool:

I took this picture partly because of the lighting and partly because you can see the road.  The dirt roads on the San Rafael Swell are all pretty well maintained, but there can be sections of washboard and sand.  Just take it easy :)

15 June 2012 - One of the MK Tunnels near the San Rafael Swell

15 June 2012 – One of the MK Tunnels near the San Rafael Swell

15 June 2012 - Info about the MK Tunnels near the San Rafael Swell

15 June 2012 – Info about the MK Tunnels near the San Rafael Swell

I had never heard about these tunnels, but I think I’m going to go back sometime :cool:  Click on the pic of the sign for full size and to be able to read the info on it :wink:

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Ancient rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 - Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Info about the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

The rock art at the Buckhorn Draw is very well known, but I didn’t see too many pics online so I figured I’d share what I could :D

15 June 2012 - Panorama taken facing away from the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

15 June 2012 – Panorama taken facing away from the rock art in the Buckhorn Draw

Be sure to click the pic above for full size and an idea of what the scenery is like in the area :)

15 June 2012 - My V-Star 650 at the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 – My V-Star 650 at the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 - Info about the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 – Info about the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 - Info about the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 – Info about the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 - Desert wildlife by the east end of the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 – Desert wildlife by the east end of the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 - My V-Star at the eastern end of the Swinging Bridge

15 June 2012 – My V-Star at the eastern end of the Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge is pretty close to the Buckhorn Draw and I figured why not head down there as well?  The road and modern bridge have bypassed the old bridge and the approaches to the old one were pretty steep, but I made it!  I thought these came out pretty well, too :wink:

The clouds were moving in and I didn’t want to see what my bike is like in mud, so I high tailed it heading south instead of back the way I’d come.  Heading south was only about 35 miles of dirt roads to reach I-70 a ways west of Green River, UT, but I didn’t think it would seem that far.  I was wrong.  It felt like 100 miles.  But I did make it!

15 June 2012 - I added mile number 11,000 to the odometer since I got the bike :D

15 June 2012 – I added mile number 11,000 to the odometer since I got the bike :D

15 June 2012 - Storm clouds in the distance

15 June 2012 – Storm clouds in the distance

15 June 2012 - Rain falling way off in the distance

15 June 2012 – Rain falling way off in the distance

  These last pics were taken on Highway 6 between Green River and Wellington, UT.  I don’t know if it rained where I’d been riding, but I’m glad I took the route that I did :)  I learned quite a bit and had a pretty good day :cool:

That’s all for now, but I hope to have more for you soon!  Have a great day :mrgreen:

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