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Voyages on Two Wheels – Pic A Day – 2 January 2012 – Another Evening in Red Rock Canyon

2 January 2012 - A different pic of the bike on the scenic loop in Red Rock Canyon

2 January 2012 - A different pic of the bike on the scenic loop in Red Rock Canyon

Well, I’d planned to wake up this morning rather late before working on the blog and going for a short ride.  But then plans have a way of changing.  I still got out for a ride and got this picture which I think is one of the best in recent memory :)

Tomorrow will be back to work, but I think I can handle that :wink:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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Voyages on Two Wheels – Pic A Day – 1 January 2012

1 January 2012 - The first sunset of 2012 in Red Rock Canyon

1 January 2012 - The first sunset of 2012 in Red Rock Canyon

I did the pic a day thing a couple of years ago and it was a bit of a challenge at times.  Pinch started in on it, so I figured why not follow along with him and start in again myself :wink:

I was really darn tired today for no reason that I can think of, but I did manage to go for a short ride :)

Summer in Vegas can cook just about anything, but it also comes with longer days.  The pics that make up this panorama were taken right about 1545 hours and you can see that the sun is just about completely down.  If this had been the middle of summer, it would be around 1940 hours before this much shadow had fallen.  Yes, I sweat buckets on the bike in the summer.  Somehow, I really don’t mind it while it’s happening.  I just drink more water :P  I’m looking forward to longer days :cool:

Have fun everyone :mrgreen:

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Voyages on Two Wheels – 31 December 2011

Surprisingly good weather prevailed in Las Vegas for the last day of 2011 :)  Of course, I took advantage of the weather and went for a motorcycle ride and had a most enjoyable time out in Red Rock canyon :wink:

31 December 2011 - Medevac helicopter at the Red Rock Canyon overlook

31 December 2011 - Medevac helicopter at the Red Rock Canyon overlook

 I had hoped to ride through the scenic loop before going to the overlook on the main road, but when I arrived at the entrance plaza I was informed that the loop was closed due to an accident.  I headed on up to the overlook to wait before seeing if the loop would re-open and found quite the scene.  It turns out that the accident involved a rock climber and all the emergency responders decided to use the overlook as a base of operations.

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

31 December 2011 - Motorcycles at the Overlook

 I don’t know if everyone wanted to see a helicopter take off, but it seemed like every motorcyclist within a 10+ mile range had converged on the overlook.  Cruisers, touring bikes, sport bikes, standards, dual sports and a bit later even a scooter all showed up :)

31 December 2011 - Medevac helicopter leaving the area

31 December 2011 - Medevac helicopter leaving the area

 The helicopter eventually took off and just about everyone else left as well.  Here’s wishing the injured climber all the best and a speedy recovery!

31 December 2011 - My new watch and just about 7,000 miles since I started riding

31 December 2011 - My new watch and just about 7,000 miles since I started riding

 I’m not leaving my new watch on the handlebars – I just wanted to make sure a watch would work there :wink:  That watch is one of my Christmas presents :)  It’s a Casio G-Shock GWM850-1 and it wasn’t cheap :shock:  For the money, you do get some really great features.  This watch is solar powered and will charge from even relatively dim light sources like fluorescent lights.  It also sets itself daily using the radio signal from the atomic clocks around the world so you know it will always be accurate :thumb:

The idea of strapping a watch to the GPS mounting bracket worked perfectly, so I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a very inexpensive Casio that’s not a G-Shock but is still waterproof and has an electroluminescent back light that’s easy to activate even with gloves on.  Finally, I have a clock in easy view on the bike :D

You might also notice the odometer reading – I’ve now officially traveled 7,000 miles on my V-Star!  The odometer read 8436.5 when I first rode it and it was up to 15461.8 when I took this picture.  Remember that my daily commute to work is only about four miles round trip and you can get an idea of just how much I love to ride this fine machine :thumb:

31 December 2011 - The last evening of 2011 in Red Rock Canyon

31 December 2011 - The last evening of 2011 in Red Rock Canyon

 It’s always a treat to have good lighting like this when you have a camera handy :)

31 December 2011 - Heading south in Red Rock Canyon

31 December 2011 - Heading south in Red Rock Canyon

31 December 2011 - Panorama - The sun has set on 2011

31 December 2011 - Panorama - The sun has set on 2011

I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the sunset turned out tonight :cool:  These pictures really don’t do it justice, especially when you’ve seen it from the saddle of a motorcycle.  Still, I don’t think they turned out half bad at all :)

Actually, after watching a few James Bond movies (especially the ones with Sean Connery), going for a good motorcycle ride that produced some pretty decent photos, and chatting with friends on the phone, I’d say today was pretty darn good :thumb:

That’s all for this post, but I’ll have another one published soon.  Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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Voyages on Two Wheels – 18 December 2011

18 December 2011 - Panorama - Clouds clinging to the hills in Red Rock Canyon

18 December 2011 - Panorama - Clouds clinging to the hills in Red Rock Canyon

18 December 2011 - My motorcycle on a great day in Red Rock Canyon

18 December 2011 - My motorcycle on a great day in Red Rock Canyon

18 December 2011 - Panorama - Sunset on the Calico Hills in Red Rock Canyon

18 December 2011 - Panorama - Sunset on the Calico Hills in Red Rock Canyon

Sometimes I just need a good motorcycle ride to clear my head.  This was one of those days.  A storm had come through California and Nevada a couple of days before and caused quite a few calls at work.  At least I had a good ride with nice scenery :)

By the way – Yes, I know what day it is and I’ll have another post up soon :wink:

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