Darn, it's almost over. It's time to pack up and head out. I am heading home, but first, I need to make a stop in Salt Lake City at Harrison Eurosports to get my 6,000 mile service. Yes, you read that right, my 6,000 mile service. I picked up the bike on June 18, went back the following week for the 600 mile service and now, I'm ready for the 6,000 mile service!
Of course, by LD (Long Distance) or Iron Butt standards, that's nothing in a few weeks. But for me, it was quite a big ride-a-bout. Leaving home and first going to Denver for the finish of the Butt Lite Rally, then across the country to Hamburg, NY for the BMW MOA National Rally, then to Granby, CO for the ADV Woman Rally and now, finally, heading back home to Ivins, Utah.
The last few weeks have been awesome in so many ways. I traveled solo, something I haven't done, at least long distance, for a few years. I tent camped off the motorcycle! Something I've NEVER done before and heck, it was fun :-) I attended the ADV Woman Rally and took my Beastie Bike on the dirt to learn new skills. Wow, it's been a couple of weeks of firsts and they were all GOOD!
This morning, I finished packing up the bike, said goodbye to Lydia and Annie as they left in opposite directions and took a last look around. Wow, it's been a great few days learning dirt skills with all these amazing women (and a few guys). And wow, it's been a fantastic ride-a-bout. But, now, it's time to head home.
I actually got out of the motel parking lot by 8:30 and headed west on Highway 40. The sky was blue, traffic was light to non-existent and my Beastie Bike was purring away like a well fed kitten. After a bit, I took a quick break to make some adjustments and spied this awesome Veteran's Memorial.
Yes, peeps, if you're a stamp collector, always ask if there is a secret or non-public stamp. You'll be surprised at how many unique stamps you can collect simply by asking!
I'll post an epilogue to my travels in a few days when I can access some photos from other peeps to give you a different perspective. Meanwhile, here is a link to an interview I had with Ruth Belcher (remember? the happy, perky, awesome rider gal). Interview link here Hahaha, I look old and tired but guess what? I was /am old and tired :-) But still had an incredibly awesome time!
And, I'm going to leave you with a photo I've already posted simply because I think it is amazing! Unfortunately, I don't have full details handy but will give credit to the photographer when I land at home.