Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Motorcycle Diaries 2015, Part 4

A bit behind on my posting, I've been in San Diego the last few days learning how to be a better Calculus teacher.

So when we last met I was in Cortez, Colorado.  We'd hiked Mesa Verde.

Next day was Telluride.  It's about a 250 mile loop through Telluride, Silverton, Durango, and back to Cortez.  We took the tram to the top in Telluride and hiked back down.  Crazy roads between Ouray and Silverton made for an unbelievable motorcycle ride.  This is where I could see a GoPro camera being fun.  Here's a few sample shots of the ride, in order Telluride, Ouray, and the highway south to Silverton.

I always look really serious in self taken pictures.  Here is no exception.

Day after the Telluride ride we were scheduled to take a run up to Canyonlands NP to do some more hiking.  Fifty miles out Mule's battery quit.  Bought a new battery, made it back to Cortez, and the good folks at Chrome Mafia replaced his charging system for him.  One of the wires had separated from the stator so no charging for him.  I ran to Durango (45 miles) to pick up a new stator at the HD shop, so at least I got a couple hundred miles in on a wasted day.  Later that evening Dale's dad showed up on his bike and treated us to a flame show (not pictured).

I guess you can mount a propane bottle, a coil, and some tubing in the saddlebag; add a sparkplug to each muffler near the back; then with a switch and a regulator inject propane into the exhaust while the bike is running.  It was pretty spectacular in the dark.

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